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Love Is Blind

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  5,085 ratings  ·  380 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 woman
Paperback, 342 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Leisure Books
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May 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 (Back to the Books)
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
Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
Oct 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Starr (AKA Starrfish) by: Princess under cover
This was awful. Bad writing, anachronistic language e.g., "are you okay?" Simple plot. Simpler characters. All the tension was around a soldier's facial scar and a woman's spectacles. I don't think I've ever given a 1 star before. I'm a high grader!

I have nothing else to say! Read my reading notes. Waste $7.99 and hours of my time! Will never read another Lynsay Sands book!!

How did this woman become a NYT Best Selling novelist???

Stacey is Sassy
This story came into my life at just the right time...

I've had a very stressful week at work and I absolutely adored that Love is Blind distracted me from it. Lynsay Sands created a storyline that entertained me and characters that made me laugh. Love is Blind was set in a time where the beautiful gained advantageous marriages and reputations made the difference between marrying up or down. Love was not a priority and more times than not, a love match seemed to happen by accident, not by design.
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
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
I am very pleasantly surprised and I'm really glad I took a chance on this.

The plot itself wasnt very different and something I have probably read 10 times over, but what really caught my attention was the non bodice-ripperish title. Its simple, contemporary and very (ironically and hilariously) related to the book.

What's probably the best part about this book is how the male MC is more insecure about his looks than the female MC, as he has a long, but light scar on his face. Clarissa, the fem
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
Sweet h has a stepmother who has reasons behind her cruel actions. The H is a recluse due to his scars. He's not vain, he has reasons for his actions. They are attracted at their first meeting when she's isn't wearing her glasses. He's worried she'll change her mind when she sees his scars so he decides to delay helping her to replace her glasses. A silly plot that worked because of this amusing couple and her step mother. A favourite read for me. ...more
It seems I had read this almost a decade ago, when I was first getting into romance books. It also seems that I had loved it at that time. This is most definitely no longer the case.

This was bad. Lazy writing, weirdly shifting tone and dialogue, repetitive, overly dramatic, thinly plotted, and schlocky. Not my cuppa at all.
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
A very very very sweet romance that discusses love is blind and how looks don't really matter. The ending ended TOO PERFECTLY but I love it. ...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
Jan 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hated-it
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Sandy M
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This one was pretty sweet. Wicked stepmother, scarred hero, heroine who can't see clearly without her glasses. I enjoyed this.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves clean, beautiful, heartwarming romance novels (specifically historical)
I loved this book very much! It was different from every other romance novels I have read in that it portrayed romantic love between two people as a simple, joyous, and beautiful thing that goes beyond wealth and face value.

Most other historical romance novels I have read, (e.g. books by Nora Roberts, Johanna Lindsey, Elizabeth Hoyt, Kinley MacGregor, Eloisa James, etc.) portray romantic love as a complicated thing. For instance, the hero and/or heroine almost always have a hard time ADMITTING
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 him,” Ly
Lit Reader
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Clarissa and Adrian's love story is very sweet and tender. It is spiced up with a threat/mystery that takes more prominence towards the end and overpowers the romance aspect in my opinion. There's the element of missunderstanding, but never to the point of angst.
Not much character growth or feeling developement, still quite cute.
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was was beyond stupid and so silly I’m surprised I actually finished it.
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? ...more

“Intelligent people have no need to pretend to knowledge they do not have. Only the stupid feel they must feign knowledge about everything and anything. They fear appearing as stupid as they are.”

Clarissa is a nice girl who is unfortunately very nearsighted without her spectacles. I can relate, I got remarkably close to a rabbit in my backyard thinking it was my dog when my glasses were off. Clarissa’s stepmother doesn’t think she will make a good match with them, but Clarissa is rather accide
Christine Aeschbacher
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very sweet. Great characters. Believable plot. This is a great message as well!
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
As someone with horrible eyesight I enjoyed this immensely. Simple plot but adorable.
Jennifer Brown
This was the first book I've read by this author. It was pretty good and I would pick up another by her in the future. I haven't read a historical romance novel in awhile and this one's formula was slightly different. I'm used to the ones where the man is more dominant. Adrian and Clarissa actually love each other and get along a lot better than most fictional couples. I enjoyed Clarissa's mishaps from not wearing her glasses! Made me chuckle! There was a little mystery added of who was trying t ...more
Rachel Smith
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This one of my all time favorite books by Lynsay Sands. When I need a great light humor filled romance this is my go to re-read.
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,
Sara ♥
August 3-4, 2016

Ahhhh... I had that hankerin' I was talking about below... I need to buy this book so I can read it more often!! In fact, I think I need to have a to-buy shelf! I shall create one.... ta da! But seriously... the hero and heroine are SO great! I love them!

April 11-13, 2014

Every once in a while, I just get a hankerin' to read this book... so I do. And it's lovely.

December 19-20, 2009

Cute book!

July 14-15, 2008

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

This is what amazon s
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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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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