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by Michelle Hansen
Published May 3, 2012
Source: E-book provided by author for tour.
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.
My Thoughts: Psyche is 17 years old and about to begin her senior year in high school. She lives with her dad in Montana. Her mother Jill, however, who has never played much part in Psyche's life, had talked her into doing some modeling in Italy over the summer. Unbeknownst to Psyche, her mom left after a few weeks, leaving her alone in Italy. She was too embarrassed to tell her father what happened, and if she left before her contract was up she would have to pay back all the money she had received, including her airfare and expenses, so she worked all summer. As it turns out, she was very popular and quite a success. The only stipulation her dad had voiced before she left was that she not do any nude modeling. What she didn't expect, and told herself wouldn't count, was a photo shoot she did where she wore a long wig and a flesh colored bikini, which was then photo shopped to make her look nude. Besides, she thought no one would ever really see it. Much to her surprise and shock, when she came home, there on Main Street was a billboard with none other that the nude photo of Psyche portraying Venus in all her glory. She was mortified. Everyone ended up seeing it, including her friends, her father, her teachers, and worst of all, someone not of this world who wanted her dead for it, Aphrodite. Aphrodite had made arrangements for her to be "disposed of." On top of that, the press was hounding her, not to mention the harassment she was getting from others. With her severe fear of crowds and being touched, this did not help at all.
Then into her life walks Erik, mysterious, romantic, and oh so hot, and her chaotic world changes for ever. Erik ends up rescuing her, even though he was sent by Aphrodite to do away with her. He finds she is nothing like what he expected and he is quite taken with Psyche. The only catch is that he can veil himself, making him invisible to both Psyche and those around him. A relationship ensues, and though she has never seen his face, she falls completely and totally in love with Erik, and he with her. He ends up taking her to his kingdom and their relationship progresses, yet he always keeps his face hidden from her. She loves him blindly, until she makes a mistake that causes him to throw her out. Determined to apologize and see him again, she embarks on a quest that most immortals wouldn't be able to accomplish. With the help of friends, both mortal and immortal, she takes on a world that she never knew existed to find a love she couldn't live without.
I was completely taken by surprise by the wonderfully entertaining novel. After reading the summary, I thought the book sounded intriguing, but I had not read any other reviews when I began reading it. Actually, by looking at the cover, I wasn't really sure what to expect. Don't let the cover and summary fool you. There is so much more to this book that initially meets the eye. When I realized it was based on Greek Mythology and a retelling of the story of Psyche and Eros, I was delighted. Though not a fan of Greek Mythology until the last few years, I remembered the story somewhat, but Painted Blind actually brought it to life for me. Michelle Hansen has done an outstanding job putting her own stamp of uniqueness on this timeless story. I loved the way the characters were written. I especially loved Psyche. She was so honest and loyal, and quite the heroine. I loved Aeas and Titus also. All these immortal hotties where quite a treat. The romance aspect was amazing. Not to mention everything else than transpired. This book is action packed, fast pasted, and keeps you flipping the pages wanting more. It was absolutely amazing to read this rendering of Psyche and Eros, and of course you have Persephone, Zeus, Aphrodite, and more included. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For all you lovers of Greek Mythology, this story is a must read, and for all romance lovers, this is something you won't want to miss either.
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