Happy #BookBirthday to LOST IN BLISS by Lexi Blake – a wonderful yet brilliantly plotted romantic suspense in the Nights in Bliss, Colorado Series. Check out My Review and a little excerpt on the blog today via Inkslinger PR ❤
Laura Niles walked out the door and never looked back. As she left Washington, DC, her career was in ruins and her love life decimated. Her desperate flight eventually led her to Bliss, Colorado, where she managed to find a new home and a little peace. That will have to be enough because Laura cannot imagine finding happiness without the men she left behind.
For five years, Rafe Kincaid and Cameron Briggs have searched for the only woman they ever loved. When she disappeared, everything became crystal clear. For one night, everything had been perfect and instead of embracing what they had found, they let it all slip away. They had let worries about their FBI careers and what others might think destroy the most precious gift they had ever been given. Now they have finally tracked her down, and they want answers.
Laura is shocked when her former loves show up in her new home. When the full force of the FBI arrives with them, Laura knows that the quirky little town is in for a rough ride. The killer that ruined her life has been watching and waiting for the opportunity to strike again. For Rafe, Cam, and Laura it’s time for second chances — to stop a monster, and to reclaim everything they lost.
This was a wonderful yet heart – warming romantic suspense; next book in the Nights in Bliss Series; yet it was one that held my interest the most – serial killers + criminal profiling is my kryptonite!
Rafe Kincaid and Cameron Briggs have been partners at FBI’s BAU (cue me drooling!); they become more than partners one night when they share the woman they have fallen in love with – an upcoming profiler in BAU – Laura Niles.
Laura Niles has fallen for two men – unconventional yes; but the heart wants what the heart wants. But when Cam & Rafe betray her professionally the very next morning; it leads to Laura being captured by the very serial killer they were hunting – it leads to her understanding that neither Cam nor Rafe ever felt anything for her beyond that one night.
Betrayals destroyed her life; personally & professionally – so she walks out of the hospital without ever looking back.
5 years later; Cam and Rafe have finally tracked her down in a small unknown town of Bliss, Colorado – but what they never expected was that they would be finding her on the heels of the serial killer Laura escaped from making a comeback!
All three of them – Cam, Rafe and Laura have a lot of things to work it out. I loved the dynamics of their relationship – Rafe and Cam didn’t really start out as quite comfortable with sharing a woman; it was fun to see to them working towards a relationship where they are both comfortable with the feelings they also had for each other & it was wonderful to see Laura stand up for the love she had for the woman she had grown up to be!
But for me; the best part about the book was the POV from the serial killer – the forensic psychologist in me was quite thrilled with the way the killer’s POV was handled – but it also happened that this serial killer aspect of the book sort of overshadowed the romance for me; even though I definitely enjoyed Rafe, Cam and Laura’s interactions.
I am so excited to see where the inhabitants of Bliss, Colorado go next! ❤
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Rafe didn’t miss the way Laura’s body went still, her muscles stiffening where a moment before she’d been laughing with her friends. She changed the second she became aware of them. It wasn’t the greeting he would prefer. Back when they were friends, when she would see him coming, her whole body would go soft and a welcoming smile would transform her face from something professional to an intimate visage, one only meant for someone close to her. He’d taken great pride in the fact that he’d only ever seen that look on her face for one other person.
She frowned at him. Even with her lips turned down, she was stunning. She looked only slightly out of place in her yellow heels. The rest of her outfit was charmingly Western. She had on a full cotton skirt, a yellow tank top, and a light denim jacket. It wasn’t far off from what many of the other women were wearing, yet Laura made it seem elegant. Everything she did had an air of grace to it, even when she was bitching at him.
“I thought I asked you to stop calling me that.”
He wasn’t going to let her push him. He gave her what he hoped was an easy smile. “And I asked you to stop calling me asshole. I doubt you’ve done that. Dance with me.”
Her eyes widened, a look of horror crossing her face. “No.”
“Come on, baby. Don’t say no.” Cam crowded her, but she held her ground. Those heels were planted firmly in the grass beneath her. “I can’t dance with you until you dance with him. I lost the coin flip.”
“Oh, that’s romantic.” Her hands found her hips, and those gorgeously full lips pursed. “Every woman in the world wants to be won by the flip of a coin.”
“We didn’t have time to play cards,” Rafe admitted. He was well aware that people were listening in. Oh, they were pretending to be doing other things, but they leaned over and then talked behind their hands. The citizens of Bliss seemed to be enjoying the drama. Damn, he couldn’t get used to it. In DC, no one paid a bit of attention to what was going on around them. He tried to ignore it. “We weren’t sure how else to handle it, bella. You have to teach us.”
Her lips rose in a sarcastic grin. “See, that’s easy. Let me teach you how to handle a situation like this. You both turn around and walk out the way you came in. You get in your car and drive to Alamosa and get on a plane back to DC.”
Cam sighed. “That’s not going to happen.”
Cam ran a hand up her arm, and Rafe was satisfied with the way she shivered. She still responded to Cam. Would she respond to him? He reached out and took her hand, studying it. Her hand was small in his, her skin fair against his olive tone. Her nails weren’t as long as she used to keep them, but they were still manicured and painted a pretty pink. “Come on and dance with me. We came all this way. We’ve looked for so long. Can’t you spare a moment of your time? I promise to behave.”
He wouldn’t behave. He had every intention of reminding her of the chemistry they’d had, but he wasn’t going to announce it.
“Fine.” She pushed off of the picnic table she’d been leaning against. “One dance and that’s all.”
“With both of us,” Cam added quickly, pushing the advantage. “It’s only fair. Otherwise, we’ll both dance with you here and now.”
There it was. Rafe’s heart soared. Her eyes had flared momentarily, and it wasn’t with disgust. When they had checked into the odd motel at the edge of town, they had decided it would be best to come at her together. She’d been turned on by sex with both of them. They needed to remind her of what they had to offer.
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.