Published by Harlequin on July 1, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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When a loved one goes missing…and no one believes you…
Weeping in front of customers isn't Laney Adams's style. She would have gone unnoticed if security expert Teague Johnson hadn't come to her grooming shop to pick up his boss's dog, Cutter. Something about Teague—or maybe it's the uncannily perceptive canine—compels her to open up about her best friend who's gone missing and how she feels responsible. The confession reminds Teague of his own secret guilt. He can't turn away. With the help of the Foxworth Foundation—and Cutter—Laney and Teague launch a dangerous search that leads to unexpected twists…and undeniable passion.
Operation Blind Date is a quick read, full of the romantic suspense that Harlequin Intrigue books are so well known for. This is another book in the Cutter’s Code series, books where a dog, Cutter, selects the clients for the Foxworth Foundation. In this case, Cutter picks Laney, the dog groomer whose best friend has gone missing.
Teague is asked to pick up his boss’s dog, Cutter, from the groomers where he finds Laney who had obviously been crying just before he showed up. Cutter makes it very clear in his refusal to leave that something isn’t right here and Teague winds up offering to help find Laney’s missing best friend. The cops haven’t believed her when she said something was wrong and now Teague and the Foxworth Foundation are her only hope.
Cutter was an interesting character and had a lot of personality, which makes sense when you consider that even though he’s a dog, he’s one of the main characters in this book. I would definitely want to read other books in this series though.
Like all Harlequin novels, this one is pretty predictable. Boy and girl meet, they’re both attracted to each other from the start but they resist that attraction, there’s some suspense, maybe a close call, they explore their feelings, solve the case, and everything ends well. The fact that there is a formula to this book doesn’t make it any less enjoyable though. The scenes are steamy, and the attraction between Laney and Teague is definitely there.
Amber is found in the end, and this is the only thing that really bugs me. What happened to her isn’t explored. It isn’t that much of a surprise considering this is a romantic suspense, and not a suspense with some romance, but it’s still a bit of a let down.