Know when to show your hand...and when to hedge your bets.
Special Delivery, Book 2.
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 lead 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 play fast and loose not only 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.
©2014 Heidi Cullinan (P)2016 Insatiable Press
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"Oh for the love of Randy!!"
This whole series is awesome! also these characters make an appearance in the Love Lessons Series also..just sayin that's a great series too.
"Good story, but the editing w/ the audio is horrib"
I have listened to MANY audiobooks & most of the books read by Iggy, but this one has been edited so poorly with the audio. Many sentences are cut short or so faded you can hear it.
"Kink and Care"
A - not sure if the technical issues with this recording have been resolved, or if I just blithely ignored them.
B - I do feel like I know way more about Poker now than I did before listening to this book - feel like I took a bit of a Randy Jansen how to course myself.
I loved this as a Randy story. I love this as an exploration of couple-ship versus polygamy, and the balancing of emotional well being with kink. This series is full of kink and generally non-conventional relationships, and I think that this book does a beautiful job of laying the emotional groundwork for the reader to view these non-conventional connections with sympathy and understanding. Somehow it is okay to sleep with the married guy, to have had sex with the older, not particularly hot guy, to feel affection and loyalty to the old-school gangster "bad guy", and even to have a Poker analogy for the game of life.
This series and this book are not for everyone - but if you enjoy H.C.'s writing, can be open to kink and sometimes sappy "feels" with some decidedly unconventional romantic ties, then this one *is* worth the time and credit, imo.
"It's Just Not The Same"
I know it's not fair to compare Double Blind to its predecessor, Book 1, Special Delivery. What is worse is that Iggy Toma narrates Book 2 and reinterprets Sam, Mitch and Randy in comparison to Book 1's original narrator, Robert Neiman. I don't know why Neiman's version was taken off the market. I guess contract issues or whatever.
I like Iggy Toma for other works, but I don't like his re-interpretation of Randy at all, though his Sam and Mitch is OK. This is not all on Iggy. I don't like the Randy of Book 2 nearly as much as the Randy of book 2 and that is on the author. Worse, Double Blind has technical flaws that detract at the worse times and that is on the producer I guess.
A great deal of my problem is that I love Book 1, by Robert Neiman as narrator that is, to death. I have re-listened to his version a good ten times and will likely repeat is again into the future many times. The story, the narration, is for me the best gay romance novel on the planet. It would be cruel to expect Heidi to hit two grand slams or in this case, draw two royal flushes back to back with both Book 1 and Book 2. It is just too difficult.
"It was frustrating! I was definitely disappointed"
I wanted much more page time for Randy and Ethan because it's their story for Pete's sake!! With that said, it's all about Sam and Randy and Randy and Sam and Randy and Sam's love. Sam here, Sam there, Sam everywhere. Gah!There was way, way too much Sam. Sam already got his own book.As a consequence, there was never enough character and relationship development between Ethan and Randy.
Fair warning, if you hate Vegas, casinos, and mobsters, maybe skip this one, because there's all kinds of Sin City action here: cards (poker and high-stakes poker and poker variations and even more poker), roulette (don't just bet on black, people!), lots of booze, craps, and did I mention POKER! There was way, way more information about poker and other casino games than I ever wanted to know.
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