Two To Love by Lexi Blake, Sophie Oak
Series: Nights In Bliss #2
Also in this series: Three To Ride, One To Keep, Found In Bliss
Published by DLZ Entertainment on May 1, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
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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.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
It’s time for another Lexi Blake writing as Sophie Oak re-release: Yay! I think Nights in Bliss is my favorite series of Ms. Blake’s. I just can’t get enough of the craziness of the town’s inhabitants and they pulled out all the stops in this one.
Two To Love is Callie, Nate and Zane’s story. After they shared one wild, sexy weekend six years ago, Nate and Zane left a brokenhearted Callie with only a goodbye note. Going into deep cover to infiltrate a 1% motorcycle club, they couldn’t stay no matter how much they wanted to. They had no idea it would last as long as it did, nor that things would go seriously bad at the end leaving Nate to pick up the pieces of a broken and scarred Zane. Stefan convinces Nate to move to Bliss and take over Rye’s position as sheriff in the hopes that Zane would find peace in the little mountain town.
Maybe the strong of arm should protect the strong of heart. Because scars could heal, and those naive assholes out there still thought the scarred could be beautiful.
Callie had been raised in Bliss by her late naturist mother. Beloved by the town for a reason, she’s super sweet and has an inherent need to take care of everyone. Needless to say, I adored her. It’s easy for a super sweet heroine to succumb to too-sweet-itis, but that wasn’t the case with Callie, probably because she had a backbone underneath all the sugary sweetness and just a tiny bit of a temper. It also helped that she didn’t have a judgmental bone in her body and went out of her way to treat everyone with respect and care no matter how whacky their beliefs or lifestyle were.
I really liked Zane too. He was unbelievably loyal, especially to Nate and it cost him dearly. He did get on my nerves a bit with his constant willingness to sacrifice himself rather than fight when his past caught up with him. In the headspace he occupied at the time, though, I understood why he kept going there, even if I wanted to shake him until his teeth fell out.
Nate was the one I had a hard time with. He had his own demons to fight but he was a judgmental ass almost up until the very end when he finally saw the light. There were more than just a few times I kind of wished he’d just up and leave Zane and Callie to it. The humorous situations his actions brought on did soothe my ire, especially when it came to a certain rubber ducky, but they didn’t keep me from wanting to throat punch him a time or two.
There was no denying that the three had chemistry and heat enough to start an inferno. The sexiest thing of all, though, was the actual feelings they had for each other that made them burn that much hotter. Nate and Zane weren’t lovers, but they truly loved each other and both loved Callie. This was the glue that kept their story together for me.
We’re all damaged. We’re all scarred. Sometimes you simply can’t see the scars. Besides, perfection is boring. Perfect things tend to be the most fragile.
How the whole town of Bliss came together for Callie was the added bonus. Their shenanigans had me in stitches more than once. At other times, the wisdom that was imparted impressed me. Nell and her talk with Zane was a shining example of this, as she gently started to open Zane’s eyes about where true beauty sometimes springs from.
Two To Love was heartwarming, emotional, gut-bustingly hilarious at times and had just the right amount of action while also being sexy as hell. This can be a hard combination to pull off, but even with a character I wanted to throttle, Ms. Blake pulled it off. I can’t wait to read the next one.
Rating: 4 Perfection is Boring Stars
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.
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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