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- "I just finished Blind Love by Kishan Paul. The heroine in the story(Lauren) has RP, the same eye disease as me, so I was shocked that thecharacter even had that and also by how well Kishan captured what it'slike. Granted, my vision hasn't progressed as far as Lauren's, but what I loved most about this (besides Gabe and Jack Sparrow) is the fact thatit features someone who is mostly blind but the book isn't really aboutthat. It's about a woman living her life, falling in love and it's fullof unexpected twists and turns. It's like a contemporary romance withjust the right dash of suspense." ~ Jennifer Lynn Armentrout, #1 New York Times bestselling author
- "Paul has masterfully crafted a tale of love, loss, and acceptance that encompasses and crosses the boundaries set by society and brings out those set by the heart. Her unique look at life and love creates a fantastic setting for this romantic and creative tale. The well written novel is highlighted by intricate descriptions that bring everything to life."
- "This romantic thriller has the added bonus of giving an amazingly accurate insight into the lives of those who suffer with the degenerative eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa. The thriller aspect of the story will keep you turning the pages while the romantic elements will pull at your heartstrings.
The most compelling part of this book is the accuracy of her portrayal of Lauren, a blind woman who suffers from RP. As a fellow RP sufferer I found her struggle with feeling "broken" equivalent to my own struggles with feelings of inadequacy. Lauren so moved me with her constant attempts to be independent that she has become my new hero."
- "With skeleton-filled closets, corner-lurking danger,and profanely funny dialogue, this perfectly-paced contemporary has landed Paul on my list of authors to keep track of."
- "...I am blind so I really wanted to know if this was a story that was synonymous with taking a leap of faith kind of blind or actually about a character or characters who are blind. When I found out it was about someone who had lost most of her vision I was hooked. Paul does an amazing job of portraying"blindness"...it is a true love story with alot of twists and turns, secrets and pasts."
- "The right amount of love, intrigue, and betrayal and chemistry that read like a TV series."
- Publication date : April 9, 2019
- File size : 2079 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 277 pages
- ASIN : B07PPCCF2J
- Publisher : Kishan Paul Publishing; 2nd edition (April 9, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #863,857 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The characters are complex and layered. Sure, Lauren is blind, but that is just one aspect of her and doesn't make up all that she is. Some with the men in her life. This one of the few books I read with a love triangle that I was honestly torn at parts with who I thought she should end up with in the end. The tendency is to write one of the men n the triangle as the obvious bad choice. But Kishan Paul somehow managed to make both men likable while still flawed. I actually find myself hoping Paul will write a follow up with the gentleman that didn't get the girl and what happens to him (no spoilers here don;t worry!).
While I was expecting this to be a pretty straight forward sweet romance, I was very pleasantly surprised at the suspense and tension in the book. It kind of creeps up on you, until wham you're breathless and turning the pages as fast as you can to find out what happens.
I know it's a cliche, but this book and had me laughing out loud and crying all through out. Not to mention fanning myself with the sexual chemistry between characters.
Fantastic job all around and I can't wait to see more from Paul!
Lauren Baxter started losing her vision when she was in her teens. Now, as an adult, she is mostly blind but most certainly not disabled. Her early years were rough---with what her cheating ex-husband and high school sweetheart put her through---but she came out strong as she strived to prove her over-protective parents, her ex, and society wrong as just what a blind woman can achieve. Lauren is now fiercely independent and is far more successful than she could have ever imagined.
Lauren is the type of heroine you always wished to see more of in romances. Determined, loyal, intelligent, independent. She wants nothing more than to focus on her life and thriving business, all on her own. Though, when her next door neighbor, Gabe, moves in with a big bang which disrupts her appointments with clients over the phone, she falls in a trap full of mixed emotions and is desperate to block them out.
Her hilarious best friend, Sunny, who is also her daytime personal assistant, is eager and excited to hear of this latest attraction and refuses to let Lauren wander away from this opportunity to let a little light and fun in her life again. Lauren is infamous for ultimately pushing away anyone she dates when she feels they are getting too close to her.
Gabe, the enigmatic and handsome Texan, nearly knocks that habit out of the ballpark, though. He appears to be very flirtatious at first but when his POV arrives, we find that he’s been very intrigued about his neighbor upon his arrival in the neighborhood. He finds himself fascinated by her. Despite her blindness, he observes how well-calculated and effortlessly in control of her life she is. And oh wow, does this fascination take a turn after a roundabout of lust they had finally succumbed to. Those scenes, by the way, were SO DAMN HOT!!
Later, we get a little insight of Gabe’s heartbreaking childhood. The discovery of his past made it even easier to appreciate and fall in love with him even more, see how well rounded and strong he came out to be. Lauren feels the same way; she’s just too damn stubborn to admit her feelings for him are deeper than just their late-night rendezvous.
This extremely well-written book includes a spectacular cast of secondary characters as well who often times steal the spotlight. Such as Sunny. Then, we have Lauren’s big beast of a guide dog, Jack Sparrow, who I feel is a huge supporting character. He’s as much of a therapist as his owner is. With his humanlike fondness and interaction with other characters, that pup had a way of healing others emotionally. Lauren’s relationship with him was like that of a son and mother and so very comical!
Also in this category is Ben, the high school sweet heart, ex-husband, and the foundation of Lauren’s animosity towards men. He shows back up in her life unexpectedly just as she and Gabe were beginning to make progress on giving romance another try. Ben quickly became the focus of a lot of my suspicion at one point when the story took a dive for a WILD turn of events. White knuckled, I held on to my Kindle praying that Gabe, Lauren, and other favorite characters would make it through the danger that lurked around the corners. While I had Ben in my crosshairs at first, the police department had their eyes on another target . . . Gabe.
I would like to mention a few other secondary characters as well, but I don’t want to spoil what’s to come when Gabe’s mysterious, private life reveals itself. This was the point of the book that I delved deeper into the story, unable to put the book down whatsoever. I mean, my building could have been burning down and I wouldn’t have even realized it. I was so entranced trying to search for clues and solving what was behind the disaster that was screwing with my two favorite characters!
The end is bitter sweet. While we have our HEA and SO many laughs with witty one-liners and comical scenarios peppered throughout the story, there were also many tear jerkers. Each of those elements together, however, is what placed this book into my top favorite, always to be cherished!
Might I add, “Blind Love” is one hell of a debut novel, and I have most certainly found a new favorite author. Kishan Paul is a contemporary romance mastermind!
Lauren is a relatable and complex character who absolutely deserved an amazing HEA, and watching her fight against and then reach for that goal was satisfying and dare I say, sigh-worthy. She had me laughing-out-loud with lines like: "Hence the reason she preferred to keep people with dangling parts at a distance," or "Stomping upstairs to her bedroom, she unzipped her oversized flannel onesie, created especially for women not interested in finding a man..."
Gabe's was also a great character. His development and growth unfolds in a natural way that speaks to Kishan Paul's skill in writing. Once Gabe realized his one-night-stand approach wasn't really what he wanted, he became a guy with genuine intentions that you had no choice but to root for (insert another sigh!).
The novel is written and paced very well -- it had me turning pages well into the night! It's also romantic, poignant, and the steamy scenes weren't the typical ones where everything is spelled out in the same old way, leaving nothing to the imagination (it's not a 'clean' romance though in case you're wondering). The intimate scenes were just arranged in a fresh way. Every emotion was well-balanced and not melodramatic at all. There wasn't any insta-love either, which is always a turn-off in books, and whatever instant attraction they had, progressed into something more in a realistic manner.
I loved how these two characters developed and grew, and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.
Oh, and Lauren's best friend Sunny? Loved her!!
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I loved Lauren and thought she was such a strong character that I could identify with (even though I’m not blind) I do sometimes ask myself why do I always have to be so strong?
Gabe, well Gabe is now my new book boyfriend.
Another all consuming book by Kishan Paul that is a must read!
The most compelling part of this book is the accuracy of her portrayal of Lauren, a blind woman who suffers from RP. As a fellow RP sufferer I found her struggle with feeling “broken” equivalent to my own struggles with feelings of inadequacy. Lauren so moved me with her constant attempts to be independent that she has become my new hero.
The story itself was filled with drama and excitement. The romantic triangle was compelling and I couldn’t help but sympathize with a woman torn between the familiar and the new. I love a good thriller and this one left me happily satisfied and eager to read more of Kishan Paul’s work. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique romantic thriller with bursts of comedy thrown in for good measure.