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Love Is Blind

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  2,173 ratings  ·  127 reviews

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 woma
Mass Market Paperback, 342 pages
Published July 28th 2006 by Leisure Books
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Jan 18, 2012 Dina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dina by: Elaine
This was my first book by Lynsay Sands and it was really good. My sister loves her books and had urged me to read one of them for ages, but I only caved in yesterday. Now I'm wondering why I didn't pay attention to her sooner.

Lady Clarissa Crambray is extremely nearsighted and "blind as a bat" without her spectacles, but her stepmother Lydia has forbidden her to wear them - in fact, she has broken them and thrown them away to prevent Clarissa from disobeying her. Lydia is trying to get Clarissa
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I thought this was a cute book, and I enjoyed reading it. It's nice to read a romance where you actually like both the hero and the heroine. I could sympathize with their self-consciousness about their perceived flaws. Poor Clarissa thought she'd be rejected by her husband because she looked ugly in her spectacles. Poor Adrian thought his wife would be disgusted when she saw his scar. It takes some skill to handle this kind of storyline where the couple is keeping secrets from each other, and I ...more
My principal reason for picking up this book was that I needed to read something by a “new-to-me author” for this month’s Multi-Blog TBR challenge. I’ve had this one on the pile of paperbacks by the bed for a while, and, being visually challenged myself, liked the idea behind the story.

Reading Love is Blind was like indulging in a guilty pleasure. I’m usually a bit of a stickler when it comes to historical romance, as I do like there to be a reasonable amount of – if not actual history, then at
LOVE IS BLIND sounded so promising based on the ratings. Unfortunately, the hero and heroine were one-dimensional. Clarissa and Adrian's story could have been told in under 50 pages. Our heroine was 24 years old but she still permitted her stepmother to manage her life.

Clarissa needed to wear glasses to see. Her father was around but Clarissa was too weak to express herself to him. They put her into the marriage mart but they allowed her to appear clumsy because of her stepmother's vanity. To t
Such a sweet love story .... Two flawed person perfect together...

"She is as blind as a bat, without her glasses " and as innocent as a baby. She even takes her accidents & embarrassment very sportingly , & finds humor in it. She is obedient yet takes risks for her love. She is simply adorable

He might have a scar on his face, but he is the ultimate gentleman. He is polite , thoughtful , sweet , careful , I mean even if he is flawed ... he is still perfect.

"“You are actually happy with
Sandy M
I’ve been able to keep up with Lynsay Sands’ current historicals, but I’ve yet to read her earlier work. It seemed fate was wanting me to do so, therefore, when my historical romance chat group chose Ms. Sands for their author of the month and I just happened across a number of her books when last visiting my storage unit. So I took that as a sign and picked up Love is Blind.

As usual when reading a Sands book, I was drawn into this story immediately. I’m always amazed at how the really great aut
Sara ♥
December 20, 2009

Cute book!

July 15, 2008

It's been a couple of weeks since I read this book...

This is what amazon says about it:

"Poor Clarissa Crambray. An "unfortunate incident" plunged her into scandal when she was only 12, and now that she is grown, her ill-natured stepmother parades her around town in search of a husband, forbidding her to wear her glasses and thus ensuring an unending succession of embarrassing moments when she steps on toes, uses gentlemen's laps for a tea table, and sets w
Jane Stewart
One of the best romantic novels ever. I loved the characters and plot. Several parts had me squealing out loud with delight.

Very fun read.

Sexual content: not evaluated. I read this book before I began counting sex scenes and describing the language. As I recall it was probably moderate. Setting: 1818 London. Copyright: 2006. Genre: regency romance.

To date I've read the following Lynsay Sands books.
3 stars. The Switch. Copyrt 1999. Review Date 8/11/08.
2 stars. Sweet Revenge. Copyrt 2000. Review D
I found this book very enjoyable. It was funny, steamy, and contained a mystery that for most of the book left you wondering who the bad guy was. Very enjoyable and I found once I started I was drawn in and didn't want to put it down. The first book I've read of Lynsay Sands, but it won't be the last.
Pretty funny, very good. The hero and heroine are each trying to hide something important from the other- but they each already know what it is from the very beginning! I gave this 3 stars simply because it moved on a little slow at times for me.
Christy Stewart
Not bad, but not bad either. The characters are kinda likeable, it's kinda funny, it's kinda interesting. It's kinda unreadable?
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
A Very Strong 4.5 Stars

Lynsay Sands is well known for her Argeneau Vampire Series, but for some reason, this HR book turned out to be my first book from her. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but one thing is for certain, I came out extremely happy having read this book.

Poor Lady Clarissa. She has got one heck of a wicked step-mother, a very bad case of nearsightedness, a terrible reputation of being clumsy, an “unfortunate past” and apparently someone is out to kill her. With all this in her way,
What a wonderful read. Clarissa is as blind as a bat and can't see two feet in front of her without her glasses. Unfortunately, her step-mother insist that she will never gain the love of a good man in spectacles. So Clarissa has been attending balls without them.

Only problem she has become the joke of the ton, with her little mishaps of setting her tea on laps instead of tables, stepping on toes and setting wigs on fire. In walks Adrian and he is immediately entranced, despite the warnings. Be
At First Sight: Lord Aidan Monfort, Earl of Mowbray hasn't been back in London in over ten years, not since he put on an appearance shortly after he was injured in the war and the scar on his face managed to scare off everyone.

But now he's back, maybe looking for a wife; though sure everyone still sees him as a monster. So, when his cousin points him toward Lady Clarissa Cambray during the first ball he attends, Aidan can't believe his luck: Clarissa is funny and sweet and is practically blind
This is the first book I have read by Lynsay Sands; it will not be the last. This was a wonderful and very unique historical romance.

I find in most romance novels that one or both of the characters are either horribly flawed or practically perfect. In this book Clarissa and Adrian aren't either. They are two very real, normal people, with strengths and weaknesses. They both have flaws, but they also have wonderful qualities.

Clarissa isn't stunning, but she's a pretty girl who happens to be as
I am so glad that I discovered Lynsay Sands' historical romances. Anything with some steam, humor, and in a historical setting is fine by me!

This story is a fairly basic romance, with no major hurdles. But when you throw in Clarissa's need for the glasses her step-mother refuses to let her wear and her ensuing calamities, major humor results.

Adrian and Clarissa fall in love, or at least fall in the deep potential for love, almost from the moment they meet. Clarissa's step-mother forbids Clarissa
holly quigley
This was a really sweet, lighthearted, regency romp that served as a nice break from plottier, heavier, and sometimes darker stories I've been reading. It was fairly well-written, although the heroine was really teetering into mary-sue-land especially towards the end. Normally I'm pretty forgiving about that, especially with regency romances, but when literally all conflicts met a harmonious resolution at the hands of Clarissa, it was kind of disappointing. But then, this really wasn't one of th ...more
A dollar store book that I picked up because I recognized the author. Then I read the back. Heroine who needs glasses and isn't allowed to wear them! Scarred hero! Two of my favorite tropes! Yay!

This was VERY good, the conflict within the couple was very realistic, the hero was selfish, but recognized it and made up for it, the heroine was understandably insecure, not crazy and annoyingly insecure like many heroines. The overarching "mystery" was obvious and pretty much unnecessary since the res
Now this was a very good story. I felt so bad for the heroine but can understand hero's self-consciousness with her as he had witnessed other women faint by looking at his scar. He battles between his desire that she does not wear spectacles, and the desire to protect her, in a very believable way. There were some funny scenes and the love story is very sweet.
HERO is a Loner since he returned from war (where he got a face scar and society started looking at him with horror). When he ventures in
Jenny E
** 4.5 stars **

I LOVED everything about this book! It was funny, sweet, swoony and surprisingly sexy. I genuinely liked the characters in the story, which was refreshing. It was so wonderful to see them get past their insecurities and find love and their HEA.

I took off 1/2 star because a few places it seemed to drag for about 20 pages or so the second half and the book, and darn it but there were wasn't an epilogue! I wanted a future epilogue of Adrian and Clarissa happy with lots of babies!

Lynsay Sands’ books have been some of the rare bright spots on my reading list lately. I’ve gotten a little tired of her vampire/Atlantean series so I decided to go back a read some of her older historical romances. I thought this one was particularly interesting. Not brilliant by any means, but definitely cute. The hero seemed very young for a war veteran (mainly due to his overwhelming insecurities), but the plot was an interesting mixture of the ugly duckling and beauty and the beast combined ...more
I read this one because it had good reviews from other readers whose opinions I value. But it didn't work for me - there are some good moments but the whole thing is basically implausible. I'm very short-sighted myself so I know that the heroine's genuine mishaps would just not happen that way, and there are so many mistakes in the historical details that it's ridiculous. Yes, I know that in romancelandia plot implausibility is not exactly a drawback, but you can only suspend so much disbelief - ...more
I wanted to like this book. I really did. At least I didn’t hate it; I couldn’t hate it. I’m constantly on the lookout for romance novels with heroines who wear glasses. As a glasses-wearer myself, it’s nice to see leading ladies that fumble with their frames right before a romantic encounter. Not everyone has perfect eyesight, and I can identify with these women who can barely see three feet in front of their face.

Clarissa doesn’t disappoint. She’s not just a klutz, she’s the klutz: she’s const
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Overall enjoyable, but one quibble...OMG! Our hero has a SCAR. On his FACE. Because he was in a WAR. And it makes girls FAINT. We discover that it's basically a little scratch, but our hero is overset about it for the length of the book anyway. Really? Half of the people you know were killed in the war and you mope around and won't show your face because it has a scar? Get real.
Two stars seems a bit harsh really I would like to give this a 2.5.
Let me also say that I had just read When Seducing a Duke that also has the Hero dealing with a facial scar and a Beauty and the Beast esque plot.
Over all a good read I just think that reading the two pretty much back to back I could not help but compare the books.

I enjoyed Adrian & Clarissa very much - particularly before their wedding. About the only complaint I have is some humor bordered on ridiculous (referring the wedding night pie/lock/key discussion), but that didn't deter me. I'm glad I gave Lynsay Sands a second chance and I will probably read more from her again.
I can't believe I'm the only one who was bothered by how the heroine suddenly became like a four year old a few chapters in. The book was still fairly enjoyable, but I found myself complaining about it aloud every ten minutes or so because of the insanely stupid conversations the main characters had. Clarissa is supposedly so honest and unafraid to say what she's thinking that she will bluntly ask about sexual positions (all disturbingly done in the manner of a four year old) and yet she can't s ...more
I'm not usually a big regency-romance fan because the internal monologue seem to get long winded and dull but this book captured my attention the whole way through. it was just the right bit of amusing and sweet.
Very sweet and funny book, I really enjoyed this lighter read.
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LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author who is known for her hysterical historicals as well as the popular Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series. With her witty and charming personality, Sands describes books as, “Waking dreams or stories, tales to amuse, entertain and distract us from everyday life.” She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to ...more
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