Monday, July 20, 2015

Series Book Review, Giveaway: The Blyss Trilogy by J.C. Cliff

Series: The Bylss Trilogy
Author: J.C. Cliff
Genre: Dark NA Romance
Release Date: Available Now

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.

Learning how to survive in her new world, Julianna has no choice but to play “The game of Life.” Except it's Nick's game, and his rules apply. Captivity, drugs, and submission are the cards that are dealt, and it's a losing game. 
Biding her time as she waits for her rescuers, it's far from smooth sailing, because all too quickly the rules abruptly change as Nick takes matters into his own hands…
As the drama unfolds, and hesitating to interfere, Travis has everything to lose should he decide to step in, including his life.
 It's opposition at its finest – freedom versus control as Nick and Julianna face the ultimate battle of wills.
While Travis has the uncanny ability to manipulate her with a single touch, Nick struggles to conquer her body, mind, and soul.
It's every man for themselves as each have their own secret agenda, including Julianna, whose plan is simple: survive.

This is Julianna’s story. She lived a normal life until she was about to turn twenty-one, and then all hell broke loose. Years of diabolical scheming unraveling at the seams, unleashing torrents of lies and deceit. The whirlwind of chaos and heartbreak will forever change the game.
Her chosen fate is one of stellar proportions, and she struggles to keep sane, trying to hold it together every step of the way. As the matrix of her concealed past unfolds to deliver the final blow, rationality and sanity begin to take on a definition and meaning of its own.
Nick thinks he’s the night in shining armor while Travis believes he will be enough to save her from herself, but does she even want to be saved?
Both men want her. Both men love her, and both men want to claim her, keeping her for themselves. But, as usual, Julianna has other plans.

**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?**

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

Book 1 Blyss:

“You and your GQ-worthy looks.  You have every woman in here slipping and sliding all over their own drool.” 

“This can’t be real; there is no possible way these men can claim they’re sane.  ‘I’m in the looney bin,’ I whisper to no one in particular.”’

“This concoction of Jared’s can make the most unwilling and devout Puritan genuinely beg anyone to release them from this yearning, even if the man was a necrophiliac.”

“There’s enough debauchery pervading my brain to make a whorehouse look like a convent.”

Book 2 Blyssful Lies

“It’s just inevitable, a force of nature really, because there always has to be somebody somewhere who is demented enough to thing their life is incomplete if they don’t cause drama for others.  Women like this one thrive and feed off controversy as if they are starved piranhas.”

“Oh, God, baby.  It seems I’ve waited a lifetime for this very moment.”

“With our souls connected and intertwined, I feel as if this man completes me, like we’re meant to be.”

“I’m done for; I don’t think anyone will ever be able to affect me the way this man does on so many different levels.”

“I can’t get enough of you, of this, of us… I just can’t get enough,”

Book 3 Blyssfully Undone

“I wish I had on spiked high heels right now, because I’d use them to jab her in the eye.  She really needs to wear a bib to catch her drool.”

“My mind is like a piece of unclaimed luggage, thoughts endlessly circling the same route on a conveyor belt, taking the same path over and over again.”

“Sometimes his hormones go all dysfunctional, and when they do, he’s worse than a houseful of women PMSing with no chocolate.”

“Call it fate; call it divine guidance; call it luck for all I care, but the bottom line is our souls were born to be connected.”

“I’m met with his stark green eyes, which silently speak to my soul.  I can feel this magic between us, and it never gets old.”

My Review:

With Book 1 Blyss -  I was a bit at sea as to what to think about the plot.  I was intrigued and wanted to continue, but I was also feeling conflicted.  Jules is a naïve, protected, and uptight rich girl has been abducted from her home by an associate of her father.  While held prisoner, she is given an aphrodisiac drug that produces a sexual appetite she doesn’t know what to do with, and is to be “trained” by Travis, a handsome and smooth operator, who is gifted in his craft.  I can see what’s coming, although in my mind, she is still an unwilling captive under duress and drugs, and while Travis may care for Jules and be the lesser of two evils, he has and is still doing unspeaking things to her and many others… so this seems more than a bit twisted.  Jules being an indulged, wealthy, and more than bit oppositional, furthers her own dilemma by her noncompliance, open defiance, and tantrums, leading to her further humiliation and total devastation.   But I am also fascinated by the technology and creative elements of the story, such as the “Intelligent Johns.” I am also enjoying the sprinkles of steam as she is being awakened to her sensuality, as well as the use of humor, and of course anyone who esteems the Harry Potter books as much as I do and has the nerve to make fun of steamy romance books while writing a steamy romance book…well they just might be a genius. 

Blyssful Lies was quite an action-packed adventure with lots of steamy bits to keep you gasping.  It started off rather dark with an unfortunate encounter with Nick that had me cringing.  Jules is finally allowed to experience some fun and joy later on to balance out the pain, although she doesn’t totally understand her circumstances.  I like having multiple POVs, yet I found myself a bit frustrated with Jules.

Blyssfully Undone brought a satisfying conclusion to this steamy and suspenseful trilogy of 1008 pages.  The writing throughout the series was entertaining and easy to follow, which is surprising given all the action, adventure, and emotional zig-zagging of the characters.  We work our way through several interesting plot twists, annoying and obstinate behaviors, and multiple temper tantrums from several different characters, mental break-downs, shoot-outs, and several abductions and narrow escapes; this poor gal is just truly cursed.  In addition, there are loads of delicious erotic sensual scenes that had me gasping, and welcome touches of humor and witty banter to lighten things up.

Empress DJ

J.C. Cliff is an independent author who strives to deliver a strong story line, keeping the reader captivated throughout. She loves the element of surprise, creating unique twists and turns while creating thrill and suspense. Oh yes, and lets not forget, making a little explicit romance happen in between.
She's a die hard 80's rock'n roll fan, and loves a good concert! JC wears many hats. They include wife of 24 years, 4 children, small business owner, writer, reader, and what ever else is required of her. She loves taboo stories with twists and turns, and full of suspense. 
When she's not writing mind-blowing twists and turns which include erotica, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her pastimes include: offshore fishing, learning anything new, sewing, spending time at the beach, or the mountains.

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