Monday, November 7, 2016

ARC Review: Blind Love (Sword and Silk 2) by Sedonia Guillone


Blurb:
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.


Dani's rating:




The author did a wonderful job capturing the essence of Japanese samurai culture. The setting rang authentic. What didn't work for me was the romance. I did not expect a traditional romance, but the way Hirata had to beg Sho to keep him made me sad.

Hirata is loyal and faithful, a true samurai. Sho is a much more complex character, and I never understood him.

Hirata and Sho were best friends as boys, until Sho was blinded by an illness and taken away to train with an anma, a sort of masseuse/healer.

The men are two parts of a whole, and once Hirata comes of age, he leaves his father's house and searches for Sho for ten years, sleeping where he can and doing odd jobs along the way once the journey money his father gave him runs out.




But when Hirata finally finds Sho, Sho pretends not to know him. Sho is cruel to Hirata, pushing him away and talking in riddles. There's a sword fight, comfort/healing, and a strong HEA. There are two sensual scenes in the story, but only one features both MCs.

Blind Love is well written and contains some tender moments between two men destined to be soulmates. However, there is a scene at approximately 35 percent that upset me so much, I almost DNF. I wish the author had kept it off page, as it tainted the story for me.



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