Monday, 20 February 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #330
Undone by His Touch - Annie West
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin UK, 2012
From the back cover:
"Revealed in the darkness...
Cast into a world of black, Declan Carstairs is a man in torment. Consumed by guilt, he sees no way out of the darkness his world has become. Only one thing drives him - finding the woman who caused his brother's death, and the accident that took his sight.
Housekeeper Chloe Daniels refuses to pity her devastatingly gorgeous boss, but treating him as the strong, capable man he is soon proves dangerous. As Chloe falls deeper under Declan's spell, awakened by his touch, she forgets all about the secret she keeps that may destroy them both…"
This is Annie West's latest book - out in April - and I have been looking forward to reading it.
The hero Declan is still haunted by reminders of his brother's suicide and his own climbing fall, which left him injured and blind. He meets his housekeeper Chloe, the heroine, for the first time when she returns after a sabbatical. Chloe is initially nervous about returning after a difficult experience with Declan's brother, but with him now gone she feels more comfortable. Declan feels surprisingly content around Chloe, she doesn't treat him differently due to his blindness, and they become friends. But Declan also begins to feel much more for Chloe, including a fierce desire for her that Chloe reciprocates. Just as Declan begins to look to a future with Chloe in it, he discovers that she is the woman he believes drove his brother to suicide.
I very much enjoyed this book. Annie West always does something a little different to her books to really make them stand out, and this book is no exception. The hero's blindness is used to it's full potential, his heightened other senses are very vividly described. There is also plenty of emotion and feelings given from his POV, which really makes the book a bit of a roller-coaster ride of emotion.
The plot is interesting and very well written, and in my opinion, it is also quite refreshingly unpredictable.
Definitely worth a read.