Tuesday 9 October 2018

Review: Found in Bliss - Lexi Blake

Re-released in a second edition with new content.

Holly Lang has a hard time trusting men. Eight years ago, her husband tossed her aside and took her son away from her. Finding the little town of Bliss has given her a second chance at life, new friends, and sense of belonging. Unfortunately, Bliss also seems to have filled her days and nights with dreams of two beautiful men. She can’t stop thinking about the gentle but haunted Dr. Caleb Burke, and the exotic and dangerous Alexei Markov.

Caleb Burke isn’t your ordinary town doctor, but he’s always dedicated himself to trying to be a good man. His journey to this quirky little town was not an easy one. Some of the stops along the way left him scarred in more ways than one. But when he first sees Holly, it’s like someone threw open the blinds and let the sunlight into his life for the first time in years.

Alexei Markov is nothing like Caleb Burke. Working as a hit man for the Russian mafia, he was forced to do unspeakable things. He suffered through all the moral compromises to fulfill one simple goal, killing the man who murdered his brother. When a mission led him to Bliss, he found something more precious than vengeance. A woman named Holly Lang. Throughout months of living in witness protection, testifying against his former employers, all he could think about was finding his way back to her.

After returning to Bliss, Alexei and his strange new ally Caleb discover that they aren’t the only ones interested in Holly. Someone else is stalking her and appears to want her dead. The only way to discover the identity of the killer is for all three to face up to the secrets of their past and work together to fight for everything they have found in Bliss.

Nights in Bliss Series:
(Originally published under the pen name Sophie Oak)
Three to Ride
Two to Love
One to Keep
Lost in Bliss
Found in Bliss
Pure Bliss
Chasing Bliss
Once Upon a Time in Bliss
Back in Bliss
Sirens in Bliss (Crossover with the Texas Sirens Series)

Texas Sirens Series:
(Originally published under the pen name Sophie Oak)
Small Town Siren
Siren in the City
Siren Enslaved
Siren Beloved
Siren in Waiting
Siren in Bloom
Siren Unleashed
Sirens in Bliss (Crossover with the Nights in Bliss Series)
Siren Reborn

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I feel like I've been waiting ages for this book but really it's only been a few months since I first met these particular characters in One to Keep! Alexei was the member of the Russian mob who saved Holly and several others in that book and he's been in witness protection since then while he gave evidence against his former colleagues. Caleb is the doctor who saved Alexei's life after he was shot and who has been circling around Holly for years but hasn't had the courage to take things further. While Holly is a long term resident of Bliss who had a disastrous relationship with her ex that almost put her off men for life but who has been developing feelings for both Caleb and Alexei. Yes, as you can imagine things are about to get complicated!

Caleb and Holly have been in love with each other for years but no matter how many hints she's dropped he's never acted on his feelings for her because he doesn't feel worthy. Holly already doubted herself thanks to her ex and Caleb's hot and cold behaviour hasn't really helped her confidence so the way Alexei is so open about his interest has really helped her feel good about herself. The trouble is no matter how attracted she is to Alexei she's not quite willing to give up on Caleb yet. Alexei owes his life to Caleb and after digging into his saviour's past he understands exactly why Caleb isn't willing to take another chance on love. Alexei knows what he wants though and that's a strong bond of friendship with Caleb and a shared relationship with Holly, he's seen how many menage relationships work in Bliss and he thinks that would be the perfect option for the three of them, especially as Caleb can keep Holly safe from anyone who puts in an appearance from his old life.

Alexei is really the glue that brings this trio together but I never felt that the others weren't equally invested in their relationship. Each of them brings their own set of baggage to the table and they all have different hang ups and fears about moving forward but lets just say when Alexei and Caleb work together Holly is a VERY lucky woman (I would be very happy to play doctors with Caleb, especially when Alexei was playing the dutiful assistant too)! I really enjoyed seeing all three of these characters get the happy ending they deserved and I loved the introduction of Holly's teenage son Mick too.

It was great spending time in Bliss with all the crazy, busybodies who were determined to nudge these three into making the right decisions. This town is incredibly supportive and protective of their own and they quickly adopted Alexei as one of them. My favourite thing about this series has been the characters and it was great to catch up with lots of familiar faces but the focus definitely remained on the latest triad to set up home together. If I have one complaint it would be that I usually find it too easy to figure out who is causing trouble but to be honest I'm always having so much fun with the romance that I don't really care about the mystery side. This book made me more excited than ever about Wolf's story, Siren in Bloom, which is technically part of the Texas Sirens series but is the next Lexi Blake / Sophie Oak book that is being rereleased so luckily I only have to wait until November. I love how entwined these two series are and will continue to devour them all the minute I can get my hands on them!

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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