Title: Running Blind
Author: Kim Fielding and Venona Keyes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 7, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, disability, voice over actor, ex-lawyer
Page Count: 211 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
This is a story that could go either way as being sad or happy. The fact that one of the main characters has a stroke that leaves him blind is what could have made or broke the book. But in this case and the way that this story was written, it definitely made this book.
Kyle thinks that he has everything out of life that he can ever want. He has a career that he enjoys by being a voice over actor for an anime character that he enjoys playing, he has a long term boyfriend Matt that he is comfortable in their relationship with, and he has his future travels and jobs planned out and ready to go with. He has everything in his opinion, or at least he does until he has nothing at all out of the blue.
Because of he stroke and becoming blind, Kyle has a lot of time on his hands to really evaluate his life with Matt and he knows that they are more like brothers then they are as lovers. When Matt receives a grant that he has always wanted, Kyle decides to set him free.
Kyle in my option is so much stronger then he ever realized he was. The reason I say this is because, yes he was depressed and even angry about losing his eyesight but at the same time he did not just lay down and give up even though sometimes he probably felt that way. He learned everything he could in order to be able to live his life independently as he always had. When sometime seemed impossible he tried it anyway and did not give up. When there seemed to be an obstacle to high to climb, he climbed harder and faster. He was determined and he had hope. That is what lead him to the person who would continue to change his life for the better, Seth.
Seth had his own baggage he brought to the relationship but these two men were both determined individuals and the things that they could not do on their own, they learned to rely on the other.
This story is such an inspirational story about overcoming a disability and learning to live and love again. Kim Fielding did such an awesome job on this book and wrote it in a way that you could feel Kim’s upmost respect for her characters. That is what made this book truly amazing.
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