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Blindside

Mark's Story: Blind Faith, Book 3
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Series: Blind Faith Series, Book 3
Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Mark Gattison has avoided love and commitment his entire adult life. Not interested in more than a one night stand or a brief encounter in a bathroom stall, he is the epitome of a good time.

Will Parkinson is the guy who defends him, the guy who puts up with him, the guy Mark calls his best friend.

When Will becomes unsettled and a little distant, Mark takes it upon himself to find Will a boyfriend. Not familiar with the concept himself, Mark thinks Will needs someone to make him happy.

What Mark doesn't know, is that he's about to get blindsided. He's about to get knocked off his feet by the one thing that's been right in front of him the entire time.

©2013 NR Walker (P)2019 NR Walker

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What’s right in front of us

Isaac and Carter are settled in their lives. At the end of Book 2 of the series, Isaac proposed and Carter accepted with enthusiasm. Now they’re preparing for their wedding. Their best friend Mark is still hours away, toiling away in a job he doesn’t enjoy, doing hook-ups that don’t fulfil him, and generally missing the tight relationship he had with his best buddy Carter. That his friendship now extends to Isaac speaks to the strength of the bond between the men.

But Mark is missing something in his life. A year ago, Will came to work at the same company and the men sit in adjoining cubicles. They banter back and forth (much to their boss’ dismay), and often go out together. As friends, of course. In fact they go out so often that people mistake them for being a couple. But they aren’t. When Mark senses Will’s unhappiness, he decides his friend needs a boyfriend. So he sets about setting Will up. The first blind date doesn’t end well, but then Will meets a man on his own and the two become tight. So tight that Mark feels excluded. He’s not jealous – or so he tells himself. But his concern for Will manifests itself as interfering and things take a turn for the worse. Suddenly the two men aren’t as close as they’ve been.

Sometimes we don’t see what’s right in front of us. Will tries to sever the friendship and Mark is mystified as to why. It was obvious to me, but Mark is REALLY slow on the uptake. Eventually Carter and Isaac have to intervene as Mark is spiralling downward fast. Despite his contention he’s fine on his own, he needs his friends. He needs Will most of all, but is slow to recognize it. As I often say, this is a romance and I get my happy ending. There were a few times when I wanted to bop Mark over the head, but in my heart I knew things would work out. This story is told entirely from his point of view, so his slowness at catching on was irritating. But sometimes we don’t see what’s in front of us. I’ve said that, right? But it can be absolutely true.

The epilogue to the story wraps things up nicely. The men are happy in with their chosen career paths and have forged a strong bond between the two of them. Happily ever after, eh?

Stay tuned after this story because it is followed up by the short story, Twelfth of Never. The story is from Will’s point of view, which was a treat. It has been five years since the men first met and their relationship is as strong as ever. Now there is the issue of kids. Mark’s not convinced he’ll be a good father while Will yearns for fatherhood like almost nothing else. When a family comes into the shop, his heart breaks just a little bit. Fans of the Turning Point series will love the cameos.

Mark isn’t unaware of Will’s internal conflict, and his first step to resolving the rift comes in the form of a peace offering.

I enjoy books where characters have opposing views that threaten their relationship. That’s real life. Things are not always wrapped up in a bow and happily ever after often involves bumps in the road. This story provided me with another perfect happy ending.

The entire series was narrated by the wonderful Michael Pauley and he did a great job. His performances are always solid and the voices of the various men are always clearly differentiated. He is the perfect choice for this series and I truly enjoyed it.

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Best friends to lovers at its best!

Blindside is the third and final book in this series. Contrary to the first two books this one focuses on Mark, Carter’s best friend. It can also be read as a standalone if you haven’t read Carter and Isaac’s story yet.

There are different ways to be blind and in Marks case his eyes does work – but he tends to miss what’s right in front of him. Will and Mark have been best friends for about a year. Only for Will it’s always been more than friendship, he’s always wanted something more from Mark. But Mark was oblivious to that fact.

However he wasn’t too blind to see that Will was becoming restless and increasingly unhappy. So, afraid to lose another friend Mark embarked on a new mission – to find a boyfriend for Will in order to keep him from leaving Hartford. So Will starts to date. Only now Mark is the one that’s increasingly unhappy. Standing on the side-lines looking at Will with other men, missing his friend and loathing the other men in Will’s life.

There is some angst in this story, but it wasn’t overdone. More than once I really wanted to hit Mark over the head to make him see what, and who, was right in front of his eyes. I mean it was obvious from the beginning that Will and Mark belonged together. That they already were a couple in almost every sense of the word. Everyone could see it – but Mark.

Michael Pauley did a great performance of Blindside. With his distinct voices for the different characters and great pacing and enunciation he makes this listen effortless and pleasant. Sure, there were a few instances where the voices were mixes up, but they were minor and easily overlooked. The story is told solely from Mark’s POV, and Pauley so wonderfully makes the listener feel his confusion when his relationship with Will changes, the desperation to keep things as they were, not to lose him. He brought them both to life and made you a part of their story.

This audiobook also included the novella Twelfth of Never that showed the boys during Christmas a couple of years later. We get a small glimpse of their future working in their café. We see them (mostly) happy and settled and so much in love, and true to form with big gestures and surprises. Their happily ever after was beautiful. Their official relationship might have started slow, and they sure have had their ups and downs, but it was also just right for them.

Sometimes all you need to do is open your eyes to see what’s right in front of you – it might just be the best thing of that ever happened to you.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-19

as good as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Michael Pauley is one of the 8 narrators (so far), I can listen without break and have no problems to follow. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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  • Ronald Betts
  • 07-30-19

Another good story by N R Walker

A story of love and misunderstandings and wrong communications, a love story where all is good in the end 😘