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.
5 Star Review by Ashley
Oh my heart. Blind Kiss was an achingly beautiful tale of longing, loss and love. Friendship, family and forgiveness. I was hooked from the first page and as much as my heart was put through the shredder, it was worth every second.
It all started with a favor. Penny helping out a friend. A kiss....that changed their lives. Electrifying and confusing for both of them. And they both felt it and didn't know what to do with it. Penny in all her awkwardness. Gavin in all his randomness. These two were so different but on the inside, where it mattered, is where they were the same. Kind. Selfless. Hopeful.
This book spanned a lifetime for Penny and Gavin. One wanted friendship. One wanted more- just never at the same time. And back and forth it went. The push and pull, the fits of jealousy. The angst (my goodness the angst)! The heartache. And not just between Gavin and Penny. It translated over into the other relationships in their lives too.
I have to say that the alternating timeline of the story really made this book shine. To be able to go back and understand the emotional buildup to the opening scene, to learn why Penny and Gavin acted the way they did. How much they had fought through for their friendship. To keep each other in their lives just about broke me as much as it did them. Renee Carlino just has a way with her words that consumes you. That leaves you breathless and wholly satisfied while never wanting the story to end.
4.5 Star Review by Lorena
Renée Carlino, oh my god my heart. You really tore it up pretty bad with this exceptionally beautiful love story between two individuals that felt like they just couldn't be together. Every single obstacle possible seemed to get in their way of them being happy together.
Blind Kiss.....I just couldn't cope with my aching heart that you put through the wringer.
This book was so damn good that it was hard to think, let alone try and do anything else after finishing. I was completely spent, I mean this book (gahhhh)!!
I was so emotionally invested in this book that I seriously neglected everything and everyone else just so I can continue breaking my heart little by little with every single word written in this book.
Penny and Gavin, they just couldn't seem to get past the best friend stage even though they both had such strong feelings for each other and it was just one of those impossible love stories. No matter what, they just couldn't be together.
This has been one AMAZING read!
About the Author
Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women's novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher's Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she's not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com