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N. S. Charles
on Oct. 22, 2012 :
A sense of weariness never fails to elude me whenever I begin reading something labelled romance, but erotic romances were one of the first series that could keep my attention, even in my youth. Though things are different now, the genre still exists and it's better than ever.
Blind Date with the Billionaire follows more traditional guidelines but is a simple testament that modern writing trumps tropes from the 80s and 90s that I once consumed between fabric-wrapped layers of cardboard. It takes time to build, describing Monica and her insecurities in a relatable way that most readers will appreciate if they're looking for a story based on the BBW aspect. Though she isn't described as the biggest, she's had apt amounts of trouble based on her weight.
They way she meets and ends up on a date with her billionaire admirer isn't exactly blind, he knows about her, they've been chatting for months online but without seeing each other's full body pictures, but it's a technicality. The meeting ends up being fresh and full of whimsy, the two of them hitting it off well, an undercurrent of sexual tension practically crawling Monica's skin.
Good points can be picked out of the story blindly. Any one passage or scene is very well written, adds to the story or plays on an insecurity. Finding flaws came down to being nitpicky, actually. A few lines of dialogue are capped with names, and though in literature it's an easy way to distinguish who is saying what, in reality two close parties speaking face to face rarely use them. Gabe also tends to switch out of a broader vocabulary into a pedestrian colloquial speech a few times, breaking his character.
Although, to actually find those cons, I really had to try. These are not actually critical story-breaking issues, and anybody else could simply not be bothered by them. Cordelia Baxter shows a talent for erotic romance that I would like more of. It's sweet and smiley, giving the reader a sense of actually being in the room with both characters.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)