Reviewed by Morgan
Title: I Can See for Miles
Author: Lisa Worrall
Narrator: Chris Patton
Heroes: Josh Donald and Charlie Cooper
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages / 4 Hours, 58 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – May 1, 2013 / Audio – September 5, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: After a kayaking accident took Josh Donald’s sight, he’s faced with learning to negotiate the world as a blind man. In short order, his boyfriend leaves him behind, making it clear he’s not inclined to deal with special needs. Reeling from the blow, Josh flounders. In an attempt to help, Josh’s friends take him to a camp for the blind, where he falls for the camp organizer, Charlie Cooper.
Charlie seems to feel the attraction too, but when a horse named Dottie pushes them into a hot first kiss, Charlie resists. He believes he’s damaged goods, not boyfriend material. Since the accident, Josh has faced tough obstacles, but the most challenging hurdle of all may be getting Charlie to open up and take a chance on love.
Review – Book:
Josh is an adrenalin junky who loses his sight while going kayaking at night after drinking with his then-boyfriend. Eight months later, no boyfriend, and he is finally coming around and ready to consider opening himself up to a new relationship.
Charlie Cooper runs a camp for the blind after his fight with cataracts lost him his dream job as an architect and his long-time boyfriend. Bryan, the ex, also beat Charlie and tormented him for becoming blind, so Charlie is not looking for any sort of romantic involvement.
When Josh meets Charlie, he is instantly attracted. So is Charlie, but he won’t admit it. With the help of matchmaking family members and friends, the two spend some time together the week Josh attends camp, and they end up involved and in love. But it isn’t enough.
Josh is in a terrible accident and Charlie blames himself. Charlie is still not ready to accept his own rapidly deteriorating eyesight and feels that he can’t be there in the way Josh needs, so he pushes Josh away.
Fortunately the same matchmakers won’t let the two destroy themselves and a HEA ensues.
The author clearly did a lot of research, and the blindness and the camp are very well described and seem very accurate and real. I liked that some of the people were more and some were less accepting of their change in sight. Charlie, ironically, the man who tells the campers how much they can still do, though blind, fights his own blindness the most. He’s very human.
Josh is a bit more “superman” in his general outlook on life and on his blindness. He tackles everything head on and won’t take no for an answer. He’s a nice foil to Charlie’s prickly, paranoid, pessimism.
The secondary characters are nice, sometimes bawdy and funny, sometimes corny and sweet, but definitely entertaining.
I both loved and hated their quicky romance. I loved it, because the boys were so good for each other, and I really felt like – given enough time – it would have made sense for them to be together. What I didn’t like was the fact that it occurred over a week, and they never really even spent that much time together but felt strongly enough for the “L” word. Since Charlie fought the attraction so hard, I found it disconcerting to see him go from “I’m not interested” to “I love you and can’t live without you” almost overnight.
The blindness issues were handled very realistically, and I thought the navigating through all the different stages of blindness was well done.
I didn’t like the epilogue. Me, the queen of sap, the lover of epilogues, thought it was over the top.
I was so satisfied by the ending, I didn’t need the epilogue, and I almost wish I hadn’t read it. I won’t give it away, but I don’t think it was necessary, and if you read/or listen to it, consider ignoring the epilogue. 🙂
I really enjoyed the story and give it 4 of 5 hearts
Review – Audio Version:
Chris Patton is new to me as far a narrators go, and he did a good job. He excels at the melodrama, and when the scenes were tense and fraught with soap-opera type emotions, he rose to the fore. What I didn’t like was that level of tension was maintained throughout most of the book. There wasn’t a rise and fall, it was all “Oh no and what will happen next?” Mostly that fit the story, it was full of drama, but there were a few times when I thought the narrator could have backed off the drama a bit, and it would have made the listening more enjoyable.
But, overall, I really enjoyed listening to the book. I liked his voice, and the sound quality was good.
I would definitely recommend the book and the narrator and give them an overall of 4 of 5 stars.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*