The Blonde Bookworm: Blind Kiss by Renee Carlino -- Review

Blind Kiss by Renee Carlino -- Review

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Title: Blind Kiss
Author: Renee Carlino
Pages: 336
Publishing: August 14th 2018 by Atria Books


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."


I am a massive fan of Renee Carlino and I was extremely excited to check out Blind Kiss. The beginning of the novel was super catchy and I was so excited to see where the characters would end up. Unfortunately, there were a few slow portions of the novel that seemed to drag, and it was a little darker than I was expecting. I tried to look past that (surprisingly easy) and it became quite addicting. 

The characters and the story were complex and I was constantly guessing what would happen next. I flew through the last half of this novel and I loved how it all ended for the characters. If you are a fan of Carlino's work or a fan of Christina Lauren, I would highly recommend checking out this novel. Thank you to NetGalley and Atria for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 3/5


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