April 24, 2018 Blitz, Book Review 0 ★★★★

Review & Excerpt: Siren Enslaved by Lexi Blake

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Siren Enslaved by Lexi Blake, Sophie Oak
Series: Texas Sirens #3
Also in this series: Small Town Siren, Siren In Waiting, Siren In Bloom
Published by DLZ Entertainment on April 24, 2018
Genres: Erotica
Pages: 372
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Re-released in a second edition with new scenes.

Julian Lodge has everything a man could want. He's rich, successful and owns the most exclusive club in Dallas. But something is missing.

Finn Taylor has worked his way up in the world from humble beginnings in Willow Fork, Texas. The only thing he still loves in his hometown is Danielle Bay. He never told her he was actually bisexual, and he never confessed his love for her. Now she's getting married, and Finn is sure he's lost his chance with the only person he'll ever love.

Julian's vacation to the Barnes-Fleetwood ranch brings them all together. After Dani jumps into Julian's car while fleeing her wedding, Julian knows he has to have her. But nothing is easy in Willow Fork. A danger from Julian's past threatens them all. Julian will have to convince both Dani and Finn that being his will be the best decision they ever made.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

I’m still thoroughly enjoying the freshly updated re-releases of the books Lexi Blake wrote under her Sophie Oak pen name. Figuring out the new stuff has become like a treasure hunt of sorts. With Siren Enslaved, we get cameo’s from a couple of characters from Lexi Blake’s Master and Mercenaries series which I thought was awesome. I am so glad she is bringing her Bliss and Siren series into her Masters and Mercenaries world.

Ménages can be tricky to pull off especially when all three participants are having issues with each other. First up, the communication issues between best friends, Finn and Dani. Dani has always thought Finn was gay so even though she was secretly in love with him, she never let on since she didn’t think she was his type. Secondly, Finn was hiding the fact he was Bi from Dani, even though he was secretly in love with her as his tastes ran towards the unconventional and he didn’t think she’d go for that. And last, Julien was just a straight up mess with all kinds of emotional baggage underneath that coldly dominant exterior.

“Loving people makes us better, even when it’s not returned. So I’ll love you till the day I die, but I won’t stop living for you.

Dani is the type of person to always want to please everyone at great cost to herself so she gets walked all over on a regular basis. I tend to shy away from heroines who frequently allow themselves to be used as a doormat, but Dani won me over. She may have been submissive, but when push came to shove, she had a backbone made of steel and would not be treated disrespectfully by her men.

Finn, I had a tougher time with as he wasted a lot of time and caused loads of heartache when he wasn’t honest with Dani. I had to remind myself he wasn’t exactly an alpha hero seeing as he had a bit of a submissive streak himself. He showed he would stand up for Dani when the going got tough which went a long way toward making me look past his lack of alphaness.

As his tongue danced around hers, she realized she’d never been kissed, not once in her life. She’d been pecked and assaulted by men who didn’t know what they were doing, but this, oh, this was a kiss.

Now Julien was alpha-dominant to his bones, but he was broken. He lived an extremely structured life to keep from becoming too attached to anyone so he would never be subjected to losing loved ones again. His constant back and forth wore on me. During a good part of the book, his actions made it hard to believe these three would make it for the long haul. I wanted to strangle him more than once and although I mostly forgave him his transgressions, I can’t say I forgot them.

One thing that was believable about the three was their undeniably off the charts chemistry. And what they did with it—goodness me, it was smokin’! This made up for a lot of my issues with their relationship as a whole. Not all of it, but a good part of it.

There was a bit of action and suspense involving Julien’s stalker who set his sights on Dani. The issues with Dani’s sister were a bit OTT and I wasn’t a fan of how that was dealt with in the end. I did love seeing Jack, Sam, and Abigail and getting a front row seat to how their lives are going.

I enjoyed this new and improved version of Siren Enslaved and think it’s a great addition to this sexy, fun, slightly suspenseful series that has turned out some great comfort reads for me.

Rating: 3.75 Runaway Bride Stars

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Excerpt

“What on earth is that look for?” Julian stared down at her, his lips pulled up in obvious amusement.

Finn leaned over so he could be heard over the loud music. “I think Dani is enjoying her role as town harlot.”

Julian frowned. “Harlot? Why would she be a harlot?”

Dani and Finn laughed together. For the first time, they completely understood something Julian didn’t.

“This is a small town, Sir,” Finn explained. “All anyone is going to talk about tomorrow is the fact that Dani Bay snuck up the stairs at The Barn with two guys. Trust me, she is going to be called all kinds of names. Mostly to her back, though.”

She shrugged. It was to be expected. At least no one would be feeling sorry for her.

Julian’s face went dark, and his fingers tightened around hers. “They had better not say anything where I can hear it.” He relaxed and nodded down at her. “I’m going to speak with Jackson, dear. You and Finn stay together. We’ll be leaving shortly. We’ll retrieve Finn’s things and go back out to the ranch.”

He turned and walked off, supremely confident that his orders would be met.

He turned back suddenly. “And stay out of trouble.”

Dani grinned. He didn’t look so confident that she would follow that edict. He walked away. She watched his gorgeous ass as it disappeared into the crowd. When she turned, she noticed that Finn was watching, too.

“I’m sorry.” Finn pulled back slightly, his hand coming out of hers. That look was back in his eyes.

“Are you going to be an asshole?” she asked.

“What?”

“I thought we worked through this, but it looks like you’re going to be an asshole.” She wasn’t putting up with it. Maybe she would have before but being with them had changed her.

Being with Julian and Finn together seemed to have altered something fundamental in Dani. It had been beautiful. She’d never felt as deeply as she did when they were kissing her, loving her. There had been that terrible moment when she was sure Julian was leaving, but he’d stayed. He had to care about her. He cared, and Finn cared. She wasn’t going to let anyone take that away from her or make her feel ashamed. That was hers.

Finn stared almost blankly and then shook his head. “I’m sorry. I spent so long trying to hide this from you.”

“Hide what? That I knew you were gay? I was well aware of that. Why did you get upset because I caught you drooling over Julian’s ass?”

His eyes slid down. “Damn it, Dani. This is why I stayed away. I knew it should be only the two of us, but I wasn’t sure I could do it. I’m not sure I can stay away from men.”

Julian was shaking his head at Jack, who seemed to be teasing him something fierce. Dani stared at him for a moment. She noticed she wasn’t the only one. All around her, other women had their eyes on the hot new guy. They could look, but Julian was hers. He might not know it, but she planned on keeping him. And Finn. As soon as they ironed out a few things.

“And it never occurred to you to say, hey, Dani, here’s the problem. Let’s see if we can solve it? No, you decide to keep your mouth shut and almost let me marry someone I didn’t love because you didn’t want to admit you’re bi.”

“Damn it, I didn’t want to lose you. I love you, Danielle. You’re the only thing in my life that’s permanent. I would rather keep you in my life than lose you because I can’t be normal. It should be two people. A marriage should be two people.”

Oh, yes, she had to fix his way of thinking. “Says who? The old biddies at church? Screw them. Why does everything have to be one way? What we did up there didn’t hurt anyone. It isn’t anyone’s business but ours. I love you, Finn, but I think I’m falling for Julian, too. Can you handle that?”

“I can certainly try, baby. I was willing to love you from afar. I prefer loving you up close.”

 

About The Author

 

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.

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