Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Series: Dating by Numbers #1 (standalone)
Published on: January 4, 2018
POV: First Point of View
Rating: 4 STARS
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I started 2018 by reading Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn, a standalone, romantic comedy book from the author who was new to me. To say I regret why I didn’t grab Meghan Quinn’s books sooner is an understatement. She is an extraordinary storyteller with a number of remarkably sounding titles under her belt. Those who are familiar with her work might be delighted when I say she is one of the authors you need to give a chance if you haven’t yet.
Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn follows the journey of a single woman named Noely Clark who despite having a great, promising career as one of the hosts of Malibu morning TV show found herself lonely and wanting a real romantic relationship with a man who shares the same dreams in the future—having family and kids. After years of unsuccessful dating experiences with wrong men, she decides to give a blind dating program a try.
Her intimidating but exhilarating journey in the blind dating program led her to three breathtaking, handsome men whom each is unique in different ways. She calls them The Suit (the alpha, demanding, enigmatic, yet romantic businessman), The Rebel (the sexy, adventurous, free-spirited biker and a very talented artist), and The Jock (the sweet, handsome, protective, and humble, famous hockey player). Each of them captures her heart and changes her life in some ways which she is grateful for, but only one man leaves a special mark on her soul.
Her journey might be far from perfect but it colors her otherwise plain life with adventurous, laughter, and lessons she would otherwise miss had she not bravely given it a chance. Most importantly, it leads her to what her heart truly desires in the most unexpected way. It might not be the way she predicted it would be yet exceeded all her expectations.
Three Blind Dates had me smile and laugh the entire reading time. Its unique storyline and humor put me into a reading frenzy which very few stories managed to do. This is a story everyone should give a try when experiencing a reading slump. It is also perfect for fans of romantic comedy. While the theme ‘blind dating’ is already common nowadays, the way Meghan Quinn crafted the characters and put the magic to the plot and dialogs made the Three Blind Dates an exciting and unputdownable read for romance readers.
Noely Clark was a relatable character. She was the epitome of modern women nowadays whose jobs and busy schedules had taken away the chance to find the right person to share a future with. A woman who, in spite of her successful career, was hungry for meaningful relationships with real people. A woman who, after numerous, time-wasted dating experiences in the past, longed for something different and did the unthinkable to achieve it. My heart was with her throughout her journey—rooted for her to find the one, broke when the process let her down and crushed her dreams, and smiled when she finally found her happily-ever-after.
Noely’s three romantic interests were one of the factors of my level of excitement and high anticipation. They could not be more different and each brought something special that captured Noely’s heart as well as mine. The fact that each of them had a great potential to be her ONE had me on edge with my heart beating fast for her. They were real, genuine, and overall perfect, believable characters. My salute to the author for such amazing, unique characters that we can both relate and fall in love with.
Although I could guess which one was the one from the get-go, it didn’t affect my overall experience with the whole story. The subtle hints, clever plot, rich dialogs, and astonishing characters entertained me like no other and brought me to the amazing yet real journey with the heroine. Three Blind Dates was an addictive book that one couldn’t help but was immersed in the story. It was, hands down, one of the best romantic comedy I have ever read.
The supporting characters added a special touch to the whole story. They were true to their characters the entire story and hilariously entertaining. I couldn’t count how many times I almost broke into tears for laughing my heart out and smiled my face hurt with each dialogs Noely had with her best friend, brother, and sister in law. They brought something unique to the story and greatly contributed to the fun I had with this book.
For those who might be worried about love triangle, please, don’t let it dissuade you from giving this book a try since it is not the case. While the title might indicate it, I can guarantee that there was no any love triangle happening physically or emotionally between the heroine and the guys. While each man had a part of her heart, she subconsciously had her soul to only one, which readers would gradually and eventually figure out through her journey if willing to give this book a try.
However, although I loved the ending, it felt too rushed. The reunion, which was the most-awaited moment, would have left a powerful impact on me and helped strengthen my connection with the couple had it been longer than it was. It, unfortunately, ended abruptly and left me hanging for more.
All in all, Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn is a breathtaking romantic comedy with the unique storyline, the outstanding cast of characters, and amazing sense of humor that would make you laugh your heart out and stay with you long after you finished reading. This is a must read and, no doubt, one I will reread soon when I am in the mood for a great comedy romance. I now eagerly await the next books by Meghan Quinn which will feature the other guys in this story, to be a part of their own love stories.
“Your mind might be blind, but your heart never is. From the beginning, our hearts knew, we were meant for each other. It only took one date with a suit, a rebel, and a jock to figure it out.”