Blind Kiss by Renee Carlino

Blind Kiss

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,...

Details Blind Kiss

TitleBlind Kiss
Release DateAug 14th, 2018
PublisherAtria Books
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Adult

Reviews Blind Kiss

  • Christy
    4 stars!!! I'm not sure if I've ever read a book so frustrating before. Seriously, this one messed me up. I finished it days ago and I don't know if I loved it or hated it. I have no idea how I felt about the story or the characters. Renee Carlino is one hell of a writer, though and she sure did make me feel. I felt so many emotions while reading this story. Not all of them were good, but they were all strong and powerful and that says a lot abo...
  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
    ***Now Available***Gonna be straight up honest, this book took a year off my life. So be warned, you want angst, you want emotional frustration, crave the chase, seek lie after lie, and literally after years, and I mean years, you get what your heart has been dying for, then this is your book. My poor heart. My poor heart ached throughout this one I’m gonna be vague, maybe a bit confusing but I don’t want to give too much away We start off fa...
  • jessica
    this is, without a doubt, the most emotionally draining and painfully frustrating book i have ever read. but goodness me, i am so in awe of how a story could be so imperfectly perfect. yes, the characters had their flaws, but neither of them were unlikable. they were real and honest and relatable. they were the type of characters that slowly grew on you - the type of characters who, by the end of the book, you would do anything for. i spent so mu...
  • KAS
    Talk about squirm in my seat angsty-ness!!So, Me and Angst are bosom buddies! The more angst the better. A friend of mine told me if I liked angst, this one was for me, so of course, I pounced. By chapter two, the heaviness in my chest started. I was on pins and needles wondering where this story would lead. My heart definitely knew which way I wanted the scenario to play out and the suspense was killing me. And by darn, I was going to be steamin...
  • Jennifer Kyle
    “It’s been this way forever. I’ve always been your lover...for a lifetime in my mind.” This a frustrating story yet I loved it even though so much pain and distance was self inflicted by the main characters. I was glued to every word and every scene. Well done what a ride!
  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
    *****4.5 STARS*****{ARC Generously Provided by Author}Penny and I still had a spark that couldn’t be snuffed out. All the plans I’d drawn for the life I thought we’d have together were playing out in some parallel universe. Even if I was stuck in this stupid version of us, where she was encouraging me to go out with other women, I knew there was a Penny and Gavin living as a couple out there, right along beside us.Renee Carlino has a knack ...
  • Malene
    Talk about angst galore. My heart is beating overtime after finishing Blind Kiss. Holy moly I’m exhausted emotionally after have experienced Penny and Gavin’s story. Their story is one emotional roller coaster. My primary emotion while reading Blind Kiss was frustration. I was frustrated with Penny and Gavin. Frustrated by their choices and of course because their story didn’t went where I wanted it to go but that’s also why I enjoyed Bli...
  • Gabby
    Holy shit I didn’t expect to love this as much as I did. Before We Were Strangers is one of my all time favorite books but Wish You Were Here was one of my least favorite books I've ever read, so I was torn whether or not I should read this one! I'm happy to say I really enjoyed this one! This is my favorite book from Renee Carlino since Before We Were Strangers!This book follows Penny, a dancer and Gavin, a car mechanic. While in college they ...
  • Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
    I'm not going to lie to you, THIS. BOOK. KILLS. As I sit here writing this review, my heart is still pounding out of my chest. I'm a burning pile of fiery rage and shaky nerves and conflicting thoughts and intense feelings at this very moment and I dont even know how to turn all of that into a coherent review. This book is INFURIATING. It's MADDENING. It takes ANGST and sexual tension and raw emotion and catapults it into another realm. I don't e...
  • Betul
    **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**4.5 stars"I loved women, especially the weird ones. But Penny was more unique and talented and beautiful than any girl I had ever met."The blurb is the perfect summary of this book. It all started with the blind kiss experiment, during which the sparks flew off of Penny and Gavin. I was intrigued to see how things between these two characters would develop. Normally, I love the dark an...
  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)
    View this review and many more at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.ARC was generously provided through a Facebook giveaway in Renee’s fan group. If you have been an avid reader for any length of time, you’re sure to have experienced the dreaded (possibly at times, coveted) book hangover. While I’ve read many awesome five star books this year, I’ve only experienced one book hangover until this point. Friends, I was drunk on Renee Carlino’s writing,...
  • Wendy'sThoughts
    3.5 Own Worst Enemy Stars* * * 1/2 Spoiler FreeThink About it...You are blindfolded, standing in front of a man or woman and you will be kissing them without seeing what they look like. There will be a quick hello, your senses will take in the scents around you, the intensity of what you hear and when the hands of this person touches your body at your will you respond...Will lips be soft and coaxing...Or will they be demanding...Will ...
  • Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
    The premise of Blind Kiss is intriguing, and I confess I expected there to be some angst. What I didn’t expect was for the book to leave me mentally exhausted and exasperated.The book opens with high intensity in the present day. There’s so much raw emotion and crazy behavior that I couldn’t help but get sucked in. I wanted to know what led the characters to such a desperate point in their lives.Rewind to fourteen years ago and we see how P...
  • Grey
    Buckle up, friends. You realize it's 2 a.m. here on the East Coast, right? I finished this book almost an hour ago, but can't sleep... So now, you all are going to be the lucky recipients of a Goodreads rant/review, because my feelings are *ALL* over the map here. First, the good...well, to me, the great and super important... Spotify playlist! However, heads up ~ the original playlist has some songs that are no longer playable, they are greyed o...
  • AJ
    2 ‘self-inflicted-angstfest’ starsThis story is a hot mess. An angst-ridden ‘romance’ riddled with bad decisions, unnecessary heartache and a whole lot of frustration. There are readers out there who will love it, for me, it was hours of my life spent mostly eye-rolling and I finished it with an overall feeling of ‘meh’. So forgive me while I purge my feels.Me while reading:I was wary going into this book seeing how others were reacti...
  • Jiana
    I’m so angry. Oh boy oh boy oh boy!!I love Renee Carlino's books. They remind me of CoHo's. However, this one was a disaster. The reason this book is 2 stars and not 1 is because Carlino's writing is still amazing and easy and because Gavin was a beautiful soul who deserved way better than selfish, whiny, dramatic Penny, the MC. Gavin reminded me so much of CoHo's male characters and that's why I loved him so much.Ok my #1 issue in this book an...
  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    4 starsWhat a refreshing and intense story.From the first pages I was hooked and intrigued.Blind Kiss was another fantastic read from Renee Carliino, if you love angst and slow burn them this is for you!Gavin and Penny meet during an experimental study in college where they both agreed to kiss a total stranger while blindfolded in order to test their physical chemistry. They have great connection these two.The concept was brilliant I haven't read...
  • Halime Yazıcı Mimaroğlu
    I dont want to mention lots of things about this book. Conclusion if you want to see how a writer can write a novel you will hate just read it!!! Yani kitabı bitirdim hala öfkem geçmedi. Bir yazar nasıl olur da berbat bir kitap yazabilirim diye uğraşmış olmalı ki başarmış. Karakterler birbirine kavuşamasın diye tüm entrikaları içine yerleştirmiş kitabın. Zamanıma yazık!!!!!
  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    4.5 ⭐'s “No, Penny, you’re not my Carissa or Lottie or Kimber. You’re my everything.”Angst lovers you don’t want to miss this book! Let's start with the rating...for me it’s always hard to rate a book that’s four, four point five or five stars. I sometimes get hung up on semantics and the other times I just have to go with my gut feeling. What makes a book a five star? Does it always have to meet all of your requirements or does i...
  • Liber_Lady
    *** ARC WAS GENEROUSLY PROVIDED BY NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***Let me start by saying that this was my first Renee Carlino book. Yes. Shocking. I have heard a lot about this author and I had pretty high hopes from this one. But, I am definitely with the unpopular opinion here.This book was a Gigantic case of FRIEND-ZONED FOREVER SYNDROME. Gavin is the guy who has earned 1.5 out of the 2 stars that I rated. He was the guy who sail...
  • Sarah/DragonflyReads
    EVERY SINGLE STAR FOREVER AND EVER! ”A decade’s worth of secrets and half-truths were crashing down on me as I stood in the cold, facing my husband of fourteen years and standing next to the love of my life. Who was I willing to hurt for more? Who was I willing to hurt more?” —Hey Sarah, what’s your favorite book of the year? Easy. BLIND KISS and it just released today! This was my first Renée Carlino book. I read this ARC a couple o...
  • Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
    I went into this blind and didn't even read the blurb. Well, I got the full effect of this emotional second chance romance. I'll be honest, I struggled with how to rate this book because I didn't know how I felt about the sequence of events. I still don't even know if I like the main characters. At the end of the day, I decided that any book that had me in such an emotional turmoil deserves a high rating.Penny and Gavin have the best kind of rela...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    Since I stumbled upon Before We Were Strangers, Carlino has become a must read author for me. The minute her books make their way to me, I must devour them immediately. Three years after reading Strangers, I’m still quick to recommend it to friends!Unfortunately, this was not those books for me. While still interesting and a fast read, the relationship between Penny and Gabe was so drawn out that I just couldn’t root for them majority of the ...
  • Madeline ❤️ Romance Bibliophile ❤️
    ♥♥ 4.5 Forever Stars ♥♥Reactions while reading...Okay sorry for the overload but seriously as I type this I am an emotional wreck. I should know not to read this trope by now and I literally asked for it (holla at ya, NetGalley ♥), but I'm barely holding everything in right now.This barely qualifies as a second-chance romance; it's one of those star-crossed lovers stories where you're anxiety levels are through the roof the entire ti...
  • RentasticReads
    “I wish it were you, Penny.” I don’t even know where to begin. I don’t think I’ve stopped crying since I hit about 40% of this book. I couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t stop turning the pages and feeling everything. This book has certainly put my heart and soul through the wringer and I’m emotionally spent. Hell, tears are still streaming down my swollen and puffy eyes even as I’m writing this. Blind Kiss is definitely one of th...
  • Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
    4.5 "oh how I love me some angst" STARS!I love the heart palpitations that come from high-angst situations and Blind Kiss nearly KILLED ME but in an oh so delicious way!You see our hero and heroine met in the most unlikely of situations—being in a blind kiss experiment testing whether or not you can have chemistry if you don't know what the other person looks like. When Penny and Gavin kiss and officially meet, it's awe-inspiring, magical... ki...
  • Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
    "What might have been? I thought. What could still be?" I ended up loving this one but the angst factor is absolutely OFF THE CHARTS!! 'Blind Kiss' is a fabulous, emotion-filled, slow-burn romance with an incredible Epilogue. Gavin and Penny meet during an experimental study in college. They both agreed to kiss a total stranger while blindfolded in order to test their physical chemistry. They have an incredible, earth-shattering connection that l...
  • The Book Bee
    REVIEW: 5 STARS"I'm not trying to hurt you. I'm trying to keep you close." I know a love triangle is not everyone's cup of tea. In fact, I see very often that it's vehemently denied by many as a trope they're willing to read. However, it's high on the list of my favorites, if not the favorite trope for me. No, I'm not a cold hearted woman that loves a cheating partner in her books. Quite the contrary. In truth, I seek the emotional challenge ...