Once Upon a Time in Bliss

Sophie Oak
Once Upon a Time in Bliss
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
January 2013
Book 8 of Nights in Bliss, Colorado
BDSM, Erotic Romance

CIA operative John Bishop arrived in Bliss, Colorado seeking a respite from the high stakes game of blood and lies that sent him to the worst corners of the world. A week playing the role of vacationing professor Henry Flanders would recharge his batteries, especially if he found a submissive plaything to occupy his time.

Nell Finn has spent her life focused on helping others, but when she meets the tall and mysterious Henry Flanders, she can't stop imagining what he might do for her. When Nell and her mother are threatened, Henry comes to her offering his protection and comfort.

But as the threats escalate out of control, Henry discovers that the beautiful and innocent Nell is much more than a plaything. Can he save the woman he loves without exposing the secrets that would drive her away?

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Feb 25, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
160 people found the following review helpful
It's no mystery that I love Sophie Oak. I've waxed poetic many times about her Nights in Bliss, Colorado series. And many times I've laughed about the characters of Bliss and their antics. One of those characters is Nell Flanders. I've always wondered about her poor husband, Henry, that seems to follow her and support her crazy protests against burgers or the law that prevents people from being nude in the town. But Henry has given us a few glimpses throughout the series of something just underneath that placid surface he displays. Something a little dangerous.

Well, ONCE UPON A TIME IN BLISS there was a man trying to escape his life as a CIA operative even if it was just for a few days. He goes to his friends' nudist colony in Bliss, Colorado as Professor Henry Flanders and meets a bleeding heart liberal by the name of Nell, who changes his world forever. When Nell is in danger, this man tries to protect Nell the best way that he can even if it means leaving her forever.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN BLISS is a prequel of how Nell and Henry met and fell in love. We get to see some of our favorite Bliss characters before they got their own HEA's, and even got to meet some characters that we've only heard about in previous books.

WOW, whew!*fans self* I. HAD. NO. IDEA! None. Who knew that Henry Flanders had it in him?!? The sexy, dominant, dirty talking man is not who I was expecting, but it's definitely who I got. And man, he could teach some of these boys in Bliss a thing or two.

Nell…was Nell. I didn't really see her much differently than I did in the previous books, but I enjoyed seeing her through Henry's eyes. It really put a new perspective on her character for me.

And besides the fact that this book was smokin' hot, I loved the struggle that Henry had to go through in order to be the man that Nell deserved. Also, we are treated to the suspenseful plots that the Bliss books have become known for.

I have to admit, I have always wondered about Nell and Henry, but I didn't think that the story would have enough meat to be its own full-length story, but I should have known better than to doubt Sophie Oak, because she has made me a believer time and time again. ONCE UPON A TIME IN BLISS is no exception.

And then, to add the icing on top of an already very decadent cake, we are set up for the next Bliss book which will feature the character we've been waiting for to get his act together: Deputy Logan! Yes, people, he will finally be getting his own book (well, his own along with his best friend and the woman they are going to share)...SCORE!

So, I'm sure it's obvious that I was over the moon about this book. ONCE UPON A TIME IN BLISS is the book I didn't even know I was desperate to have. And I think only Sophie Oak has the ability to do that to me. I'm glad that even eight books in, this series is going strong, and I am on the edge of my seat for more books to come.
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