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Sight Unseen

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  105 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Tragedy brings together a reserved but brilliant sculptor and an outgoing gallery owner, friends whose love was sidetracked—but was always meant to be deeper.


SoCal natives, Nate and Cody have been friends since childhood. Both knew they were different—and the same. At seventeen, a stolen weekend in the Florida Keys drove their connection deeper and hotter than e
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published January 26th 2017 by Boroughs Publishing Group
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Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I tend to not enjoy stories where characters and situations are black and white. This falls into that category for me. Exes that are assholes, boyfriends that are shallow and can't handle a disabled partner, parents that are either super supportive or pure evil. My jaw dropped at how ridiculously insulting some characters were, judging others for their clothing and hair like 5 year olds without anyone blinking an eye.

Sorry, big miss for me:(
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-read, m-m
What would you do if you suddenly lost your sight? This is what happens to Nate but it affects him so much more because he is a sculptor with rapidly rising fame. His current boyfriend is a model and he does do his shallow, minimal best to deal with a man who has to learn a new way to live his life. Fortunately, Nate's best friend since childhood, Cody, is right there by his side, giving his loyal support and encouragement. Despite a brief teenage liaison, that ended almost as quickly as it bega ...more
Mary Gresham
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book, ouldn't put it down! Beautiful love story between Nate, who lost his sight in an accident and Cody, who has been his best friend since they were kids.
The author did an amazing job with this story, especially considering one of the main characters is blind and he's also an artist, a potter. I loved the hint of the scene from Ghost, which happens to be one of my favorite movies.
Mandie Foxylutely
Sight Unseen is a fabulous friends to lovers romance that had me enraptured from the first page. I think this is hands down my most favourite book of Susan Mac Nicol.

Nate and Cody have been best friends since childhood and they are as close as close can be. When Nate is involved in a life altering accident, Cody rushes to be by his side. It becomes apparent that Nate’s boyfriend is looking for an out to go back to his ex, after all he didn’t sign up to be a carer especially when it interferes wi
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Taylor Freeman
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

I can't even imagine how hard it is losing one of your senses. Something as big as your sight that you take for granted without realizing. I hope I never find out what that is like.

It's so sad reading about basically having to relearn even the simplest things you do everyday in your life. It's a struggle and I empathize greatly for Nate and anyone in real life who is either born blind and never getting to experience such a gift or people who suddenly become blind and know what it is t
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, i feel so honoured to have been able to arc read this book.
In this we meet Nate, who after an unfortunate accident, is left blind. He feels lost and thinks that life as he knows it will never be the same again. Cody, his best friend since a young age, has always held a torch for him and, unbeknownst to Cody, the feeling has always been mutual.
I feel it was a very brave decision to write a story from a blind mans perspective and think the detail within the story goes to show just how much re
Caroline Brand

Loved, loved, loved this one!

Firstly this was a great friends to lover’s story. Secondly this was an intense, well written and obviously well researched story about a man who has to alter and adjust his life when an accident leaves him blind.

It was such a shame that Nate and Cody’s first exploration of their attraction ended as it did. Those lost few years and then finally their regained friendship with no mention of ‘that night’ affected both men deeply and led t

Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.

A hit and run accident leaves Nate blind and his best friend Cody steps up to try to keep things as normal as they can be. When Nate's boyfriend dumps him, he has his memories to keep him going. But the memories aren't of him and Jon. Nope, they are of a weekend long ago, that he spent with Cody. One that he never ever forgot. Being deprived of his sight means that Nate picks up those little touches from Cody, the hitch
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This story had me weeping from the start. When Nate, a young sculptor loses his sight in an accident, his whole world changes. This is the story of Nate learning how to live a life he never expected.

Nate is such a brilliant character. So many members of the LGBT community find themselves without the traditional family support that most of us take for granted and Nate’s inner strength as he faces his loss of sight on his own is
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team~
Loved this book! You could feel the connection between Nate and Cody, not just the love but the friendship. Even if the romantic part never happened this book shows you what true friendship is, that you are there for a person no matter what happens and to make the best of the situation. This book gave me the feels, I couldn’t put it down and when I had to actually stop reading and go to work I couldn’t wait to g
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Blogger Girls

Friends to lovers and main characters with a disability are two of my favorite MM tropes. I knew going in there would be bit of drama and angst, and I loved it. Nate broke my heart, but so did Cody. These two were besties, and then not, and then finally lovers. You ache for all they lost, but you cheer when they finally get it right. It was not always an easy read but in the end it was beautiful, and I truly believe that Susan Mac Nicol has a gift for creating characters that pu
4.0 stars

OMG. Sooooo good. My eyes are gritty and tired because it's the wee hours of the morning but I couldn't put this down and read it in one sitting.
Original Post: Review: Sight Unseen by Susan Mac Nicol & Nicholas Downs

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

There are only so very few authors I want to grow up to become, one of them is Susan Mac Nicol. I've read all of her works, loved them all, hated some characters, fell in love with quite a few. In all of her works, her gritty style doesn't just give the readers a glimpse of what her characters think or feel, there are times you get lost in them. Most times, you get an up
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sight Unseen takes several of my favorite tropes-second chance, best friends to more, overcoming adversity-and beautifully weaves them together to result in a story I did not want to put down. I adored both Cody and Nate, and wound up reading this book in a single sitting because I didn't want to stop until I found out how everything would turn out for them.

Nate was amazing, and I loved his point of view since it made everything so much more descriptive as he used his other senses to compensate
Happily Ever Chapter
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> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
Mediocre composition. Bold title font, clear author font. Would not visually catch my eye.
Synopsis - as I am a sucker for the flaws heroes or lead characters, this one sounds like it may fit the bill. Willing to give it a try based on synopsis.
> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Alternating first-person POVs
Sculpting artist, Nate, is the victim of a hit and run while out running one night. The impact se
Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
4-4.5 Stars!!!

After tragedy strikes and Nate loses his sight, he realizes that what, or rather who he’s needed all along is right in front of him and always has been, ready to help him get through this very difficult time in his life.

I loved Cody and Nate! Nate was so strong and I adored seeing his progression as he settled into his new life with the help of his friends. It wasn’t easy for him to adapt, especially at first and he was understandably frustrated a lot of the time, but it was undeni
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, m-m, romance
Sight Unseen is a standalone story by Susan Mac Nicol, that details the long friendship of two men, and how things have turned out differently than expected. When they were seventeen, they had a "dirty weekend" away, and Cody thought it was the start of something special. He had given his heart away to Nate, and looked forward to the future. Unfortunately for him, Nate's father had a different view on things, and Nate made a decision which hurt both him and Cody. Luckily, they were able to keep ...more
The Novel Approach Reviews
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sight Unseen is a collaboration between Susan Mac Nicol, a bestselling gay romance novelist, and Nicholas Downs, an L.A. producer and actor. Together they have created a story worthy of the big screen, which it is destined for. The story began as a script written by Downs, who went to Mac Nicol for advice, and this amazing collaboration was born. Together they decided to make the story into a full-length novel and then develop a screenplay together with the hopes of getting it to production. Thi ...more
Patrice Leonard
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic
This book was terrific. The story was heartfelt and moved along at the perfect pace. I loved the MC's, Cody and Nate. The secondaries were amazing as well. What I think was the best part of this story was that there was none of the cliched jerk ex-boyfriend inspired angst. The story didn't need it and I'm glad the author chose not to throw it in because that's basically what most other authors would have done. So, I thank her for that.
This was a sexy, sweet, romantic story and I absolutely love
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This story was of the charts. The blind aspects and descriptions gave a profound perspective. Reading this causes an even greater respect for the blind. I want more with these characters! Absolutely loved it!
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, romance
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Karen Jones
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nate is a talented sculptor, its his passion. He lives with his boyfriend, the narcissistic Jon. Nate`s best friend since childhood is Cody, he owns a gallery and has been in love with Nate ever since he can remember. Cody has kept this to himself though ever since they spent the weekend together before going to college when they were 17. At the time it seemed like Cody`s dreams had come true but suddenly, without explanation, Nate decided they could be nothing more than friends. They were alway ...more
Cee Brown
♡☆(.•4.5-star Review

"Becoming blind changes your perspective." ~Nate

Nate Powell and Cody Fisher were like yin and yang, two halves that made a whole. For fifteen years they had likened their relationship to friendship despite the weekend that defined their lives.
It was interesting to read from Nate's POV and feel the hurt and pain of all he suffered. I was even able to understand Jon's hesitant, but will never forgive his coldheartedness.

"Kissing Nate again was a dream com
Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
“This isn’t the end of things. It’s only the beginning of something new.”

It’s a sad fact that when tragedy strikes we find out who our true friends are. Those that lift us up even when we are at our lowest and lend their strength to ours.

Nate and Cody have been best friends since forever. And Cody has been in love with Nate for almost the same length of time. Resigned to love him from afar, no matter the pain it causes him, there is nothing Cody wouldn’t do for Nate – nothing.

As Nate struggles
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the detail and 'll the research you put into writing this book. Keep up the good work.
Louisa Mae
Feb 01, 2017 added it
Shelves: m-m
This was a wonderful story, taking a challenging situation where someone loses their sight and feels like their world is crashing down around them, and making it into a totally heartwarming story.

We get to experience the highs and lows with Nate as he struggles to accept the fact his world has been plunged into darkness, and there is only the faintest of lights shining in the distance, his oldest friend, Cody.

The problem is after a wonderful weekend together in their teens, they both have tried
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-or-beta, m-m, sad
I'm a Susan Mac Nicol junkie! She writes, I read!
This book came with a warning, a not her usual sexified story.
That was fine with me.

No, this story is not a sex-filled read, nor did it have to be.
This is a second chance, friends to lovers read.

It's about love, about prevailing... and can't forget to mention the "Ghost" scene! ;)

There were certain aspects I can honestly say that I struggled with. The bigotry and hate Nate's had to deal with was outrageous and cruel. Is this truly how people are
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Susan writes steamy, sexy and fun contemporary romance stories, some suspenseful, some gritty and dark and others that hopefully make you think. She’s also Editor in Chief at Divine Magazine, an online LGBTQ e-zine, and one third of the deadly trio of Cover Thoughts.

Susan attained PAN status with the Romance Writers of America with her
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