May 10, 2016

Book Review: Blind Side by K.B. Nelson

Title:  Blind Side 
Author:  K.B. Nelson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Synopsis:  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…

My Review:  

I really wanted to like this book, but right up until the last page, I felt disappointed. This book could have been good. It had an interesting plot, and characters that could have been intriguing, but it all just fell flat to me. I was confused a good way through the book because the story was so disjointed. The reader would get bits and pieces of what had happened before the story began, but was never shown the entire picture until the very end of the book. Plus, I don't think the ending is very believable.  (**Scroll to the bottom of this post for the rest of my review that contains spoilers!)  Ultimately though, it really didn't matter to me how she ended up because I felt so disconnected from the characters and their emotions.

Another problem I had with this book was the overly descriptive language that the author used. I don't have a problem with the writing style itself, it's just that some of the comparisons (metaphors) and descriptions came across as awkward and out of place. For example:
I used to be so strong, and now my strength is a trait long thrown out the window, to be felt only by the sight of it in the rearview mirror.
How do you feel something by sight?
My head reels, chasing the blur of entropy like a scent long gone stale.
"Not like this," I force the words from my throat, spinning out of my mouth like flying gravel on a dirt road.
I get what this is saying, but I guess the simile just doesn't feel like it fits.
"Because I'm tired of feeling alone," the words come barreling out of his mouth like a truth cannon, locked and loaded with sadness, riding a quivering wave of solace.
Once again, too much going on in this sentence. It feels overdone and jarring.
He's taken aback, and when I pull away his eyes twist sideways, trying to read my intentions, but it's near impossible to read dead eyes beyond the obvious decay.
How do eyes twist sideways? And what does obvious decay look like in someone's eyes?

It's not that I don't appreciate flowing, descriptive and creative phrases, but if it pulls me out of the story because I have to think, "What the heck does that even mean?" then something isn't working.
This book wasn't horrible, and I'm sure a lot of people will love it when they read it, but it just wasn't for me.

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



 ** I just want to say that there is no way in hell Stassi would have ended up with her husband. It contradicted everything in the story up until that point. And their problems certainly wouldn't have been resolved in what can only be called a far-fetched plot twist in which Stassi "suddenly remembers everything" about them and about why they were happy. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't really rooting for her to end up with Kemper either. The whole student/teacher thing made me feel a little icky, even though I did like the passion and chemistry they had. But I really couldn't bring myself to believe that all of the animosity and apparent hate between Stassi and her husband could suddenly just be set aside so they could have their HEA. 

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