Double Blind by Heidi Cullinan

Double Blind by Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Samhain
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (454 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

Know when to show your hand…and when to hedge your bets.

Randy Jansen can’t stand to just sit by and watch as a mysterious man throws money away on the roulette wheel, especially since Randy’s got his own bet going as to the reason this guy is making every play like it’s his last day on earth. The man’s dark desperation hits Randy right in the gut. Half of him warns that getting involved is a sucker’s bet, and the other half scrambles for a reason—any reason—to save the man’s soul.

Ethan Ellison has no idea what he’s going to do with himself once his last dollar is gone—until Randy whirls into his life with a heart-stealing smile and a poker player’s gaze that sees too much.

Randy draws Ethan into a series of wagers that leads to a scorching kiss by midnight, but he isn’t the only one with an interest in Ethan’s vulnerability. Soon they’re both taking risks that not only play fast and loose with the law, but with the biggest prize of all: their hearts.

I absolutely adored Randy in the first book of this series, Special Delivery so I was eager to read Double Blind.

It’s definitely able to be read as a stand-alone and it’s pretty solid, but there were a few things that detracted from the love story of Randy Jansen and Ethan Ellison. Mainly the reappearance of the characters from the first book, and the overuse of poker in the story. I understood that poker was used to explain how life worked, and while I liked that aspect there was just way too much poker instruction in the story. My issue with the reappearance of the other characters is that one of those characters and his issues overshadowed and took a very in your face approach in the story. It seemed to drown out Randy and Ethan’s budding relationship.

In the end, what made me love this story was Ethan, in the beginning he seems like he’s going to be this weak and possibly pathetic character, but instead is this strong, focused and very confident character. He’s perfect for Randy, because Randy needs a partner that is just as confident and even a bit out there as him.

Randy lost some of his sparkle for me, but I still consider him one of my favorite characters because he lives life with this single-minded joy, that even when he’s dealing with past issues is still there. Things that could have broken a lesser man, just make him stronger and enhances his personality.

I do highly recommend this story, while a stand-alone, I think it builds on the first book a bit and will be more enjoyable after Special Delivery.

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