Welcome to Bliss, the bridal capital 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. a.k.a. the depths of hell.
His meddling relatives want to poke at the deep psychological wounds he supposedly bears from being a 20-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-eyed 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?
©2014 Jamie Farrell (P)2016 Jamie Farrell
"Farrell marries warmth with tongue-in-cheek wit in this marvelous romantic comedy." (Publishers Weekly starred review)
I laughed. I chewed my nails. I cried. I love this book! I can't wait till the next one comes out.
The narrator's voice was very pleasing and Jamie Farrell's style of writing with comedy is the perfect blend of romance and the experience of the absurdity of life.
I really liked the character of Natalie and how devoted she was to her mother's dream and all of her family members including her son. I also enjoyed her interactions with the Queen General who is a force to be reckoned with.
Everything! Her voice is pleasing and easy to listen to. I especially enjoyed the way she interprets the story with the inflection of her voice. She made me giggle and kept my attention throughout the book. I would definitely buy another book that she narrates.
The Husband Games was hilarious and kept me glued to the pages as CJ battles to be the winner in the annual event so that he can win Natalie's heart, especially in front of the entire town and the Queen General.
I love Jamie Farrell's writing and she and Karen White are the perfect combination to make this a really enjoyable story and listening experience. I highly recommend this fabulous duo!
I've read this book before, so I knew what to expect from the story. That being said I'm new to audiobooks and a little hesitant, however this reader did a great job. I found myself sucked in the story and wanted to continue hearing her read. Every once in a while it felt like she read a little too slow so I just sped up the story, but overall it was a great read.
I've had the pleasure of both reading my kindle copy of the book and listening to the audiobook of Blissed. I really enjoyed Blissed when I first read it. I had a few issues with Natalie not standing up or herself in the beginning of the book and her blaming CJ for something that was truly a mistake from 5 years ago, but that as early in the book and once I got past about 5% of the book, I totally fell in love with the story. I loved watching CJ come back to life again after living with guilt over the death of his military wife. I adored the entire Blue clan and loved they always had CJ's back, even when he didn't want them around I also love how CJ interacted with Natalie's son Noah. Seriously heart-melting watching the two of them together. The build up of the romance between Natalie and CJ ended up being perfect for me. I loved they had instant attraction, yet both were cautious because of their pasts.
Karen White is the narrator for the audiobook and she absolutely brings the characters to life. She was spot-on with each of the character's voices and I fell in love all over again with the story as I listened to Karen White.
She did a spot-on job with each of the characters voices that brought the story to life.
Kimmie because I want to listen to her tell me about all her strange dreams.
The narrator was very good!
The itch weed scene with Natalie and CJ.
All of them! The husband games scenes.
It made me laugh!
I love the town of Bliss!
Why would anyone subject themselves to such bullying?
Why would any mother subject their child to a town that is controlled by a bully? In her mothers memory. No, no way would her mother want that for her child. All because she was divorced. Totally unbelievable.
I'd already read Blissed (and a few more of the Misfit Brides series), but it had been awhile. I love listening to audiobooks while cooking and driving, so I jumped at the chance to listen to this. I'm so glad I did!
The pacing was perfect and the story was as much fun as ever. I noticed new details with the narration that perhaps I skimmed through when I read the book. CJ is a wonderful hero and I love Natalie (maybe because I'm a bit tough to crack too). Their story made me laugh out loud a few times and had my eyes welling up with tears more than once. I really enjoyed going back to the first of the books set in Bliss! The characters and the town have really won me over.
The Southern Seanachi
Love it! More please! What a delightful beginning to a quirky and hilarious new series.
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