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Double Blind (Special Delivery) [Kindle Edition]

Heidi Cullinan
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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 leads 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 not only play fast and loose 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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 820 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (4 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GMKWLTA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read, thoroughly enjoyed it. 10 May 2014
By Alison
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I liked this book a lot, snappy dialogue, engaging characters, an interesting storyline, romantic, hot and HEA, everything I need, Heidi has done it again!
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By Houston
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Double Blind is the sequel to Heidi Cullinan's Special Delivery. Although Special Delivery is generally much adored, I didn't love it, and in part because of that, and in part because the cover is horrible and the sypnopsis isn't great, it took me another 3 months to pick up Double Blind. And how I wish I had done so earlier. I loved Double Blind, and highly recommend it.

Special Delivery and Double Blind contain some of the same characters, but it is easily possible to follow Double Blind without having read Special Delivery, and in fact, due to the notable differences between the two, I would recommend considering them as two separate books, rather than as a series. Those readers that are looking for a sequel similar in tone, style, and focus are likely to be disappointed.

Both books are incredibly character driven, however Special Delivery, Sam and Mitch's romance, explores character development through the lens of exploration and acceptance of sexuality. Double Blind on the other hand uses poker as a metaphor to explore and develop characters. Although it does include some of the same sexual practices (menange and more, light BDSM, etc.), sexual exploration and acceptance are a relaitvely minor part of the story. (In fact, Double Blind reminded me strongly of Jennifer Crusie's Faking It, in both tone and plot device, with poker taking the place of confidence games.)

Double Blind is the story of Randy Jensen (from Special Delivery) and Ethan Ellison.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 11 Aug 2011
By Minne
Format:Paperback
the first book is call special delivery? - to my mind this is the better read - interesting, full of fabulous characters, slightly bonkers and set in Las Vegas - what more could a person want? loved it.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  33 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth gambling on! 14 Jun 2010
By amf0001 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the second book, after the excellent Special Delivery. I would read Special Delivery first, to help understand the dynamics going on. It was nice catching up with Mitch and Sam again, but this is definitely Randy's book.

Randy is a smart ass and a player but he is not cruel, and loves the game of poker and gambling in general. So when he sees Ethan Ellison doing it all wrong, he feels compelled to step in. Little does he know how badly Ethan needs him and how low he has sunk. But they catch each other in Las Vegas magic, and learn about cards and fate and love. There were plot points that made no sense (Crabtree and the casino deal?!?) but it didn't matter, you enter into Heidi Cullinan's world and you are happy to be t here. It's intense and sexual and romantic and committed and all about finding the safe space in a dangerous world. I enjoyed it and rate it a keeper and will reread.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 25 Jun 2010
By luvs2read - Published on Amazon.com
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I should say up front that I'm not a big fan of polyamorous but I loved "Special Delivery" and couldn't wait for Randy to get his HEA. This book is really about the foursome of Randy, Sam and Mitch and the new guy in Randy's life, Ethan. There is a great plot involving high stakes poker and an old style casino. But Mitch is sent away early in the piece and much of the book explores in depth the love between Randy and Sam rather than Randy and Ethan. I found myself annoyed whenever Sam inserted himself into Randy and Ethan's romance. Sam came across as whiny and self obsessed which is a shame cause I loved him in Special Delivery. Randy's statement early in the story that he loved Ethan was too sudden and seemed out of keeping with Randy's character (and his constant need to get into Sam's pants!) at that point. I give the book 2 stars to reflect my disappointment in the weak romance (because that's why I read these books after all). But the author writes very well and the underlying casino plot is probably worth 3 stars. Those who like reading menage stories will probably love this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, wow!!!! 4 Aug 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I fell in love with Randy and truly received my wish when I was able to read he and Ethan's story. It was sooooo good, and I didn't want to leave. The sex was great and just the right sprinkling. While it was hot, it did not overtake the plot. I really felt for all of these characters even Crabtree. It was like being there. Excellent job on the setting! Such an absolute joy to read and the moments of humor were just the right touch. I loved Sam's growth. The moment with the therapist was touching. I refuse to say anymore about this book because I would move into spoiler territory.

You must read this book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, clever and enjoyable read! 2 Jun 2011
By Shira Anthony - Published on Amazon.com
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So, first off, I don't think anything could top Special Delivery for me, the original book on which this sequel is based. It was so over the top sexy and sweet and Sam and Mitch were such a wonderfully oddball couple, I'm forever won over. That said, "Double Blind" was an enjoyable afterthought, and I'm very glad I read it!

MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW:

This book focuses in on Randy, the "third wheel" in Sam and Mitch's lovefest. Randy was always an outsider of sorts, not only in the threesome with Sam and Mitch, but in life generally. Here, he gets his HEA in the person of Ethan, a man at the end of his rope who Randy rescues from himself.

Randy sees Ethan gambling everything away, and he makes a bet that he can correctly guess Ethan's sad story (Randy's great a reading people, which makes him a great poker player, too). He ups the ante by betting he can get Ethan to kiss him by midnight, that same night. And so begins an unusual courtship (which really doesn't start out as a courtship, but more of a game).

It turns out that Ethan isn't the pathetic guy he appears to be, at least not with Randy at his side. And Ethan's life takes some amazing twists and turns with Vegas as the splashy backdrop. Gangsters and casinos figure prominently, and the story revolves around the game of poker -- not only how it's played, but who the players are, themselves.

Yes, Sam and Mitch are back, but Mitch is more often absent from the tale. Sam is used as a plot device to help Randy come to grips with some of his own baggage, and I thought this added depth to the story. There is one fun foursome around the halfway mark that was pretty darn hot, too! But if you're looking for a lot of the Mitch/Sam vibe, you won't be finding it in this book.

Excellent writing, as expected from Ms. Cullinan. The way the game of poker is woven into the plot and used as a device for describing the various "players" that populate this story is clever and well-executed. The sex scenes are fun and plentiful (enough for me, at least), and although they don't rise to the level of "Special Delivery," I'm not sure any other story really can. All in all, an enjoyable, fun read with a clever plot.

Shira Anthony (a.k.a. Sarah Alexander)
Author of "From the Depths"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Character driven romance that hits all of the right marks 1 Jan 2013
By Houston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Double Blind is the sequel to Heidi Cullinan's much adored Special Delivery. It took me three months to pick up Double Blind after finishing Special Delivery. The delay was in part because I thought Special Delivery was good, but it didn't knock my socks off; and in part because the cover is horrible, and the sypnopsis is relatively vague. Cullinan would do herself a huge favor fixing both of those; neither comes close to doing the book justice.

Special Delivery and Double Blind contain some of the same characters, but it is easily possible to follow Double Blind without having read Special Delivery, and in fact, due to the notable differences between the two, I would recommend considering them as two separate books, rather than as a series. Those readers that are looking for a sequel similar in tone, style, and focus are likely to be disappointed.

Both books are incredibly character driven, however Special Delivery, Sam and Mitch's romance, explores character development through the lens of exploration and acceptance of sexuality. Double Blind on the other hand uses poker as a metaphor to explore and develop characters. Although it does include some of the same sexual practices (menange and more, light BDSM, etc.), sexual exploration and acceptance are a relaitvely minor part of the story. (In fact, Double Blind reminded me strongly of Jennifer Crusie's Faking It, in both tone and plot device, with poker taking the place of confidence games.)

Double Blind is the story of Randy Jensen (from Special Delivery) and Ethan Ellison. Sam and Mitch from Special Delivery are secondary characters, and although there is some further development of their characters and relationship, their presence serves primarily to help develop Randy and Ethan's characters and relationship. For me, going along for the ride while the characters explored and developed was a can't-put-it-down read. Randy and Ethan are both far from perfect, abeit in quite different ways. Randy needs to figure out how to grow up, and open himself to love, and Ethan needs to conquer depression and heartbreak as he figures out in the most basic sense who he is. As the story progresses they don't suddenly have all the answers, and there are the highest of highs and the lowest of lows along the way, but it is a pleasure to take the trip with them. And although they still don't have all, or even most, of the answers at the end, their understanding that they've got each other and they can keep figuring it out together makes for a far more satisfying ending.

At first glance Randy seems quite different than he was in Special Delivery. However that is because in that book his character was most notable when he is first introduced to Sam. Once the three settle in together, and Randy accepts Sam, his character seems to change, but at the same time fades into the background, because Special Delivery is not his story. We're given another glimpse of him at the end of Special Delivery when he calls Sam, and his character at that point is much more consistent with what I think Cullinan meant to develop over the course of their weekend together, and what we see here in Double Blind.

In various discussions I have heard some complains about the main plot. I must admit that the main story strains credibility a bit, but I actually found it far more believable than the last three romances I read involving an openly gay cowboy in the middle of OK; a billionaire and a waiter; and a cop and a burglar. Just as/more importantly, I enjoyed it quite a bit, and it served exactly its purpose- moving the plot along and acting as a vehicle for character development.

Double Blind is one of the best books I've read this year, and I highly recommend it.

1/19 Note- While discussing the book with a friend, she commented that at first glance Randy seems to be quite a different character than he was in Special Delivery. Although I think that's true to a certain degree, I think it's primarily because he was mostly out of focus in Special Delivery. In that book his character was most notable when he is first introduced to Sam. Once Randy accepts Sam, and Mitch forgives Randy, Randy's character changes to something far more similar to what he is in Double Blind. But at the same time, he fades into the background because Special Delivery is not his story. We're given another glimpse of him at the end of Special Delivery when he calls Sam, and at that point the changes are even more obvious.
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