Monday, November 7, 2016

Release Day Review: Running Blind by Kim Fielding & Venona Keyes #Review #Giveaway

Authors: Kim Fielding & Venona Keyes
Book: Running Blind
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: November 7, 2016
Length: 200 Pages

Reviewed by Morningstar


Kyle Green is on top of the world. He and Matt have been together for ten years, and—as the voice of Ecos, the wildly popular anime character—Kyle is treated like a rock star in anime circles. But in an instant, a stroke leaves him blind. When photographer Matt gets the opportunity of a lifetime, Kyle reexamines their relationship, discovers it has been a safety net rather than a true romance, and sets Matt free to pursue his dream. Kyle’s life and career as he knew them are gone, and he must now find the courage and creativity to draft a new plan.

After being away for fifteen years, Seth Caplan comes home to Chicago to care for his mother and to partner with a small start-up tech company. He and Kyle meet after Kyle’s collision with a child’s sidewalk toy, and they hit it off. Kyle wants to get back into running, and Seth becomes his guide. As they get to know each other, they start seeing each other beyond their three-times-a-week runs. But Seth’s revelation of the dark reason why he left his career in California sends the relationship into a tailspin and leaves both men running blind.

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This is just one of those heartwarming romantic comedy reads that I need sometimes to fill my heart! I mean I know it’s not a completely happy story because poor Kyle suddenly and without warning loses his vision but to me it’s more of story about great things coming out of something bad. We’ve all been there right? Just something that shakes you and turns everything you thought your life was going to be like upside down and inside out. And change is never easy, even good change can be tough.

“You are still the fearless, adventurous one. If you can just realize that this is another risky undertaking, you’ll come out of it as you always do, with a few scrapes and a great story.”

Kyle struggles a lot to do the right thing, not get down on what he is now missing, and just move forward. But it’s easier said than done. The loss of his vision didn’t just take away the ability to do the job he loved but he had to learn how to take care of himself all over again. After months of hospitals and rehab Kyle is finally back home trying to make the best of the life he has left. He let Matt go live his dream knowing they weren’t meant for anything other than friends, he’s trying to figure where he goes from here with his voice over career, his overbearing sister, who he knows loves him very much, is now living with him when he both wants to be alone but fears it with everything in him. Life is so different now. Can he get any semblance of it back or will it take

“I can see a ball! It’s a red ball moving toward our yard!”
Lily gasped. “Yes! It is!” She jumped up and hugged Kyle.
“This is great news! You’re seeing balls again!” Pause. “Wait, that didn’t come out right.”

Seth is running from something in his past and his guilt over his perceived part in it. He runs back home to take care of his mom, alone, who has Alzheimer’s. It’s not easy and it takes a toll on him but he loves her as much as she loves him. Seth isn’t looking for a relationship he has enough on his plate with the new tech company he works for, his mom, and of course that pesky guilt that is eating away at him to even think about dating. But stopping Kyle from a fall over a Disney princess toy was something that ended up bringing some light back into his life. Finding a friend in Kyle was the start but can he open his heart to more or keep punishing himself for his past?

“What on earth are you doing?” Kyle demanded.
“Bending over to touch my toes.”
“Mrs. Zdunowski is watching through her front window, coffee in hand.”
That made Kyle grin. “Giving her a thrill, are we?”
“You betcha. I try to get my charitable work in whenever I can.”

I love Kyle! I loved that he struggled and got depressed. I loved that he persevered through the hard parts and how he had this fun loving side that he never let go in the face of a tragedy. I loved that he dealt with his super annoying and overbearing sister without punching her and still loved her anyway (cuz there is no WAY I could do that). Seth was awkward and shy at time but he was such a good guy. Which was proof by the guilt he carried around for his past. The story is written in Kyle’s POV but I never felt the loss of Seth’s POV because of how well these two wrote this story. And I’m glad it was written just from Kyle’s because the story is truly about him.

“I’ve already claimed my prize.”
“One lawyer, slightly used?”
“One incredible man who’s guided me right into happiness.”
“That’s the corniest thing I’ve ever heard.”

Their love grew from friendship and attraction but they took the “more” part seriously. Neither were ready to rush into anything. So...they courted each other. Yup that’s right, a courtship! Kyle and Seth knew they needed to take it slow because they were both hurting from the hand life had dealt them so this was a total slow build. There wasn’t super heat when they did come together because these two are silly and funny plus life and sex aren’t always like it is in romance novels. It was real and them and I loved it. They were like hot chocolate on a cold day; warming you slowly from head to toe.


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