The Blindfold Date (Pursuit of Love #2) by K.C. Carmine

Tatted_book_freak calls The Blindfold Date "an exciting adventure of acceptance and coming out of your shell with a helluva lot of spice!"

From the blurb:

A new dating app. Rules: both parties sit at a table with blindfolds on. Each can ask three questions to
the other. If they don't like the answers, they can leave. If both parties enjoy the conversation, they take the blindfold off. What can go wrong? Nothing. Unless after taking off the blindfold, you realise the other person is the last guy you expected to see.

This is exactly how Ernesto—an autistic video game programmer with a secret dominant streak, meets Brian—an easy-going ex-football player with a burgeoning desire to submit. And giving in to the demands of this lean, geeky dom may be just what Brian needs.

A standalone MM book from the contemporary Pursuit of Love series.

TW: D/S dynamics, mention of past abuse.

Tatted_book_freak's Review:

“ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴋɪɴᴅ ᴏꜰ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ ɢᴇᴇᴋ ᴀʀᴇ ʏᴏᴜ?” 
“ᴏɴᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʟᴏᴠᴇꜱ ᴛᴏ ᴍᴀᴋᴇ ʜɪꜱ ᴘᴀʀᴛɴᴇʀꜱ ꜱᴄʀᴇᴀᴍ,”

An interesting and engaging first read by a new author that had a lot of potential for a five star story. The effortless chemistry between these two men was intoxicating, with an intense connection to add to the spice. Their desires were instantaneous, though continued on from uni days for one, increasing as the story continues. 

Even though the storyline was amazingly different, my greatest pet peeve is failing to follow through. When diving into the world of bdsm, communication is key along with consent. The author did a fabulous job of bringing the topics needing discussion to light, but the characters failed to have a consensual discussion before engaging in impact play. Especially since one of those characters was a victim of assault.  Which was kind of disappointing with E being a member of this community, so consent should have been his first priority. 

Besides this one flaw, the story was an amazing read! The building of trust between them, their empathy, made a solid foundation for a future relationship. And, it was nice to have a book without a dramatic twist of events.  Had the author included consent before the acts rather than after, the story would have been a definite five star.

Rating: 4 Stars

SNik's Review:

Second in series (Pursuit of Love), but can be read as a standalone. Light BDSM. Dual POV. 

Video game programmer Ernesto did not expect to match with his university crush on a blind date, so when the blindfolds come off and he’s sitting across from Brian, former football (British) player now architect, he thinks it’s a prank.  But Brian doesn’t let Ernesto run away and both men agree to see if their initial chemistry can turn into something more than just a weekend hookup. 

Both men become invested in the relationship and feelings quickly, partly due to the steamy D/s interactions that seamlessly meet each other's needs and wants. With the very short time frame of the story, I had to slightly suspend disbelief at the quickness of overcoming past trauma and how easily Ernesto was able to incorporate Brian into his life given his neurodiversity. 

Both Ernesto and Brian are sweet characters, supportive, accepting and immediately committed, and I enjoyed all their interactions both steamy and caring.

Rating: 4 Stars

Janet's Review:

The Blindfold Date was sooo freakin good!! I loved the premise, unique to me. They meet on an app and go on a blind date. They’re both blindfolded and ask three questions, if they like the answers they take off their blindfolds and get to know one another. 

Except E recognizes his date, and his date doesn’t remember him. E or Ernesto being Neurodivergent wasn’t new to me, but the author did a fantastic portrayal with their characterization. 

Brian was a college jock and subject to E’s fantasies. He’s not the same guy that E remembers, he seems almost insecure. 

The Blindfold Date was seriously good, sweet yet hot and steamy. I loved the communication between E and Brian. 

Overall, a fantastic story that was very well written! Highly recommend.

Rating: 5 Stars

Nicole's Review:

The Blindfold Date is the second story in KC's Pursuit of Love Series, but is completely readable as a standalone.  

I loved the idea of a blindfold date.  I really wish we had gotten more information or scenes with other dates (maybe 1 or 2 that they agreed to not remove the blindfold and and the date?).  

We jump right in that E(rnesto) and Brian have instant chemistry through the blindfold.  There's a misunderstanding where E thinks its a setup/joke, and that is probably the biggest hiccup for these two.  

There is some past hurdles that they help each other overcome, but other then that there is a lot of instalust and like going on.  

I really liked how K.C. portrayed E's neurodivergence.  He has just enough quirks and aversions that it feels believable and not just a label, and Brian is openly accepting and willing to work around those issues.  

Brian was just so lovable and sweet.  I also just wanted to cuddle and pet him!  

I loved the D/S dynamic between these two, and the smexy times are prevalent and hot!  I really appreciated the level that E took the consent too, especially after we find out about Brian's history.

Rating: 5 Stars  

Heather's Review;

I love the concept of the The Blindfold Date - so very much focused on the person, not the appearance, and this book starts off with a bang... in more ways than one... it meant that the reader was dragged into the book quickly and with the level of heat, character development and storyline held me from start to finish....

The characters were wonderful - and the story blends tidbits of the past with the present to see just how far the characters grow.  I also appreciate the way E's neurodivergence was portrayed.

Rating: 5 Stars

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