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“What about the neighborhood?” I asked quietly.
“Yeah well, I guess it’s not all that safe and there is a street gang in the neighborhood, but they don’t bother me.” He paused and continued with a satisfied smile. “In fact, you might say they kind of watch out for me.”
As a visually impaired person myself, I have always been aware that there are a distinct lack of blind characters in fiction, unless it’s the wise old grandmother or the psychic whose inner eye compensates for their sight loss. Fewer still are portrayed as being in any way sexy or desirable. You can imagine how thrilled I was, therefore, when I discovered Huston Piner had created a blind character in his latest story, and even more so that this character was the hero’s love interest.
Kevin Reeves lives with his mother and abusive father and dreams of going to Dickerson University. Lonely and easily cowed, he works as a janitor to save money and signs up for night courses at the community college. There, he meets Dominic Pierce, a sexy emo who also happens to be blind. Kevin is immediately attracted to Dominic and soon a mutual attraction develops into a full-blown romance. After a violent confrontation with his father leads to Kevin moving in with Dominic, he discovers that the neighborhood gang is terrified of the blind emo, referring to him as El Sanguijuela.