Not Another Blind Date...

Harlequin Blaze #591

In Skin Deep by Janelle Denison, Jayne Young, the owner of Always in Bloom floral shop, enjoys the simpler things in life and is very shy toward people. But when she decides to go on a blind date with a veterinarian, never would she imagine that her date with Brian Reeves is going to turn out to be the very same man that she met months ago and had a hot one-night stand with at a Halloween party. How do they react to each other when they realize they’ve met prior to this?

Sarah Holt is a phone operator for an after-hours answering service provided for physicians in the story Hold On by Leslie Kelly. During one of Sarah’s busy shifts, she takes a message from a female that she finds out is supposed to be having a blind date tonight with Dr. Steve Wilshire. The woman says that she needs to cancel because she’s met a rodeo clown and is leaving for Texas that night with him. Sarah can’t believe this woman would turn down a date with such a sexy, intelligent gentleman in order to leave town with a rodeo clown. But this may be the very opportunity that she has been fantasizing about for months. Would it be so bad to go in the woman’s place and be Steve’s blind date since they never meet each other before?

In Ex Marks the Spot by Jo Leigh, Paige Callahan, the senior director of major gifts for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, has had the worst day from hell at work today. Trying to secure pieces for a major exhibit that she’s worked on for six months has all but gone down the drain when the donor decides last minute to give the pieces as a gift to a family member instead. She’s beside herself that she’s lost such a major deal. Heading home she’s greeted by a few messages left on her answer machine. One of them is from her ex-boyfriend, Curt, that she hasn’t heard from in over a year. Ironically, he wants to make things okay between them since he was nasty to her when he broke it off with her. In trying to fix things so they can be friends, he tells her that he met a gentleman named Noah Hastings who seems like the perfect guy for her and who also needs a date for a Valentine’s gallery fundraiser that Noah’s attending in two days. Noah has a modern-art collection she’d be very interested in and Curt thinks they would hit it off if they met. Does Paige decide to go with Noah to the fundraiser? Could this be a match made in heaven?

I really enjoyed this anthology and loved each of the stories the authors penned. The characters were fun to get to know and I couldn’t wait to see how each situation turned out for each group of people. It was fun to see how in the craziest of situations sometimes the best things happen to a person. This was a good book to lose yourself in for a few hours.

Book Blurb for Not Another Blind Date...

These Valentine's Day dates have all the markings of blind-date disaster! Or do they?

Skin Deep by Janelle Denison

Who says nice girls can't have fun? And Jayne does—dirty dancing and a lot more!—with a hot bad boy one night. Still, it was a onetime thing. Really! But when she's set up on a blind date with her sexy stranger, she realizes Cupid must have other ideas….

Hold On by Leslie Kelly

Shy Sarah Holt has a bad case of unrequited lust. She's hopelessly enamored with a client—sexy Steve Wilshire. So, when she gets the chance to impersonate the very kissable doctor's blind date, she takes it….and has the most torrid night of her sheltered life. But will Steve still be "holding on" when the truth comes out?

Ex Marks the Spot by Jo Leigh

Oh, no. Paige Callahan just got set up on a blind date—arranged by her ex-boyfriend! But potential catastrophe turns into flirty fun—and then some!—when she meets sexy, very wealthy Noah Hastings.Three stories...

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2011 3.50