Title: Blind Date (Back In The Game #1)
Author: Kay Doherty
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: August 29, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 113 pages
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
I’m finding it difficult to write a review for this. I really enjoyed the storyline and thought the MC’s were very likable characters. The story starts out with Dekker being begged to do a charity auction event for a friend and then a blind date after. He finally gives in and is surprised that he, in fact, wants to get to know of the the contestants, Slade, better.
During the date, Slade mentions George, his boyfriend. Dekker is about to call an end to the night, but Slade persuades him to stay. This is the undercurrent of the story that really bothered me. They had a connection that was obvious to both parties, yet Slade goes home to his boyfriend.
Over the next few months, they see each other in what is camouflaged as business, but seems more like emotional cheating to me. When Slade then accuses Dekker of seeing someone else, tempers flare and Dekker says he’s not a cheater. I’m not sure about the validity of this argument seeing that Dekker is determined to break up Slade and George and has no problem telling everyone his plans.
I think writing around a theme of cheating can be tricky, but in the end I really did like the overall story that was told. There was a lot going on with the characters and there was a lot of emotion. I wish there was more leading up to their relationship because it seemed fast to me, but there was also a lot of drama which tends to create deeper emotions. Again, I had a hard time rating this one, but if you are okay with some cheating, I’d recommend the read. There was definitely good writing and funny moments and a great ending.