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, Adult, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Academic, College, Adult Fiction

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••
    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 falling in love with ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sarah/DragonflyReads
    EVERY SINGLE STAR FOREVER AND EVER! Full review to come!
  • Paige
    3.5 “Wrong Choice” Stars Man oh man. This one had all the angst. I felt a bit frustrated (putting it mildly) not only with Penny and Gavin but with the way in which their story unfolded (or didn’t as it were) at the end. But still this friends to lovers story was unique, emotional and perfect for the angst ridden romance lover.I voluntarily read an ARC of this book. A is for Alpha B is for Books.
  • Talon
    3.5 Stars "My relationship with Gavin was rooted in love. Maybe a kind of love people would never understand." I am rating this 3.5 stars but I was really torn on that (star wise) so on Goodreads I went with the good ole' four stars just because Renee and her books never fail in the emotional department and her writing is top-notch in my opinion. But ultimately- I am conflicted. I am conflicted because although I love Renee and her writing and ...
  • The_reading_foodie
    I was SO excited when I received an #arc of #blindkiss by @reneecarlino1 and I was not disappointed! Thank you @netgalley and @atriabooks for my copy. Penny meets Gavin during a Psych study where she was asked to talk and then kiss a complete stranger while their chemistry was analyzed. That one kiss changed everything! Penny and Gavin have an instant connection and their lives entangle. Determined to keep things platonic Penny and Gavin let ever...
  • 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...
  • Lisa
    "Life will change and change again. You just have to find a port in this storm." Renee Carlino is, without a doubt, one of my favorite authors. She writes with such depth of emotion and raw affection, that you'll find yourself getting lost in her words.Blind Kiss is a classic tale of being friend zoned. Penny and Gavin have the type of chemistry that people wish for, yet Penny denies it in order to keep their friendship. She's afraid that giving ...
  • FMABookReviews
     “Can you have sexual chemistry without knowing what the other person looks like?” Penny agreed to be blindfolded, make polite conversation with a total stranger, and kiss him. She never expected The Kiss to change her life forever and introduce her to Gavin: tattooed, gorgeous, and spontaneous enough to ask her out seconds after the blindfolds came off." First, let me just say, THAT KISS set up the sexual tension and slow-burn romance for ...
  • Three Chicks
    Review by Jen HagenRecently I was gifted a beautiful box of chocolates with a French name to say “thank you.” Those chocolates were so good…creamy, decadent…ones I wanted to savor, and I hid from the rest of the family. I only allowed myself one as a special treat every now and then. This is the way I feel about Renee Carlino -- She is the savory, sweet chocolates of the Hershey world. “Blind Kiss” broke my soul…not just my heart...
  • Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
    If I had to choose two words to describe the plot of Blind Kiss, it would be a massive case of bad timing. I’d add a side of stubbornness and stupidity but that’s me being picky about the heroine.I’d noticed prior to reading this book, that readers were really frustrated with these two MCs. If you’re a fan of instant gratification, versus longer, more drawn out build to your love stories, Blind Kiss might have you throwing your kindle aga...
  • Adirondack Reads Romance
    Looking for angst? This book will deliver in spades!RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 14, 2018F%#$!!For the love.*Pulls at hair**shakes head**runs around screaming**hides under covers and hugs knees*Oh glorious angst!I feel like I crossed the finish line after running a full marathon - the full 26.2 miles - of chasing a carrot dangling in front of my face. My face tear stained. My eyes puffy. My heart sewn together after being tortuously torn apart for the be...
  • Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
    "—I was scared we would become exploding stars if we gave in to each other." Blind Kiss was my introduction to Renee Carlino. I was too intrigued by the synopsis to not give it a try. The romantic in me couldn't resist the idea of a blind kiss with a stranger who ends up being 'the one'. So, I kinda set myself up by going into the story with stars in my eyes expecting the story to play out like a fairy tale... wrong. Yeah, I know I'm silly for ...