Series: Dating by Numbers #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 4, 2017
Format: eARC, 386 pages
How I got it: From the author
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"Good Morning Malibu, it’s another beautiful day on the west coast! I'm Noely Clark, your host: and I'm in the market for love…”
When the publicity team of the new local restaurant, Going in Blind, began their search for a hot, local celebrity to promote the wildly popular eatery, they couldn’t have found a better person than me.
Open to finding love? Check.
I signed up immediately.
A hopeless romantic with an exceedingly demanding schedule, I've found it impossible to find the man of my dreams—so Going in Blind seems too good to be true! That’s until they start setting me up on dates—three very different, very attractive, very distinct blind dates—and only one thing is for certain . . .
I’m in big trouble.
Good Morning Malibu,
I'm Noely Clark, and I have a choice to make.
The question is who will I choose; the suit, the rebel, or the jock.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Truth time, y’all. I’ve read this book twice since I received the ARC in December. I liked it the first time, but I did not love it. In fact, it made me a bit angry at times. Why? Because I’d gone in with certain pre-conceived notions and I was SERIOUSLY shipping one couple. When that didn’t work out, I had a very tough time accepting that it really was for the best. I knew what I wanted and when I didn’t get it, I was disappointed. (At the risk of TMI, I was also literally PMSing and my emotions were all over the place so I’m not sure my judgment was sound.)
I’ve always enjoyed Meghan’s books so very much and my feelings didn’t sit well with me, so once my emotions leveled out, I decided I needed to give it another shot. Don’t get me wrong — I did like the book, for the most part, the first time around. I just couldn’t get behind the direction it went romantically. It didn’t seem right at all for me. After reading it a second time I can say, honestly, that I was wrong the first time. So very wrong. In fact, I can’t imagine any other possibility for Noely now.
Now that we got all that out of the way, I can tell you a little more about the book. But don’t worry, I’m not spoiling the outcome for you. Noely was the best. Can we be BFFs? Despite her local celebrity status, she was really down to Earth and easy to connect with. I spent so much of the book nodding along with her internal dialogue because I totally “got” her and understood what she wanted most out of life. Each of the three possible love matches — The Suit, The Rebel and The Jock — were unique and likable in their own way. As I said, the first time I read Three Blind Dates I had very strong feelings about who I wanted to Noely to wind up with, but even then I could admit each of the guys were sexy and swoony.
This isn’t a book that will work for everyone because so many readers — myself included at times — are apprehensive about “love triangle” (er, “love square”) books. That’s really not what you’ll find here. Noely is dating around. She’s considering her options. In fact, she was far more open-minded than I was. I had my heart so set on one match that I was unwilling to see it really wasn’t the right one all along. I learned from my judgmental ways though. The second time around, I saw everything I didn’t want to see the first time around and I just really loved the book and all it’s awkwardness and banter and sexy swooniness.
Now all that said, I am THRILLED to learn Three Blind Dates actually kicks off a new series and we’ll eventually get the stories of ALL of Noely’s blind dates. Quite frankly, it can’t happen soon enough either because I am so not ready to give up these characters.
All I want is someone amusing who can laugh with me, a man who can also connect with me on an intellectual level. If he happens to be handsome, with big hands, impeccable style, and a deep voice that can rock my socks off in bed, they hey, I’ll take it.
“There’s no way in hell I would be able to say goodbye to you forever tonight. I not only want to see you again, I need to see you again.”
But what I really want, what I truly, desperately want is romance. I want to hold my husband’s hand in a movie or when we walk to the store. I want to yell at him one minute over something stupid, then be making passionate love the next, simply because we can’t stay mad at each other. I want to be cherished, for someone to call me his own. And I want to give myself to that someone for as long as we both shall live. I want to be in love.
Forearms are the new abs. I’m calling it now.
“At this point, I have my heart set on you.”
Do you plan to read Three Blind Dates?