One To Keep by Sophie Oak, Lexi Blake
Series: Nights In Bliss #3
Also in this series: Three To Ride, Two To Love, Found In Bliss
Published by DLZ Entertainment on August 7, 2018
Genres: Erotica, Contemporary Romance
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Re-released in a second edition with new content.
Stefan Talbot likes order and control. He approaches his life with the same meticulous precision that he uses to put paint on his canvas. Nothing good comes from chaos, and that is why he has refused to allow himself to get close to Jennifer Waters. They are like fire and ice. Though she is younger, her talent as an artist is unquestionable. But she lives her life like she paints—with wild, passionate abandon. It is intoxicating and terrifying, and he can’t get her out of his head.
Jennifer ran from Bliss to put Stef behind her. She had come to the mountain town seeking a mentor but found much more than she bargained for. Cool and distant, Stef was like a marble statue and no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t break through his shell. She moved to Dallas to start over, but nothing is going as planned. When the art gallery where she works is robbed and a precious painting is stolen, Jen is accused of the theft. Jen is thrilled when her bail is met, until she realizes her savior is Stef and he has a few conditions. First and foremost, she has to return to Bliss.
Against the backdrop of the Winter Festival, Stef and Jen’s attraction catches fire. But the dark forces behind the robbery in Dallas have followed Jen home. A criminal syndicate believes she still has the stolen painting and they’ll kill to get their hands on it.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Every time I get one of these release ARC’s of Sophie Oak/Lexi Blake’s older series, I get a smile on my face, especially if it’s one from the Nights In Bliss Series. In One To Keep we get Stefan and Jenn’s story. Jenn calls Stefan the King of Bliss more than once, not because he lords his money over everyone else, but because he helps everyone no matter the cost. He pulls strings to get them everything he thinks they need, especially love.
In her 2018 dedication, Ms. Blake tells that when it originally released some of her fans didn’t respond well to how very broken Stefan was considering he was such a classic dominant. It surprised me that anyone was taken aback by Stefan being broken because I knew he was from the first book. Yes, he was the epitome of a perfect dominant, even being renowned for training subs, but doms can be broken too and he definitely was.
Now before I tear Stefan apart, I need to make it clear Stefan has a heart of gold and he’s a sexy as sin dom so there is a lot there to like. But, I wanted to shake him. He may want happiness and love for everyone else, but abandonment issues stemming from his childhood have him terrified of it for himself. Actually terrified is too tame a word for how scared he was of Jenn because even the thought of becoming a couple with her panicked him. It’s good Jenn has always loved him and has infinite amounts of patience because, goodness, she needed it. I can’t begin to tell you how bad he worked my last nerve.
As for Jenn, she’s been in love with Stefan since the day she met him and has done everything including throwing herself at him to get him to acknowledge the fact he loves her (and he does), but nothing worked. After he crossed the line she finally left which ended up being a disaster. So now she’s back and completely under his control but not in the way she wants to be. It’s funny how just like with Stefan, no matter how much I liked her I wanted to throttle her too. I felt like she lost some self-respect in the way she just kept taking what she could get from Stefan but not demanding what she deserved.
Despite my misgivings about Stefan and Jenn’s relationship, I loved being back in Bliss and all its craziness. Max and Rye’s antics concerning Rachel’s impending childbirth had me cracking up. We are also introduced to Alexei and his broken English which is hilarious. I remember him becoming one of my absolute favorites in future books so I’m already anticipating more fun to come.
Rating: 4 Blissful Stars
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