Siren in Bloom by Sophie Oak

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General: 5
Characters: 5
Plot: 4
Sex level: 5
Credibility: 5
Originality: 4

Genre: Menage MFM, Contemporary, BDSM
Series:  YES, Texas Siren #6
Length:  107,945 words / 248 pages
Publisher: Siren Publishing / Bookstrand
Published: May 2012
ISBN13# 9781619267657
eBook given by the author: NO
Author’s blog: Sophie Oak
Author’s website: Sophie Oak
Twitter: @AuthorSophieOak
Goodreads: Sophie Oak

OK. I think I am going to switch to Texas Siren as my favorite series.

It is funny because right before I started reading this story, Siren in Bloom, I finished Pure Bliss and it just happened that two of the characters in Pure Bliss became major characters in Siren in Bloom. It was just perfect:  a continuing story without break. Talking about how I love long novel, it was perfect!

I love when a BDSM romance is well written. I really enjoy when I have no issue about credibility. I do know not Sophie Oak enough to say that she is into the lifestyle but if she is not, then she made her point to know the subject very well. I am not talking about the thin possibility to find a place like The Club in real life (although if you know one, please email me right about now!). I am talking about the connection with the Doms and their submissive.

First, I would like to mention that this can be read as a stand alone. I read only (oh shame on me), the first 2 books of this series. Methinks I am going to read the 3 I did not real soon and put them on my “Sure List to read”.

So here we go.

The male characters were totally high maintenance and endearing. The alpha Dom, Leo Meyer, is stubborn and proud. He has commitment issues. What I found extremely interesting was that Leo could solve and see clearly other’s issues but he just could not see or solve his own until he was put his nose on top of it. I could totally relate with this character because I am a bit that way. I am a pretty good judge of character and I generally see what is wrong in others but when it comes to me, it is generally too late or I fall on my ass on the floor when I figure how naive I have been, most of the time stupid.

Anyway, I liked Leo’s complexity a lot.

The second male, Wolf, is the Beta Dom. 5 years younger than his brother, Leo, he is the kind of character that each reader is falling for: sweet, sexy, dominant with a heart the size of Texas. He complemented perfectly Leo in a way that he did not hide behind his pride. He took risks but his insecurities almost cost him a lot. Here also, I could relate. How many of us fear to love and fear that our love is not shared in return. Those fears are always in the back of our head until the other person find the right words to erase the insecurities. We all need reinsurance in love. We want to believe in the reciprocity.

I liked very much Wolf’s teddy bear personality.

The heroine, Shelley, is the kind of woman that I can also relate. When you love someone, it is easy to wish to protect and put yourself in the very back and think that the best thing to do is to lie to this person. I understand that. However, the lack of communication will always hurt in the end.

The plot was not very original: a villain abusive husband making dirty money with politician. Several villains actually. I was maybe hoping a bit more of drama with the ex-SEAL but overall it was well mixed in the love story.

Sex scenes were really good. Typically the kind of D/s we usually read in romance. Not extreme though. A little bit of spanking, a little bit of ropes, a lot of voyeurism and of course the butt plug. I will call it mild bondage. There is nothing wrong with mild bondage. In fact, I think it is the kind I enjoy the most because heavy bondage usually drain me emotionally.

I have to mention something dear to my heart… I DID find some humor in this story. Little miracles exist after all! ;)

My conclusion

What I really enjoyed is the complexity of the emotions and the raw personalities. I think that high maintenance characters are perfect because I can relate to imperfection and insecurities. I am so not fond of cavemen arrogant crude male characters. This is a complete turn off for me. Sophie Oak love her males the complete opposite of that and thank you for that! Do I really need to precise that I recommend this book?

Blurb

[Siren Ménage Everlasting: Erotic Cowboy Ménage a Trois Romance, M/F/M, consensual BDSM, public exhibition, spanking, sex toys, HEA]

For Leo Meyer, being the Dom in residence at The Club has been a perfect life. A strict daily routine free from emotional attachment has been safe and comfortable. But when the only woman he ever loved walks back into his life, his world is turned upside down.

Wolf Meyer has been restless since an injury ended his career in the Navy SEALs. Hoping to reconnect with his brother Leo, Wolf accepted a job with Julian Lodge. His first assignment is to train Shelley McNamara, a gorgeous sub with a troubled past.

Shelley came to The Club to forge a new life and heal her wounded heart. She never dreamed that exploring her dark fantasies with her new Master would leave her caught between two brothers.

When Shelley’s life is threatened, the Meyer brothers will have to work together and use all their training to save her life and claim her heart.

Note: There is no sexual relationship or touching for titillation between or among siblings.

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