Blissful Surrender by BJ Harvey
Series: Bliss #3
Published on May 3, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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This is a story of Sean Miller, a dom that will have your panties diving for cover with an eyebrow quirk. That will have even the strongest woman dropping to their knees in submission with a piercing stare, and Samantha Richards, a female cop who’s tough, seemingly impenetrable shell is strong enough to resist everyone except the one man it was build up to protect her against.
**Disclaimer – If you thought the first two Bliss books were hot, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Creative use of handcuffs, batons, a club scene you have to read to believe, and a tough as nails dominant who is blindsided when the one woman strong enough to disarm him threatens his resolve not to let his past dictate his future.**
Like the other books in the Bliss series, this book can be read as a stand alone. There are common characters in the books but it is not necessary to read the first two books in the series to read this one.
Blissful Surrender was an easy, enjoyable second chance romance with some steamy dirty talk and lots of heart. This is the third book in the Bliss series, about Sean, one of Mac’s three men from Temporary Bliss, and Sam, Zander’s police partner in True Bliss. This book could definitely be read as a stand-alone.
Sean and Sam seemed to be made for each other. They had a year long romance in college that appeared to be it for both of them, but then ended abruptly. Fast forward ten years later… Sean is a successful and very powerful lawyer and entrepreneur and Sam is a police officer in the Chicago PD. When Sam and her partner Zander get called to a crime scene at the club Sean owns, Sam comes face to face with Sean’s troubled, younger brother, Ryan.
Ryan fucking Miller.
The younger brother of the one man I’d ever let close enough to shatter me.
At this moment, I hate and love his brother all over again.
The biggest sacrifice of my life.
The one I let go.
Wanting to help get Ryan back on his feet, she ends up talking to Sean again. The minute they meet again, you can tell they have so much unresolved between them. Sean being his dominating self is forward and unwavering, but Sam is ashamed of her actions from the past.
“Don’t tarnish this with regret or apologies, Sam. If you’re sure about this,” I take a step back and hold out my hand toward her, “then take a chance on me, on us. I want to show you how good we can be. I want to have a chance to prove to you that we’re good together.”
There is some push and pull while Sean and Sam dance around the very obvious connection they still have. I really liked the build up between them, the balance between Sam being fierce and independent versus Sean wanting to be in control of the situation. I loved that Sean was upfront with his actions, even if he did come off as an ass sometimes. He was honest and wanted to get to the root of their past issues so he could get his girl back once and for all.
This time, it’s for keeps. This time, I’m not letting anything come between us…
Having read both previous books in this series, I have to say this one has a totally different feel. Sean and Sam are much more serious main characters. There are still some good laughs, but it’s not quite as lighthearted as the past books. Also, Sean is a Dom, but I liked how it was done in this book. He’s not over the top with it and it’s not something that is a deal breaker for him. He likes control in the bedroom, likes a little kink, and is a dirty talker, that’s pretty much that.
This was a quick, easy read that was light on the drama. We get to know the characters through flashbacks of their relationship in college and in dual POV. I liked that there was some back and forth between them because they are both stubborn people, but that it was never stupid drama for the sake of drama once they met up again. I wish I had connected with the story and characters a little more and earlier on, but I did enjoy the story. It’s finished off with a GORGEOUS epilogue and I’m looking forward to Noah’s story in the next book!