True Bliss (Bliss #2) by BJ Harvey
Released: November 23rd, 2013
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: BJ Harvey
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: She watched her best friend find her superhero.
Now she wants her turn.
Despite a run of bad dates with Mr. Wrong, Mr. Boring, Mr. Bad Breath, Mr. Grabby Hands, and even Mr. Say I Love You After One Date To Get Into Your Pants, Kate McGuinness is more determined than ever to find the one.
Having tried everything else, she turns to the internet in a last ditch attempt to find her elusive prince.
But Kate doesn't want an everyday, run of the mill love.
She wants the kind of love that makes your heart skip a beat. The kind of love that makes you dance in the rain and bottle up the sunset. The once in a lifetime kind of love that authors write about, musicians sing about, and lovers dream about.
Could a certain police officer in training, who has come to her rescue in the past, be the one to swoop in and save her heart?
What if the love Kate desperately seeks has been in front of her the whole time?
She just needs to open her eyes to see it...
*Disclaimer: This book contains a hot as hell stripper with a penchant for public sex and exhibitionism who may or may not succeed in bringing out the inner firecracker in all of us. Oh, and don't forget the batteries.*
Kate is a feisty redhead who’s had her fair share of bad dates and the horror stories to prove it but still believes in prince charming and happily ever afters. She’s had to sit back for the last six months and watch her best friend, Mac, get her Superman.
Zander is an upstanding and little bit younger man. He’s a former friend with benefits of Mac and new Chicago PD training recruit. He is dancer/stripper on the weekends to pay the bills but only until he graduates and becomes a policeman.
I’m not going to lie. The first half of the book really made me kind of mad. This is a testament to the author for writing such compelling characters. I just couldn’t get over what a crap friend Mac was being to Kate. Mac was being selfish by flaunting her good relationship, still relying on Kate to assuage her freak outs, and then just moves out without talking about it first and moves Zander in. While I get none of it was malicious and sometimes even had the best intentions, it still pissed me off. I mean really I didn’t see Kate as a doormat yet she was acting like one. (Apparently this hit a repressed emotion or something…)
Six months ago (and in the first book) there was a happenstance between Kate and Zander. He didn’t want to take advantage of her and she ended up feeling rejected. This encounter drives Zander to be a bit deceptive; he’s trying to get to know Kate but doing so without conveying his identity. He doesn’t want to scare her off so he doesn’t fully disclose himself when tracking her down on the online dating site.
While this book still brings some super-hot and creative scenes, the focus is truly on building a relationship between Kate and Zander. All of the dissention in the first part of the book mixed with the twists in the last part lead to the happy ending and its well worth it. Also Mac more than redeems herself, so I’m content there in case you were wondering. Think a modern fairytale meets a kinky version of The Parent Trap. This is a solid series and I can’t wait for the next installment.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.