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Sight Unseen

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  61 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:(
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Don't know what happened, I just could not get into the story.

Well, that is not entirely true ; it was the selfish and immature secondary characters ; that is what happened.

OMG, talk about annoying! It was just too much for me; even consider throwing in the towel but I persevered till the end , even if I had skip a lot of it.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, arc-read
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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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
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
To be seen

This was an interesting story. It was a story about real friendship, loyalty, love and truly seeing someone for who they are. It was also about acceptance. The author did a great job writing the story so that it felt as if you knew the characters! Nicely done!!
3.5 stars - I felt like this book really dragged in several places. I loved the two MCs and their friends. There were just some parts that bothered me.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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
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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 clos
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
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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 send him tumbling down a ravi
Mari  Cardenas
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
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Friendship matters. Nate Powell wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings to find he's in the hospital. He was totally disoriented, not remembering what happened and unable to see. He was wondering where his friends Jon or Cody were. He returned to conciousness 2 days later to Jon trying to calm/comfort him. He remembered getting an award and dancing at a party. He and Jon were arguing abotu Jon's ex, Caleb's attempt to get back with Jon. A female driver hit Jon while he was out running, then called t ...more
Anne Harris
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow where to begin!
So Nate and Cody have always been the best of friends. they had a wonderful weekend where they experiment sexual together when they were 17 but Nate said he wanted to go off to college and be free to explore his sexuality and remain friends with Cody and Cody agreed.
Nate is a brilliant sculptor and is dating a model when he loses his sight in an accident and it isn't long for his boyfriend to leave. Vain much!!
Thankfully his best friend Cody is there to help
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, romance, contemporary
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
T Paul
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story is an emotionally charged one. Cody and Nate are great people. Long time friends but both carrying “feelings” for the other. Time and chance has caused them to never be together as more than best friends until an accident brings them another chance. Jon, what a piece of work, but their true friends are just that. This book has you invested from the start. This story is superior first as a romance, then as one of rebirth and healing and finally of love found that has been hidden for ye ...more
Lisa The Novel Approach
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
Suzanne Irving
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Susan MacNicol is masterful at writing emotional situations and events. This book is a second chance type of romance with two friends who are now forced into a situation where they end up realizing that they each need more from each other than they have been willing to admit. I adored this book and following along the journey with these men.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book it was great, the story was well written and the characters are interesting. Wow talk about trying to catch my breath to write this review. Nate and Cody one weekend away together it was hot, raw, sexual, sensual passion and lust it was eroticism. Nate left so they ended up having their own partner. Will Nate and Cody get back together for the feelings they have for each other?

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Elizabeth Boyle
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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!
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