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Friday, May 20, 2016

Review: Blind Side by K.B. Nelson

Release date: May 23rd 2016
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
I accept the part I played in the demise of my marriage. 

I accept the things I cannot change. 

I’m a cheater. I’m a whore. I’m an outcast in that place I left behind the second the first embers fizzled against the cracks of the night sky. 

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Anyone with the faintest understanding of decency would know this to be true. But it did happen this way. It went exactly like this, because maybe that’s the way things had to go. 

There was no way out, and just when I thought of pulling the proverbial trigger, he appeared to me. 
He was the student.
And I was his teacher.
And he saved me in every way I imagine one could ever be saved.
So, he became my teacher and I became his student as he taught me how to love again…

*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. 



About the Author
K.B. Nelson grew up on a farm in Ohio, but that's not very interesting, is it? When he's not writing you can find him doing one of two things; getting lost on highways or getting lost in the lives of fictional characters. If his heart had two feet, one foot would be in romance and the other solidly in geekdom. K.B. hopes you'll all follow him on his journey through this carnival they call life. He promises there will be a happy ending.







7 comments:

  1. This sounds like such an interesting read. I have no problem with teacher/student relationships, as long as everyone is of age, but I can't stand cheating. That just really ruins a book for me. Aside from that though, this book sounds good.

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    1. It was an interesting read and in spite of the cheating, I still think you should give it a try. You might like the story.

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  2. Oh wow. I'm absolutely intrigued by this story. I'm not easily put out with teacher/student stories. It's when we're dealing with minors that I draw the line.

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    1. Yeah I was afraid of that too but I wouldn't say Kemper was too young... maybe to some :)

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  3. BLind Side sounds like a greta read Shane. Seems that Stassi works through a lot of issues and doesn't end with the typical HEA! Great review!

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    1. Yeah this one is far from typical. I was expecting something else but in the end, I understand her decision. Thanks, Naomi :)

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  4. This sounds like a lot, but it also sounds like it'll be worth checking out. Thanks so much for sharing!

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