Double Blind

This was a really good read in the Special Delivery series. Double Blind is the second book in the series and focuses on Randy, who we first met in book one.

Randy is a part time prop (a card player hired to sit in at certain poker tables) for a local casino in Las Vegas. One night while hanging out with his boss at work a stranger playing the roulette table catches his eye. While watching the stranger on the security cameras Randy formulates a theory about what's going on in his life. Randy's boss bets him he is wrong. Never one to lose a bet Randy heads out on to the floor to meet this mysterious stranger.

Ethan is in Las Vegas on a whim. He is coming out of a horrible relationship, he's heart broken, he's broke, he's unemployed and he's desperate. When Randy approaches him and makes him a bet he can't go through the night without kissing him, Ethan is at first angry then intrigued. He's not sure what it is about the arrogant man but he feels a tug, a connection.

The two men head off in to Vegas to see the sights and to gamble. They realize that they like each other and they can't deny the powerful chemistry between them. Randy's connections with some powerful Las Vegas criminals and con men drag Ethan into a world he knows nothing about and is not sure he can handle.

I have to say I really liked both of these characters. We saw Randy in book one of the series and I did not like him then so I was surprised at how much I liked him here. He seemed shallow and selfish in book one but we get to see a completely different side of him in this book. Both he and Ethan were great characters. I liked that they were both strong males but then they both had these periods of vulnerability that they showed to each other. They complimented each other really well. They were hot together and their sex scenes were all steamy.

We see Sam and Mitch from book one quite a bit in this book. They are good friends with Randy now and they, especially Sam, play an important part of the story. I liked seeing them again and I liked Sam better in this book because he was shown to be more mature. The author also addressed the men treating Sam like a child which had been a pet peeve of mine in book one.

As with book one this book contains non-traditional sex scenes. They were not as outside the box as in the previous book but there is a four some at one point of the book. Make sure you note the book's warnings if you are not open to anything other than vanilla sex scenes.

Everything about this book worked for me. I liked both of the main characters. I thought the plot line was unique and interesting (although I could've done with less details about the game of poker). The chemistry between the guys was great and the sex scenes were hot. Most importantly it had a great happily ever after ending.

Book Blurb for Double Blind

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

Randy Jensen 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.

This book has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

Warning: This story contains high-stakes poker, gangsters with a weakness for kittens, foursomes, and kinky consensual sex.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2014 4.00