A Beautiful Sight by Sandi Lynn
Generally speaking, I find I take an instant dislike to any book which has the word 'beautiful' in the title. The word is over-used and so predictable but I was pleasantly surprised by this offering from Lynn.
At the age of eight years old, I lost two things: my parents and something that most people take for granted. It was at that moment I began to experience the world differently from everyone else. I accepted my fate, living my life to the fullest and the best way I know how. Giving up on love was something I had to do because men couldn’t cope with my condition. Then I met him and he changed everything for me. A smart, sexy, and shattered man who hid in the shadows of his own tragedy. A man who kept the better part of himself concealed away from the world. I wanted to show him that life was more than how he saw it. My name is Aubrey Callahan and I am blind. The moment I laid eyes on her, I wanted her. She was beautiful, uncomplicated, and one night was all I needed. People referred to me as “The Iceman” because I was controlling, ruthless, and didn’t give a damn about people’s feelings. I was a user and the only person I protected was myself. Then something happened after a single night with her. The feelings and nightmares that I buried years ago began to resurface. Even though I was a billionaire who could have anything in the world, I couldn’t stop the demons that lived inside me. Aubrey couldn’t see me for who I really was and she deserved better than me. My name is Ethan Klein and I am a destroyed man.
4 / 5
On the outset this seems like the stereotypical romance novel. They guy is handsome, filthy rich, successful and is a womaniser until he meets the woman who changes his ways. I thought this book was exactly that, with the one difference of the central character being blind. I was pleasantly surprised by the book.
Ethan doesn’t realise what is missing in his life until he meets Aubrey. He tries to fight his feelings and treats her the same way he does any other woman. Aubrey is blind but nothing fazes her or gets in her way. She is inspirational and Ethan cannot help but be drawn to her. The chemistry between them is off the charts and I really liked how Lynn describes Aubrey’s life as a person who cannot see. The irony is that she sees a lot more than most people do. This is the reason why I have given this story a rating of 4. The characters are relatable and draws the reader completely into their world.
I don’t want to spoil the ending but personally I found it a little too ‘and they lived happily ever after.’ The realism became a fantasy at the end and this is the reason why I have not scored any higher. Lynn wanted to end everything perfectly but life is not perfect. It is a highly enjoyable read and one I would read again.