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- Print Length: 386 pages
- Publisher: Hot-Lanta Publishing, LLC (January 4, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 4, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078PRS2H4
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I was drawn in by each of the male characters and their connection to Noely. It was bliss and torture just how much she was able to hit it off with each man. Then for things to fall apart with each one of them. I guess that is what happens when you go on blind dates. Instant attraction. Lust. Then, nothing? I mean, it's normal, right?
I fell in love with each man in this book instantly. The Suit. The Rebel. The Jock. What other book has all three of the most popular book boyfriend "types"? At the same time, this was a downfall for me. I couldn't decide which I liked more for Noely. I had no clue who I wanted her to end up with by the third blind date.
There are plenty of ups and downs in this book. Laugh. Frown. Laugh. Frown. I was on a very hilly road. I did eventually decide how I wanted the book to end. I can't tell you who I chose for her and who she ended up with. This is something you need to find out for yourself.
2.5 -3 stars. Three Blind Dates didn't really do it for me. I liked parts of it and others were just Meh. I heard that it was super funny. I laughed out loud a couple times but the rest didn't really hit the mark with me for being really funny.
Three Blind Dates was told primarily from main character Noely's POV. The only exceptions were chapter 37, which is the second to last chapter, and the epilogue. I see why the author did it, wanting to show what the other character was thinking, but it didn't come off as seamless. It was a bit out of place.
The book is broken into 4 parts.
Part 1: The Suit. This is Noely's first blind date. She is set up with Jack. He is scared
after being burned by a past love and is overly private about his life and business dealings now
as a result.
Part 2: The Rebel. Noely's second blind date is with Beck. He is very reserved, closed off and secretive about his past 8 years and his divorce.
Part 3: The Jock. Hayden is Noely's third blind date. He is still hung up on the last girl he dated.
Part 4: The Mystery Man. The mystery man is one of the three men that Noely already dated. He is either The Suit, The Rebel, or The Jock.
I had a hard time getting into this book. I kept reading a few pages and then putting it down. As I got further into the book, it held my attention a lot better. Part 1 was hard to get through. Part 2 was better and then 3 even better than 2. Part 4 had ups and downs. I also struggled a bit because we didn't really get to know about Noely down deep. It was mostly superficial type things. We didn't get to know much about her family relationships either. She had her brother, his wife, and their daughter, but even when she was hanging out with them or talking to or about them and it wasn't anything of real substance. I want to feel attached to the main characters. I want to know them and be invested in them. I didn't really get to that point. Along these same lines, we also didn't get as much information as I would have liked about the three men she dated. I really wanted more. I wanted deeper connections.
One thing that kind of annoyed me throughout the story was that we had to repeatedly read about how Noely's co-host / best friend Dylan took her bra off as soon as they were done shooting each show. For whatever reason, it irritated the hell out of Noely and she had to talk about it every. single. time. I don't know about the rest of you ladies, but I am quite familiar with the need to remove uncomfortable articles of clothing such as my bra after I finish working. Granted I wait until I get home, but two seconds inside the door and I am already beginning to get more comfortable. And since removing bras is an age-old thing that women have been doing modestly from underneath their clothing for decades, I can't see how it is such a big deal. Noely and Dylan are best friends and Dylan remains covered up the entire time. Why would Noely care so much and talk about it every single time??
There was one part I really hated. It turned me off so badly that it knocked the book from a 3.5 star rating down to 2.5 to 3 stars. Slut shaming is gross. There is nothing wrong or slutty about two consenting adults who share a connection being intimate. Even though I am not someone who has casual sex, I do not fault or look down upon those who do. To each their own. Whatever makes you happy. The only thing disgusting about it is this excerpt from the book. This is from Noely having sex with one of the dates that she clearly still shares a strong connection with after they broke it off.
“Oh God, I look like such a slut. And don’t try to tell me I don’t. I know what you’re thinking: look at that Noely chick. She just had sex with a guy who dropped her like a pelican with no wings—ignore the reference, I have no idea where that came from—giving in to him the minute he stuck her breast in his mouth. Yes, this is true. I let the nipple sucking happen, but . . . But . . . God, there is no excuse. I’m slut-zilla, climbing dicks like skyscrapers. Be disgusted, because I am." Dislike.
Editing: There were some very minor editing mistakes sprinkled throughout. For the most part, they were easy to overlook and move beyond. One bigger editing mistake was blatantly obvious and took away from my reading experience. I actually went back and re-read two different parts to make sure that I hadn't missed something, but nope, I read correctly. It was just something stupid but since it stopped my reading process and caused me to spend time investigating, I am mentioning it anyway. When Jack sent Noely flowers, we had two different and separate scenes where she says thank you and he says you're welcome. This was at location 880 when Noely received the flowers and sent a message to Jack to thank him. At location 888 he responds to her and says you're welcome. Then at location 1047, Jack send Noely a message to ask her if she received the flowers that he sent. At location 1052, she confirms that she did receive them and says thank you to him. So, like I said, it was something stupid that didn't change the outcome of the story but I certainly noticed it.
I didn't dislike this book. There were things I liked quite a bit. I thought some of the parallels between the book and the movie You've Got Mail were really cute.
I genuinely liked all three men. I think they all had great qualities and there was definite sex appeal and heat between Noely and two of her dates. There were a few really sexy scenes in this book.
I liked that even though all three men were vastly different from each other, they all had the ability to be a great match and partner for Noely.
As for the dates and the dating program, I loved the ideas. I thought that a blind date restaurant and dating app was pretty much genius. I loved how the program worked and how after the first blind date you have an opportunity to set up a second date and the app has all these cool suggestions of things to do. One of the dates was a cooking lesson at a place that had all sorts of themed kitchens to choose from. That was neat.
I liked that one of the dates ended up with Noely. It was the one I was rooting for so that was pretty cool. I would have liked to see a happily ever after for them but at least we see that they are happy for now.
Overall, I think that this book will just depend on each reader's tastes, much like most books. It will be great for many and maybe not quite measure up for others. I don't regret reading it at all. It only ended up being an okay to moderately good book for me but I like the author and other books that she has written. I would recommend some of the other books this author has written before this one but this wouldn't be out of the running or anything. I look forward to reading future books by this author though I am not quite sure if I will be reading the next books in this series. At the end of this book, there is a note from the author letting us know that the dates who did not end up with Noely will get their own books in the future.
I have to put out there straight away I have never been on a blind date, but I felt every ounce of nerves Noely experienced. The whole idea of using a dating service is also an angle foreign to me. Back in my day, you met people through socialising with friends. Got to say, that still sounds a whole lot easier to me!
Enough about me though, back to the story. Apart from meeting the three guys and the humour in the story there were a couple of other plot threads that enhanced Noely’s plight. To her horror, her boss gets wind of her application to the Go in Blind dating website and decides this will be a good segment for the morning TV show that she co-hosted. Cringe worthy I know, but it helps tie in her work side of life to the overall story. Family and friends also play an important role providing a good bouncing board to debrief after each date.
Another fun angle was the exchange of emails between her and the men she dates. It also added to the mystery surrounding who would be the one she’d settle for. I had my suspicions as to who that would be with my preferences constantly changing because all of them were worthy of being her HEA. Good news is, for the two men who didn’t get their HEA, they will have their moment later on in the series.
My only struggle was with some of the steamy scenes. I added a note on one of them wishing the word ‘thrust’ be auto edited out of books. Gee, at times there was a lot of staid details that I admit I skimmed over. Thankfully, the OTT descriptions were a minor aspect to the overall book and while I didn’t want a blow by blow narrative of their shenanigans, I was more than on board with what they were up to.
I thoroughly enjoyed the escapism Three Blind Dates provided. It was refreshing to read a story about looking for love through modern dating methods and the way it captured the importance of friendship while still capturing the chemistry between Noely and her dates. After enjoying Noely’s story so much, I will be looking out for the next book in the series to see how the other fellows find their HEA!