*Author approved request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Whew! Where do I begin. Maybe I should start off this review by saying if you're easily offended by student-teacher involvement or anything having to do with affairs, then be warned, Blind Side has this and more. However, that aside, if you still decide to give this one a read then you probably won't cringe at the situation when you get to understand the main character in particular.
Stassi is dealing with a lot. A tragedy in the past, along with her husband's behavior, has left her internally bruised and struggling to stay afloat. She's not the sweet and innocent main character we often read about in books, because this isn't a fluffy story and Stassi is pretty flawed. A lot of misunderstandings circulated following that same tragedy and she has become somewhat scorned in her suffocating small town, which is why her attitude isn't always the best. Add the fact that she also wants for nothing more than to be done with her husband and find some solace in life but that's proven to be harder and harder as time slips by. Then she encounters the mysterious and off-limits Kemper.
I had an idea of who Kemper really was from the get-go, but I just couldn't understand his intentions at first. As the story progressed, I grew happy that he came into Stassi's life and that their relationship--no matter how wrong it was in the sight of many--helped her believe in love and herself again.
The intensity between Stassi and Kemper felt so strong and so real. Throughout the story my heart bled for them. Like I was honestly able to look past the student/teacher thing and open my mind up to the two. They both seemed like such tortured souls, just that details about Stassi's situation was given more than anything regarding Kemper's. And while I'm happy that Stassi was able to come to a resolution in the end, I honestly wanted more for her and Kemper and wouldn't even mind if she made a different decision. Still, it's great that she can start again and try to move forward on a clean slate. And I hope the author will give us more about Kemper in another book.
Overall, a fast-paced read with wonderful writing and heart-wrenching moments. I honestly didn't know what to expect going into Blind Side, but I'm definitely pleased with this story and all the feels it left with me.