Author: Lexi Blake writing as Sophie Oak
Publication Date: 24 April 2018 (re-release)
Publisher: DLZ Entertainment
Series: Texas Sirens, book 3
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance, BDSM, Menage
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 new scenes.
Julian Lodge has everything a man could want. He’s rich, successful and owns the most exclusive club in Dallas. But something is missing.
Finn Taylor has worked his way up in the world from humble beginnings in Willow Fork, Texas. The only thing he still loves in his hometown is Danielle Bay. He never told her he was actually bisexual, and he never confessed his love for her. Now she’s getting married, and Finn is sure he’s lost his chance with the only person he’ll ever love.
Julian’s vacation to the Barnes-Fleetwood ranch brings them all together. After Dani jumps into Julian’s car while fleeing her wedding, Julian knows he has to have her. But nothing is easy in Willow Fork. A danger from Julian’s past threatens them all. Julian will have to convince both Dani and Finn that being his will be the best decision they ever made.
I thoroughly enjoy this series for just some light but not so light reading if that makes any sense. The Texas Siren series is an easy series to get yourself lost in for just a little while, they are emotional stories typically of heart break of some kind a redemption but at the same time it's not so heavy that you feel anxious through out the story. These books are like little guilty pleasures that you just can't get enough of.
I Have been so excited to get Julian's story. We have seen more and more of him through the last two previous books and I feel for him pretty darn quickly. He's one of those broody rich type with some serious alpha male/DOM tendencies and you just knew that despite the show he put on he was just a broken boy own the inside, one that just needed to be loved, but was too afraid to truly let anyone(s) in. That is until a runaway bride jumps in his car and her 'gay' BFF and true love come barreling into his vacation and completely rearrange his life. Julian was everything I expected him to be. Strong, determined, powerful, dominant. He was also soft hearted, confused, and anxiety prone at times. I have to say his wishy-washyness got to me every now and again even when I know that he's just struggling with the belief that he can love and truly be loved.
Finn and Dani are a great pair, I actually worried that Julian wouldn't be able to find his place with them for a while. They are so tied together that I wasn't sure there would be room for him. I loved that they played off of each other so well. When one was unsure the other was confident. When one needs to be reminded of their worth the other is there to build them up. They play so amazingly well off of Julian that now I can honestly say I can't see having this story gone any other way. I loved that Dani once she caught on to Julian's personal challenges never gives up. I love that Finn is willing to truly give himself over to Julian just so he can also give himself to Dani. This entire menage is a gentle give and take that works out beautifully.
I despised Dani's sister, I am half in love with JimBob...they tried to make him out to be this redneck country bumpkin but in fact he's just a really good guy in the end. I hate Willow Fork, that whole town needs a Come to Jesus moment, but not the kind they would think they deserve, lol. I loved seeing Ian and Alex again. They just break my heart, these glimpses of them from their pasts. I know how their worlds have ended up but seeing them before their HEA is just heart breaking at times but so wonderful too. I am so anxious to get my hands on Siren Beloved. I have fallen hard for both Lexi (Abbi's Daughter) and Logan (Jack's brother), then there is the mysterious ex boyfriend who we have had small glimpses of and plays a major role (of course) in their story.
IF you are looking for an easy reading series with a bit (well more than a bit) of a 'naughty' side definitely pick up this series. I do suggest starting from book one just so you know as much about Julian as you can before going into this book but it isn't completely necessary, you could technically read this as a standalone but I just think you'll feel like you missed a little something. These are not novella's but they aren't long reads either so they're great for a quick weekend or evening read. They are MMF menage books with BDSM in the mix so just know that before going in, wouldn't want you surprised or anything, ha.
~ HAPPY READING ~
“What on earth is that look for?” Julian stared down at her, his lips pulled up in obvious amusement. Finn leaned over so he could be heard over the loud music. “I think Dani is enjoying her role as town harlot.” Julian frowned. “Harlot? Why would she be a harlot?” Dani and Finn laughed together. For the first time, they completely understood something Julian didn’t. “This is a small town, Sir,” Finn explained. “All anyone is going to talk about tomorrow is the fact that Dani Bay snuck up the stairs at The Barn with two guys. Trust me, she is going to be called all kinds of names. Mostly to her back, though.” She shrugged. It was to be expected. At least no one would be feeling sorry for her. Julian’s face went dark, and his fingers tightened around hers. “They had better not say anything where I can hear it.” He relaxed and nodded down at her. “I’m going to speak with Jackson, dear. You and Finn stay together. We’ll be leaving shortly. We’ll retrieve Finn’s things and go back out to the ranch.” He turned and walked off, supremely confident that his orders would be met. He turned back suddenly. “And stay out of trouble.” Dani grinned. He didn’t look so confident that she would follow that edict. He walked away. She watched his gorgeous ass as it disappeared into the crowd. When she turned, she noticed that Finn was watching, too. “I’m sorry.” Finn pulled back slightly, his hand coming out of hers. That look was back in his eyes. “Are you going to be an asshole?” she asked. “What?” “I thought we worked through this, but it looks like you’re going to be an asshole.” She wasn’t putting up with it. Maybe she would have before but being with them had changed her. Being with Julian and Finn together seemed to have altered something fundamental in Dani. It had been beautiful. She’d never felt as deeply as she did when they were kissing her, loving her. There had been that terrible moment when she was sure Julian was leaving, but he’d stayed. He had to care about her. He cared, and Finn cared. She wasn’t going to let anyone take that away from her or make her feel ashamed. That was hers. Finn stared almost blankly and then shook his head. “I’m sorry. I spent so long trying to hide this from you.” “Hide what? That I knew you were gay? I was well aware of that. Why did you get upset because I caught you drooling over Julian’s ass?” His eyes slid down. “Damn it, Dani. This is why I stayed away. I knew it should be only the two of us, but I wasn’t sure I could do it. I’m not sure I can stay away from men.” Julian was shaking his head at Jack, who seemed to be teasing him something fierce. Dani stared at him for a moment. She noticed she wasn’t the only one. All around her, other women had their eyes on the hot new guy. They could look, but Julian was hers. He might not know it, but she planned on keeping him. And Finn. As soon as they ironed out a few things. “And it never occurred to you to say, hey, Dani, here’s the problem. Let’s see if we can solve it? No, you decide to keep your mouth shut and almost let me marry someone I didn’t love because you didn’t want to admit you’re bi.” “Damn it, I didn’t want to lose you. I love you, Danielle. You’re the only thing in my life that’s permanent. I would rather keep you in my life than lose you because I can’t be normal. It should be two people. A marriage should be two people.” Oh, yes, she had to fix his way of thinking. “Says who? The old biddies at church? Screw them. Why does everything have to be one way? What we did up there didn’t hurt anyone. It isn’t anyone’s business but ours. I love you, Finn, but I think I’m falling for Julian, too. Can you handle that?” “I can certainly try, baby. I was willing to love you from afar. I prefer loving you up close.”
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.