First of all, somebody was chopping onions while I was reading this book, and that was rude af! Oh, it was the author, Renee Malay (Yeah, I’m calling you out, lady!) I’m a thug in these reading skreets, and Ion’t cry over nobody’s characters–except when that ish touches me in a way that even my hardened heart can’t deny.These weren’t tears of sadness–or joy necessarily but tears of awww, damn, that was just…
Sahgara is a music teacher. She also happens to be blind and lost her sight at age twenty from a degenerative eye disease and has not allowed her disability to hinder her from enjoying her life. She does, however, grapple with feelings of inadequacy and being a burden on those she loves and depends on as she navigates through her world as she knows it. Romance was the last thing on her mind until a chance meeting at the park.
Chao is a single father who’s moved back to Syracuse, NY for a fresh start after the tragic and unexpected death of his fiancee and mother of his child. Chao’s sole focus was being a good father to his daughter and acclimating to starting a new job and being back in his old stomping grounds. The last thing on his mind was women. The death of his fiance had him shook and he wasn’t about to subject himself to the possibilities of love and loss again. Yeah, no…
Well, that all changed when his five-year-old daughter Lyfe (Chile, I love these larger than “life” names. Pun intended) took an instant liking and attachment to a friendly Labrador at the park.
I must caution you: This story is a slow burn. Don’t expect insta-love right from the first jump. For the romantic in me, I was a lil impatient, not gon lie, because Sahgara and Chao didn’t hit their stride until about 50% into the story. I was cool wit it, though, because I was invested by then and was determined to see it through. Not only that, it was a damn good story. I didn’t even skip any pages looking for the hookup (which I’ve admittedly done and still do.)
Their relationship developed organically, and I love that Sahgara’s blindness wasn’t used as some prop just to be all edgy and shit like, Ooh, look, I wrote about a blind character… Yes, Sahgara’s blindness was an intregal part of the story, but it was more about how others reacted to it and how she dealt with their reaction to it than her wanting to wallow in the self-pity of her not being able to see. Again–this story ain’t about a blind woman but a woman who happened to be blind if that makes any sense.
So, yeah, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. If I had to categorize the romance, I’d call it sweet-n-spicy because the moments were spicy but the way they went about it was so sweet. Click it up.