I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Blind Kiss by Renee Carlino
on August 14, 2018
From the national bestselling author of Before We Were Strangers, Swear on this Life, and Wish You Were Here comes a powerful story of two people who spend years denying their scientifically proven chemistry.
Penny spends her afternoons sitting outside a sandwich shop, surrounded by ghosts. Fourteen years ago, this shop was her childhood dance studio—and she was a dancer on the rise. Now she’s a suburban housewife, dreading the moment her son departs for MIT, leaving her with an impeccably decorated McMansion and a failing marriage. She had her chance at wild, stars-in-her-eyes happiness, but that was a lifetime ago. After The Kiss. Before The Decision.
The Kiss was soulful. Magical. Earth-shattering. And it was all for a free gift card. Asked to participate in a psych study that posed the question, “Can you have sexual chemistry without knowing what the other person looks like?” Penny agreed to be blindfolded, make polite conversation with a total stranger, and kiss him. She never expected The Kiss to change her life forever and introduce her to Gavin: tattooed, gorgeous, and spontaneous enough to ask her out seconds after the blindfolds came off.
For a year, they danced between friendship and romance—until Penny made The Decision that forced them to settle for friendship. Now, fourteen years later, both of their lives are about to radically change—and it’s his turn to decide what will become of their once-in-a-lifetime connection.
I love Renee Carlino’s writing. She knows how to write angsty romance and how the characters get together. My only gripe with her is that we don’t see the characters together for long (most of the time it’s in the epilogue). I wish we get to see how the relationship falls into place. Was it the right match? Would they struggle? Would they run off the sunset in the happily ever after?
About Blind Kiss, this is the story of Penny and Gavin. They meet their senior year in college as part of a psychology experiment where they blind kiss each other and discover they have a sizzling chemistry.
However Penny wanted to focus on her school work so she didn’t wanted to get into a relationship with Gavin. So they become best friends.
The story is told through a series of flashbacks from when they were in college into present time.
This book was angsty. You knew the characters were meant to be together but every possible obstacle pop up from unexpected pregnancy, death of a parent, other relationships.
Characters: Gavin was an interesting hero. He wanted what’s best for Penny but he wasn’t available when she needed him the most. I was angry at him for remaining in a relationship when he could have been with Penny.
Penny for the most part was a passive character. She was infuriating. She didn’t actively take action towards her life. She just let things happen.
Plot: Much of the story is told through flashbacks and present time. A lot of the secrets get revealed throughout the story although they were predictable. This story is angsty.
Romance: I really wanted the characters to get together from the getgo. But boy do we have to go through a series of obstacles to get there. I wished we had an extended epilogue to hear from the characters.
What I feel? I really love Renee Carlino’s story. They bring the right mix of angst and love. This story didn’t disappoint. If you want an angsty romance, then pick this book up!