By Bella Jewel
Genre: Romantic Suspense
From Bella Jewel, the USA Today bestselling author of the wildly popular Alphas Heart e-series, comes a pulse-pounding thriller about a serial killer who’s hiding in plain sight, targeting his prey one BLIND DATE at a time. . .
After the death of her husband four years ago, Hartley Watson is finally ready to meet someone—and maybe even have a second chance at love. But then, just as her dating life seems to be getting started, Hartley is struck with a horrifying realization: Someone is watching her. Entering her own home. Even knows the intimate details of her life. How else to explain the strange deliveries, or the sudden appearance of mementos from her dead spouse—ones that she had kept for so long in storage?
If only Hartley could know for sure whether what is happening to her is real or if her grief is making her lose touch with reality. Those around her aren’t convinced that she’s being stalked, nor is the wonderful, supportive man Hartley’s started dating. The exciting new life she has created for herself is slowly becoming a nightmare. . .How can Hartley seek protection when nobody believes that she’s at risk—and the only one in the world she can trust is herself?
In today’s world the dating scene is ruled by the swipe of a finger. Dating Apps are the key to connecting with others without having to physically put oneself out there night after night. A date can be made with one swipe. In many ways this way of dating is wonderful because one can filter out the duds and find someone more suited to their interests. There are drawbacks to this method of dating as well because a person is relying on honesty and integrity and that is not always the case. In all reality you don’t know what you are getting yourself into.
After several years of being a widow, Hartley Watson is ready to join the land of the living. Her best friend convinces her to join a blind date dating site to meet new people. While she is reluctant, she agrees it’s time to move on with her life. The first few dates are a disaster but by the third date things are starting to look better. She’s actually starting to enjoy dating once again until weird things begin happening in her life. It seems like the ghost of her husband has surfaced and is meddling in her life. At first she chalks it up to an active imagination and guilt until things start turning downright creepy. She feels like she’s being watched and has become fearful of her own shadow. Her friends and the new man she is dating think it’s just harmless coincidenses rather than a dangerous stalker. Her cranky neighbor, a police detective, isn’t convinced it’s harmless. There is a serial killer known as the Bowtie Killer loose in the city and killing women. He’s trying to figure out the connection between the dead women and Hartley. He’s fearful Hartley may be the next victim. Can he figure it out before it’s too late for Hartley? What makes this case even more complicated is he’s starting to actually like his crazy neighbor a little more than a neighborly way.
Bella Jewel had me on the edge of my seat with this book. The suspense kept escalating and the plot became even more complicated as the story progressed. While I suspected who the killer was all along, his actions and motivations remained a mystery until the very end. The romance between Ace and Hartley is a slow build that turns from hostility to respect before the sexual tension takes over. It was refreshing to see a relationship that wasn’t based on insta-love or driven by sexual attraction. They really got to know one another before they ventured into a romantic relationship. The sexual tension was brilliantly hidden within the hostility and reluctant friendship.
If you are looking for a thriller mixed with a hot romance I would highly recommend Blind Date by Bella Jewel.
Bella Jewel is a self published, USA
Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release
was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon
release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a
bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is
currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella
has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013
she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling
modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her
writing career, planning many new releases for the future.