Title: Blind Love
Author: Kishan Paul
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
She doesn’t need a hero. But a sexy Marine…that’ll work.
At twenty nine, psychologist Lauren Baxter has a successful counseling practice. Since becoming legally blind at fifteen, her world has been a blurry mess of colors. Her greatest fear is also her ultimate reality. One day that fuzzy realm will forever turn black. Refusing to let blindness define her, she builds a life for herself with her dog, Jack Sparrow, and best friend, Sunny Daye.
Lauren has no tolerance for pity or for Superman swooshing down and rescuing her. She is capable of saving herself just fine. That is until Gabe, the great smelling, former Marine, from Texas moves in next door. Her attraction to him is immediate and, unfortunately for her, mutual. When Lauren’s ex-husband shows up begging for another chance, she is confused and fragile. She also finds herself in the arms of her secretive neighbor. Little does she realize that her decision for a steamy roll in the hay with Gabe will suck her into his mysterious past, thrust her ex-husband back into her life, put her in the middle of a murder investigation, and place her life in danger.
Gabriel Briggs has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Short term flings are all he can afford for more reasons than one – reasons he never plans to share. Until he moves in next door to the beautiful, green eyed, feisty, Lauren. One night with her and he’s reconsidering promises he made almost a decade ago. When a woman from his past is murdered, his world is turned upside down. Secrets are revealed and innocent lives are threatened. Can Gabe win Lauren’s love and save her life before it’s too late?
Product Warnings: Contains a blind therapist who doesn’t consider herself impaired; a meddling, erotic-novel-writing best friend; a hot ex-Marine with a shady past; and a loyal guide dog that howls “I love you” and is probably the sanest one of the bunch.
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I loved Blind Love! Check out my 5 star review.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Love Opens Their Eyes
This is a refreshing, well-written romance!
Lauren is a blind psychologist whose divorce makes her wary of all men. Too bad sexy Texan Gabe moves in next door.
Gabe is an ex-marine whose family struggles make him unavailable for romantic entanglements. Too bad he can't stop thinking about Lauren.
I really admire Lauren. She has some self-deprecating moments...
She unzipped her oversized flannel onesie, created especially for women not interested in finding a man, and tossed it on the bed.
But is also full of strength:
"There's no question how strong you are." Gabe rested his fingers on her shoulders and pressed into the tight muscles. She didn't push him away. "But being strong doesn't mean you have to be alone."
The cast of characters surrounding Lauren is well-drawn. Not only is there Gabe, but Lauren also has a loyal, smutty friend Sunny who writes erotica novels and works as an assistant for her counseling practice. She has an ex-husband Ben, a cop who cheated on her but now wants her back. Finally, Jack the German Shepherd is her faithful sidekick and service dog. Jack comes to life on the page.
Her ex-husband Ben can be annoying and overprotective, but he's come a long way from the man who hurt her. Here's a sweet memory Lauren has:
Ben's voice cracked. It reminded her of a younger Ben. The one from high school who kept missing her mouth whenever he tried to kiss her.
When Ben suspects Gabe of wrongdoing, Lauren puts him in his place. "Just because a man has an affair doesn't make him capable of murder. If it does, you're as much a suspect."
Dang, girl! I also laughed when Sunny calls Lauren a "stupid, blind, arrogant freak." Ah, best friends.
All the levity comes to a halt when Lauren's life is in danger. I did not see the suspense element coming, and it was my favorite part of the story. The danger makes Lauren and Gabe see things in a new light, and luckily Gabe's mother talks some sense into him when he really needs it.
I highly recommend this story!
About Lauren from Blind Love
Lauren is a psychologist who provides distance therapy (aka phone therapy) from her home. She’s a very independent woman, but she’s going blind. The funny thing about Lauren is that although she’s a psychologist who works in helping people, she doesn’t help herself. She’s so busy fighting the whole idea of having to be dependent on others that she keeps pushing everyone away. Well… before Gabe shows up.
Do you write from experience? Are your stories based on real people?
Blind Love was actually based on a prompt I did with a social media group I was in. We each had an hour and had to write a short story based on a blind neighbor. I had so much fun in that hour with Lauren and by the end of it, I knew I had to tell her story.
I’m a therapist in real life, but my stories are never about my clients or real people. Now there are real life issues in the story like anxiety, grief, and trauma.
I have this infatuation with emotions. The sadder the story, the more my heart aches, and the more I love it. My friends and even my husband will tell you the characters are based on them. I just nod and say sure. Why burst their bubble?
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About the Author
From daring escapes by tough women to chivalrous men swooping in to save the day, the creativity switch to Kishan Paul’s brain is always in the “on” position. If daydreaming stories were a college course, Kish would have graduated with honors.
Mother of two beautiful children, she has been married to her best friend for over seventeen years. With the help of supportive family and friends, she balances her family, a thriving counseling practice, and writing without sinking into insanity.
Her novella, Taking the Plunge, is currently available in the Love Least Expected Anthology on Amazon.
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