First Thing I See by Vi Keeland, A Book Review
Colleen Bratley
Colleen Bratley is the author of The Giving Collection and her first young adult novel The Morac. She grew up around a lot of animals and avid book readers in Wisconsin. As these became her passions, she writes to share them with others. Colleen now resides in North Carolina, with family, friends, and of course lots of animals. 
By Colleen Bratley
Published on 03/3/2013
Romance is like a breath of fresh air and this story is no exception. Vi Keeland found a way to weave the chemistry into the life of both characters with her can't stop reading technique. It's a very enjoyable read with realistic and heart thumping writing style.

First Thing I See

A romance novel that shows you love is always the happiness dose we all continuously seek whether it's in our current situation, or one we hope for in the future.  It's an empowerment, hope, and riding on the crest of the wave story that leaves you feeling good, and determined to now make your own dreams come true.

Hope the main character, aptly named I must say, had decided to reinvent herself.  She moved across the country, changed her wardrobe, and followed a little in her friends footsteps to be who she thought she should be.  After landing a new job, the one she had coveted, she met who she thought was 'the one'.  He was handsome all over, charming, and the chemistry was immediate just upon seeing him, let alone what she felt when he brushed just her hand.

As with any relationship, Hope and Kennedy went through the machinations of learning about one another, trusting each other, and finding out what their inner most thoughts are.  Their process is not only entertaining, but fanciful and enveloping.  You could feel the chemistry and emotions with each word she wrote.  Her descriptive writing drew you into the scenes with such clarity and emotion, that you had to keep reading.  You knew, from an outsider, what mistakes she was making and just had to keep reading to know that she eventually got it right.

Kennedy, even though it was written with Hope as the first person, still gave you enough insight into his world to understand him and root for him and Hope's future.  What makes him become who he is, and what is going to make him be what they both need in the future is a process you watch develop throughout the storyline.  It isn't held in secret with you wondering until the end, which makes you get attached to this character as much as you do Hope.

What Hope discovers is, her past influenced her development; it didn't change the core of who she was.  When she changed her wardrobe and moved across the country, she was really just giving herself permission to be who she always has been.  It took Kennedy to show her the truth, even though her best friend had been telling her that for years.  She realized that if Kennedy could see that, having only known her for a short time, then it must be true.  Sometimes it takes a window instead of a mirror to see what has been right in front of us all along.

It's a fun story and romantic as ever.  Get the book, you will definitely enjoy it and enthusiastically look for Vi's next one.