Monday, November 29, 2021

Book Review: Toni's Blind Date

By Sara Steven

Toni Spielman and Will Thomas have no plans to date -- anyone -- but when fate throws them together on a TV dating show, they have to smile, pretend, and rethink their plans. (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

This is my first trip through a Rosie Dean book, and it was totally enjoyable! Written from behind-the-scenes of a potential up-and-coming dating show, and told from both Toni’s and Will’s perspectives, we learn that Toni is there due to familial obligations, and Will is there because of possible future career endeavors, and the same puppet master is pulling the strings! As time progresses and they get to know each other even better, the reader wonders what’s beyond the dating show. If Toni and Will might have a chance at a real relationship, or if it’s all for the cameras.

I loved the background scenery. When they’re out and about at restaurants or skiing together down snow-covered hills, the camera crew are often right there with them, making sure to get their best angles, conversation, and sweet moments of a budding romance. It made the situation feel realistic. I imagine in most reality tv shows, the same thing happens--cameras want to show the most heightened moments that will create the most buzz for the viewers. But it was nicely balanced out with scenes where Toni and Will can be themselves without the cameras around, and that’s when we really get to see where all of this might go. 

Due to the puppet master I’ve mentioned earlier, both characters can’t divulge their reasons for going on the show. And this creates a potential lack of trust between the couple. But given the short length of time they’re tied to one another, is any of it worth it? Maybe it’s destined to be something that is short and sweet, an endearing memory they can both look back on with fond memories, never meant to turn into forever. 

I liked the banter between Toni and Will. I also liked Toni’s snarky attitude and how she stands up for herself and will often tell it like it is. Over time, we see that there is a lot more going on for this couple, particularly with past hurts and responsibilities, that really fleshes them out and makes them more than just some two-dimensional duo on the page. They felt like living, breathing people. It was a sweet, fun adventure, and a worthy five-star read!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Rosie Dean writes romantic fiction with a sense of humour and, sometimes, a sense of the ridiculous; because we all know life and love aren't exactly how we'd like them to be. 

She has won a Readers' Choice Award from Ancient City Romance Authors (part of Romance Writers of America) and been a finalist in the 2017 Maggie Awards for Excellence. 

Before writing novels, Rosie wrote training courses and marketing copy for the corporate world - a far cry from teaching Art and Pottery, where her career began.

She lives on the Isle of Wight, within sight and sound of the sea, with her partner and her dog.

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1 comment:

Rosie Dean Musings said...

Thank you so much for joining the tour, and giving Toni's story such a lovely review!
Rosie xx