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Review: Love is Blind by Lynsay Sands


He’d been warned that Lady Clarissa Crambray was dangerous. Stomping on toes and burning piffles, the chestnut haired beauty was clearly a force with which to be reckoned. But for Adrian Montfort, Earl of Mowbray, veteran of the Napoleonic wars, this was just the challenge he needed. He could handle one woman and her “unfortunate past”. Could any woman handle him?


Lady Clarissa Crambray wanted a husband, but maybe not as much as her mother wanted one for her. Really! Doffing her spectacles might make a girl prettier, but how would she see? She’d already caused enough mayhem to earn a rather horrible nickname. Yet, as all other suitors seemed to shy away in terror, there came a man to lead her to the dance floor. A dark, handsome blur of a man.

Clumsy Clarissa was about to stumble onto true love.

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a review or read anything by Lynsay Sands. While I am familiar with both her paranormal and historical romances, I haven’t read Love is Blind or even knew of its existence til recently – despite it being over ten years old – and that was because it was free to read on Kindle. That being said, I devoured the entire novel in one day, both because I enjoyed it that much and because Ms. Sands makes it easy to do.

First, it should be noted that this is by no means perfect. A quick glance at reviews on Goodreads will exhibit the usual complaints.

The heroine is stupid and spineless.

The characters and storyline/plot are shallow.

The writing is simple and the dialogue is too modern/not appropriate for the timeframe.

Let it be known that these points aren’t unfounded or invalid. They just didn’t make the novel any less enjoyable. Yes, the characters are pretty straightforward, and maybe a little simple. And while Clarissa can technically get a pass because of her history, she doesn’t need it. She is an enjoyable character on her own. Not every heroine has to be world saving material, or someone who goes against convention.

For the most part, Clarissa is straightforward, honest, and has a big heart which is evident in the way she handles those who have done her wrong. In fact, it shows a tremendous amount strength to forgive someone, and she does such multiple times with a mature compassion that isn’t evident in many heroines. It is noteworthy that in a genre where kidnapping/attempted murder of the heroine is a dime a dozen plot device, Sands handles the outcome much different than most.

Second, People often forget that these books are set in separate times and meant for a modern audience. Sometimes people simply want a romance set in a specific era. Not everyone wants to read a historical romance so bogged down with historical jargon and the like that they can’t understand anything. Who cares if said sleeve ruffle wasn’t invented until a decade later? Who cares if the dialogue is more oriented to the 21 century? Obviously, some readers do, and that’s okay for them.

The bottom line is that this book is not a masterpiece. It has its issues. And yet even with such issues, Love is Blind does have a charm to it that makes for a heartwarming, yet steamy romance. The characters are flawed but not unrealistic, with rewarding character development for multiple parties. The romance is front and center but has enough mystery to add a little spice. And at the end of the day, it is a novel enjoyed for enjoyment’s sake.

It’s taken me some time to accept that I am allowed to like things as they are. For me, simple doesn’t mean bad. Sometimes, simple is actually better. I related to Clarissa a lot due to my own impaired eyesight. Nowadays, everyone wants the world saving heroines that defy convention. They forget that not everyone is like that. Hell, they aren’t like that. And it’s unfair to hold every heroine to such a mold. But it’s becoming so common that it’s actually starting feel like a cliche cookie cutter archetype. I liked Clarissa and she felt real to me. I feel like people don’t truly realize how it was for women back then and find it unfair that they call her weak for how she behaved. “Why didn’t she do this? Why didn’t she do that?” Because she didn’t okay? Sorry not everyone is Katniss or Hermoine Granger. AND THAT’S OKAY.

I also really loved the lead couple as a couple. They were almost childlike in their insecurities, but, again, I felt they were founded. When you’re told something often enough, you start to believe it. It’s actual science. So it was so lovely to watch them grow past their insecurities to reach for the love they deserved. Not to mention how thoughtful Adrian was a hero. I am used to reading historical romance heroes who pursue the heroine for their own gain then love comes later, usually as a side affect to close proximity or circumstance. But Adrian actually had such a good heart and was genuinely interested in Clarissa for her. I mean the boy read to her and made a picnic for her just because she griped about it once. Man’s a keeper if I say so myself.

But I will let you form your own opinion. As always, this is Arec and thank you for reading my review.

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