Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen-YA Fantasy Romance
Seventeen years old and agoraphobic, Psyche Middleton vows her dad will never see the risqué photos she took during a summer modeling stint abroad, but one of them ends up on a billboard in her Montana hometown. Now everyone—especially her dad—can see it. And yet, somehow, those are the mundane things in her life because she is about to fall unexpectedly, head-over-heels in love with Erik, a mysterious young man who rescues her from a crowd of admirers, and who she’s never actually seen because…he can make himself invisible.
As strange as this may seem, it’s about to get even stranger. Erik takes her to his palace in an idyllic kingdom, and she is swept into the beauty and culture of his world, but his affection has one condition: she may not see him. Overtaken, intrigued, and still not wholeheartedly believing he’s real, Psyche is going to have to decide if she can love him blindly; because if she can’t, she may lose him forever.
I'm a fan of Greek mythology, so I was looking forward to reading this book. It's a modern take on Psyche's relationship with Eros, other wise known as Erik in this book. It was a cute and full of adventure.
Psyche is a model. When she returns home from Italy, some of her photos have become very public. She's on billboards and in popular magazines posing as Venus. Needless to say, her father isn't too happy about these provocative photos. They also draw the attention on Aphrodite. She's jealous of Psyche and wants Erik to take care of the problem. Well, once Erik sees Psyche, the plan changes. He's fallen in love with her and she with him. Now Psyche has to literally fight to survive in order to be with Erik.
I liked Psyche. I think she has some issues that shape who she is. I would have liked to have learned more about her back ground and her relationship with her mother. I'm not sure if there is significance to that storyline or not, but it seems as if there could be more to that relationship. I also liked Erik. As with Psyche, I wish we got to know more about him. You can tell that he really loves Psyche.
Overall, Painted Blind was a entertaining read. I would recommend it to a 16+ audience. It was a fast, easy read, full of love and adventure.
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