Re-released in a second edition with new content.
Three lost souls
Growing up in the eclectic, small town of Bliss was wonderful for Callie Sheppard. She loved everything about it, except for the lack of potential romantic partners. She only went wild once in her life, sharing a perfect weekend in Dallas with two incredible men she never thought she would see again. When they parted, she was left with a hole in her heart she feared would never be filled.
One romantic weekend
DEA agents Nathan Wright and Zane Hollister were thrilled when Callie agreed to spend the weekend with them. Just days away from a long, undercover assignment, they considered this passionate affair to be an ideal way to spend their last days of freedom. They never expected to fall in love. Leaving her behind was the hardest decision of their lives.
An unexpected reunion
Six years later, Callie is preparing to break in a new sheriff after Rye Harper walked out on the job. Her heart skips a few beats when the man walking through the door is none other than Nate Wright. Nate and Zane have come to Bliss, but their time undercover has left them broken and scarred. The boys are determined to win back Callie’s heart. But when the criminals they took down come seeking revenge, Nate and Zane may have to save the strange little town of Bliss before they can reclaim the woman they love.
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It continues to amaze me how Lexi Blake consistently crafts sexy, humorous, and action-packed stories – ones that don’t stay in just one trope…ones that explore all kinds of kinky and plutonic relationships…ones that center around a group of tight-knit characters whose bond is solidified both because of their similarities but more so because of what they separately bring to the table.
In Two to Love, Lexi Blake, writing as Sophie Oak, takes readers back to Bliss, Colorado – an interesting name for an eccentric town. Bliss provides its citizens quite the safe haven to explore who they are and what they want, and while outsiders may view Bliss as nothing but a hick town that fact is the very reason that it appeals to people because once they get used to the way things go there, no one seems to want to leave.
I do have to say that if readers weren’t privy to the wild weekend Callie Sheppard spent with Nathan Wright and Zane Hollister six years ago that it might have been difficult to picture these three together, especially given what Nate and Zane’s long term undercover assignment in a biker gang has done to them. Neither of the men are who they were before ‘becoming’ a Barbarian; their time in the MC really did a number on them, and although Zane is the one who seems to be the most tortured given the circumstances that occurred, Nate’s the one I wanted to knock some sense into and open up his eyes to the happiness that was standing in front of him if only he just reached out for it.
I adored Callie. She is definitely a force to be reckoned with – she has so much to offer these two men and she’s more than capable of handling their darkness as long as they allow her to bring in some light and help them both to heal.
And the dynamics between the three of them works really well; they give each other what they want and need and there are never moments of jealously, which to me would be such an issue in a relationship involving three people, but Callie, Nate, and Zane seem to understand how to work together and keep communication lines open, even if it takes Nate a big longer than Zane to truly admit his feelings, not only for Callie, but for Bliss, Colorado as well.
I really enjoyed Two to Love; it has everything I’ve come to love from Lexi Blake: steam, action, angst, and heart. And what I also like about Blake’s ménage stories is that her characters don’t only connect during intercourse; their bond is further solidified outside of the kinky play they frequent, which makes the story about so much more than just their capability in bed. I love that Callie brought these two alpha males to their knees but then reciprocated and made Nate and Zane perfectly aware of how much love and comfort she has to give them as long as she gets it in return.
4 Poison Apples
Callie Sheppard was startled by the sound of the door opening. She sat straight up in bed and wondered what the hell she was doing. It had seemed like a great idea at the time, but now a tremor of trepidation ran through her system. She was naked in a notorious BDSM club, waiting for two men to walk in and take her virginity.
It wasn’t that she minded losing her virginity. She wasn’t doing anything interesting with it in the first place. It needed to go, but now she worried this wasn’t the way to do it. She wanted some affection and kindness. Would they give that to her? Oh, god, Stef had found her two guys for her birthday. She’d made him a loaf of zucchini bread and shared a bottle of cheap wine for his. What was she doing?
Could she run? She was naked. That didn’t really bother her, but it could confound a lot of people.
“Hello.” The deepest voice she’d ever heard pulled her from her panic.
She turned and hoped there wasn’t a line of drool running out of her mouth as she caught sight of them. Best birthday present ever. Stef might be straight, but he knew how to pick gorgeous men.
She climbed as gracefully as she could off the big bed and faced them. They were perfect. The one who had spoken was tall. She doubted she would reach his shoulders when she stood against him. He was at least six and a half feet, and his body was corded with muscle. Every piece of him seemed chiseled out of granite. He was male model perfection, with a strong jaw and piercing green eyes. His hair was inky black and curled sweetly over his ears.
His partner wasn’t quite as tall but still was no small man. He was a few inches shorter than the gorgeous monster, and his body held a lean strength. If the black-haired devil was a linebacker, this man was a swimmer. His eyes were a stark blue. His skin was sun kissed and smooth. Callie was fascinated with the idea of soft skin covering steel. His hair was cut in a military style. It was a rich brown. The intimate light of the room caught the gold and red streaks. He looked like a man who laughed often.
Everything inside her heated up at the sight of them, and she wasn’t so scared anymore. Why the hell would she run from all that hotness? And they were handpicked by a man who would never, ever hurt her. She was safe with them.
“Hello.” It seemed like a dumb thing to say to two glorious men when she was naked as the day she was born, but it was all she could think of.
“Hello, Callie.” The other man’s voice was deep, too, but there was an inherent friendliness to his Texas accent. It looked like Stef had found her a couple of cowboys. The blue-eyed man watched her. He gave her a small, calm smile, like he didn’t want to scare her. “Are you nervous, sweetheart? We don’t want you to be. Nothing happens here that you don’t want. All you have to do is say the word and everything stops.”
Their eyes were on her body. Callie had never thought much about her body before. It was a natural thing. She’d grown up in a household where nudity wasn’t frowned on. She was comfortable in her skin, only now she wasn’t. Now she was starting to feel hot and restless. They weren’t avoiding her private parts the way the nudists politely did back in Bliss. These men stared boldly at her breasts, and her breasts seemed to be staring right back. Her nipples were hard nubs.
“Do I get a safe word?” The question came out on a breathy sigh. She’d always wanted to know what it felt like to truly submit. Stefan’s subs always seemed satisfied.
The blue-eyed man’s mouth turned down. “Your safe word is no. We don’t have to play games. All you have to do is say no and we stop.”
“But we can play games if you want to.” That came from the big guy. His husky voice did all sorts of things to her libido. He walked boldly up to her and placed his hands on her hips. His touch lit up her skin. “Do you want to play, darlin’?”
Oh, yeah, she wanted to play.
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.