Blind Love (PIU’s Review)

Blind Love.Title: Blind Love (Sword and Silk Trilogy #2)
Author: Sedonia Guillone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 9th Nov, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Best friends to lovers, Historical
Page Count: 95
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

After a harrowing seventeen-year separation, Hirata Morimasa leaves his home and secure future to search for his childhood friend, Sho. Blinded by illness when they were children, Sho was sent away, apprenticed to a blind masseur (an anma) to learn his trade, and then disappeared.

Desperate to find the other half of his heart and soul, Hirata willingly sacrifices the prestige and security of his father’s dojo to find him. When an anma who looks exactly like Sho crosses his path in front of a gambling parlor one day, the man flatly denies he is Sho. Hirata knows better and is determined to get the truth… and to get back the friend he’d lost. However, even though Hirata knows in his bones this man is his soul mate, Sho has changed in ways Hirata could not have prepared for in his wildest imaginings, changes that could continue to keep them apart… forever.??

A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.

“Blind Love” is the second instalment in Sedonia Guillone’s “Sword and Silk trilogy”.

As with the previous book, this book also had a profound feel of the Japanese culture and the life of samurais. The writing was beautiful and emotional portraying a very powerful friendship and love that weathers decades before coming to its rightful conclusion.

Hirata and Sho were childhood best friends who get separated when Sho loses his sight and taken away to be trained as an anma. Hirata is devastated and vows to find his friend for as long as it takes. He bides his time and when he is old enough to carry out his mission, Hirata takes off to find his Sho. Ten years passes with Hirata unsuccessfully searching for his friend. But one day he finally meets a man who his heart says is Sho but the man refuses flat out to being his friend. Hirata is heartbroken but he won’t let Sho get away from his life a second time. Hirata has to trust his friendship and love to get what he has set out to do a decade ago.

There is very little romance in this story, mostly longing and pain. Hirata and Sho shares a special bond which brings them together again after several years but Sho is adamant on not accepting Hirata’s affections. There is an HEA at the end but the entire part leading to that felt unnecessary long. Hirata and Sho gets to spend several days together but the pace of the story slows down as soon as they start staying together.

Sho is not the same boy he was when he left Hirata and he believes that Hirata can do so much better than being with him. This leads him to rejecting Hirata again and again which made me very sad for the kind and loving Hirata. His reasons to keep Hirata away did not make a lot of sense most of the time.

Hirata’s love for Sho was pure and innocent. He gives up a lot and endures a whole lot more to find his lost friend and love. He was a true samurai with his faithful heart and fierce loyalty. Sho was a complicated character whom I did not fully get even at the end of the story and definitely did not enjoy him hurting Hirata so much after everything Hirata goes through to find him.

Anyways, the writing is truly beautiful and sensual. The love story had a beautiful ending so it was a win for me. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!!!

Sword and Silk Trilogy

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Review copy of Blind Love provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.