Blind Loyalty by Cassandra Hawke
Blind loyalty involves being loyal to a person or cause despite everything. Despite the damage it can do to themselves or others. It can extend to a thing, a sports team or even an individual person.
It is often seen in domestic violence situations in which victim will refuse to admit there is a problem or if so, refuse to lay charges against them. They know in their heart what has happened is wrong but they love their spouse and feel obliged to be loyal.
Family feuds often cover generations due to a ‘blood is thicker than water’ attitude held in the family - especially if one sibling is subject to unpleasant treatment and the other becomes protective of that sibling. Generally, blind loyalty is based on a deep sense of love for the other person involved, but it can be hard for the person on the outside looking in. It is particularly hard when the person you love puts another first and then refuses to accept evidence of wrong-doing even when it is put right in front of them.
In my new release, Blood Ties a Broken Heart, my heroine Rylee struggles with the issue of blind loyalty in the essence that she cannot come to terms with how her boyfriend is so shortsighted about his sister’s actions. Ash refuses to believe that his baby sister, Arden, can do any wrong. All Rylee wants is to be put first for once by the man she loves. Will he ever put Rylee before his sister? Find out by checking out my new release today!
When Ashford St. Clair takes the rap for his sister’s horse doping, he loses his true love, Rylee O’Shaunessy. Is it too late for love when he finally admits his mistake?
When Rylee returns to Adelaide to take over her godmother’s stables, seeing Ashford St. Clair brings back memories of past events—when he sacrificed a promising equestrian career and alienated Rylee in the process.
Ash is determined to win Rylee back and they reach an uneasy compromise when their passion for each other is reignited. But the deeds of the past still haunt the present, threatening their relationship. An old enemy returns to cause trouble for Rylee—Ash’s sister, Arden—the one who brought about Ash’s downfall in the first place. She makes it clear that there’s no room for Rylee in Ash’s life and she’ll do anything she can to make sure that the lovers remain apart.
Will Rylee come to terms with the mistakes she and Ash made in the past and learn to love and trust each other again?
Reader Advisory: This book contains references to past violence for one of the main characters.
She hugged the cotton rug close to her chest and glared at him over it. “You shouldn’t be here. You should have called.”
He grimaced. “I know, but I didn’t want you forbidding me to come.”
“Why have you come? To check on your sister’s handiwork?” Rylee challenged him.
“She was here earlier. She whipped me—and my horse.”
“Arden’s in Melbourne this week,” Ash responded.
Rylee shook her head. “No, she’s not.”
When he ignored her protest, a deep seated uneasiness slithered over her. It had begun when Arden had first appeared in the arena and now growled menacingly in the back of Rylee’s mind. Just what lengths would this woman go to keep them apart?
Rylee saw the disbelief in Ash’s expression, but she was determined to make him see the truth.
“She was here.” She swiveled on the bale and pulled her shirt off her shoulder. The red welt from the whip and the tiny beads of blood showed clearly, even in the dim light of the loft. “See this? This is her handiwork.”
He stepped up close behind her to examine her injury, and her body buzzed with awareness, soaking up the warmth that radiated from him.
His fingertips were cool and gentle as he stroked her shoulder. “I don’t understand. I don’t believe you would lie to me, but I put Arden on the plane for Melbourne last night. She is not due back until the end of the week.
“She was here not more than an hour ago.”
He gripped her shoulders. His desperate sexual need seeped from his body into hers. She could sense his confusion and uncertainty. Most of all she could sense his need for her.
“Say what you mean. Arden is still between us, and you’re never going to let it die, are you? You will do anything to blacken her in my eyes.”
Cassandra was a closet writer for several years before she got brave enough to share her work with anyone until she joined Eyre Writers Inc, a creative writing group in the seaside town of Port Lincoln and really began to improve.
Her first book was a 100,000 words family saga novel, but after a workshop on 'How to write a Mills and Boon', she embarked on a new direction—writing the romance novel.
After being made redundant from the job she loved in 2011 she became a carer for her frail, vision-impaired mother and turned to fulfilling her dream of becoming a writer.
When Cassandra's not writing she enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her mother, and her three wonderful adult children and two adorable grandchildren.
She also enjoys egg decorating and carving, reading of course, painting and cooking.