Book Review: Blyss (Blyss Trilogy #1) by J.C. Cliff

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Blyss is something the world has been trying to create since the beginning of time, the ultimate aphrodisiac, a drug used against women with one single purpose in mind ….

Julianna Oakley has just finished up her junior year at college and flies home to spend her last free summer with her father on their prestigious Georgia estate. Julianna isn’t the stereotypical rich girl, a spoiled prima-donna. She’s down to earth and has an independent streak a mile wide, insisting she makes her own way in this world.

Nick has been setting the stage for a long time, and sparks fly when their separate worlds collide. She is Nick’s ultimate obsession, and he will stop at nothing to own her.

When Travis, Nick’s right hand man, lays his eyes on the prize, all hell breaks loose. He should know Nick is playing for keeps, and while Julianna is fighting for her freedom, a lifetime full of secrets and twisted perceptions slowly unravel as Julianna gets caught in the fray.

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J.C. Cliff delivers a knock out dark romance that kept me spellbound and intrigued until the very end. Blyss is unlike any dark romance I have read before. It carried a certain edge that was addicting. Everything about Blyss had me on an endless merry-go-round of what the hell just happened and bat shit craziness. It’s a story that as soon as you find yourself reading the last word you will immediately grab Blyssful Lies and devour it. I couldn’t wait to dive into book 2 because I had to know what happened next. It pulled me in and sucked me dry in the most blyssful way possible.

Our main character, Julianna, is a bright and feisty 20 year old that grew up most of her life in boarding school after boarding school. Leaving her finance to spend the summer with her father she expects the next few months to be dull and boring. What happens next is anything but dull and boring. It’s terrifying and animalistic and Julianna’s life as she knows it doesn’t exist.   Even through the darkest of times she is a fighter. There were times that my heart bled for her and what she endured and other times I found myself chuckling with her spunk and feisty attitude. She doesn’t deserve the cards that she was dealt but she knows in order to survive she needs to play the game on her terms without showing any signs of bluffing.

Her innocence and charm attracts Nick. Her curiosity for life and everything around her drawls him to her. Her inner and outer beauty that shines bright is his obsession.   Everything about her makes him crazy with need. She is his drug and he has waited in the wings long enough to claim what he wants. Nick wants Julianna and he will stop at nothing to have what he wants. As far as he is concerned he will have her or nobody will.   She is his ultimate obsession; his Blyss and nobody will stand in his way, not even him.

Travis is there to complete a job. His task is to prepare her for Nick. He knows that Nick and Julianna will be together. When something sparks inside him he finds himself questioning everything. There is an unthinkable electrical pull that runs between him and Julianna and he knows he has to shut it down in order to complete his job. She doesn’t belong to him, never has, never will. As minutes turn to hours and hours turn to days his resolve is dwindling. He all consuming desire to have her is starting to break him. If he gives into his desires he knows that she will most likely pay the price. Will he risk everything for someone he barely knows when everything in him tells him she is the one?

I can’t go into too much of this story because I don’t want to spoil this crazy rollercoaster ride for anyone. I can tell you that Blyss was a book I couldn’t put down. I found myself staying up all night reading just to see what happened next. On breaks at work I would sneak in a few pages. While cooking dinner I would read because these characters and this storyline became my obsession. I shouldn’t have loved some of the characters but even though there was a lot of crazy in Blyss and I am almost 100% certain that a few have fallen off the bat shit look at me I’m crazy tree and hit every branch on the way down, I loved them all. I craved them like I craved my next diet coke. Julianna became my best friend. Nick became the man that you hate but have sexual naughty fantasies about. Travis became the man that you sort of kind of wanted to hate but found yourself falling in love with. Everything and I mean EVERYTHING I loved.

This was my very first J.C. Cliff read and I am already reading Blyssful Lies and OH BOY! I can’t wait to finish out this trilogy and the author has mostly certainly claimed a new avid fan. Sometimes dark romance can be a little tricky because I have read some that I wouldn’t consider dark and some I have read I would consider borderline sadistic. Blyss was a true dark romance; it had all the right elements and components that make up an amazing read. I can’t say enough about this one except go one click it and enjoy the ride!



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