Review: Bliss by Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau

August 15, 2014 Review 1

Review: Bliss by Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau

They're always happy.

Rory James has worked hard all his life to become a citizen of the idyllic city-state of Beulah. Like every other kid born in the neighboring country of Tophet, he’s heard the stories: No crime or pollution. A house and food for everyone. It’s perfect, and Rory is finally getting a piece of it.

So is Tate Patterson. He’s from Tophet, too, but he’s not a legal immigrant; he snuck in as a thief. A city without crime seems like an easy score, until he crashes into Rory during a getaway and is arrested for assaulting a citizen. Instead of jail, Tate is enrolled in Beulah’s Rehabilitation through Restitution program. By living with and serving his victim for seven years, Tate will learn the human face of his crimes.

If it seems too good to be true, that’s because it is. Tate is fitted with a behavior-modifying chip that leaves him unable to disobey orders—any orders, no matter how dehumanizing. Worse, the chip prevents him from telling Rory, the one man in all of Beulah who might care about him, the truth: in a country without prisons, Tate is locked inside his own mind.

Title: Bliss
Author: Heidi Belleau, Lisa Henry
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Wallflower, The Burnt Toast B&B, Rules to Live By, Apple Polisher, When All the World Sleeps, Mark Cooper versus America, Sweetwater, Brandon Mills versus the V-Card
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: August 18th
Genres: Apocalypse, Dark Erotica, M/M Erotica, Male Male Romance
Pages: 230
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: five-stars
Flames: five-flames

I don’t know what I expected when I read the blurb for Bliss, but what I got was something completely unexpected. I was not prepared to read this book. Seriously, I was expecting a M/M romance. I was expecting something as innocuous as the cover looks. What I got was so much more than that.

I liked Rory and Tate. I think their characters were will define and it was easy to ‘get them’ from the beginning. I enjoyed the flow of the story with all it’s wicked twists and turns so much that I was most captivated from cover to cover. It was easy to like all the characters from the beginning. Now for the tricky part. Beulah is suppose to be a no crime, no pollution idyllic city-state. BUT…under all the utopia is something so sinister, so disturbing. That gut-retching evil is a the shocker of the book that I’m embarrassed to say, pulled me in and had me riveted. That innocent chip that controls the ressy. Is the chip the evil or is it human nature? Man I loved that part, trying to sort it all through. As everyone’s colors are exposed, as the bad guys come into play, all I could think is I am watching a train wreck and i can NOT turn away.

I’m not all about the warm and fluffy. I like my books to have a bite to them but Bliss…I don’t even know how to begin classifying this book. Dark erotic? M/M dystopia? Obviously, the non-com sex bumps it into the DE realm but the sinister aspect is less about the sex and more about the abusers of the chip. And speaking about that mind control chip…freaky! I think that’s the reason I always find dystopian stories to be so disturbing…the possibility that this could really happen. I can sit here all day and tell you why you should read this book but let’s be honest here, this isn’t just a book…it’s an experience. Read Bliss. I’m sure you’ll feel just like I did when I finished it.

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