by Emma Hart
Published by the Author (Self-Published) on August 24, 2016
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Blind dates are the work of the devil…
I’m a serial-one nighter, and my best friend is my inner slut. He’s temptation personified, and his best friend is definitely his cock.
Carter Hughes gave me a taste of my own medicine. He wham, bam, thank you ma’amed me into oblivion, and I hell yes, oh God, right there’d him into paradise.
I thought that would be the end—until my mother’s double booking for a consultation winds me right back up at the place I swore I’d never go again. Now I’m fighting for an interior design contract I don’t even want... Just to make a point.
If I get it, the date won’t be the devil.
Carter Hughes will be.
Blind Date is the first book I’ve read by Emma Hart. Technically, it’s a novella, and the length of the story felt just right to me. However, the relationship between the hero and heroine felt underdeveloped. Also, there were some serious editing issues that distracted me throughout the book.
Bee Donnelly has been set up on a blind date by her best friend. Bee, who works with her mother at their interior design company, is more focused on her career than relationships. She doesn’t do commitment and she’s all about loving them and leaving them. So she meets her match when Carter Hughes comes into her life.
Carter owns numerous successful restaurants and happens to be averse to commitment as well. He and Bee hit it off immediately, physically at least, and have a good time together. But it’s meant to be a one-night stand and nothing more.
Their paths cross again when Bee is sent to meet with a prospective new client and–surprise!–it’s Carter. She ends up redesigning his restaurant and there’s an element of pseudo taboo since he’s her client and they’re working together.
That’s basically the entire premise of the story: they shouldn’t be involved sexually because they’re working together, they continue getting it on anyway, Bee wants to keep it secret to avoid her mother’s wrath, rinse and repeat. Other than that, the story has zero to little angst. Unfortunately, it’s pretty lacking in substance as well.
I liked the relationship between Bee and her best friend–they both have very crass, snarky senses of humor that I enjoyed. Carter was…okay. He’s quite cocky and at times that trait annoyed me.
The thing that annoyed me the most, though, was the apparent lack of editing. The story takes place in New York and the characters are supposed to be American, but it’s super obvious that the author is British. In addition to the grammatical and stylistic issues, there were just so many words that were out of place–not blatant typos, necessarily, just the wrong word substituted where the correct one should have been. As a reader, that’s distracting and took away from the reading experience since I kept noticing things that didn’t belong.
Sadly, this story didn’t work for me and I wouldn’t recommend it. I plan on trying a different book by this author–hopefully this is a one-off and I can find something else by her to enjoy.
Rating: 2 stars