Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Pure Bliss by Lexi Blake Release Blitz

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

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M/F/M Romance
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James and Noah were always brothers until a woman was able to squeeze between them and divide their loyalty. Despite wanting what was best for his family, James was not able to convince Noah that Ally just wanted them for what they could buy her, not because she loved them.

Years later, when James has made it with his ranch and Noah still hasn't returned, the last thing that James expects is that Noah return with James' long time crush, Hope, being carried in Noah's arms.

Hope found a place in Bliss and with her friends, despite being somewhat lonely, she loves living there. She loves her job and her self-made family. Her past continues to haunt her, and she really only told one person about it. But when glimpses of her past come back to taunt and stalk her, it will take all of her strength not to run. Her family will have to convince her that they are worth staying.

James and Noah's issues were the majority of this story. And while I can understand that they had a lot to work out, it seemed like their fight was drawn out to the point of being petty. I wanted more of the relationship between James, Noah, and Hope, but with all of the bickering and putting each other against the other, it was very juvenile feeling.

I loved all of the characters in this book and thought that they helped to move the story along. Despite me wanting more between the trio for the romance, I did like that they each had chemistry individually and when they came together, it was explosive.

I loved this book in the series and can't wait for the next one. I love all of the Bliss couples.

This is the sixth book in the series, and a reader would most definitely benefit from reading the previous books to get a proper understanding of the dynamics of Bliss and its residents. They are all great stories, so you wouldn't regret it! Also, you would see just how lost James has been since Noah left... mostly lost in women!

Hope is a fairly new resident of Bliss, but she is keeping a low profile. She has run from her past and is now hoping to be able to set down some roots. She then thinks she sees a ghost from her past, and her calm exterior is severely stretched. When her friend, Logan, moves away, he tasks James with keeping an eye on her. He already realises that this is going to be a challenge, as he has been hiding his feelings for her for a while, but little does he know just how complicated things will become. Add in prodigal brother Noah returning, and he really does have to deal with a whole load of emotions he has been suppressing for years.

We then get to witness the men coming to terms with their past, and their mutual desire to have Hope in their future. It was moving at times, and Hope's strength of character is an effective foil to their damaged feelings for each other. And once they come to terms with their new relationship, in Lexi Blake signature style, they certainly know how to bring her a great deal of pleasure. Of course. then the ghost makes himself known, and the whole of Bliss is needed to save the day.

I loved the catch up with all the previous trios, and how they all played a significant role in the drama and the romance as it unfolds. There is also some fabulous humour, especially thanks to the pipes that lead down to Stella's kitchen!

This is the story of two estranged brothers and the woman who brings them back together. Rancher James has fancied Hope since she arrived in Bliss. It takes his brother’s return and immediate interest in Hope before James is willing to do anything about his own attraction to Hope. This is the story of James, Noah, and Hope and the barriers they have to overcome to make a life together.

There is a strange morality in this book that I’m still trying to unpick. The relationships between the men in each triad are slightly disturbing. I really didn’t get on with the whole ‘I love you and can’t live without you’ but ‘no homo’ thing. The firm boundary that the men in each triad don’t touch each other sexually is reinforced a few times in this story. James and Noah can be emotionally intimate but never physically intimate – which is slightly ridiculous given they spend a good part of the book naked together. There’s a whiff of homophobia to this approach to a ménage that I really don’t like.

I’m also still trying to get my head around the controlling and possessive approach the men in Bliss all seem to have to the women in their lives. Both good guys and bad guys mention innocence, virginity, and purity far too many times for my liking. Poor Hope runs from one controlling relationship into another that sometimes doesn’t seem much better. The women are supposed to be strong in this series, but they all seem to unquestioningly accept the need of the men in their lives to protect them and to be responsible for them. Ultimately, there is an uncomfortable tension between traditional Bible Belt alpha men and their little ladies and the few grittier moments when the women are afforded some power and autonomy.

This story was originally released in 2012 under a pen name. I can really appreciate the way Lexi Blake’s writing has developed over the past seven years. Blake’s more recent writing is free from conservative moralising and her women are powerful and autonomous. Her men are allowed to fancy each other. But this isn’t a million miles from the Thieves and Hunter books. It’s not hard to see how the women in this series have the potential to become fantastic characters like Zoey and Kelsey – the characters here just lack some complexity and subtlety.

This was a really slow read for me. I struggled to get into the story and I found James and Noah’s patronising and controlling approach to Hope pretty off-putting. I’m not a big BDSM fan and I didn’t find the controlling bedroom scenes very sexy. There isn’t much romance in this book – it’s an insta-love story that kinda skips the whole courtship thing. The suspense storyline builds a little too slowly and unfolds a little bit too predictably for me.

New York 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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Pure Bliss (Nights in Bliss, Colorado #6) by Lexi Blake to read and review for this tour.

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