Friday, September 2, 2016

Blind Date by Kay Doherty

Dekker Callan is content with his life though he knows something is missing. Wanting the kind of love his friends share with their partners, Dekker is talked into taking part in a modeling and dating show as part of a fundraiser. He immediately falls in love with the anonymous, sexy voice on the other side of the wall, but fate has a surprise in store–his mystery man isn’t single.

Slade Gannon wasn’t supposed to take part in the dating show. That spot was for his roommate, Phil, who becomes ill and asks Slade to take his place. Slade has just recently gone through a breakup with his cheating boyfriend, George. Shocked and pleased when he wins the interest of handsome Dekker Callan, before he can go on the obligatory blind date, his ex asks for a second chance. Believing Dekker can’t possibly be as good on the inside as he looks on the outside, Slade agrees.

Dekker and Slade hit it off immediately, drawn to each other despite Slade being involved with someone else. They finally get their opportunity to be together when Slade finds out his boyfriend is still cheating, but just as they seem to discover the happiness they’ve been waiting for, George throws them one last hurdle—and this one may prove to be insurmountable.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 Stars.

Blind Date was a flirty, lusty little novella, perfect for a few hours of escapism. Obviously the blind date premise has been done before, but there was a new-take on it with the Dating Game auction, then the events surrounding the 'date.'

Dekker was a solid character, and I was pulling for him throughout the novel. Slade was a bit too wishy-washy for my tastes, but I did like him as a character. Together, there was a nice combination of push-pull romance, scorching hot chemistry, and palpable tension.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. But my only complaint was the fact that I assumed all of the characters mentioned, who truly weren't explained to the reader, had a previous book. As I read the story, and bits and pieces of backstory were given, I assumed this was a series and I was excited to go check out the previous novellas. But I see this is listed as a standalone, with no series title, so I'm a bit confused. Where did all this backstory happen? Why were the characters just plopped in there? It was written in a way that the reader should know who these 'friends' were and be privy to the past. But after looking up the author, I find that this is her debut book. [Blog Note: While preparing this blog post, we learned that this is the first book in a new series; this information was not available to the reviewer when she read the book.]

So if you're reading my review prior to purchase, don't sweat the side characters' stories – you're not missing anything, even if you feel there must be another book somewhere.

Recommended for fans of MM romance, particularly lusty novellas, and for those who are free-time-challenged but still want to carve out a bit of 'me' time and relax.

Kay lives in Colorado with her husband and their animal children. Family is important to her so there are weekly visits to her parents and frequent text messages with her brothers. She has a severe addiction to coffee and Mexican food. She loves to read and write and can easily become consumed by it for hours, much to the dismay of the husband and dogs. On occasion she can be convinced to venture out into world of the living.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Blind Date (Back in the Game #1) by Kay Doherty to read and review.

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