J.C. Cliff
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Amazon Digital
Release Date
September 2014
Book 1 of The Blyss Trilogy
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, New Adult, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Blyss is something the world has been trying to create since the beginning of time, the ultimate aphrodisiac, a drug used against women with one single purpose in mind ....

Julianna Oakley has just finished up her junior year at college and flies home to spend her last free summer with her father on their prestigious Georgia estate. Julianna isn't the stereotypical rich girl, a spoiled prima-donna. She's down to earth and has an independent streak a mile wide, insisting she makes her own way in this world.

Nick has been setting the stage for a long time, and sparks fly when their separate worlds collide. She is Nick's ultimate obsession, and he will stop at nothing to own her.

When Travis, Nick's right hand man, lays his eyes on the prize, all hell breaks loose. He should know Nick is playing for keeps, and while Julianna is fighting for her freedom, a lifetime full of secrets and twisted perceptions slowly unravel as Julianna gets caught in the fray.

The Blyss Trilogy: An Adult Dark Romantic Suspense.

This contemporary erotic captive romance book is full of suspense, action, and adventure. This is a dark, erotic thriller that will have you hanging on to the edges of your e-reader as you wonder which alpha male you want to fall in love with. Will you be team Travis or team Nick?

**Mature Audiences Only** This book is intended for adults of mature audiences only (18+).

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jan 27, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
159 people found the following review helpful
5 "Erotic Blyss" Stars. Wow, this is one hot read! Great suspense too. J.C. Cliff's ability to translate and describe sexual desire is off the charts. Moreover, the plot is fresh, will no doubt leave you guessing as to each individual's true motivations, and will have you clamoring for more! I rarely read one book in a series right after the other, but BLYSS has me so captivated, I'm moving on to book 2 now! I can't wait to see how this story continues to evolve. My mind is churning with the endless possibilities!

Before I provide a background description, I think it is first worth noting that this is a "grey romance". In other words, it could be classified as a "dark romance", as it deals with difficult subjects like the sex slave trade, but it definitely falls on the much more lighter side of that sub-genre given that it is somewhat less taboo and gritty than other dark romance books (for example, there is no rape in this book).

Julianna Oakley, a college junior and the daughter of a rich entrepreneur, has never seen the need for her father's overprotective streak. Although she can have anything that money can buy, she is actually very much down to earth and is looking forward to paving her own way by having her own career. This is just one of the many ways that she demonstrates her independent streak.

At her father's request, however, she decides to indulge him with his latest request that she spend the summer before her senior year at home with him. Given that she has met the man that she plans to spend the rest of her life with, her fiancé Adam, and will soon be married, she decides to grant her father this last opportunity to spend dedicated time with her.

Little does Julianna know that there is another man, Nick, who has also been planning to make her his own for a very long time. Nick, being a powerful and rich man, is used to getting what he wants, but he is leaving nothing to chance. Instead, he has been biding his time waiting for Julianna to turn 21, and has spared no expense at laying the groundwork for her capture to ensure that she becomes his and only his. The fact that he is uniquely suited for this endeavor, given he is the mastermind behind Blyss, the ultimate aphrodisiac, is just the piece de resistance, literally.

In his endeavor to own her and mold her into his very own blend of submissive, however, Nick not only utilizes Blyss, but also his best handler, Travis. Travis is Nick's second in command, and is an exceptionally gifted manipulator. As he sets off to train Julianna, however, he begins to have feelings he has never experienced before and sparks begin to fly.

Meanwhile, Julianna, ever the determined one, remains resolute in her mission to obtain her freedom, even as she starts to question whether the intense feelings she is feeling for Travis are real or just a side effect of Blyss.

Sharing, however, was never part of Nick's plan, and as the battle between Nick and Travis escalate to new heights, Julianna gets caught in the middle. Soon everything she was beginning to accept as her new reality is shattered, and she is left with no choice but to plan her own strategy to obtain her definition of blyss. You get the sense, however, that this is only the beginning of the earth shattering secrets that lay in wait and that will need to be revealed before true blyss can be found.

This story blew my mind. J.C. Cliff is a master erotica wordsmith and has woven quite a twisted world to round out her tale! I really enjoyed this lighter blend of dark romance, or "grey romance". I think I may have just found a new favorite romance sub-genre and a favorite trilogy to boot!
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