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February 14, 2011

What's Valentine's Day without Romance

Blind FaithBlind Faith by Michael Schneider
paperback, 181 pages
Published October 2010 by The Writer's Coffee Shop
Read December 2010

It is Valentine's Day so I feel obligated to tell you about a romance novel today. I don't often read romance novels because I find myself growing discontent with my single life when I do. You know, wondering when my Prince Charming or Charles Darney or who ever is the lead male of the current book I'm reading will arrive. I have to say after reading Blind Faith I might have felt a bit better about living the single life.

To be honest with my readers, Blind Faith is a book published by the publishing house I work for on a part-time basis as their marketing director. It was our first book published and I worked with Michael on marketing this book. She was very sweet and sent me an autographed copy. I was a fan of Michael's online writing and might have had a bit of a fan girl moment when I found out I would be working with her.

Between working my other job, the releases of several other books, and life in general, I didn't get to sit down with this book until my Christmas holidays. I was excited to read it to be honest and I wasn't disappointed. I really enjoyed.

I hated Chase, was disappointed with Karsyn's decisions, and wanted to strangle Gabriel a few times. I literally had to put the book down several times because my blood would be boiling over the idiotic things the characters would do so that I didn't do something rash like throw the book across the room. (It's a signed 1st edition - I didn't want to ruin it). Seriously, I have never seen a group of people that were worse at communicating with one another as the characters in Blind Faith. You might be thinking that all these negative emotions I had for the characters would have me giving this book a bad review, but that is not the case at all. I love stories that evoke such strong emotions in me. I can't remember the last book that had me seething as much as Michael Schneider's Blind Faith.

I did say this was a romance so there is wooing and jealously and passion throughout the novel as well. It is an easy read that kept my attention throughout (even when I had to set it down it was only a few moments later that I was picking up again because I had to see how it all worked out). If you are looking for a romance novel to read that isn't all lovely dovey and mushy, but one that has flawed characters and full of real emotion then I recommend Blind Faith.

You can also see a recent interview with Michael Schneider at The Sunday Book Review.

Note: As mentioned in my disclaimer, the opinions expressed on this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of the organizations I am affiliated with. In addition, I am not paid (it's not in my job description) to provide reviews for any books published by The Writer's Coffee Shop.
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  1. that sounds really good. I don't normally like romance books, I'm more into death and gloom and doom, but that sounds like it might have that too. So I'm going to add it to my ever expanding to read list :)

  2. I agree with you. Even if the characters in the book aren't too my liking, the fact that they give me such a strong reaction in itself makes the book worth it.

  3. I'm a fan of anything un-mushy. I like all the characters in a book to be strong and stand on their own. Not just the burly man/hero. This book is definitely going into my to be read stack!