Running Blind by Venona Keyes, Kim Fielding ~ Book Review by Karen

running-blind-coverTitle: Running Blind

Author: Venona Keyes, Kim Fielding

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/07/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary

Blurb:

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.

My View:

This book is the very definition of a slow burn romance, in fact we don’t meet Seth properly until about 35% of the way into the book.

This is very much Kyle’s book, how he deals with his blindness and how he decides to live his life. Kyle was always a risk taker and jumped in feet and heart first, bit romantically he seems to have been treading water, and settling; letting his long term partner go at first seems incredibly scary, Kyle is a little lost at this stage, and depends very much on his sister Lily, bit eventually he starts out on his own.

While Kyle is at times overwhelmed by the affects of his blindness he does remain positive and hopeful throughout in the main, as a vocal artist while he can’t be the voice of his manga character, he starts a second career in narrating books, especially queer romantic fiction ! His relationship with his sister Lily is very sweet, they irritate each other, depend on each other and love each other as well – it was really enjoyable to read a well rounded family relationship.

Seth is not looking for a relationship, so when he and Kyle get close, after Seth becomes his running partner, and Kyle meets his mother and faces Seth’s demons with him his becomes so scared that he pushes Kyle away.

This could have been a syrupy and angsty read, but instead it was a rather lovely story about a man coming to terms with a life changing event, and learning that taking risks and following your heart is he only way to live.

While I found the pacing was a little off, and at times I wanted more interaction between Kyle and Seth I thought that this was a sweet and warm book.

Links

Running Blind on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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