Blind Kiss – By: Renée Carlino

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Blind Kiss by Renée Carlino

Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Atria Books (Aug. 14 2018)

ISBN-13: 978-1501189623

Synopsis: 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.

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Renée Carlino has an amazing ability to break your heart with her books, and then put it back together again. BLIND KISS is no exception.

Penny and Gavin’s story starts in the present day and goes back in time to reveal how their friendship came to be and develop. The transition in time periods was a little awkward at the beginning and made for a confusing first 30ish pages or so… But after you get over the initial confusion, their story sucks you in and doesn’t let you out.

There were definitely some very predictable parts to this book – to the point where you are wondering why Carlino decided to keep “hiding” the secrets… It wasn’t necessary. Every reader will know…  And the predictable parts were the parts that were so non-affecting to the big story… Nonetheless, this didn’t affect how much I loved the story of Penny and Gavin. Their passion was so real and the characters were so unique. I am scared to say too much more for fear of giving anything away.

If you are a fan of Carlino – READ THIS BOOK! Have some tissues ready… for the sad tears and the happy tears that will follow. Enjoy Penny and Gavin’s love story – it is one to remember!

Rating: 9/10

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