Thursday, July 12, 2012

The More I See by Lisa Mondello

The More I See
by Lisa Mondello

Texas Hearts Book 3
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 9781476431666
Number of pages: 192
Word Count: 45000
Book Description:

As a top-notch cutting horse trainer, Cody Gentry was riding high until he lost his eyesight after a freak chemical accident. Unable to see the hand in front of his face, never mind the horse or cattle he trained, he knows his life is over and slips deep into depression. His whole future hinges on the success of an eye surgery that could give him his old life back.

When guide dog trainer, Lyssa McElhannon, arrives on his ranch like Florence Nightingale coming to save him, he wants no part of her or her guide dog. But something about Lyssa’s musical laugh coupled with her tenacity digs under his skin and won't let go. Having been blind most of her life, Lyssa understands the paralyzing fear Cody feels after losing his vision. But she refuses to let the stubborn cowboy waste his life away sitting in a chair when she knows first-hand that a good guide dog can change his world. She just needs one month to prove it to him.

Falling in love with Cody was not part of Lyssa’s plan, nor was having him open her eyes to see that there was a whole lot of living she’d been missing out on.
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My Review:

I adored this book. Every single little thing about it. You get to see glimpses of Cody in Beau's book (Book #1 in this series) and I wasn't sure I was going to like him, but I fell in love with him. In the process of saving a young ranch hand from getting burned in a chemical spill, Cody ends up blinded by those chemicals. Cody is a competitive cutting horse rider, something he DEFINITELY has to have his eyes for. He also trains the horses and riders for cutting. This is a working guy. He's up in the saddle and out on the ranch every day all day. But when he loses his sight he loses all of that and doesn't know how to deal with it.

Lyssa knows about blindness. She lost her sight as a young child and through medical advancements was able to get it back after being blind for 20 years. Now she devotes herself to helping others who find themselves blind by training working dogs and blind people how to trust them. When Cody's father comes to the school for help for Cody, he gives them an offer they can't refuse...a huge chunk of money in return for a month at the ranch teaching Cody and his new dog how to adapt. The issue though is that Cody doesn't want to learn. He's already given up.

Did I mention I loved this book??? Every little move in this book was perfect. I loved how Lyssa and Cody slowly slide into their friendship and then more. Cody doesn't want her there. He's scared of failing and accepting that this is his life now. Lyssa sees why he is striking out at her, but she doesn't give an inch. She tells him like it is even when the truth hurts.

I loved the views of ranch life in this book. I've always been fascinated by cutting so that made this book particularily fascinating. This has just been a great series and I've loved reading it.

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.


Lisa Mondello (a.k.a. LA Mondello) has held many jobs in her life but being a published authors is the last job she'll ever have. She's not retiring! She blames the creation of the personal computer for her leap into writing novels. Otherwise, she'd still be penning stories with paper and pen.  Her first book, All I Want for Christmas is You, was the winner of the Golden Quill contest for Best First Book and to date has had over 350,000 downloads worldwide.

She is currently the author of 14 novels under the name Lisa Mondello and LA Mondello.

You can find more information about Lisa Mondello at  or chat on Twitter at @LisaMondello.

1 comment:

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

Awesome! It sounds like the whole series overall is a hit in your book :)