Straight From The Hip (Lone Star Sisters #3) by Susan Mallery

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Izzy has always been the fearless Titan sister. But when an oil rig blows up, leaving her barely able to see, her sisters find themselves as concerned by her emotional withdrawal as by the possibility that the explosion was no accident. Are the mind games their long-lost brother Garth has been playing turning physical? Or is someone else out to get them?

When her sisters enroll her in a survivor training camp, Izzy is not happy. Nick, her instructor, is determined that she won't be left in the dark. In more ways than one. But if he tells her the terrible truth behind why he's helping her, he'll never see her again. Unless they're both willing to take the biggest risk of all. 


I saw Straight From the Hip on a list of best reads or something and realized I never branched out from the authors Fool's Gold series. It sounded interesting, and book 3 in the series, but I figured it would be fine to read out of order. It was, but now I will have to go back and read the rest since I enjoyed this one so much. There is a bit of a continuous storyline, but I didn't feel like I was missing anything reading this book before the first two. 

Izzy has always been fearless. Always finding the next big rush, the next dangerous, but fun, adventure. She has never shied away from a challenge until now. She was in an explosion on an oil rig and has lost most of her eyesight. She can see general shapes in bright spaces, but not much else. She could have a surgery that would fix it, would let her regain her sight, but there is a small chance that it would leave her completely blind. She won't do it, she won't chance it. She is terrified of living the rest of her life completely in the dark. She just sits in her room not doing much of anything until her sisters take over. 

Nick has a lot of regrets. He has things in his past that he cannot get over. He is a good guy, he tries to help people now, but he just cannot forgive himself. He keeps to himself and doesn't want to let anyone get to close. He runs a business retreat which is really just the income so he can try and help kids who have been through trauma. He is asked by his buddy Garth to help Izzy find herself again and he can't really say no. 

When Izzy first meets Nick she is not happy at all. He is dragging her out of her room and to his ranch. She is so stubborn and self pitying. She is determined that her life is over now that she can only see a little bit and determined not to have the surgery that would fix it. She pretty much hates Nick since he is forcing her to do something, to try and get on with her life, to try and not be so afraid. Ah it was fun to watch. I loved how he pushed her and egged her on just so that she would do something and not wallow. He was really a great guy. 

Of course they both start falling for the other, but with Izzy not being able to see anything, not being able to read Nick, it throws her off a little bit. It doesn't help that Nick is determined to not get involved, even though he has a hard time sticking to that. I loved reading their story as they were just perfect together. Yes there are some issues since Nick's buddy Garth seems to be set on taking down Izzy and her family, but it was a great read. I can't wait to read the rest of them and see what happened before now, see Izzy's sisters find their happily ever after, then see how everything works out in the end. I am glad I started this new to me series as if the other books are as good as this one it is going to be a lot of fun. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2


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