360 pages, January 2015 by Impact Editions, LLCMy Rating: 4 Stars
Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
Description: Twenty-one-year-old Emma Matthews lost the song in her heart the same night she lost her dad. With an unfulfilled promise and an ultimatum shadowing her junior year of college, maybe it’s better that way. You can’t hurt if you can’t feel.
But when the reflection she sees in musician Riley Preston’s eyes borders dangerously close to the one she’s spent the last five years searching for, Emma discovers her walls can’t guard her heart from its fiercest desire. Terrified of what she’s experiencing, and even more afraid of what she might lose, Emma grapples for the courage to hold on to one dream without abandoning the promise of another.
Contemporary Inspirational Romance novel Eyes Unveiled lets you relive those heartfelt moments when you don’t know how you’d survive a day without your best friend, when you’re trying to figure out who you are and what you’re supposed to do with your life, and when falling in love changes everything.
My Review: I felt so many emotions, including being annoyed with the characters to feeling their joy, sorrow, hopes, and dreams. Great emotion!
Emma is dealing with a lot and a relationship is the last thing she needs, but she can't help being interested in Riley, a musician, while A.J. shows interest in her. There's a big love triangle in this one, which is an aspect of a book that I don't mind at all.
I love that Emma has a great relationship with her brother and with her roommate. She is a kind soul and tries really hard to make everyone around her comfortable and happy, but it doesn't always work out right when others get the wrong idea about a situation. Emma has trouble getting a backbone when she really needs one--it's almost like she's so afraid of offending and hurting others that she takes the easy way out by ignoring the situation until it's too late. That flaw makes her seem very real.
I liked getting to know all of the different characters, but felt they were almost introduced a little too fast and until I got into the story a little bit, I had a hard time remembering which was which. A few things seemed a little sudden. Emma is madly in love and has a new best friend after only a few short weeks. Even though she's in love, she can't quite commit and is very indecisive for much too long. I felt for the guys and wished she would've made up her mind. Once again, this flaw makes her real (I can be indecisive too).
I thought that music would have played a bigger role in the storyline than it did, so I was a tad disappointed, but maybe future installments will showcase that more. That said, there were so many positive messages sprinkled throughout and I really appreciated the clean content in the New Adult genre.
Content: kissing (clean); mild violence (a fight); no language that I recall. Clean.
About the Author:
Amidst multiple moves up and down the east coast, Crystal received her bachelor of arts from Messiah College in PA, married her exact opposite in upstate NY, and earned her master of arts from Regent University in VA, where she currently resides with her husband. Crystal writes contemporary inspirational romance fueled by venti green teas from Starbucks.
When not working her accounting day job, she's delving into the wonder of words, supporting her Starbucks habit, or laughing over movie quotes & singing eighties songs with her husband.
She'd love to connect with you at http://crystal-walton.com