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Author: Lexi Blake
Publication Date: 5 March 2019
Publisher: DLZ Entertainment, LLC
Series: Nights in Bliss, book 6
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.
The town of Bliss, Colorado, offered Hope McLean a second chance at life, a gift she cherishes every day. Her past was dominated by dark secrets and regret, most of which centered on a man named Christian Grady. All of that was behind her now, years of horror distilled down into the occasional nightmare or a random feeling of being watched. Surrounded by new friends, she tried hard to leave the past where it belonged—in the rearview mirror. Raised together, James Glen and Noah Bennett were the best of friends. They dreamed of growing up in Bliss, finding love, and settling down to share their lives on the Circle G ranch. James would manage the day-to-day operations of the ranch while Noah served the town as the resident veterinarian. Everything was perfectly planned out, until a woman came between them and their future shattered. Noah left Bliss for New York City and James was left to struggle to keep the Circle G alive on his own. Noah returns to Bliss on a mission to rebuild his life. When he sees Hope, he knows his return home was meant to be. Hope’s kindness shines like a beacon calling him to her. Unfortunately, he isn’t the only man interested in Hope. James is also interested in the beautiful girl with a mysterious past. He can’t be forced to choose between the woman of his dreams and his best friend again. As romance begins to bloom, a dark specter from Hope’s past returns to claim her. To save Hope, and themselves, James and Noah will have to rebuild the relationship they lost and fight for their future with Hope together.
I am always happy to dive into a Lexi Blake Bliss book, they just make me happy. I love the characters of this town and that is what they are, true characters. Their personalities and quirks just make me giggle and wish that I could find a little town like that to call my own. A place where everyone is accepted for who they are (unless you are trying to hurt one of their won) and where they stand side by side with one another against prejudices and hatred. I love how they protect their town, their friends, their loved ones, and their way of life.
I have to say I went into this one thinking I wasn't going to like the prodigal son. In the beginning he really came off as a jerk, I mean I got what was going on, he was a 'lost boy' who thought he had been found, but the way he just walked away rubbed me the wrong way. Of course I think that was the intent all along. Noah needed to be able to come back in to the fold and prove that he was truly as much a part of the town to himself more than anyone else. He had to see that he was needed, wanted, and desired, not for the family he grew up with, but for the man he was. James...James, so many times I kinda wanted to thump him on the head, a very hard head! That man is stubborn but in the end he had to be to keep his world together after everyone he loved had left him, in some instances abandoned him. Oh and Hope, this woman stole my heart. She fought her way from a naive young lady to a battle tested woman who never once lost her heart. She is so full of light and love, but do not let that misjudge her, this woman has a spine of steel and is not afraid to straighten it. She reminded me a bit of sweet Nell!
These Nights in Bliss books are a true guilty pleasure that bring more to the table than just a steamy romance, but characters that you will fall in love with and a community that you will want to be a part of. They are a wonderful escape from the real world and should be a must read on your TBR!
~ 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.