Open Your Eyes by Jani Kay (Review By Lauren)

Synopsis
Second chances? Twisted love triangle? Hot steamy sex? Hell YES!
Open Your Eyes:
Shattered and disillusioned after separating from her domineering husband, all Natalie wants, is a peaceful Christmas vacation in New York City, with her 21 year old daughter, Olivia. Uncomplicated. No pressure. Fun.
What she didn’t expect, was meeting a dangerously handsome stranger in an art gallery. He is charming, sexy as hell, and does funny things to her insides. Her frozen heart slowly melts as he seduces her, awakening her deepest desires, showing her that the kind of love she craves is very possible. She wants him as much as he wants her.
Battling his demons from the past, famous photographer Nicholas Gallagher has successfully evaded serious relationships, earning him the title of the world’s most eligible bachelor. But from the moment he lays eyes on Natalie, she stirs something in him. Compelled to chase the sadness from her vivid blue eyes, Nick is captivated by the spirited Australian beauty.
Hot romance.
Steamy sex.
Absolute perfection.
Until Natalie gets a call from home – one she can’t ignore. In a fateful moment the game changes and throws her life into chaos. Gabriel, her jealous ex, wants her back. Two powerful men want her. She is forced to make a choice that will tear her apart.
Will Natalie make the right choice? Will she finally find her soul mate, the one person who can look into her eyes and see deep into her soul, everything she is and everything she desires… will she finally open her eyes?
My Review
Open your eyes is a good book to read when you have a little bit of extra time.  It could have just been me, but it seemed to take me a little bit longer to read the book.  I think that is in part because while the actual plot is unique, it is still a very played out idea.  I am a little burnt out on love triangles.  I got really irritated when I read this book because the main character – Natalie – made the wrong choice.  I get that she did what she felt she needed to do, but it was the wrong choice.  It felt as though Natalie should have been called Bella.  She could not make up her mind about who she wanted and was too scared to go for what she really wanted.  She based all of her decisions on how others would view her as a person.  I also felt that the epilogue would not have happened had this been reality.  I loved the epilogue though, because she finally made a good choice!
While I got irritated at some parts of the book (like Natalie using both men whether she realized she was doing it or not), I did enjoy reading it.  It was a nice change of pace from the deeper books I have read and a nice break from the smutty books I have been reading.  That was my favorite aspect of this book.  There is just enough smut to keep you from having to imagine exactly what was going where, but it wasn’t overpowering to the point of annoyance.
Overall I would recommend it to some, and tell a few to avoid it (only because I know their tastes and Natalie would get on their nerves).
3.5 out of 5 stars.
About Jani Kay
Jani has been married for a long time to a special man, and her two children and their partners are the sunshine in her life. She is a voracious reader and would spend her last dollar on a book – always fascinated that for the mere price of a book (often less than the price of a coffee!), she can escape her world for a while and see through someone else’s eyes.
Besides reading, her favorite ‘thing’ is traveling – she has traveled the world, learning about the ways people live and has come to the realization that no matter where we live, we all ultimately want the same things. Her hobby – Scrapbooking – keeps her up till way after midnight and her usual subjects are her family and her travels.
Ever since she can remember, Jani wanted to write stories about people, about their lives and loves. Relationships and Happiness – arguably the most difficult things to master in life and yet exactly what everyone ultimately desires (in her humble opinion).
She would love to hear from you, please email her at janikaybooks@gmail.com
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