Dating in the Dark: Sometimes Love Just Pretends to be Blind Paperback – 20 Mar 2013
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But the blurb read a little too slap-stick and I'm not impressed, but the book has good reviews with people saying how funny it is, and I'm in need of a giggle . . .
As soon as I begin to read I don't think the book should have been pink--it's a bloke's book. It's very unPC and I don't like the main character, Jason, at all. He's a mini Jim Davidson. But I push on, as you do when you've spent 97p.
As the blurb says Jason wants a girlfriend, or as he insinuates, a shag that stays around and so thinks up a plan of joining a dating agency--for disabled people. He meets and instantly falls in love with blind Emma or so he says, (there is no romance at all in the book) we just have to take his word for it.
The author tries to inject some sympathy for the character by killing off his mum and making him regret his blindness pretence, but doesn't pull it off. The character really isn't a very nice person. He's very self-serving, and depressed or not, I couldn't like him. I also never had a clue as to why Emma liked him, especially as he made a pig's ear out of their only date!
The book was short, and in my opinion, undeveloped It was classed as a romance but if the comedy was spread out a little, more romance injected (at least another date or two with Emma) and have Jason punished (by Emma) for being such a tosser, this book would be amazing.
For comedy and one-liners I give this book a five (the authors an awesome comic), but for romance it's a two.
It's very near the knuckle and slightly derogatory towards women. Also, midgets, blind people and guide dogs.
But you have been warned. Bottom line: it made me laugh A LOT.
Jason is a character that you eventually warm to once you can see how much Emma has softened him and the other characters are all good. It is well-written and has a few moments that made me chuckle to myself. Perhaps not the funniest read out there, but I comfortably read this in two sittings and will be looking to download the sequel to see what happened to Jason and Emma. This is good if you want something light-hearted or if you want something not too challenging.
The lead character Jason is a complete moron for most of the book but I couldn't help warming to him a bit by the end. Most of the other characters were well drawn, although Emma (Jason's love interest) felt a bit one-dimensional as there is so little of her in the book.
The ending was far too neat, but in books of this type I think we can forgive that.
In the process we meet an entertaining cast of primary secondary characters and secondary secondary characters who aid or frustrate Jason as he treks along his path of enlightenment. The main supporting characters provide bracing reality checks and get some of the best lines, although the strongest current is Jason's commentary on his own sad state. A weird combination of insight and dense self-deception informs Jason's narrative, and part of the enjoyment is in staying a step ahead of Jason as he teeters on the edge.
Can you have a very funny, insightful book about every man's yearning for love and happiness, (and a bit of cod)? Yes. Here it is.
(Please note that I found this book a while ago while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. It is currently a kindleunlimited choice. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a different type of love story.
It certainly has its moment when you will laugh out loud and the characters are full of depth.
It is definitely worth a read.
An unlikely plot, but well worth the read. I wouldn't like to try it myself.Published 9 months ago by beau nydle
Enjoyed this very much, made me laugh out loud (as per title).Published 11 months ago by baattyaboutbooks
I received a free copy from The Book Club (on Facebook) in exchange for an honest review.
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I was very intrigued when I read the synopsis of this. It's and unusual and very different love story.
At first I wasn't sure about Jason. Read more
I received a copy of this book through a book club I belong to on fb. Thank you Tracy Fenton it has been a pure delight. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Susan Hampson