Re-released in a second edition with new content.
Three lost souls
Growing up in the eclectic, small town of Bliss was wonderful for Callie Sheppard. She loved everything about it, except for the lack of potential romantic partners. She only went wild once in her life, sharing a perfect weekend in Dallas with two incredible men she never thought she would see again. When they parted, she was left with a hole in her heart she feared would never be filled.
One romantic weekend
DEA agents Nathan Wright and Zane Hollister were thrilled when Callie agreed to spend the weekend with them. Just days away from a long, undercover assignment, they considered this passionate affair to be an ideal way to spend their last days of freedom. They never expected to fall in love. Leaving her behind was the hardest decision of their lives.
An unexpected reunion
Six years later, Callie is preparing to break in a new sheriff after Rye Harper walked out on the job. Her heart skips a few beats when the man walking through the door is none other than Nate Wright. Nate and Zane have come to Bliss, but their time undercover has left them broken and scarred. The boys are determined to win back Callie’s heart. But when the criminals they took down come seeking revenge, Nate and Zane may have to save the strange little town of Bliss before they can reclaim the woman they love.
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Callie Sheppard was startled by the sound of the door opening. She sat straight up in bed and wondered what the hell she was doing. It had seemed like a great idea at the time, but now a tremor of trepidation ran through her system. She was naked in a notorious BDSM club, waiting for two men to walk in and take her virginity.
It wasn’t that she minded losing her virginity. She wasn’t doing anything interesting with it in the first place. It needed to go, but now she worried this wasn’t the way to do it. She wanted some affection and kindness. Would they give that to her? Oh, god, Stef had found her two guys for her birthday. She’d made him a loaf of zucchini bread and shared a bottle of cheap wine for his. What was she doing?
Could she run? She was naked. That didn’t really bother her, but it could confound a lot of people.
“Hello.” The deepest voice she’d ever heard pulled her from her panic.
She turned and hoped there wasn’t a line of drool running out of her mouth as she caught sight of them. Best birthday present ever. Stef might be straight, but he knew how to pick gorgeous men.
She climbed as gracefully as she could off the big bed and faced them. They were perfect. The one who had spoken was tall. She doubted she would reach his shoulders when she stood against him. He was at least six and a half feet, and his body was corded with muscle. Every piece of him seemed chiseled out of granite. He was male model perfection, with a strong jaw and piercing green eyes. His hair was inky black and curled sweetly over his ears.
His partner wasn’t quite as tall but still was no small man. He was a few inches shorter than the gorgeous monster, and his body held a lean strength. If the black-haired devil was a linebacker, this man was a swimmer. His eyes were a stark blue. His skin was sun kissed and smooth. Callie was fascinated with the idea of soft skin covering steel. His hair was cut in a military style. It was a rich brown. The intimate light of the room caught the gold and red streaks. He looked like a man who laughed often.
Everything inside her heated up at the sight of them, and she wasn’t so scared anymore. Why the hell would she run from all that hotness? And they were handpicked by a man who would never, ever hurt her. She was safe with them.
“Hello.” It seemed like a dumb thing to say to two glorious men when she was naked as the day she was born, but it was all she could think of.
“Hello, Callie.” The other man’s voice was deep, too, but there was an inherent friendliness to his Texas accent. It looked like Stef had found her a couple of cowboys. The blue-eyed man watched her. He gave her a small, calm smile, like he didn’t want to scare her. “Are you nervous, sweetheart? We don’t want you to be. Nothing happens here that you don’t want. All you have to do is say the word and everything stops.”
Their eyes were on her body. Callie had never thought much about her body before. It was a natural thing. She’d grown up in a household where nudity wasn’t frowned on. She was comfortable in her skin, only now she wasn’t. Now she was starting to feel hot and restless. They weren’t avoiding her private parts the way the nudists politely did back in Bliss. These men stared boldly at her breasts, and her breasts seemed to be staring right back. Her nipples were hard nubs.
“Do I get a safe word?” The question came out on a breathy sigh. She’d always wanted to know what it felt like to truly submit. Stefan’s subs always seemed satisfied.
The blue-eyed man’s mouth turned down. “Your safe word is no. We don’t have to play games. All you have to do is say no and we stop.”
“But we can play games if you want to.” That came from the big guy. His husky voice did all sorts of things to her libido. He walked boldly up to her and placed his hands on her hips. His touch lit up her skin. “Do you want to play, darlin’?”
Oh, yeah, she wanted to play.
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.
First thoughts after reading.
Good thing I gave the book a second chance otherwise I would have missed out.
The characters & chemistry.
Callie as the only girl in Bliss it was hard for her to explore her sexuality. Exploring with her best friends just isn’t cutting it so with Stef’s help her fantasies are fulfilled.
I really liked Callie she is the one who comforts everyone, the shoulder to cry on. She is strong and a spitfire and knows how to keep the lads of their toes. Callie spent a magical weekend with two of the best guys.
Zane comes from the wrong side of the tracks. That weekend with Callie changed his life but they had plans, to follow his best friend into law enforcement only after all the hard work and years of being undercover he was betrayed.
I adore Zane. He is the one who although broody got his head out of his ar$e and embraced Bliss. I love his tortured soul. He is good for Callie and made her feel wanted and desirable.
Nate comes from money only he struck out on his own to go undercover with the Barbarians and now he has nothing left. No trust fund and no status. His job at the DEA is still secure but he can’t leave Zane in the lurch.
I didn’t like him when he first came to Bliss. Yes, a lot had gone wrong at but his way of dealing with it all was annoying and pathetic. Although by the end of the book he did redeem himself somewhat at least.
Get fans ladies and an extra pair of knickers (American pants) because you will need them. It is hot. It is steamy. It will give you tingles. Be it Callie & Zane or Nate & Callie. Or all three holy moly. Not the guys though although they are best friends they aren’t into that. Pity really.
The writing & the plot.
It was good to get a before they meet again it set a nice tone otherwise I would have ended up hating the guys well Nate for sure. Admittedly it was out of the ordinary but fun nevertheless and full on naughty.
Bliss, Colorado is unique. They all seem like hicks and live in a bubble but when it truly matters they all get their shotguns and are ready to shoot some balls.
Once the ‘help’ turned up it was so glaring obvious who, why and what was going to happen. There is one twist that I hadn’t seen a coming so there is that and it added to the plot nicely.
The pace of this book was better than the first one. At no time did I feel as if either Nate or Zane were left out. Zane embraced Bliss life quicker than Nate which I loved reading about.
I love banter and when something is hilarious but at times it went straight up ridiculousness. I mean come on some of their thoughts we’re just plain idiotic at times. Why when you are in a dangerous situation would you think it wouldn’t be a good idea to haul arse out of that bar? These two are trained law enforcement and they might be outnumbered. But they are trying to save you!!!
Overall enjoyable but there are some things that would need to be tweaked for my liking. Too much craziness nearly took me away from the plot and what was happening to our characters. At times it was a little OTT. After pushing past Nate being an idiot it got better. I don’t really know about the next book though.