Blissed by Jamie Farrell is an engaging contemporary romance story that had me laughing and crying. This is the first book in The Misfit Brides series and definitely had me wanting more when I finished with it. Farrell has a way of writing stories that seem light on the outside and are easy to read yet have real depth to the characters and the plot.
Farrell sets up this series wonderfully with a fictional town in Illinois called Bliss. It is so different from anything I have read about and provides lots of laughter and eye rolling. It has quirky shop owners and crazy customs featured around weddings. It is the most married-est town! I think my favorite place in this town is a bar off the main street (called The Aisle) named Suckers. It is where all the fun interactions happen for sure. I would love to hang out there!
CJ is the hero of this story and like most heroes, he isn’t perfect. He has his flaws and needs to let some things go before he can fully give his heart to the heroine Natalie. She has some issues of her own. I was worried near the beginning of the book that she would annoy me by playing the victim throughout the story, but just about that time, things turned and she started standing up for herself a bit more, which I liked.
It was refreshing that Farrell’s main characters were not your typical romance couple. They both struggled over the loss of their spouses in different ways and it was very inspiring to watch the two of them grow in their personal battles. Their romance was quite fun to experience and Farrell is getting pretty darn hot with her steamy scenes! I absolutely loved it. This was a fantastic balance.
As for the supporting characters, oh my. There was a very annoying Queen General (nicknamed by Natalie) that had me pretty frustrated, a cute little boy, Noah who stole the scene sometimes, several snarky sisters of CJ (all named after spices which was funny), a divorce lawyer sister (loved!) and a quirky friend who is always having crazy dreams. This book was seriously entertaining from beginning to end. I had a tough time putting it down.
I wasn’t sure how I wanted Blissed to end with regards to the winner of the Husband Games (the main show in the book) or how things would work between Natalie and CJ, but Farrell nailed it. The ending really fit the characters and the overall story. Blissed is a small town romance filled with love and laughter but will also bring you to tears over the heartwarming romance and relationships that grow stronger. I highly recommend you give it a try.
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About the Book:
Author: Jamie Farrell
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Category: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased from Amazon
Welcome To Bliss, the Bridal Capitol of the Midwest!
Natalie Castellano practically has it all—beauty, brains, and a stellar reputation. Because childbearing hips and exhaustion lines are totally sexy. And knowing when to let go of her family’s failing bridal boutique is smart…right? Plus, who doesn’t want to be that divorced mother in Bliss?
With all she has going for her, it would be selfish to secretly wish for love too. Who needs it? Definitely not Nat. But perhaps she does need to take her wedding dress-obsessed little boy somewhere else for a fresh start.
CJ Blue is on top of the world. At least, he was last week when he stood on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Now, he’s in an empty confessional, hiding from the hullabaloo of a family wedding. Aka the depths of hell.
His meddling relatives want to poke at the deep psychological wounds he supposedly bears from being a twenty-something widower. But he doesn’t want to talk, he doesn’t want to be fussed over, and he certainly doesn’t want another chance to fail at love. He just wants to get through this wedding and back to his adventurous life.
But when a dark-haired, wounded-eye beauty invades his sanctuary and whispers a secret he was never supposed to know, he gets swept up in her life. Is he brave enough to tackle the adventure of life in Bliss, or will he walk away from the only woman in the world who could offer him love, forgiveness, and a second chance?