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Double Blind

– tekijä: Heidi Cullinan

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Sarjat: Special Delivery (2)

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Poker player and professional smartass Randy Jansen believes in fate but doesn't let it rule his life. Whether he's at the table or between the sheets, Randy always knows the odds, and he only plays the games he can win-until he meets Ethan Ellison. Ethan came to Las Vegas with a broken heart and shattered spirit, and when he sits down at the roulette table with his last five dollars, he means this to be one of his last acts on earth. But Randy ropes him into first one bet, and then another, and then another.... Pretty soon they're playing poker on the Strip and having the time of their lives-and all this even before Randy gets Ethan into his bed. But before Ethan can plot out a new course for his life, they're drafted into the schemes of Randy's former lover, a tricky gangster who needs a fall guy. To survive, Ethan will have to stop waiting on fate and start making his own luck, and Randy will have to face the demons of his past and accept that to win this round, he's going to have to put up a big ante. It isn't money going into the pot this time, either: it's his heart, and Ethan's too-because for better or for worse, the game of love has a double blind. Read about Randy before he meets Ethan in Special Delivery.… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 7) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Reread #3 (#1 on audio). ( )
  CressK | Feb 28, 2018 |
The second book in the Special Delivery series, but I read it last, which I think messed up the reading experience, honestly. I said I thought that might be the case when I reviewed the third book in the series, and I'm even more sure of it now. My experience with romance series before has been that the characters from previous books might pop their heads in to later books and that reading them in order enriches while reading them out of order does not confuse. But in this series the characters from the first book are very much part of the emotional arc of books two and three, and I should have read them in order. I've given a half star "back" to my rating for this one above my gut feeling because I think many of the problems I had with the story were my fault for reading out of order.

All that said, this is Randy and Ethan's story. Randy works part time in a Las Vegas casino and spots a man on the monitors at the roulette table he's sure is down on his luck and down to his last dollar. On a bet, he intervenes, and he and Ethan find an emotional connection immediately. Eventually Randy's boss at the casino maneuvers Ethan into a job putting the casino back on its feet. All manner of emotional fallout, poker playing, and out-maneuvering the Vegas gangsters of old ensues. I got a little restless midway through with the maneuvering, but I probably would have been happier to sit still for it if I weren't expending so much energy trying to piece character stuff together out of order or remember what we know already about certain people but what we don't (because I'd already read book three). Recommended if it sounds like your cuppa, but read 'em in order! ( )
  lycomayflower | Apr 28, 2016 |
I won this book in a Facebook competition and am very glad I did as it introduced me to a new (for me) author and one who made me want to read every one of their books.
Heidi is also one of those authors that makes my efforts feel inadequate. Then I look at how long they have been writing and I take heart.
Double Blind is actually a sequel to "Special Delivery" but is quite capable of being read as a stand alone. In fact it wasn't until I finished it that I decided to search and see if Sunshine and Mitch had their own book. I must admit I skipped a lot of the poker detail as I'm not a fan. Vegas itself also has never been on my "must visit" list and now I've read this book, I feel I can safely leave it off. I much preferred reading about the outdoors in "Special Delivery".
Heidi writes great sex scenes and a lot of them. So if you want a hot read....
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It's now six months on and I've re-read "Double Blind" and "Special Delivery" in the right order. Not that the books didn't work as stand alones but you definitely get more out of it that way. I also didn't skim the poker parts this time ;)
In a way, the poker and the cards are integral to this book, so my initial rating of 4 stars wasn't really fair. The wonderful character of Crabtree has a parable about men based on what type of card they are:We divide the deck into numbered and face cards, and so we divide the types of men. This then becomes what is in essence an Ugly Duckling story in which a number of characters change. Sam's wings unfurl as he's removed from the smothering protection of Mitch and Randy. Randy changes once he relaxes because he knows Ethan understands him and is there for him and as for Ethan... I’d love to see this in a movie with the scared, incomplete Ethan, trapped in his tiny world gradually “coming out” not out of the closet but out of his narrow existence. Blooming into a confident, sexy man. At the start he’d be the type of guy you wouldn’t notice in a crowd, but under Randy’s and Crabtree’s direction, he gradually finds who he can be. It’s scary for him. It’s not put on. It’s right. Tentative to confident. Out of control to in control and controlling others. Being a fish to being a number card, to a face card to an Ace. Turning to Randy for reassurance and comfort when he stops moving ahead and teeters on the brink.
Then Ethan, as his ability to "read" people grows, realizes Crabtree is bluffing about who he is.
Double Blind is full of opinions, but this is what makes it feel real IMHO. Guys sitting around and talking about their feelings never rings true to me, but guys stating their opinions (whether their audience wants to know or not) makes them more like real men not CWD.
It's a pleasure to revisit Sam and Mitch and watch their relationship grow. It's even more of a pleasure to get to know Randy better. Heidi has created another wonderful character there.This paragraph sums up Randy for me:So Randy launched into high court jester mode. He made loud noises about how good the food smelled, and he made so many rude comments about Sam’s body and what he wanted to do with it that Ethan started to look at him askance. He was saved from having to explain that one by Sam’s finally noticing the second cat, and then Randy made all kinds of wry remarks about cat litter and scratches, and when Ethan started to explain about the clicker, engaging Sam, Randy turned his focus on Mitch, poking at his cooking until he snapped at him. Randy teased him back, goading and mocking and anything he could think of until all the damn spiky energy was redirected, and finally everyone was either glaring at him, or arguing with him, or waiting for him to piss them off again. In short, it was a lot fucking better. Randy, the consummate poker player who finally finds someone who can read him, who wants to read him and understands he's not a Joker but in reality an ace like himself. I loved the way once Ethan understood what Randy was doing, he took over the reins and worked out a less confrontational way to fix the situation. And a highly charged sexual one at that!
Finally, I always try to work out what an author has added to the m/m world by writing her book. This quote of Ethan's sums that up for me:being here, playing here, and working here has taught me more about life and the risks we take—that we need to take—than anything else I’ve encountered yet. It's a book about the need to read people, to see who they really are and what they need. The tells are all there if we learn to look for them.
Worth a second read if you've already read it, and a first if you haven't.

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1 ääni AB_Gayle | Mar 31, 2013 |
I won this book in a Facebook competition and am very glad I did as it introduced me to a new (for me) author and one who made me want to read every one of their books.
Heidi is also one of those authors that makes my efforts feel inadequate. Then I look at how long they have been writing and I take heart.
Double Blind is actually a sequel to "Special Delivery" but is quite capable of being read as a stand alone. In fact it wasn't until I finished it that I decided to search and see if Sunshine and Mitch had their own book. I must admit I skipped a lot of the poker detail as I'm not a fan. Vegas itself also has never been on my "must visit" list and now I've read this book, I feel I can safely leave it off. I much preferred reading about the outdoors in "Special Delivery".
Heidi writes great sex scenes and a lot of them. So if you want a hot read....
* * * *
It's now six months on and I've re-read "Double Blind" and "Special Delivery" in the right order. Not that the books didn't work as stand alones but you definitely get more out of it that way. I also didn't skim the poker parts this time ;)
In a way, the poker and the cards are integral to this book, so my initial rating of 4 stars wasn't really fair. The wonderful character of Crabtree has a parable about men based on what type of card they are:We divide the deck into numbered and face cards, and so we divide the types of men. This then becomes what is in essence an Ugly Duckling story in which a number of characters change. Sam's wings unfurl as he's removed from the smothering protection of Mitch and Randy. Randy changes once he relaxes because he knows Ethan understands him and is there for him and as for Ethan... I’d love to see this in a movie with the scared, incomplete Ethan, trapped in his tiny world gradually “coming out” not out of the closet but out of his narrow existence. Blooming into a confident, sexy man. At the start he’d be the type of guy you wouldn’t notice in a crowd, but under Randy’s and Crabtree’s direction, he gradually finds who he can be. It’s scary for him. It’s not put on. It’s right. Tentative to confident. Out of control to in control and controlling others. Being a fish to being a number card, to a face card to an Ace. Turning to Randy for reassurance and comfort when he stops moving ahead and teeters on the brink.
Then Ethan, as his ability to "read" people grows, realizes Crabtree is bluffing about who he is.
Double Blind is full of opinions, but this is what makes it feel real IMHO. Guys sitting around and talking about their feelings never rings true to me, but guys stating their opinions (whether their audience wants to know or not) makes them more like real men not CWD.
It's a pleasure to revisit Sam and Mitch and watch their relationship grow. It's even more of a pleasure to get to know Randy better. Heidi has created another wonderful character there.This paragraph sums up Randy for me:So Randy launched into high court jester mode. He made loud noises about how good the food smelled, and he made so many rude comments about Sam’s body and what he wanted to do with it that Ethan started to look at him askance. He was saved from having to explain that one by Sam’s finally noticing the second cat, and then Randy made all kinds of wry remarks about cat litter and scratches, and when Ethan started to explain about the clicker, engaging Sam, Randy turned his focus on Mitch, poking at his cooking until he snapped at him. Randy teased him back, goading and mocking and anything he could think of until all the damn spiky energy was redirected, and finally everyone was either glaring at him, or arguing with him, or waiting for him to piss them off again. In short, it was a lot fucking better. Randy, the consummate poker player who finally finds someone who can read him, who wants to read him and understands he's not a Joker but in reality an ace like himself. I loved the way once Ethan understood what Randy was doing, he took over the reins and worked out a less confrontational way to fix the situation. And a highly charged sexual one at that!
Finally, I always try to work out what an author has added to the m/m world by writing her book. This quote of Ethan's sums that up for me:being here, playing here, and working here has taught me more about life and the risks we take—that we need to take—than anything else I’ve encountered yet. It's a book about the need to read people, to see who they really are and what they need. The tells are all there if we learn to look for them.
Worth a second read if you've already read it, and a first if you haven't.

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  AB_Gayle | Mar 31, 2013 |
Not quite as good as Special Delivery IMO but still very good story - I really cared about Randy and Ethan and it was nice to "catch up" with Mitch and Sam. Very involved plot and less hawtness. However, what there was was... *fans self*. I'm looking forward to the next installment. ( )
  Kaetrin | Aug 13, 2012 |
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Poker player and professional smartass Randy Jansen believes in fate but doesn't let it rule his life. Whether he's at the table or between the sheets, Randy always knows the odds, and he only plays the games he can win-until he meets Ethan Ellison. Ethan came to Las Vegas with a broken heart and shattered spirit, and when he sits down at the roulette table with his last five dollars, he means this to be one of his last acts on earth. But Randy ropes him into first one bet, and then another, and then another.... Pretty soon they're playing poker on the Strip and having the time of their lives-and all this even before Randy gets Ethan into his bed. But before Ethan can plot out a new course for his life, they're drafted into the schemes of Randy's former lover, a tricky gangster who needs a fall guy. To survive, Ethan will have to stop waiting on fate and start making his own luck, and Randy will have to face the demons of his past and accept that to win this round, he's going to have to put up a big ante. It isn't money going into the pot this time, either: it's his heart, and Ethan's too-because for better or for worse, the game of love has a double blind. Read about Randy before he meets Ethan in Special Delivery.

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