Finding Bliss by Cassie Strickland
Series: The Bliss Series #1
Published by Self-published on September 18th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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One phone call was all it took. A voice on the answering machine, a man oblivious to what calling me would do, uprooted my entire existence. He revived old hurts, dug up past nightmares. He destroyed everything I’d built for myself.
But I found bliss through Grey, in Grey.
I had no idea that making a simple phone call, one that devastated me because of the reasons behind it, would make me question my truths, my friendships, everything I held dear in my little town. Calling her was the best and worst decision I’d ever made, but it brought her to me, to Bliss. And I could never take that back.
Finding Bliss is a story about redemption, love, and finding true, irrevocable bliss. It’s about new beginnings and the heights attainable.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Clara and Grey are two individuals with very different outlooks on life. Grey grew up in a small town aptly called Bliss, with loving parents and a PIA sister who he works together with at their family B&B.
Clara did not have an easy childhood. Prey to a very sick and twisted brother (I think this guy’s picture is what comes up when you look up the word sociopath), she overcomes tragedy after tragedy and the fact that she is still pseudo-living is a true testament to the human spirit. For the last decade, she has been living in Chicago, where she works as a secretary for her foster father in a law’s firm.
The quiet life she’s managed to build will come to an unexpected end when she receives a call from Gray, informing her that her long lost brother (who’ll be referred to as Lord Voldemort’s spawn of evil or LVSOE from now on) has passed away and she needs to be at the reading of the will.
Well to say Clara didn’t find the idea of seeing LVSOE appealing, even six feet under, is putting it mildly, but she ends up going. And her whole world will change.
Gray could have never imagined what one phone call could unleash. But the moment he sets eyes on Clara everything he thought real will be questioned.
I don’t want to give much away about the plot, but soon Clara and Grey realize the feelings that are growing between them could be something wonderful. Building their relationship won’t be easy, as they’ll have to uncover and overcome numerous secrets.
Clara has the biggest heart, and you can’t help it but feel for her in her journey back to actually living.
Grey must be one of the sweetest, most loving and understanding Hs I’ve ever read. He was also hot, alpha, scruffy and absolutely delicious.
Let me be honest here, at 35% we learn everything about Clara’s past and I was a bit apprehensive… if we learned that there… what was going to happen for the next 65%?
At times I wanted to shout: OMG, let this poor woman have her HEA already, she went through enough!!!
Unfortunately, my pleas were not heard, so I just had to keep going. Don’t get me wrong, the story did not drag or bore. I just felt at some point, enough is enough. I think it could have been a bit shorter without causing it to be any less great than it is.
The relationship building between Clara and all of Bliss’ inhabitants was soothing to my poor heart, that girl really deserved a mountain of love after her ordeal. The romance was sweet and steamy. I’m not sure the angst with secondary characters was really needed (though I think this might be a set up for the next Bliss story). The way the police investigation ended was somewhat anti-climatic for the one part (regarding the other part it was fabulous). The last conflict was kind of out of left field and I felt really unnecessary. Again, this did not bother me, enjoyment-wise, but it did get a couple of eye rolls out of me.
Finding Bliss includes a couple of subjects that could be considered triggers for some such as: View Spoiler » physical and psychological abuse of a child by a family member, miscarriage and loss of loved ones in a traumatic way « Hide Spoiler We mostly see this in flashbacks but it is very emotionally charged.
I really enjoyed reading this story and I’m looking forward to the other couples in this little town but I’m hoping their journeys will be a little less dramatic.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4 Stars
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