Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense
Standalone or Series: Standalone
Published on: August 1, 2017
POV: First person POV
Rating: 3.5 STARS!
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Blind Date was the answer to my longing for mystery/thriller stories. I was a huge fan of that genre and I’m starting to miss them. This has the elements of suspense and thriller that would keep you on your toes. A standalone book about a serial killer who targets the women who have lost their beloved ones.
I’ve been watching her for a while. She’s not like the weak willed women I’ve played with in the past. I have to take this slow, break her into tiny pieces before I attack.
Hartley Watson. I’m coming for you.
Hartley Watson is a widow who lost her husband four years ago. After having been forced by her best-friend for months to move on and start dating again, she finally agrees to do blind dates with three different men, all of whom are her best-friend’s choices. The first two dates end up not she expected; however, the third one, Jacob, is exactly what she is looking for. It gives her a new hope.
Jacob is a sweet, great guy that every woman dreams of. He is always there for Hartley and never complains. He is patient with her and always wants the best for her. In another hand, Ace, a detective, is the complete opposite of Jacob. He is brooding, bold, and always annoys her with his lack of social skills. These two handsome and sexy men enter her life (one by a choice, the other not) and show their care in different ways when she needs them.
Her peaceful, normal life starts to change when she suddenly gets some terrors that use her deceased husband’s stuff and their memories. Without any family left, both Jacob and Ace along with her best friend, Taylor, are the only people she has in her life that she can lean on during these difficult times.
I had a very high expectation at the beginning that probably was the factor for my lack of interest toward the end. The serial killer wasn’t a mystery from the start; I guessed it right away. The Same way with the main characters. I hoped the author did not make it so apparent from the start whom the main characters were and kept me guessing instead. I would have liked to be the one who was not being “in the know” and had the story surprise me since the guessing and questioning things during the reading are my favorites. Hence, it took away my excitement a little bit.
The terrors and suspense were great, though. I could feel her fears and relate to her. The killer did unexpected things that both surprised and terrified me. I enjoyed the part of not knowing what he would do next even though I already knew who he was. It made me relate to and connect with her. The analytical processing the protagonists did to find out who the killer was irritated me at times. Lots of questions were on my mind and one of them was, “how could they see not the clues?”
The chemistry between the main characters was not that great either. I did enjoy their banter, their enemies to friends relationship at the beginning, and their slow-burn romance; however, I didn’t feel very connected to them as a couple. It was good; don’t get me wrong. It just didn’t move me as much as I hoped. I was left with an ‘ok’ feeling that neither was great nor bad.
I did love the friendship between Hartley and Taylor, though. These two showed how strong their friendship was and I loved to see them support and care for each other. Even though their scenes were limited, their friendship was deep; I could feel their love for each other.
The ending was totally expected since the identity of the killer was not a secret for me. While the revelation was still entertaining, it didn’t, unfortunately, build up my excitement. It is still a good, entertaining read overall. My expectation for the suspense, the mystery, the problem-solving, and the romance might have been just too high that prevented me from fully enjoying this story.