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Double Blind

(Special Delivery #2)

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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,349 ratings  ·  395 reviews
Know when to show your hand…and when to hedge your bets.

Randy Jansen can’t stand to just sit by and watch as a mysterious man throws money away on the roulette wheel, especially since Randy’s got his own bet going as to the reason this guy is making every play like it’s his last day on earth. The man’s dark desperation hits Randy right in the gut. Half of him warns that ge
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ebook, 2nd Edition, 350 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (first published April 9th 2010)
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Damon Suede
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay. I fucking love Heidi Cullinan and I think I want to have her baby.

I'll confess: I was blown away by SPECIAL DELIVERY... which at first glance (trucker & twink crosscountry) had all the makings of crappy semi-porno, but actually turned out to be every bit as raunchy and sweet as I could have wanted. A genuinely superb M/M with teeth and heart and a big fat hardon.

But...

DOUBLE BLIND just knocks that shit out of the water. Again, looking at the blurb I sort of cringed at the stylized set
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Baba
Jul 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
REVIEW COMPLETED AUGUST 20, 2012

After reading and lovin' Ms. Cullinan's Dance With Me I expected a story full of beauty, magic and power. And first and foremost I wanted strong and likable characters.

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But I got this.

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I loved the first 20 % of Double Blind and I fell head over heels in love with the cocky and at that time very confident Randy. Even though there was a lot of theory about poker and gambling, I didn't have any issues at all with this aspect of the story. If anything it was very intr
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Susan
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-favorites

4.5 stars

This book just KNOCKED me on my ass.

I resisted stubbornly reading it. I hated swarmy Randy in book 1, Special Delivery. I had no interest in reading his story. I thought anyone and everyone who loved Randy crazy. And...I don't want to read kink. It's not my thing, most especially if I have zero interest in those involved. *stomp my feet* *pound my chest*

Shit. Do I have egg on my face?

I should know better. I know I can trust Heidi Cullinan. She doesn't tell me to read any and all her b
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Alvin
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OF COURSE I'LL GIVE IT FIVE STARS BECAUSE IT'S RANDY'S STORY!

I love it, I love it, I LOVE IT!!!
I loved Randy,
I loved Ethan,
I loved Randy & Ethan together,
I loved the story,
I loved Herod's,
I loved Vegas!
I loved Poker,
I loved Roulette...
Basically I loved everything about it!!!

If Special Delivery was more sex, Double Blind was more fun, and more heart. Which I loved loved loved...

I really love Randy. He's a bastard, funny, naughty, dirty, horny, IRRESISTIBLE. And I love when these kind of char
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Jason Bradley
Mar 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, m-m, ebook, omfg-hot
Did I think this could be as hot as the first? Well, I could hope, right? And did this book deliver!! Wow! I love these characters! I want to know these characters! I want to fuck these characters! :)
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
4.25 POKER-FRENZY-INDUCED STARS!

Fair warning, if you hate Vegas, casinos, and mobsters, maybe skip this one, because there's all kinds of Sin City action here: cards (poker and high-stakes poker and poker variations and even more poker), roulette (don't just bet on black, people!), lots of booze, craps, and did I mention POKER, and so on ad infinitum.



This book begins two years after the first book ends. Randy is still in Vegas, still lonely, but a little less so since he has Mitch and Sam in hi
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Jenni Lea
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bmbr, favorites

#1 Queen Randy Slut – Jenni Lea

For all the world that I loved Special Delivery, I loved Double Blind even more. Holy crap, did I love this book! I can’t even… I mean… just… Gah! I don’t even know where to begin!

Randy, Randy, Randy. Sir, I sure do love you. You are the most irritating, rambunctious, courageous, annoying, loud, hilarious, crafty, sexy crazy-ass motherfucker I have ever met. You are wonderful. I want to push Ethan out of the way and marry you instead. Except, I love Ethan too. He i
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Sara
This book hurt my OCD, no it freaking broke it. The poker was fascinating but when it comes to something like this, Randy is right, you learn by playing and I couldn’t grasp what the hell he was saying about it in the beginning. It went over my head. What it did do though was make me want to break out the cards and try to play with the husband. Not something I would normally do, so good job Randy. Well done. But while the poker was a bit overwhelming for this girl, the meaning behind it, at leas ...more
DarienMoya
^^ DOUBLE THE HOTTNESS!^^

Double Blind, is double the pleasure, double the fun and double the cum. It is funny, heartbreaking and a wonderful story into the lives of characters we have come to love. This book is in a category all on its own, the idea of using poker to explain life and it makes so much sense. This series is a wonderful tale of human emotions, the fear that comes with love and the healing that can only be found through friendships. This is the second book to Special Delivery and t
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Susan
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, audio
Audio edition.
Iggy Toma is amazing!


Well, I didn’t expect to like this as much as I did.

Randy is still in Las Vegas, playing poker, and… being Randy. When he sees a man constantly betting on black, he is intrigued. That man looks like he has nothing left to lose. He goes out to the roulette table to meet him. This man is Ethan, who has indeed nothing to lose.

Ethan’s lover took his money and broke it off with him and Ethan has nothing left. He intends to lose the last of his money and then blow
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Lily
4.5 stars

This story opens with Randy Jansen watching a man play and lose at the roulette table, over and over again. Watching the video feed with him is his boss Billy Herod and Billy's godfather, Crabtree. Randy has a well known reputation for being able to read people and he makes a bet with Billy that he knows the man's story. But within a bit of time after he meets Ethan Ellison, Randy is surprised to learn that he's lost his bet and as they spend time together his fascination with down on h
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Isabel
I love Special Delivery, but I love this book even more! Double Blind is an incredible book... Randy and Ethan are an amazing couple!

This story is about fate and luck! The plot is excellent and so clever!

I loved how Randy and Ethan met each other, and how spontaneous their relationship begun. Ethan is vulnerable and so strong at the same time... and Randy, always arrogant but so kind to Ethan... They became the healing of each other and the ending was absolutely perfect!

Crabtree is also fantasti
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Hannah
Actually 3.5 stars.

I was definitely disappointed with Double Blind after the strangely beautiful Special Delivery, but this book did have its share of brilliant moments. For simplicity's sake, I'll just go down the list of the parts I didn't like, and then I'll conclude by listing the parts that worked for me.

Here's what I didn't like:

1. There was way, way more information about poker and other casino games than I ever wanted to know. The interesting part of the story - you know, the relationsh
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Heidi Cullinan
May 16, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wrote-it
Re-releases Tuesday, and Randy and Ethan will be by the forum on my website this week.

http://www.heidicullinan.com/node/175
Dreamer
A six star read. Unputdownable story of Las Vegas, Poker and m/m love. Just adored Randy and Ethan, great characterisation and humour.

'Maybe he was playing for all the aces in the world, for every man and woman whom life had hit too hard, who just needed one moment of wonder to believe again.'
Monique
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt

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We all have authors that we tend to gravitate to, those that you know will always deliver and Heidi Cullinan, for me, is one of those authors, with Special Delivery the first book in this series being my favourite book from her. Whilst Double Blind didn’t quite wow me in the same way, there is one thing for sure that made this book a winner in my starry eyes and his name is Randy. Heidi’s characterisation of that man is just superb. She managed to turn a man that I didn’t particularly care much
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Myriam
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A six star read.
Debra
I enjoyed this follow up to Special Delivery (one of my all time favorite books) focusing on Randy and Ethan. I will admit however, that the poker theme got to be a bit too much for me. My husband has been trying to get me to play poker for many years now, but I just seem to have a mental block for the game and that may have taken a bit of the enjoyment out of the book for me.

We know Randy is good at reading people and a master manipulator. When he spies Ethan on the CCTV at the casino where he
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Ann
Rereading with some fellow unicorns. Randy just gets better and better.

I think I liked my re-read on Double Blind even more than the original read. Not because of any changes but because there is just so much story and so many amazing characters, they can’t possibly be digested the first time around. While this is Randy and Ethan’s story it is really so much more and getting sucked into a world that is “so much sin wrapped up in so much pretty” is a damn fine ride.

While Randy and Ethan are defi
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Christina
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
2.5 Stars


Unfortunately, this didn't live up to my expectations. I loved Randy in Special Delivery. In this book, he was just ok. I enjoyed the first half of the book but it went downhill quickly. Randy started off as cocky as ever but then turned into an over-emotional mess. I couldn't believe it. I was glad that he was able to open up and take a chance on his feelings for Ethan but it was like a dam broke and all that came out was mush. It seemed like every time I turned around, Randy and Ethan
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Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books
3.5 stars only on this love Randy. But way to much on the poker aspect very light on the sexy time. And if course kept stars up due to Sam and Mitch showing up.
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There are only two things you need to know:
(1) Better than Special Delivery
(2) Randy
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance
3.5 Stars


Before we get too deep into the review of Double Blind, if you don’t know or haven’t heard Ms. Cullinan wrote a free novella that should be read prior to Double Blind called Hooch & Cake <— FANTASTIC!!! And… it holds insights into Randy’s evolution and did I mention it’s free?

This is only my third experience with Ms. Cullinan, but it’s clear to me she’s an exceptional talent. He has the gift of storytelling, of taking the reader on the ride. She de
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Gyn
Nov 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I did not like one single thing about this book! Double Blind is the story of Randy, who we meet in Special Delivery, and his supposed love interest Ethan. Randy is a playa who lives in Vegas and works several jobs that include playing poker at Herod's casino owned by a wastrel named Billy and managed by his godfather and gangster Crabtree. Ethan comes to Vegas after being duped hard by the man he loved and is sitting as the roulette table betting his last $5 when he comes to the a ...more
JR
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: favorites, life, romance
First of all, this is the second in the series Special Delivery. Sadly, #1 is out of print, it will be back but not for almost a year. With that said, this can be read as a stand alone, and boy, howdy does it stand alone!

Once again, I am delighted and awed by Miss Cullinan's ability to bring characters to life, and spin a wonderful, loving story. If you haven't read Dirty Laundry, get that after you read this.

It takes place in Las Vegas, involves gambling, mostly poker all which had me at the
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Jenni
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you’re considering reading Double Blind, that means you've probably already had the joy of meeting Randy (and of course Mitch and Sam), in Special Delivery. Maybe you have opinions about Randy: good, bad, icky, indifferent; if your answer is all of the above, you’ll definitely be in for a treat.

Double Blind picks up in Las Vegas, and I’m changing the book’s name here and now to Randy’s Redemption. See, it’s all about getting to know Randy. What makes him tick, what he likes and doesn't like,
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~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars
Reread 1/2019 ~ Crabtree's Parable of the Cards ~ https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/9647...

Still don't understand poker but enjoyed this reread again, definitely a comfort read.

Reread 2/2014 - If you've read Special Delivery (Special Delivery, #1) by Heidi Cullinan but before you read DB, go download Hooch & Cake (Special Delivery, #1.5) by Heidi Cullinan - Sam and Mitch' wedding with Randy, planner extraordinaire right in the thick of it. Will help explain a lot about where Randy is at in the beginning of DB. My review if you're interested: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Enjoy!

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Eva
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot-as-hell, m-m-m, m-m, angst, bdsm
Randy and Ethan are an amazing couple! So perfect for each other!

I loved everything about them from the start...

Overall the plot is quite clever and exciting but I really wanted less of poker



and more emotions and loving of two... (view spoiler) beautiful men.




The fact that we can see more Mitch and Sam was a nice surprise.

I will read the third book for sure.
Vivian
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica-contemp
Well...I don't know jack about poker or gambling in general, but my enjoyment of this story wasn't impeded by that at all. Loved this even better than the first, Special Delivery.

Loved how the story was crafted and Ethan and Randy's meeting up. Loved how various people got played. More importantly how Randy faced things and came out in the end. And damn if Peaches doesn't grow up! Nice...nice..nice. A great read.

Em
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is my third book of Heidi Cullinan's in a row and I cannot believe it took me so long to get to read her books. I liked that Mitch and Sam were a large part of this story and found that I liked Randy much more in this book and really warmed to his character and his relationship with Ethan. I'm hoping the rumor about the third book is true and that both couples make an appearance. I would also like Crabtree to play a part, he was fantastic!
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