Renee Carlino's latest novel, Blind Kiss, is a story about two strangers who met via a scientific experiment.
The summary says: "Penny spends her afternoons sitting outside a sandwich shop, surrounded by ghosts. Fourteen years ago, this shop was her childhood dance studio - and she was a dancer on the rise.
Now she's a suburban housewife, dreading the moment her son departs for MIT, leaving her with an impeccably decorated McMansion and a failing marriage. She had her chance at wild, stars-in-her-eyes happiness, but that was a lifetime ago. After The Kiss. Before The Decision.
The Kiss was soulful. Magical. Earth-shattering. And it was all for a free gift card. Asked to participate in a psych study that posed the question, 'Can you have sexual chemistry without knowing what the other person looks like?' Penny agreed to be blindfolded, make polite conversation with a total stranger, and kiss him.
She never expected The Kiss to change her life forever and introduce her to Gavin: tattooed, gorgeous, and spontaneous enough to ask her out seconds after the blindfolds came off. For a year, they danced between friendship and romance - until Penny made The Decision that forced them to settle for friendship. Now, fourteen years later, both of their lives are about to radically change - and it's his turn to decide what will become of their once-in-a-lifetime connection." Blind Kiss is out in August 2018.