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Summary

In the first book of the Sometimes Love series, Dating in the Dark: Sometimes Love Just Pretends to be Blind, Jason Harding thought he'd committed the ultimate betrayal. No, not cheating; he pretended to be, you guessed it, blind. For Emma, the woman he was stupid enough to think he was fooling, it wasn't anything like a betrayal. It was both sweet and sad at the same time and, as people in relationships have a tendency to do (if they don't split up because of one party's wild lies), Emma and Jason decide to get married.

Just how Jason manages to deal with the huge life change that is marriage is what this book is about. From getting his specially made suit tailored to his short height, to trying to keep a lid on his best man's plans for a wild weekend in Liverpool, he is going to struggle to make to through to the wedding without having a full nervous breakdown. His second best friend, Boris, also returns in this book, although he has lost his taxi, his wife and his ability to seem sober even when he's drunk six litres of vodka.

Jason is foolish enough to add Neil, Emma's wayward cousin, and Terry, the owner of Jason's favorite fish and chip shop, to his list of groomsmen. This is the fairly tragic band of men that are to ensure Jason makes it to the church on time, in possession of both his of his eyebrows and, of course, the rings...

©2013 Pete Sortwell (P)2014 Pete Sortwell

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Really enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book, listening to the trials and tribulations of a groom who would like things to stay on track was really funny. I actually had laugh out loud moments. Really enjoyed.

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A brilliant sequel.

Pete Sortwell doesn't disappoint in his sequel to Dating in the Dark. Funny and thought provoking.

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  • erobbins33
  • 18-05-15

Hilarious Sequel to Dating in the Dark!

Where does Bride and Gloom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right at the top, for riding in the car, since I love to laugh! When I'm not listening to a Pete Sortwell book, I've got the satellite radio tuned to a comedy station.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Neil was my favorite in this one. He did some crazy things!

Which scene was your favorite?

It's hard to pick just one. I think the part of the stag party where the stripper did her thing, made me laugh the hardest!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A slapstick comedy of errors!

Any additional comments?

I like the fact that some of the characters cross over from other books, not just DID. Boris and Jane are also in Diary of a Hapless Father.

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  • Terri
  • 02-05-15

A delightful fun read!

This is a laugh your butt off comedy. Book 2 Bride and Gloom, which is carried over from Book 1 Dating in the Dark is about a man who is getting married with the help of his friends.

In Book 1, Jason had pretended he was blind so he could get dates on the Disabled Dating network. Jason's friends had enlightened Jason as to how a blind woman can tell if someone isn't blind, which Jason hadn't thought of or even researched.

Now in Book 2, Jason is getting married to Emma. His friends are going to help him get ready for the big day. In this book Barry, Jason's bff is hilarious. The stunts Barry pulls, not to mention anything that could go wrong the at the last minute does, thanks to Barry. I loved the fear Jason had at the church when Barry had Jason sweating bullets!

A totally hilarious look at what it is like for a guy to get married when he has clowns for friends and OH Yeah Russian Vodka! We can't forget that. The author, Pete Sortwell did an awesome job on this series. I loved both of these books and laughed so hard. I have to say, these 2 books are my favorite among this author! The narrator, Chris Dabbs did a great job delivering this book to us with all his goofy voices and antics only making the book funnier. I love the voice Chris uses for Barry too! It fits!!! Wonderful job guys!

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  • Renee
  • 24-04-15

Bucks party weekend

More laughs from Pete Sortwell. This is the sequel to Dating in the Dark: Sometimes Love Just Pretends to Be Blind and continues from where Book 1 left off. Jason and Emma have fallen in love. This is the story of the bucks party and the wedding. Throw an almost midget, an obese best mate, an alcoholic Russian, a paintball obsessed fish and chip shop owner, the bride's gay best friend and her drug addict cousin in a party bus for the weekend and you're in for a bumpy ride. Will Jason finally "grow a pair" and stand up for himself?

I listened to the audiobook edition which I received in exchange for an honest review. The narrator portrayed the characters and the dry British humour really well. He spoke clearly and at a good pace.

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  • med c
  • 20-04-15

Sequel

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I enjoyed this book, it's a nice follow up from the first. Jason doesn't change too much. He's still a miserable so and so. I suppose that's why it's called bride and gloom. Very good book.

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  • Teresa
  • 11-04-15

Love This Series

Bride and Gloom is the sequel to Dating in the Dark and I love this series. It's laugh out loud funny and the characters are great. Jason and Emma are getting married and the guys decide to have a bachelor party with a stripper. This gets really funny with Barry, Boris, and Jerry. Enter Emma's cousin Neil. A sloppy fellow who uses drugs. He's on with the party.

Jason is somewhat reluctant about the whole thing but goes along, after all, Emma's blind and if she caught on, she wouldn't see anything anyway. It ends up a disaster for Jason as he gets beat up by the stripper. Enough said but this is hilarious. Ha!

I hope this series continues. It was refreshingly different and lots of fun. Pete Sortwell is a great author and throughout all the antics there's always a good bit of morals in his stories. Great work!

Chris Dabbs is perfect for this story. He speaks very clearly in a rather fast pace. He has good voice inflections making this feel like a comedy you can actually see unfolding. Another awesome narration! I look forward to more.

Audiobook received in exchange for unbiased review.

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  • DK
  • 04-05-15

The "Blind" Date Takes the Next Step or Tries To..

What did you love best about Bride and Gloom?

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In the hilarious sequel to 'Dating in the Dark' the story continues of Jason and his friends (with friends like these who needs enemies? LOL) as they prepare for Jason's wedding.

Things should be simple, but of course they are not, for Jason and his not really helpful pals. Will he make it down the aisle in spite of the hilarious antics of his friends? Read this book and learn! You won't regret it. However 'Dating in the Dark' MUST be listened to first, to get the full experience of what men go through while the ladies have all the fun!


Note: strong language

Narration was outstanding! The poor bloke (Jason) and his pals are each given individual, authentic voices. Well done Chris Dabbs, well done!

Credit worthy/$: It depends. If the Pete Sortwell would put Dating in the Dark & Bride and Gloom on one audiobook it would be well worth it, money well spent and creditworthy without a doubt. *Fortunately I don't have to make that decision as I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my review, thoughts and opinions – which you have read above.

It's a bit pricey for four hour long book - in my opinion - but it is hilarious. Oh, one more thing did I mention that these books are hilarious!

If you found my review helpful please select yes directly under this paragraph. Thank you!

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  • KP
  • 28-07-15

Nice Book!

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It is a good sequel from the first. and yes Jason doesn't change a bit much. He managed to marry her, I like to see Boris in this again well like him very much in first book.
Great book!