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The Blind Date (Love Unexpected) Paperback – February 26, 2014
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This is my second short story by Delaney Diamond and I have to say that I enjoyed this one more. I liked Ryan and Shawna and I kept reading hoping to get to know more about them. I guess that's what was missing for me. There were moments, like when they went dancing, where I thought I would have the opportunity to witness Ryan and Shawna falling in love. Instead, what I learned was how much they liked having sex with each other. It was steamy, at first, but after a while the sex scenes grew redundant. I got tired of them being all over each other and wanted to see Shawna and Ryan connect emotionally instead of being told that they did (if that makes sense). I was extremely disappointed to be told that Ryan proposed. In lieu of some of the same 'ol, same 'ol sex scenes I would have rather been a part to a beautiful, heartfelt proposal. The Blind Date wasn't a bad story. It just wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be.
Shawna Ferguson is set up on a blind date by her sister and brother in law and when she meets the guy, it is none other than Ryan Stewart, the man who crushed her heart six years prior.
And Shawna is not having it. But, the bad part is that it seems Ryan has become even more good looking and he keeps mentioning that night of unbridled passion they had six years ago...
I finished this book in a little less than 24 hours because it was kind of straight to the point. It does dally between the past and present a bit and I know many readers do not like that, including me. However Delaney Diamond makes it painless. The past is just as bittersweet as the present and presents an explosive build up by the end.
Like I said before, I was just looking for feels this time and I got it. Ryan was incredibly sexy and so charming, while Shawna could have had more personality, but to me it did not matter all that much.
A passionate, short read!
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When Shawna was mad at Ryan during the "blind date" you could feel the tension between the two. I like that the flashbacks gave us the history on how the "blind date" came to be, in fact I wanted a bit more to round the story out.
Shawna was strong and I liked that she stood her ground when she needed to establish the boundaries in their fragile relationship. Ryan really won be over at the end of the book with his "handling" of Jerome. As a reader, I knew their lovemaking would be kinetic (The lovemaking was not explicit and that was nice).
I can always count on this author for a well written and well edited story. This is the start of a good series and I look forward to the next story in the series.
Um…alright, I can see that. There was this big falling out. Ryan lied…Shawna was hurt…I got it. I get it. But here is the thing…they were young and on a night, you just met someone and you feel it’s right. But it’s some other shit going on at home that this person just can’t get into at the moment BUT he's taken by this new thing thats going on…this is Ryan’s main problem and situation at the time.
I will not give away a lot of details, but I will tell you my main issue with this tale. After six years…SIX years. Shawna couldn’t get over the hurt that Ryan caused. Listen, I understand hurt, but really six years?… and definitely if dude has changed and admitted he mucked up….#comeonnow.
What more do you want or require? #ijustdidntgetit. Ryan admitted he mucked up…so you will hold a grudge for how long? #stopit.
The story itself was well written and kept me turning the pages, I think Delaney Diamond wrote one heck of a story. But, I will admit that Shawna worked my nerves. Because, honestly if you feel that you can’t move on from what someone did to you in the past…then you need to let it all go and you know…move on. Don’t have sex with them and then feel guilty about the stuff…#imjustsaying. So these few issues brought this down to a 3 heel review for me.