Title: Running Blind
Author: Kim Fielding & Venona Keyes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 7th Nov, 2016
Genre(s): Romance, Healing
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.
Kim Fielding is an author whose work I have always admired and enjoyed. “Running Blind” is another example of her stunning work. This book is all about “conquering the odds and making the most of what life gives you”. This story is heart-warmingly beautiful featuring a sweet romance and an incredible journey of one man who grabs life by the horns after losing his sight for good.
Kyle Green is a rockstar in the anime world. He has been the voice of Ecos, a popular Japanese anime from the very beginning which has garnered him much fame and support. Kyle is living his dream with a job he loves, a partner who has never failed him and a supporting family who loves him very much. His entire life goes upside down after a freak stroke which leaves him sightless. Needless to say, Kyle is devastated. His entire career is on the line if he does not get his vision back and that thought is brutally scary. Kyle decides to end his partnership with Matt and then has this entire daunting road ahead of him to cope and adjust with a new way of life.
Kyle has the Riddoch syndrome, where he can see objects only if they are in motion. He has always been an avid runner and now he decides to start running again. A chance encounter brings Seth Caplan in Kyle’s life. They hit it off form their very first meeting. When Kyle goes looking for a running guide, fate had him getting paired off with Seth. And that sets the beginning of another new and welcoming chapter in Kyle’s life.
“Our lives take sideways turns sometimes. But just because things are different from what you expected, different from what you’re used to, that doesn’t mean they’re worse.”
This book starts off with a terrible ordeal befalling Kyle. Suddenly finding himself blind and losing his livelihood was a great blow to him. But his courage and positive attitude towards adjusting to a new lifestyle was commendable. He never bitches or moans about his condition. He is sad and scared which of course he should be but he takes everything in his stride. Kyle loses the ability to do voice over which was his specialty but he gets back into the game by using his talents in a different and a very positive and successful way. This story will leave you with a great feel about conquering life even at great odds.
Kyle was also very understanding and selfless for letting Matt go. He could have easily clung to him for the support and love which he needed desperately and nobody could have blamed him. But he took the high road by acknowledging that Matt deserved true love more than the comfortable companionship which they had. Their relationship ends without much drama and Kyle’s decision to let Matt live his dream made me respect and love Kyle more.
Now for the romance: Seth was adorable with his easy nature and his ability to talk Kyle’s ear off. Seth had a few baggages of his own which Kyle helps him get through them. I liked their banter and easy conversations. They made a really awesome couple and I just wanted to kiss Seth after that incredible gift he gives Kyle at the end of the story.
The heat factor in this story is pretty low but it suited the story perfectly. Seth and Kyle each had their own reasons for keeping it light and they start off by courting each other (Yes!! You heard me right!) It was seriously adorable and so very sweet. They do get together later on but the smexy bits were not explicit. It was able to convey their big step towards a more permanent relationship beautifully and I really didn’t have any qualms at all.
Kyle cradled Seth’s face in his palms. “I’ve already claimed my prize.”
“One lawyer, slightly used?”
“One incredible man who’s guided me right into happiness.”
“That’s the corniest thing I’ve ever heard,” Seth said. But then he kissed Kyle, soft and sweet.
This story is inspiring and I would recommend it to all who would love to read about a positive and refreshing attitude towards tackling a life-altering hurdle. The HEA at the end is a big incentive too. This is a great book with superb writing and not something any reader should miss out on.