02 Sep '11

Review Post : Lost in Bliss by Sophie Oak (5 Stars)

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Lost in Bliss [Nights in Bliss, Colorado 4] by Sophie Oak
Series: Bliss #4
Published by Siren-BookStrand on 2011
Genres: BDSM, menage
Pages: 301
Format: eBook
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[Siren Menage Everlasting: Erotic Cowboy Menage a Trois Romance, M/F/M]

Laura Niles left her past behind. She fled Washington, DC, with her career in ruins and her love life decimated. In her desperate flight, she found a home in Bliss, Colorado. For five years, Rafe Kincaid and Cameron Briggs have searched for the only woman they've ever loved. The FBI agents couldn't share her before, and it tore them apart. Now they have tracked her down, and they want answers. Why did she run? Why did she hide? Why are there so many naked people in Bliss? Laura is shocked when her former loves show up in her new home. And when they bring the full force of the FBI with them, Laura knows Bliss is in for a rough ride, because a killer has been watching and waiting for a second chance. And so have Rafe and Cam.

Lost in Bliss is book number four in the lost in Bliss series. The Marquis de Sade hasn’t been heard from in 5 years. After the last woman he tried to torture and murder escaped his clutches, he had seemingly gone to ground. His last victim, Laura, was a profiler with the FBI who had seemingly “insulted” him when the profile that she had produced appeared in the press. After surviving her horrific injuries, Laura also had to deal with the fact that the men she loved had hung her out to dry professionally. Traumatised and betrayed, she runs until she reaches the sleepy town of Bliss. The residents of Bliss don’t care that she doesn’t talk about her past and tries to keep herself to herself; in Bliss, once you set up camp, they class you as one of their own.  Finally feeling like she finally belongs somewhere, Laura tries to forget the man that haunts her nightmares and the men that haunt her dreams. However, although Bliss is safe, it is completely isolated and she doesn’t realise when the killer starts up again. The sleepy town of Bliss have had to become used to protecting their own, but can they protect Laura from the man who confounded even the FBI?

Since the day that Laura disappeared from the hospital, Cam and Rafe have searched high and low for her, throwing away careers and countless man-hours in the race to find her. In five years, they haven’t had a hint of her whereabouts until she appears in a single photograph used to announce the wedding of two of the locals of Bliss (I’m not putting whose here…it’s a spoiler for the previous books). Once they realise that they’ve found her they hunt her down to apologise for past wrongs and try to convince her she wants them in her future. They made another mistake in her previous life; they tried to make her choose between them.  Separately, she stands a chance of resisting them but when they work as a pack? Not a chance girlie J  Can they win her back whilst being complete bossy bastards as they fight to protect her from a killer who doesn’t like lose ends?

This book feels a little darker to the rest of the series, but it made the love story that little sweeter. Although these aren’t my favourite characters in the series, I think this is my favourite book. Laura has always been a side character in Bliss, as are most of the folks until they get their loves stories. I knew about her previous employment due to her involvement in the last book, but I never realised that what she was running from was quite so horrific. The injuries that she suffered were just the tip of the iceberg; she had to deal with the betrayal of the men she loved, the loss of her professional reputation and the realisation that one of her closest friends had sold her out for a story. I didn’t know what else she could do but run, but I knew that that wasn’t the way to solve anything. It was fine when she was isolated in Bliss because no one knew of her past. However, as soon as the bodies started to appear, I knew it wouldn’t be long before the facade she had built up tumbled like house of cards. Did I think she was a strong character? Hell yes, lesser women wouldn’t have survived, but I just didn’t think that the way she dealt was going to hold up in the face of the onslaught from Rafe and Cam.

Not true to description, but we have one
all American Boy and one
dark and handsome beecake 🙂

 

Rafe and Cam were like any other of Sophie Oaks hero’s. Fan-bloody-tastic. Rafe was a straight down the line kind of guy. You would expect him to be the charmer in the attempt to woo her but you would be very wrong! That man is an alpha down to the ground; he has decided she is his “soul-mate” so won’t take no for an answer *swoon*. Cam is a big, gruff, obsessive guy. Again, you would expect him to be the alpha type character…you would be wrong because that man is plain pussy whipped when it comes to Laura. He has been the one hunting her night and day. He has been the one to create the facial recognition software to search the net for sightings. Rafe funded the operation, but signing a blank check is easy, and I adored Cam for the amount of effort he put into finding her. Together, they make a perfect ménage trio. Unfortunately, the men are too afraid of accidental peen bumping during smex to consider the possibility of it becoming a permanent solution. What does this lead to? Why it leads to “taking turns” *shudder*. The town’s male residents take them to task, and soon they realise that their quest to get her back will be more effective if they come at the “situation” as a team. J Their other job is to protect her from the frankly scary Marquis de Sade. The scenes which were written from his POV were terrifying…honestly, they creeped me out. The whole thing was very cleverly done and I had no idea of his true identity until he was unmasked…it was a very tense yet thrilling plot line.

Another fabulous addition to the Bliss series. I loved the main characters and, once Rafe and Cam got their act together, I willed for their HEA. You get a real sense of community in Bliss through the interactions of the characters, and I love reading how everyone is getting on. The cast were all out in entertaining force; from mad Mel to tortured Logan, they made the book an experience that I will want to re-read. A sexy, fast paced and slightly dark addition to the Bliss series with characters that made me laugh, swoon and my heart ache. Pretty please can Logan, Wolf and the Doc get books…I loved them all in this tale J

Now for my favourite quote….

“I know that according to Callie, Zane and Nate have seriously stretched out that whole part of her body, but I refuse to believe that Zane Hollister’s cock is as big as a baby’s head.”

five-stars

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