Review: Tin Man (Bliss) by Lisa Henry, Heidi Belleau

July 23, 2015 Review 4

Review: Tin Man (Bliss) by Lisa Henry, Heidi Belleau

Petty thief Ashoka “Ace” King knows better than to get in the way of Tophet’s Anti-Terrorist Unit. Rightfully feared in Tophet’s crime-ridden underbelly, a face-to-face encounter with an ATU is almost certainly a death sentence. But Ace has never been one to follow the rules.

Soren Lau might be an ATU rookie, but he’s not naive enough to believe everything his superiors tell him. Then again, he’s not stupid enough to disobey them, either. If he doesn’t shoot and kill as ordered, he might be next on their list.

But when Soren meets Ace, a moment’s hesitation is all it takes to put both their lives on the line. They don’t know each other, they don’t trust each other, and there’s no way in hell they can both walk away from this alive. But with suspicion and mortal danger mounting against both of them—and the forbidden attraction blazing between them—there’s nothing they can do but try.

Title: Tin Man
Author: Heidi Belleau, Lisa Henry
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Wallflower, Bliss, The Burnt Toast B&B, Rules to Live By, When All the World Sleeps, Mark Cooper versus America, Sweetwater
Series: Bliss
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: July 20, 2015
Genres: Dystopain, Male Male Romance
Pages: 134
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Amazon

Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames
Riptide Publishing

Extreme opposites attract meets I know I shouldn’t but I’m going to anyways. Soren has not been with Tophet’s ATU (anti-terrorist unit) for long. During his short time he has realized that things are really not as they are presented or how they should be. He knows that the roof over his head and the food in his belly should not be taken for granted and he should just tow the line to make sure that those things remain a constant in his life. All that begins to change when he hesitates on a direct order from Command.

Live another day. That is how Ace makes it through the days that accumulate into life. Most of the time he does not know where or when his next meal will come. He does what he has to do to make it from day to day. Sometimes he steals, sometimes he roots through trash, he always survives. Survival has become increasingly difficult with the way the ATU who seems to be on a constant extermination mission.

All it takes is just one decision and everything in Soren and Ace’s futures is irrevocably changed. Lines are crossed that have dire consequences for both men. Tophet does not tolerate amoral elements and both men are on the wrong side of the morality laws. Neither seems to care when they discover that they are caught up in the middle of something bigger than Tophet, Command, and the territories across the borders.

I enjoyed the story. I found the world, its politics, its citizens, and all of its complications fascinating. At the end of the novella I was left wanting more. There is so much mystery and unknown that I was left with questions. Tin Man is part of the Bliss universe and I have not read Bliss. By the blurb and from what I read here I’m guessing that Bliss takes place years after Tin Man, but I’m not positive on that.

Paranormal Romance

Hi! Welcome to Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau’s blog tour for our new release, Tin Man. We’re visiting some of our favourite blogs around the place to talk a bit about writing Tin Man, and sharing some of our influences, our ideas, and even an excerpt or two! Don’t forget to leave a comment, for your chance to win prizes!


Tin Man is out on July 20. You can order it now at Riptide.


Author Bios:


Lisa Henry


Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.


Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.


She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.


She shares her house with too many cats, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.


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Heidi Belleau


Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, Canada. She now lives in the rugged oil-patch frontier of Northern BC with her husband, an Irish ex-pat whose long work hours in the trades leave her plenty of quiet time to write.


She has a degree in history from Simon Fraser University with a concentration in British and Irish studies; much of her work centred on popular culture, oral folklore, and sexuality, but she was known to perplex her professors with unironic papers on the historical roots of modern romance novel tropes. (Ask her about Highlanders!)


When not writing, you might catch her trying to explain British television to her newborn daughter or standing in line at the local coffee shop, waiting on her caramel macchiato.


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Each comment on this blog tour enters you for a chance to win a $20 Riptide credit and an ecopy of Bliss, the first book set in this universe. Entries close July 25, and contest is not restricted to US residents. Remember to leave your email address in the comments so we can contact you if you win!

4 Responses to “Review: Tin Man (Bliss) by Lisa Henry, Heidi Belleau”

  1. H.B.

    Thank you for the review. SO looking forward to giving this a read.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  2. Trix

    The reviews all seem enthusiastic so far!