Blind Kiss by Renee Carlino
Genre: contemporary romance
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
A love story that is hard, sad, complicated and beautiful
Sometimes you can’t be with the one you love. That was the case for Penny and Gavin. Best friends since high school. Both always wanting more, but stuff happens, life happens and so a story of angst, heartache, love and loss is told.
I really loved how this story started off. Although, I know nothing about dancing I felt I could relate to some of the things Penny felt. Gavin’s crazy personality sucked me right in. I felt like they were the opposite but that worked well.
The angst was a bit frustrating at times. There were times I wanted to yell at both of them, but that’s what makes for a good story in my opinion, the emotions it brought out of me while reading it. Whether it be happy, sad, or frustrated.
It was a lovely story that I am so glad I read.
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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… 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.”