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Author: Lexi Blake writing as Sophie Oak
Publication Date: 4 September 2018
Publisher: DLZ Entertainment, LLC
Series: Texas Sirens, book 5
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance, BDSM
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 content.
Bethany “Mouse” Hobbes spent her entire life waiting, especially for the love of Bo O’Malley. But for the first time in her life, she is ready to start living, with or without him. She has found her dream, restoring a rustic farmhouse on the outskirts of town. Trev McNamara left Deer Run a high school hero and has returned, his football career in ruins. When Trev meets Mouse, he discovers a passion strong enough to overcome his past. But can she accept his need for control? Bo O’Malley has lived his whole life in the shadow of his brother, never committing to anything or anyone. When the woman he secretly loved all his life begins an affair with the man who betrayed his trust, Bo will do anything to claim her as his own. Transformed by their love, will Mouse be enough woman for both of them?
If you are a fan of this series you will most definitely want to pick up this book. It has the same feel as the previous books in the series and yet there was something a little different about it. I think it was Beth that made this book for me. I loved watching her come into her own and realizing that she is so much more than what the town has made her believe she is.
Beth "Mouse" Hobbes has been the town 'shy girl' all her life, in her youth they put her in the shadows and she stayed there after finding safety in them. Thing is while Beth Hobbes might be a bit 'mousey' she is no ones door mat and when Trev comes into town and shows her that she truly shines.
I loved Trev, it was great having this character we have never met before come into town and mix things up. While he is not new to anyone in Deer Run he is new to us and he brings a freshness that we have been missing the last few books. I mean I don't mind (really don't) books that revolve around people we meet through out a series but sometimes its nice to have a new player come in. I loved his back story and his fight to overcome.
Bo O'Malley, well, he was a tough one for me. I didn't really like him in the beginning to be honest. He was quite the jerk (I'd use a stronger word but then Amazon wouldn't accept my review, soooo) and I hated that about him. I really had hoped after getting to know him in previous books that we would see a different side of him so it was really disappointing to see that he really was just a jerk all along. Now, that doesn't mean that I don't end up liking him in the end because I do, but I never fell for him the way that I wanted to. I wanted him to just be this really misunderstood guy, maybe more of a Lucas, but instead he really was just kind of a goofball who didn't think much farther than his own nose. Redemption comes but at the price of me ever really making a connection with him.
I enjoyed the relationship between all three main characters, it's a little weird with Bo being kind of just a regular guy in the mix...not a Sub nor a Dom, but they make it work. I love how they make each other stronger and complete the family that they have each been missing out on one the years. I really enjoyed the introduction and possibility for a few new characters, the look at a character, who we already know the story of, (If you have read Masters and Mercenaries) before he got his HEA (what a sad sad man, hahaha) and the glimpse into the lives of some of the characters we have been growing to love as this series has gone on. I am so anxious for the next book, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite erotic series. Lexi Blake never fails to give us all the hot and heart we need with a good deal of suspense thrown in!
~ HAPPY READING ~
Bo walked up, his boots resounding against the pavement. His dark-blond hair was curling over his shirt collar. He was so beautiful, but in a different way than Trev. His hand came out to touch her shoulder. “What’s wrong?” And he’d always been able to read her when he bothered to try. “I didn’t get the loan.” She tensed a bit. Bo hadn’t wanted her to buy the house in the first place. He would probably tell her it was for the best and now she could sell the land to a developer and move someplace safer and way more boring. “Oh, baby, I’m sorry.” Bo pulled her against his chest right there in the middle of Main Street. He wrapped his arms around her. “I know what that meant to you.” She froze for a moment. He usually kept his affectionate nature private. It was sweet to be held by him, something she’d dreamed of a thousand times. He still smelled like the soap from the shower he’d insisted on taking before they left for town. His well-worn cotton shirt was soft against her cheek, but his chest was all muscle. After a moment, she let herself sink into him. The tears were back. She couldn’t hold them off when he was giving her a place to cry. “I don’t know what to do. They said I don’t qualify. I have to have that money. I can’t fix up the house without it.” His hand found her hair. “It’s going to be okay. We’ll find another bank. Hell, Aidan knows lots of people with money. You’ll see. It’s going to be okay. Now, come on, dry those tears and let’s go get some pie. I was talking to Jerry at the feed store, and he said Patty had pecan today.” She loved pecan pie. Relief washed over her as Bo began to lead her toward the diner. She’d been terrified that Bo would be angry that she was seeing Trev. She’d played it off as nothing, but she’d been scared he would turn away. Instead, he opened the door for her and started to ask her about her plans. He seemed interested for the first time. Bo ordered for them both and then gave her his full attention. He was quieter than she’d ever seen him before. Well, except for that night when she’d had to find her way to Austin to get him. He’d been quieter then. He hadn’t talked for days. She didn’t like to think about that night. “Hey,” Bo said, leaning over and putting a hand over hers. “It’s going to be okay, you know. We’ll find a way to get your house fixed up. Tell me something, is that boyfriend of yours going to be worth anything beyond hauling you into bathrooms in the middle of the day? Does he know anything about home repair?” She flushed, but Bo had said the words with no accusation in his tone, just a sad smile on his face. She shook her head. “He told me to buy a book.” Bo sighed. “We’re in trouble. Well, show me your plans. Let’s see how screwed we are.” He gave her that smile that lit up her world and reminded her of all the reasons she’d fallen in love with him in the first place. He was a sunny presence. He always made her laugh, and deep down, he understood her. Trev was her lover, but she would miss Bo. She would miss him so much. She showed him her list, and by the time they were done, she felt better. She would find a way. She would fix her house, and she would keep Trev and Bo in her life. She needed them.
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.