Hello everyone! I’m so happy to be able to participate and share Entangled Bliss’s 1st Anniversary event with all of you. I wasn’t there from the beginning, but now I can’t get enough. Today, I want to share with you the eight wonderful books I’ve read from this line and why I love them. And if you’re good and keep reading, Entangled Bliss also has a giveaway where you can enter to win a Blissfully Sweet gift basket valued at $100. Isn’t that amazing? And check out the Bliss Anniversary Facebook Party. The next one will be on August 29th. Okay, let’s get started
What are the characteristics of a BLISS category romance?
- Each story is somewhere between 50k and 70k words
- It has a modern feel and voice
- There is a strong sense of family and community
- Non-explicit sexual language and the love scenes are commonly fade to black
In essence, a BLISS romance is sweet, heart-warming, very romantic and guarantees the reader a HEA. Sometimes a girl just needs one of those feel good romances that is well-written, quick and easy to read. If you don’t know where to start, I hope my selection below will help match you up with your perfect read
I’ll outline the eight BLISS books I’ve read so far, in no particular order: (click on the titles for excerpts and buying options)
A devastating house fire cost Jane Clark nearly everything: her husband, her confidence, and her looks, with the physical scars marbling her body. Now, two years later, she’s living and healing back in her childhood hometown of Lone Pine Lake. The upcoming holidays are the perfect opportunity to bring some Christmas cheer into her young children’s lives, starting with a visit to the firehouse, where her brother’s best friend has offered to help quell their residual fears.
Lone Pine’s resident playboy, fire captain Christian Nelson is happy with his single-guy lifestyle. He’s an everyday local hero, so he’s never wanting for attention around the holidays. But when Jane Clark shows up, Chris is immediately drawn to the beautiful widow—even though kids and commitment have never been his style.
Despite her brother’s warnings about his friend’s playboy status and dangerous occupation, Jane can’t help but fall for the gorgeous fire captain. The holidays are a time of new beginnings, but can two scarred people find the strength to let go of their pasts to live in the present, when a lifetime together might be the sweetest gift of all?
I both sobbed a little and cheered for them all the way through. This was just one of those feel good romances that I would want to read again and again. The writing was smooth, the characters were real and relatable, and overall I’d definitely recommend this book to fans of hot firefighters and great heroines.
Ally Griffin is horrified to learn her new landlord is none other than the infuriating playboy Nate Hardy—the man whose wiles she just knows got her jilted at the altar six years ago. Add to it that her ex-fiancé Seth is showing up in her hometown of Burronga, Australia, to marry his beautiful new bride…for real this time. But the kicker? Everybody’s treating Ally as though she’s still heartbroken. She’s just fine, thank you very much, but could The Jilter have the decency not to hire her sister as his florist?
Nate Hardy is tired of his high-flying city career and bachelor lifestyle and is looking for something more real. The last thing he needs is to find himself undeniably attracted to Ally, the woman with whom he never saw eye-to-eye. But is he even capable of what Ally wants and deserves?
As Ally tries to pull her life out of the rut it’s fallen in, she doesn’t count on Nate stirring up her emotions. A short-term fling with the resident bad boy is practically irresistible, but only if she can guard her heart…
I loved the chemistry between Nate and Ally. It was a constant mixture of lust and hate. Of course the inevitable happens and they decide that scratching an itch without emotions will satisfy them in the mean time, not.
Though the fallout broke my heart a little, I think it made Ally really evaluate her life for the first time. She became a stronger person for it. As for Nate, he learned what it felt like to be loved for the first time, despite his past. If you like a sweet romance about self discovery, acceptance, and second chances, then this is the book for you.
Serial bachelor. Celebrity author. Her perfect forever?
When famous author Luke Maguire decides to write his next novel in the small town of Burronga, Australia, he’s sure he can ignore the fiery redhead next door. Not only has he just been burned from a high-profile breakup, but he’s never been one to set down roots. No, he’ll finish his novel and leave Burronga. And soon.
Tyler Jones just wants to run her business with her best friend, Ally, and take care of her three-year-old daughter, Chloe. She’s never needed help from anyone, especially not a man, and the brooding, rugged writer next door can’t tempt her. Not in the least.
Only Tyler and Luke can’t stay away from each other. So they set rules. No staying overnight, no future plans, no sappy good-byes when Luke inevitably quits town. But the chemistry between them is too strong to contain in a rulebook. Are Luke and Tyler ready to risk their lives of independence for something more?
Ms Kwan teases with a lot of sexual tension. The love scenes are mentioned, not consummated for us to witness. But going by Tyler’s reactions, I’d say they were very good. The story didn’t feel rushed, and like I mentioned before, Ally and Nate are also in this story and have their own mini drama to deal with. I loved Nate in book one, but after this, I love him even more. The ending was perfect for everyone involved. I started this book with a grin, and when I turned the last page, my grin was still in place. If you love sweet romantic comedies with a bit of drama to keep things rolling, then definitely pick up this series.
Speech teacher and successful matchmaker Mackenzie Simms decides to find a woman for her friend, handsome newspaper tycoon Rick Duffy. Though they’ve been each other’s go-to dates for the past month, Mac and Rick couldn’t be more different: she is outspoken, sarcastic, and completely loathes his privileged lifestyle. He’s laid-back, unassuming, and seems comfortable at an upper-class charity function. So why can’t she stop thinking about him?
Rick knows he and the opinionated-though-adorable Mackenzie are better off as friends, so he agrees to the double-date getaway Mac plans at his family cabin. But seeing Mac cuddle up with her “friendly” date rankles Rick beyond reason, and Mac regrets her matchmaking scheme the minute she sees the way her beauty-queen cousin looks at Rick. Can Mac ‘fess up to what’s really in her heart, when speaking her mind puts everything at risk?
The story moved at a good pace; at least quickly enough to establish the MC’s history and take things from there. The dialogues were great and really brought out the character’s personalities.
Melody Mires has sworn off dating musicians, but when the sexy European conductor Wolf Braun takes over her struggling symphony, her hesitation almost flies out the window with the notes of her flute—until he opens his mouth. Wolf is arrogant, haughty, and seems to have a personal vendetta against Melody. Oh, and he’s her boss. If she wants to keep her job as principal flutist, she’ll have to impress Wolf while simultaneously keeping her undeniable attraction to herself.
Wolf came to America to get as far away from his past as possible, and to recover some of the swagger he had as one of the world’s best maestros. He never imagined being forced to reassess the entire orchestra’s talent—and potentially fire anyone who doesn’t make his cut. Dating the attractive flutist is out of the question, but as their feelings reach a fever pitch, his past collides with his present. They will have to decide whether or not their budding relationship is worth their careers and their hearts.
I loved Melody and Wolf as a couple. I felt the chemistry from the first moment they laid eyes on one another. Melody had something to prove, and Wolf tried to ignore his attraction to her which made him come across as a moody and brooding. Both of them assumed the worst about each other which made it even sweeter when they actually paid attention to the sums of the whole instead of what was displayed on the surface. There were so many cute moments between them. Two of my favorites involved a stuffed turtle and pajamas, and Wolf dressed up as Mozart. The love scene(s) were fade to black or touched upon in their memories, but the story didn’t need graphic descriptions anyway to get the emotional development across.
Sometimes dreams are where you least expect them
Connor O’Malley and Becca Sanders were once high school sweethearts, ripped apart by rumors in the small town of Kortville, Illinois. Connor left to join the military, and Becca stayed, waiting for her younger brother to graduate so she could live her dreams of traveling the world. But now that Connor’s back as the town sheriff, Becca finds herself struggling to resist the too-handsome man who once broke her heart.
Connor loves Kortville—its quaintness keeps at bay the painful memories of Afghanistan he’s sure make him unworthy of any woman, particularly the beautiful brunette he’s always secretly dreamed of a future with. But when a scandal rocks the town, suddenly Connor and Becca must trust in each other if they want to weather this storm…and come out on the other side of it together.
Becca and Connor were wonderful characters, and their mature and open communication made this an engaging story from start to finish. I love it when the characters don’t beat around the bush unnecessarily. They were caring, compassionate, extremely likeable and above all else, genuine. Their emotional growth was believable and well paced. Their obstacle from the past returned in the present leaving them with the choice to either repeat past mistakes or prove they had matured. There are quite a few scenes where Becca stood up for Connor that were very touching. The rest of the townsfolk was an eclectic mix, and despite their penchant for gossiping or the occasional snide remark, they proved they could and would come together for the sake of one of their own. The love scenes were fade to black, but even so, the ignited passion seamlessly carried over into the normal flow of the story the morning after. The ending gave both Becca and Connor what they wanted. It was perfect for them and brought them full circle.
Love Him or Leave Him made me smile through my tears and long for a cup of cocoa. A must read.
Who said tempting a sweet Southern belle would be easy?
When rebel biker Bullworth Clayton gets tangled up with pastel-and-pearls-clad April Church, sparks fly. Sure, April would clearly rather work with anyone else, but if teaming up with Bull means a successful charity event for a sick little boy they both care about, then so be it.
April is baffled at how drawn she is to the leather-wearing, tattooed Bull—he just doesn’t fit with her simple, safe, country-club life. And as much as the handsomely rugged man tempts her, she still can’t shake the images of the tragic motorcycle accident from her past, which left her scarred and her father broken.
Bull tempts her to don a pair of leather pants and go for a ride with him, while April desperately tries to resist her attraction to the wild side and keep her exploits hidden from her small town. Will they be able to navigate their differences and find a middle road to love?
I enjoyed the story and seeing their relationship go through the motions from being cautious to interested to seeing past the outer shell. The characters were very likeable, perhaps Bull more so than April, but only because he didn’t make a big deal out of how others perceived him. Their chemistry didn’t burn up the pages, but I felt like they became friends first which made their budding relationship much sweeter. The push and pull between them felt realistic and believable to me. They seemed to have more in common than not, and seeing them come to that realization was a fun journey. I thought the story kept up a good pace, and I was eager to keep up with the main characters and how they would find a way to get their HEA.
This cowboy doesn’t know what he’s in for…
Real-estate tycoon Mitchell Granger has a problem. In order to secure a lucrative deal with an eccentric client, he told the teeny white lie that he was engaged…and now he needs to prove it. Even worse? The only name that came to mind was Sabrina Becker, the girl he was never good enough for growing up, and who still lives near his family ranch.
Sabrina doesn’t mind posing as Mitch’s fake fiancée—no, she doesn’t mind at all. One, she’ll make him pay with new construction for her business. And two, Sabrina’s got a plan to exact revenge on her first love, the boy who left her and Three River Ranch behind. She’ll pretend so well, he’ll fall in love with her…and then he’ll get a taste of what true heartbreak feels like.
But as Mitch sheds his corporate skin and picks up his dusty jeans and cowboy hat, will both his and Sabrina’s grand plans get derailed by love?
I enjoyed this story a lot. Neither the story nor their connection felt rushed because of their history. Even though I didn’t buy every nuance of Sabrina’s character, I liked that she didn’t approach Mitch with snark or animosity. With the added years of maturity under their belts, I liked their relationship in the present more than their past one. It was well written and the dialogue flowed naturally. I would definitely read more stories by this author.
A Blissfully Sweet Gift Basket valued at $100 filled with chocolatey goodness
the first three Bliss releases in ebook format:
- Sugar Rush by Rachel Astor
- Lucky Break by Kelley Vitollo
- Three River Ranch by Roxanne Snopek
$100 Amazon Gift Card and the first three Bliss releases in ebook format
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