Pre-release review: Blindside by N. R. Walker

Posted: June 3, 2013 by sidlove in 4.5 Star Reviews, Book Reviews, Susan's Reviews
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Review by Susan Lee

TITLE: Blindside (Book #3)
SERIES: Blind Faith
AUTHOR: N. R. Walker
BLURB: 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.


I’ll start by saying that you can read Blindside as a stand-alone.

However, if you do, you might mistake Mark Gattison as an arrogant, self-absorbed, overgrown fratboy douchebag. And that would be a shame, because you would not be able to appreciate how awesome-sauce he actually is!

Now, if you’ve read “Blind Faith” and “Through These Eyes” first, then you know that Mark is a gem. He’s loyal and kind and funny. He brings levity to even the most intense situations. And he can make anyone laugh.  And knowing Mark in this way makes the Mark in Blindside charming and hysterical.

I could not have been happier when I heard that NR Walker was going to make book 3 of the series about Mark. Mark, self-proclaimed commitmentphobe, was the most deserving of someone to love him and of someone to love. Enter Will…coworker, best friend, and partner in crime. I was totally captivated by the fantastic chemistry between Mark & Will. Their ease with each other, their complete knowledge and understanding of one another, their banter, their commitment…I DRANK it up (and am, quite frankly, a little envious! I want something like that!)  Will as the sidekick-turned-object-of-affection was sweet and steady, if not a tiny bit on the boring side. But the characters balanced each other out well.

And though the story didn’t come without some trials (this is MARK after all…he doesn’t DO relationships!), watching him trying to figure it out was…well painful and sweet at the same time. Poor poor Mark…got pummeled over the head by love!

The cast of characters is rounded out by Carter& Isaac (from the first 2 books) as well as Mark’s looney-but-lovely mother who I adore!

All in all, the book was funny and sweet (though light on the smut scale) and I highly recommend it, especially for those who are fans of the series!

Susan’s Rating:

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  1. Heather C says:

    I need to read books 2 & 3. I LOVED the first one

    Great review!

    • sidlove says:

      You should! even I am considering this now since after seeing the rating Susan gave it. I did a double take coz I know she almost never gives a book such high rating lol
      So yeah, highly recommended 😀

  2. Debra E says:

    Nice review Susan. Love this series and can’t wait to read Mark’s book!

  3. Dani says:

    nice review looking forward to reading this myself!

  4. Macky says:

    Great review Susan. NR is a massive favourite of mine, been counting the days for Marks story. 🙂

  5. Susan Lee says:

    Book 1 is sweet.
    Book 2 is angsty.
    Book 3 is hilarious.

    …and in my opinion, the series gets stronger as it goes along! “Blindside” left me in a happy place…and I was afterglowing for days following! 🙂

    • Heather C says:

      Susan, do they sleep with other people in book 2? I’ve been avoiding it bc I’m not a big fan of reading established couples in contemporary romances….unless there is humor or mystery

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