Series: Bliss #1
Published on August 27, 2013
Genres: Comedy, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Makenna Lewis cringes at any mention of the word commitment. She doesn’t want or need a relationship, but she does like sex (who doesn’t).
That explains Noah, Sean, and Zander, her three ‘friends with benefits’.
They know the score, they know they’re not the only one, and each of them provide her with a different physical need that she craves and enjoys.
Until a late night encounter with the delicious Daniel Winters turns her preconceived notion of no-commitment completely on its head.
Soon she finds herself feeling things she vowed never to feel again, and when Daniel pushes for more than she’s willing to give, she falters.
What do you do when something that you’ve known to be so wrong in the past feels so damn right?
If you’re Mac, you run and hide.
But is Daniel the type of man who takes no for an answer?
This is one of those curl up on the couch on a rainy day, don’t want to get up to eat, read ‘til you finish kind of books. As soon as I started Temporary Bliss I was hooked. I had a big goofy grin on my face, this book just made me feel good. I loved it!
At twenty years old, Makenna aka “Mac” lost herself in a bad relationship. Scarred but determined to always be independent, she makes a vow to herself that she will never let a man dictate her life again. She doesn’t do relationships, doesn’t date, and is completely content with her friends with benefits arrangement she has with Zander, Sean, and Noah.
What’s to complain about? If I see what I want, I go after it. I learned a long time ago that life is too short to wait around for good things to happen to you. You have to be proactive with this sort of thing.
Aside from our physical relationships, I’m friends with all three of them. Each man provides me with a different physical need that I crave and desire; that sometimes I just want. But I’m not a slut, and I’m not easy. I don’t have the emotional connection to sex that a lot of other women do. I have three men that I have mutually beneficial, no strings attached, physical relationships with. We’re all safe, and we all know the exact nature of our relationship.
One night she meets a stranger on the train. There is definitely an intense attraction between her and Daniel. From night one they had a banter and chemistry that was undeniable. They are extremely straightforward with each other, with sexual quips and jokes flying left and right. It’s all very entertaining and exciting from the get go.
As Mac and Daniel start spending more time together, she begins to realize that this is different. This is unlike any relationships she’s had in the past. But will she let her vow get in her way of happiness with Daniel?
This definitely brought on the swoon, but it’s also incredibly funny. The humor in this is fantastic. Mac’s inner monologues were hysterical. The teasing between all the characters was perfection.
Mac is awesome, strong, and hilarious. She has some learning to do, but once she realizes it, she’s all over it. Daniel is amazing. Seriously, AH-MAY-ZING! He’s charming, sexy, confident, but also completely genuine and sincere in his intentions. He’s probably one of the most well rounded, lovable book boyfriends I’ve encountered because even though he’s pretty much perfect, he’s still interesting and fun. Then there’s Mac’s men, all completely lovable in their own ways. I of course can’t forget Kate, Mac’s best friend. She’s a little firecracker, but she’s much more traditional than Mac. I loved their bond and how silly and honest they were. There was no sugar coating or mincing words but they always had each others backs.
“Mac, you can’t keep it up forever you know.”
“It works for me.”
“I’m not easy. I’m free spirited.”
“Free spirited with your body.”
“Mac, you need to tell Inner Mac to put her big girl panties on and suck it up.”
I loved how this book features a girl who has the commitment issues. She had a tragedy in her past, but she isn’t in this dark place, she’s still upbeat and the story always had a positive feeling about it. It’s so common for a guy to be a player and for girls to be all swoony over him, but when a girl does the same, she’s a slut. Mac’s arrangement didn’t irk me in the slightest. It’s all very out in the open, there’s no lying, no cheating, and I really thought it was pulled off perfectly.
This is a sexy, sexy book with lots of laughs, some feels, and freaking awesome characters. The writing is easy to sink into, the story is fast paced, and I completely fell in love.
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Makenna Lewis (Mac) – 24 years old, working as nurse a North Western hospital in Chicago. Lives with her best friend Kate in an inner city apartment. Born and bred in Chicago, no brothers and sisters. Lived in Dalton, Ohio for six months when she was 20. She loves shopping, clothes, the Chicago Bears, and dancing. Also has an addiction to reality television shows and the Vampire Diaries. Oh, and she believes that Superman is real.
Daniel Winters (Superman, DD, Delicious Daniel) – 28 years old, stockbroker. Went to college in New York before returning to Chicago when he got an internship a few years ago. Hails from Louisiana but moved to Chicago when he was eight years old. Has a brother and two sisters. Is a devout Chicago Bears’ fan who loves Thai food, working out at the gym, sex on the beach, and a nice cold bottle of Millers on a hot summer’s day.
Kate McGuiness – 24 years old, works as a hairdresser. Lives with Mac. A serial dater that is on the search for her happily ever after. A hopeless romantic who dreams of being swept off her feet and being wooed. Has two older brothers who are married with children who she tries to visit regularly. Primary instigator and a firm believer of the three date ‘no sex’ rule.
Sean Miller (Mr Dom) – Corporate attorney. Mid thirties. Part owner of High Jinx, a high class nightclub and after-hours VIP sex club in Chicago. Met Mac at the club a year ago. Has piercing blue eyes and likes to wear tailored suits. Frequently out of town and likes to dominate in the bedroom. Commanding, intimidating, and very protective.
Dr Noah Taylor (aka Walking Dildo) – Aged 28, General Surgeon at North Western Hospital. Met Mac when she started a surgical rotation two years ago. The first of Mac’s “friends with benefits”. Tall, cocky, and in your face. Has one brother called Matt who is four years younger than him. Is known around the hospital as the Walking Dildo for nine envious inches of reasons.
Zander Roberts – 23 year old police academy recruit and part time male stripper. Protective and caring by nature, he has a penchant for spontaneous sex in public places and is known for being very energetic and playful. He met Mac six months ago at a friend’s bachelorette party. Has three younger sisters and a solo mother who now live in Indiana. He’s also known as the Energizer Bunny because once he gets started, he’s hard to stop, over and over again.
The dress I had been wearing had not allowed panties, so my lower body was exposed, leaving me standing before him in only my corset and black stilettos. The way he looked at me scorched my skin and left me breathless. Hearing his breath hitch as the last inch of my body was shown to him just spurred me on. I pulled my hands up off the door, forgetting his command to leave them there, and wrapped my arms around his shoulders, urging him closer to me. Moving in, his mouth found my neck while his hand trailed down the side of my body, caressing my hip before moving inward, his fingers between my parted legs.
“Oh, baby doll, you’re so wet for me. Such a shame that you disobeyed,” he said dangerously. “My hand is going to warm your ass until you’re begging me to be inside you.”
Not leaving me anytime to absorb what he’d just promised to do to me, he grabbed my hand, leading me over to a black leather one-seater chair and sitting down, leaving me standing naked in front of him, between his open legs. I admired the large bulge straining against his dark grey pants, unconsciously licking my lips at the sight. The ache between my legs intensified, and I remember thinking that I would die if he wasn’t inside me soon. Clearing his throat, my eyes snapped back to his face. He flashed a knowing grin back at me.
“Now would be the time to change your mind, Mac. Otherwise, in less than thirty seconds I’m going to have your bare ass lying across my lap, and my hand stinging from the hard spanking I intend to give you,” he stated with a quirked brow, like he was laying down the gauntlet for me.