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Blind Date, Checkmate

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  235 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
NOTE: This is a novella of appx 105 pages

Should a woman who’s unable to forget her first love give “happily ever after” one more try?

Shelby Winters’ one great love went sour. If she can’t feel that way about a guy again, why bother? When Shelby’s best friend sets her up on a blind date with Logan, the guy who broke her heart, he pursues her relentlessly, forcing her to ma
Paperback, 105 pages
Published January 15th 2012 by Crush Publishing Ink (first published December 24th 2011)
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Lisa D. Smith (Lissa Smith Reads)
Mar 06, 2015 Lisa D. Smith (Lissa Smith Reads) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult & Young Auult Readers of Romance
Recommended to Lisa D. Smith by: Gifted
Veronica Blade has teamed up once again with Crush Publishing to deliver this heartwarming novella about heartache and renewed loved. Veronica does it again with cover art is a simple design to let you know the fire that brews in pages beneath.

Although it is a short read Veronica Blade did an excellent job at capturing the turmoil that seems to plague every woman at some point in her life. However, for this tale we meet Shelby a twenty-six year old successful realtor who had her heart ripped ou
Jul 27, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing
Blind Date, Checkmate is a grippingly passionate and incredibly stunning second chance romance. This is not a journey that can be read casually and put it down whenever you feel like it. Your heart will be taken over and drawn into this beautifully heartbreaking yet intensely hopeful story. The beautiful characters you encounter will both warm and stretch your heart to its breaking point. The words within these pages will both haunt and inspire you just as real life haunts and inspires us to rea ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Jan 31, 2012 Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it it was amazing
Veronica has done it again! I absolutely loved Something Witchy This Way Comes. SWTC was a young adult book and this book was for a more mature audience and I have to say she captured my heart with this one!

I am a big old sap for love stories especially when you have to fight for the love to stay alive. In this story Shelby has moved away from home and started a new life after losing the love of her life Logan. They dated for many years in high school but then Logan had to move away and when he
Julie Witt
Jan 07, 2012 Julie Witt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I just have to say from the get-go that Ms. Veronica Blade is fast becoming my favorite up and coming author to date! I was lucky enough to get to read and review her book Something Witchy This Way Comes and loved it, so I was really looking forward to reading more of her work. Blind Date is different in that it is a contemporary romance, and a novella, but I wasn't disappointed at all! It was such a great read - fun, flirtatious, painful, romantic - it ran the gamut of emotions in such a short ...more
Apr 21, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

I think what draws me into Veronica Blade's stories so much is how relatable each one is. I always become stubborn when a guy expresses his feeling for me. Though I don't have the same reason Shelby does, I feel the same way when it comes to letting myself hope. I tend to push all people away when they get too close, subconsciously. Reading these stories helps me realize I need to open up more and I'm thankful for the insight I receive from each one of these amazing books. And OMG Blind D
May 25, 2012 Wendi rated it it was amazing
This is the type of book that makes you wish that you were the main character and that you could only wish that a decent guy like this would come around. Maybe it's just me. I liked this book and was saddened that it ended. It's the type of book you want it to continue and continue and continue. I would recommend reading this if you love romance books, I for one am not a fan of romance books BUT I won this book through the goodreads giveaway and for the author's kindness of giving me a book, I o ...more
May 03, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Blind Date, Checkmate is the perfect pick for romance lovers looking for a quick, entertaining read. What makes it such a good novella is the fact that it's so easy to identify with the main character, Shelby. There are very few women out there who haven't gotten their hearts broken at some point and I think we all have a friend or family member who is perhaps a little overly concerned with our love lives. I can't say much more without giving away too much, so I'll just end this by saying give i ...more
Jun 07, 2012 Kendra rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed it and thought it was so clean on there was no sex scenes just some minor kissing. It was a really great read and I am glad that I got it on my kindle.

Jul 10, 2012 Tara rated it it was amazing
Ginny sets up her friend Shelby on a blind date.. Little does Shelby know its her long lost love Logan.. They rekindle their relationship and all is well..
Jun 08, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Very cute story. It was even free! Quick read but worth the time.
Oct 17, 2012 Eileen rated it it was amazing
I love sweet love stories with happy endings
Oct 16, 2015 iamjenai rated it really liked it
It's always nice to read this kind of story, first love, first heartbreak... second chance romance. I immensely enjoyed reading Shelby and Logan's journey to finding each other again after so many years of no contact.The author was able to deliver a believable sweet love story with TOTALLY relatable characters.

My only complain is that the book is short... I was not satisfied with ending the story too soon. Sorry, that's just me. I'm starting to think short stories just don't usually work for me
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I have to thank Veronica Blade for this free e-copy. Like always, I enjoy her story. What can I say? I'm a fan.

This book is a oneshot book, not really a young-adult read but that can be read by young-adult readers since there isn't any explicit contents. I'm sure this cute romance will please you.

I read this short novel in less than an afternoon, as much hooked by the characters as hooked by this love story. How can someone resists when it's about two peop
Oct 23, 2012 Tifferz rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness this book is so fun! I read it twice! Yup twice! Ms. Blade normally writes YA, but this book is for a more mature audience and I have to say she did a excellent job! This story is about first love and second chances. Do you remember yours? Did it last? Well Shelby gets a chance. If you want to know if Shelby gets her happy ever after with Logan. I found that Shelby is stubborn and the fact that she wants to protect herself a good thing. It was a nice to see a girl make a guy (in ...more
Tarra (Twilight Book Junkie)
Congrats Veronica, you have done it again! Again you have written a story that i could not put down. And this isn't even my usual genre of reading! But i absolutely loved it. You have proven you can not only write for the YA (i'm still in love with "Something Witchy This Way Comes" by the way") but that you can write just as great for the older crowd. I read this book in 2 days. I loved the story, i think it's something every girl/woman can relate to in a sense of first loves and having our hear ...more
May 15, 2012 Monaliz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-2012
My rating: 3/5 stars
Read the review in my blog!

May contain some spoilers
Earlier I read Veronica's Something Witchy This Way Comes and A Bite's Tale: A Furry Fable and since this is my third book from her, guess you could say I'm officially a fan!

Like with her other books, Veronica manages to write some effortless dialogues, and guess you could say that really is her specialty. The story is full of action and full of romance (though no dirty scenes, so younger audience can read this too) and i

2.5 Stars

Shelby Winters never got over her teenage love. After dating for three years, her Logan had to move away when his parents divorced. They tried to make the long distance work until one day he called and dumped her. Not only had he broken his promise to come back to her once he turned eighteen, but he'd also broken her heart irrevocably. All that happened nine years ago.

When her best friend strong arms her into agreeing to a blind date, Shelby is more than surly but gives in eventually. I
Jan 03, 2012 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remember that first heart-pounding, sweat-inducing and thought-overtaking love of your life? You both swore you would be together forever and nothing would come between you. Now, do you remember what happened to that love? Did it last or did fate intervene and crush those hopes and dreams? For Shelby and Logan, their deep and all-consuming love story was brought to a halt, long ago, leaving Shelby reeling and broken. Logan has become a big time writer and a magazine cover drool-inducing celebrit ...more
Dec 27, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Blind Date, Checkmate by Veronica Blade

Pages: E-book equivalent to about 100 printed pages.
Publisher: Crushed Publishing
Genre: Adult Romance
Buy the Book: Kindle($0.99!)

Should a woman who’s unable to forget her first love give “happily ever after” one more try?

Shelby Winters’ one great love went sour. If she can’t feel that way about a guy again, why bother? When Shelby’s best friend sets her up on a blind date with Logan, the guy who broke her heart, he pursues her relentlessly, forcing her
Claire Taylor
Aug 24, 2012 Claire Taylor rated it it was amazing
I was given this book by the author on a read to review basis.

Veronica Blade has fast become one of my favourite authors, and her books always have me up way past my bedtime since I can’t put them down – Blind Date, Checkmate was no exception to this. As a novella, it’s short, sweet and fast paced.

The characters are well developed, and Shelby’s hurt from her first love, Logan, ending their relationship is evident. She still loves Logan (doesn’t everyone still have some feelings for their first
Mar 24, 2012 Bonnie rated it really liked it
For a pint-size romance, Blind Date, Checkmate, weighing in at just under 100 pages, might be your ticket.

This was a cute story of the reacquaintance of two long-ago lovers. The story is fairly straight-forward; it is realistic but is enjoyable due to this realism. Perhaps the situation is unique but the characters are recognizable and relatable. Logan (sweet or total stalker?) was likeable despite his--well--stalker-like qualities. Shelby isn't so blinded by love as to give up her mind, but lea
Laura Jerwood
Apr 04, 2012 Laura Jerwood rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2012, r-n-r
I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that Novellas are not really for me. Generally I like stories to build and have a lot of padding if you know what I mean.

This one however broke the mold. I really liked it. I "bought" the characters and the reasoning and wasnt left feeling like I'd only got half the story.

I won't put any spoilers in, partly because I read this a while ago and somehow my review seems to have disappeared (as have a few others since they changed stuff on here) and partly because
Susan Hatler
Jan 16, 2012 Susan Hatler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelby can't forget her first love, Logan, who moved away and broke her heart when she was young. It's even harder to forget him now that he's a famous author who's constantly hitting the A-list Hollywood events, appearing all over the tabloids looking very hot and unforgettable (as if he hadn't been already!). When Logan, shows up in Shelby's northern California home town wanting to purchase a permanent residence, Shelby needs to decide if risking her heart one more time could lead to the happy ...more
Cathy Biggerstaff
May 09, 2014 Cathy Biggerstaff rated it it was ok
This book was okay, nothing spectacular. The chess reference in the title was only briefly mentioned in the story. It was easy to read but predictable.
Jeannie Lee
Feb 05, 2012 Jeannie Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I loved this story! At first, I was thinking what a sorry character Shelby was being. But, about half way through the story I realized that I act just like her!! Don't ask what brought that home to me. My point is, the characters were very realistic and you felt their emotions so keenly. I enjoyed the torture she endured, how she thought everything was being done just to crush her. Ok, I fully admit, this sounds alot like me......
I fell in love with Logan, would be hard to decide. T
Jen - At Random
Jan 31, 2012 Jen - At Random rated it really liked it
Blind Date, Checkmate was a little predictable but still a nice light read that would make for good lunch time or waiting room reading. The characters are likeable for the most part. Shelby was insanely stubborn but I suppose she had good reason to be. Can she get over the past and fall in love again? Logan is a writer and a ladies man who has seen the err of his ways. But is he too late to reclaim his first and only love?

To see this review and more, check out my blog at http://lratrandom.blogsp
Jun 08, 2012 Ali rated it liked it
What a cute read! There is nothing like a woman scorned! and Shelby is just that. The book starts off with Ginny setting up Shelby on a blind date to help her get over her lost love Logan. Logan happens to be the blind date Shelby is about to meet up with.

This is a very short story that was very far from my normal reading choices, I found that I really enjoyed Shelbys snippiness and attitude towards Logan.

Anyone who has ever been dumped *and really who hasnt* will enjoy this.
Jun 25, 2013 Kim rated it liked it
This was a cute story. A fast read, and at first I was a little disappointed that it was so short. I thought about it and realized that all of the elements that I enjoy in a romance story were there, the characters were developed and it had a satisfying ending.

Tuck it in your purse to read when you are waiting at the doctor's office or waiting for the kids in the carpool line.

I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.
Mar 25, 2012 Jenna rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book on It was a wonderful quick read. While it was short it doesn't take long to fall in love with the main charactor. From the very begning you start to hope she sees the error in her ways and that she says yes to the one man that she should say yes to. I would have given it more stars but to me it is a typical romance book.
Rachel Lynn Sterling
Aug 06, 2012 Rachel Lynn Sterling rated it really liked it
This is a story of recapturing and reconciling young love. I very much enjoyed the characters and the chemistry they created. The writing was good and the storyline, although probably not very original, was executed in an entertaining and consuming way. It held my attention and had me routing for the relationship from beginning to end. Great, fun read!
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Veronica Blade lives in Southern California with her husband and children. By day she runs the family business, but each night she slips away to spin her tales. She writes stories about young adults to relive her own childhood and to live vicariously through her characters. Except her heroes and heroines lead far more interesting lives
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