Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also by this author: 72 Hours, The Watcher, Eye Candy
Blind Date is a sexy, pulse-pounding romantic suspense from USA Today bestselling author Bella Jewel!A KILLER IS ON THE LOOSE--AND HE'S DYING TO MEET YOU...
After the death of her husband four years ago, Hartley Watson is finally ready to meet someone--and maybe even have a second chance at love. But then, just as her dating life seems to be getting started, Hartley is struck with a horrifying realization: Someone is watching her. Entering her own home. Even knows the intimate details of her life. How else to explain the strange deliveries, or the sudden appearance of mementos from her dead spouse--ones that she had kept for so long in storage?
If only Hartley could know for sure whether what is happening to her is real or if her grief is making her lose touch with reality. Those around her aren't convinced that she's being stalked, nor is the wonderful, supportive man Hartley's started dating. The exciting new life she has created for herself is slowly becoming a nightmare. . .How can Hartley seek protection when nobody believes that she's at risk--and the only one in the world she can trust is herself?
Blind Date is another thriller from Bella Jewel that will have you sleeping with the lights on and seriously questioning dating sites.
Hartley lost her husband 4 years ago in an accident. Her BFF Taylor cons her into getting ‘back out there’ and sets her up on some blind dates via a website. The first two? Total duds. However, on date three she meets Jacob and there are sparks. They click and begin to see each other but obviously, Hartley wants to take things slow. However, strange things start happening. Her late husband’s t shirt is on the kitchen table one morning with no explanation. Then she wakes up to find their wedding video playing on the TV. Jacob and Taylor convince her that its due to her sleepwalking combined with her reentry into the dating world. While that seems the most logical answer, Hart is skeptical.
There is also her rude neighbor, Ace. He is a detective and despite Hart’s attempts to be polite by saying ‘Hello’, he continues to treat her like she is invisible. They slowly begin to get to know each other a little; of course, all this is taking place while weird things are happening in her home…Ace was difficult. He kept to himself and generally came across as angry and unapproachable. His developing friendship with Hart took time and persistence on her part.
I thought that the villain was very obvious; however, the suspense of the story lies in the how and why more so than the who. I read Blind Date very quickly as well because I needed to know how it would all turn out. Hartley’s struggle to determine what is real and what isn’t was engrossing and heart stopping because as a reader, you know she isn’t crazy! Jewel manages to give you something expected and yet still keep you on your toes in ways you didn’t imagine. I am really loving her romantic suspense stories because they are all unique in some way that is totally unexpected for me!
- POV: 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: secret identity, stalking
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »
- HEA: View Spoiler »
…then you will probably like Blind Date!