Learning To Move On After Traumas
4 out of 5 stars
I’ve really enjoyed the Tracey Richardson books I’ve read so far. I knew going into this that it would likely be a story that I would instantly like and feature two women dealing/fighting through some personal issues. Blind Bet was exactly that, but so much more.
Blind Bet deals with a lot of PTSD (there’s a traumatic experience in the opening of Courtney’s story that sets the stage for the rest of the book). I found the way that Richardson wrote about it (and how Courtney was dealing with it) felt pretty accurate and true to how some people would be in that situation. It allowed for a tension point as the story progressed.
Ellen, on the other hand, was dealing with being cheated on; while traumatic, it wasn’t as crazy of a situation as Courtney’s. I think the scenes where she was dealing with that, thinking about it, and trying to get over it were also extremely accurate and true to life. Even the way she reacted late in the story when her friend tells her a situation that’s going on feels like it was something that I lived through after personally being cheated on.
The pacing, situations, and overall “feel” of Blind Bet were really good. I found myself wanting to know how things would turn out, and I started to root more and more for them as things started to reach the climax. I had a feeling that the situation would hit a speed bump moment. It did, and I thought it also felt pretty accurate to how things could play out. I keep mentioning the believability of the story, but when (I wasn’t going to spoil it, but it’s listed in the description) a missed connection and a plane crash are part of the story, believability is front of mind for me.
I thought that Sophie Daniels nailed the performance of this. She allowed each woman to feel like their own character and added certain flair without overperforming.
Two women with nothing in common meet at the blackjack tables . . .
Ellen Turcotte’s messy divorce forces her to take a break from her life. She’ll go back, after some rest and relaxation. When her best friend suggests a diversion, she’s quickly smitten with the allure of cards and the intriguing stranger who never seems to lose a hand. Surely she can play with dangerous temptation, just this once.
Courtney Langford’s favorite date is with Lady Luck. Ever since she missed a connection and avoided a deadly plane crash, she always comes up aces. Cards, women . . . seduction is just another way to win. Why should the lovely Ellen be any different?
But Ellen turns out to be a wild card in a game Courtney has been trying so hard not to play.
Tracey Richardson puts all the cards on the table as two women decide if they’re going to bet on love.
Blind Bet by Tracey Richardson
Narrator: Sophie Daniels
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
Published by Tantor Audio on October 25th 2022
Genres: LesFic/Sapphic Fiction
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Also by this author: The Campaign, Delay of Game, No Rules of Engagement, Side Order of Love
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