Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Lexi Blake as Sophie Oak’s Far From Bliss is exactly what you love about Blake’s other Nights in Bliss stories: edge-of-your seat suspense, the ultimate of steam, and enough tension between the characters that you become anticipatory over a resolution and happy ending. This story follows Michael, Ty, and Lucy. Michael is the marshal, partnered with and engaged to Jessie, who is exposed in Blake’s Found in Bliss to be a double-agent of sorts, tasked with killing Alexei and his paramours. Being engaged to a traitor without his knowledge causes Michael to spiral, taking him out of society for two years. Lucy is a server at Trio, working hard to provide a better life for herself and her siblings. On the cusp of a new job that will bring her advantages, she is confronted by her best guy friend, Ty, with his feelings of love for her. Confused by his pronouncement of interest, given that he rebuffed her in the past, she’s unsure if she should pursue a relationship with him. Even more, Michael has caught her eye (and she has caught his), so she’s determined to figure out her feelings for both men. Since she finds herself attracted to both of them, Michael and Ty must decide if they can work as partners for Lucy. When their lives become endangered and Lucy becomes a suspect in a case, Ty and Michael must work to declare her innocence, if Michael can move beyond the betrayal of his past.
For me, Far From Bliss was an enjoyable read. The book really takes off about 50% in, so there is a need to be patient with Michael, Ty, and Lucy. They all spend time in the first half denying feelings and resisting their throupleship. However, once Ty, Michael, and Lucy accept their feelings for each other, the latter half of the book becomes focused on the suspense of the story. This is the sweet spot of Lexi Blake’s story. There is still a tension between the three, especially as Michael needs to find a better way to process Jessie’s betrayal in order to find a happy ending for the three. Yet, in true Lexi Blake form, she utilizes her past characters to move him to that place. Even more, Blake advocates for therapy to deal with one’s mental health which is always a worthy message.
Overall, there is a nice balance between Ty, Michael, and Lucy, and it’s clear why they work in a
relationship together. It’s exactly the type of story you expect out of Lexi Blake’s Bliss series. If you love a little menage, some romantic suspense, a well-developed universe of quirky characters, and a sincere happy ending, then you should grab Lexi Blake’s Far From Bliss.
In love and romance,