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Author: Sophie Oak, A.K.A. Leki Blake
Publication Date: 9 January 2018, second edition
Publisher: DLZ Entertainment
Series: Texas Sirens, book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, MFM
Age Recommendation: 18 and Up
Rating: 4 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~
Re-released in a second edition with a prologue and three new chapters.
Two cowboys looking for love…
Jack Barnes and Sam Fleetwood met in foster care. Over the years, they’ve become best friends and partners. They share a business as cattle ranchers and a house. There’s only one thing missing: a woman to share. The men are sure they’ve found that woman when Abigail Moore arrives in their small town, Willow Fork, TX.
A woman trying to find her place in the world…
Abby left her hometown twenty years before under a cloud of scandal. She’s raised a daughter, forged a new life for herself, and is ready for the next phase when she meets the handsome cowboys.
One small town that’s ready to explode…
They’re a dream come true—Jack is the sexy Dom, and Sam the playful lover. It’s everything she’s ever fantasized about. There’s only one problem. She’s still not welcome in Willow Fork, and someone is willing to kill to keep her away.
First let me say that if you have seen the original cover for the series you will know how awesome the new cover is. I love it's simplicity and the tie in to the series so much better than that original cover. That being said I can't put any of that on the author as they rarely have a choice in their cover art, so it gives nothing and takes nothing away from my rating of the book itself, I just want to make a note of saying how much better this cover is and I am thankful that Sophie (just going to call her Lexi from here on out due to habit) and her publicist took the time to revamp it as well.
Second, I have read a lot of Lexi Blake books and I had no idea that she had this other pen name or books until I stumbled upon a hint of it is her last book, Master Bits and Mercenary Bites. It's like a whole new world opened up and angels sand the song of Menage to me and I rejoiced. I am doubly thankful that Lexi Blake was able to get the rights to this series returned to her so she could put it back out into the world, bigger and better than ever.
So, onto the book. This was just an all around fun read. I loved the bits of drama, and I am not a drama fan normally. I do not like angst in my reads, but that was what was great about this read, while there was drama it was pretty much angst free. I didn't want to throw my kindle or scream obscenities...okay well, that part might not be true, there is one woman I would have like to given a good shake and a few foul words, but it wasn't anything that made my heart hurt (in that negative kind of way) or my anger to flare.
The characters are wonderful. I adored Abby. She was strong in the face of fear and hatred. She was understanding and compassionate when the same was never given to her. She was loving and fearless, though she had every reason to grow hard and cold hearted. She is just an amazing heroine who has absolutely no trouble standing on her own and doing what it takes to take care of herself and those that she loves and calls family, but she is also (with a little push perhaps) willing to see that those that truly love her should also be given the opportunity to care for her in return. She is a bit older than the heroes and while it is mentioned a few times it is never much of a big deal and for the majority of the book I honestly forget that there is supposed to be an age difference.
Sam, what a character. I loved him, I think it would be hard for anyone not to love him. He is sweet, kind, a bit of a horn dog, a tad guileless, a fun character to be around, and one of the biggest hearted Heroes I have had the pleasure of 'meeting' in a long time. Sam goes in heart first and when he does e does it big, but thank goodness he has Jack at his back to temper his spirit a little and to pull Sam back in when he goes to dive into the deep end with all his clothes on and head first.
Jack is the strong broody hero that I adore in my books. He has a lot of baggage that he keeps locked down tight, too afraid to let someone truly love him until he's built a wall so high around his heart that it takes a wreaking ball ( you're singing it, I'm signing it...why do we do this to ourselves? haha) to eventually tear them down. Luckily for Jack he has his best friend, the one he's constantly trying to tame at his back to keep life in Jack's eyes and to show him that it's okay to be loved, and it's okay to let your heart bleed a little for others because despite the pain that might come with loving others, they will also bring you so much joy that the pain is worth it.
All three of them together are a perfect compliment to one another, they truly round each other out and making a whole. I loved how Lexi built their relationship and how they worked with one another to make their lives together fit their needs. I love the little sign of what might be to come with two of the characters, I am curious to see where that goes and if or how it might change the dynamics. In the end I just loved that these three characters found joy, happiness, and love together and that they don't give one hoot what any one else thinks. This isn't some hidden secret in the town, I liked that while Jack and Sam weren't out there telling everyone how they chose to live their life they also weren't keeping it this huge secret. I loved that while I am sure some in town are scratching their heads or giving a bit of side eye, in general Jack, Sam, and Abby's life choices are accepted. Wouldn't it be nice if that was the way of life for all of us. That people can just say, welp, it's their life, live and let live and all that. Anywhoooo, that's another topic for another day, but, thank you Lexi for not making this book about some taboo secret between the couple, but just saying, this is who we are, take us or leave us.
Finally, Sophie Oak is Lexi Blake, do we really need to talk about the steam level in this book, nah, I didn't think so, ha. Let's just say total swoon worthy moments between these characters. I loved each an every one, whether it was all three or just two of them, each one was steamy and special. I know some of you will say 'Eh, its a menage book, it's going to be all about the sex' and I can say that's not true for this book. Are there more sex scenes than your average Contemporary Romance, yes, but remember this book has to balance a relationship between three people? Does that make it more about the sex and less about the story? In this book I don't believe so. The story of finding yourself and letting those that love you care for you is beautiful. The story of breaking down the walls surrounding a harden heart, a heart afraid to love is there. The story of acceptance and finding your own happiness is all there. Yep, the romance is there in all the glory that Lexi Blake gives us, threads of BDSM, and just plain hot steamy scenes, but there is also a beautiful story woven all around those moments and luckily for us there is more story to come. I can't wait to see where this couple goes in Siren in the City and I hope you will join in on the journey of Abby, Jack, and Sam. You won't regret a minute of it.
~ HAPPY READING ~
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.