By Lexi Blake writing as Sophie Oak
Texas Sirens Book 3
Re-released in a second edition with new scenes.
Julian Lodge has everything a man could want. He’s rich, successful and owns the most exclusive club in Dallas. But something is missing.
Finn Taylor has worked his way up in the world from humble beginnings in Willow Fork, Texas. The only thing he still loves in his hometown is Danielle Bay. He never told her he was actually bisexual, and he never confessed his love for her. Now she’s getting married, and Finn is sure he’s lost his chance with the only person he’ll ever love.
Julian’s vacation to the Barnes-Fleetwood ranch brings them all together. After Dani jumps into Julian’s car while fleeing her wedding, Julian knows he has to have her. But nothing is easy in Willow Fork. A danger from Julian’s past threatens them all. Julian will have to convince both Dani and Finn that being his will be the best decision they ever made.
“What on earth is that look for?” Julian stared down at her, his lips pulled up in obvious amusement.
Finn leaned over so he could be heard over the loud music. “I think Dani is enjoying her role as town harlot.”
Julian frowned. “Harlot? Why would she be a harlot?”
Dani and Finn laughed together. For the first time, they completely understood something Julian didn’t.
“This is a small town, Sir,” Finn explained. “All anyone is going to talk about tomorrow is the fact that Dani Bay snuck up the stairs at The Barn with two guys. Trust me, she is going to be called all kinds of names. Mostly to her back, though.”
She shrugged. It was to be expected. At least no one would be feeling sorry for her.
Julian’s face went dark, and his fingers tightened around hers. “They had better not say anything where I can hear it.” He relaxed and nodded down at her. “I’m going to speak with Jackson, dear. You and Finn stay together. We’ll be leaving shortly. We’ll retrieve Finn’s things and go back out to the ranch.”
He turned and walked off, supremely confident that his orders would be met.
He turned back suddenly. “And stay out of trouble.”
Dani grinned. He didn’t look so confident that she would follow that edict. He walked away. She watched his gorgeous ass as it disappeared into the crowd. When she turned, she noticed that Finn was watching, too.
“I’m sorry.” Finn pulled back slightly, his hand coming out of hers. That look was back in his eyes.
“Are you going to be an asshole?” she asked.
“I thought we worked through this, but it looks like you’re going to be an asshole.” She wasn’t putting up with it. Maybe she would have before but being with them had changed her.
Being with Julian and Finn together seemed to have altered something fundamental in Dani. It had been beautiful. She’d never felt as deeply as she did when they were kissing her, loving her. There had been that terrible moment when she was sure Julian was leaving, but he’d stayed. He had to care about her. He cared, and Finn cared. She wasn’t going to let anyone take that away from her or make her feel ashamed. That was hers.
Finn stared almost blankly and then shook his head. “I’m sorry. I spent so long trying to hide this from you.”
“Hide what? That I knew you were gay? I was well aware of that. Why did you get upset because I caught you drooling over Julian’s ass?”
His eyes slid down. “Damn it, Dani. This is why I stayed away. I knew it should be only the two of us, but I wasn’t sure I could do it. I’m not sure I can stay away from men.”
Julian was shaking his head at Jack, who seemed to be teasing him something fierce. Dani stared at him for a moment. She noticed she wasn’t the only one. All around her, other women had their eyes on the hot new guy. They could look, but Julian was hers. He might not know it, but she planned on keeping him. And Finn. As soon as they ironed out a few things.
“And it never occurred to you to say, hey, Dani, here’s the problem. Let’s see if we can solve it? No, you decide to keep your mouth shut and almost let me marry someone I didn’t love because you didn’t want to admit you’re bi.”
“Damn it, I didn’t want to lose you. I love you, Danielle. You’re the only thing in my life that’s permanent. I would rather keep you in my life than lose you because I can’t be normal. It should be two people. A marriage should be two people.”
Oh, yes, she had to fix his way of thinking. “Says who? The old biddies at church? Screw them. Why does everything have to be one way? What we did up there didn’t hurt anyone. It isn’t anyone’s business but ours. I love you, Finn, but I think I’m falling for Julian, too. Can you handle that?”
“I can certainly try, baby. I was willing to love you from afar. I prefer loving you up close.”
Kim's 4 Star Review
Julian Lodge had everything that he could ever want. After taking the advice of a trusted friend, Julian decides to take his first vacation ever and head out to the Barnes-Fleetwood Ranch.
Finn Taylor is returning to his home town to his best friends Danielle (Dani) Bay’s wedding. Finn has been in love with her for as long as he can remember but she doesn’t know he has been keeping a secret from her that could change everything for both of them.
When Julian drives into Willow Fork he gets a lot more than just a vacation, but can Finn and Danielle get Julian to break down the walls he seems to be holding onto tightly?
I was gifted this book into exchange for an honest review.
Dani Bay is used to being the outsider in the small town she lives in. After her father took off and the death of her mother Dani has sacrificed her career to make sure her younger sister Val gets everything she needs. Dani may come off as a mousey, meek woman but she is anything but a push over. Dani is still searching for what she wants out of life but no matter how hard she tries, she is always reminded where her place is in the small town. Working at the clinic with Abby Barnes has given Dani more purpose in her life then she has had in a long time and it shows her what she could have in her life.
Finn is back in town to not only stand up for Dani at her wedding but to stop her from marrying a guy he knows she can’t possibly love. Finn has kept his true sexuality from Dani and is hoping by telling her, she will be willing to embrace what he has to offer and take her back to Dallas with him. When Dani runs out of her wedding before he has a chance to spill his secret, he feels like he’s about to lose her. Finn would like to be the man in control and can be when he needs to be but what he really wants in someone to help guide him to who he truly is.
Julian Lodge is a Dominant and the owner of the most exclusive sex club in Dallas. Julian is used to having control and he needs it more than anything. Commitment isn’t something that he is good at. Julian guards his heart and keeps everyone at arm’s length. He is feeling like something is missing in his life after having his good friends Jack Barnes and Sam Fleetwood stop by his club for a visit with their wife Abby. Julian has an opened mind when it comes to sex and his relationships. He likes his submissive to be both male and female, even taking one of each on at the same time. When Dani jumped into his car, his life and vacation took a very different turn then he planned.
Jumping into a stranger’s car wasn’t the plan but it turns out to be the best decisions Dani ever made. Julian and Dani have this undeniable chemistry that pulls them together like a magnet. Julian’s first impression of Dani is that she is without a doubt a submissive who doesn’t get the fulfillment she should out of being one and he knows he can be the one to show her the joys of submission. Little did Julian know, Finn has a whole other plans when it comes to Dani. Julian is a smart man and knows that if he wants Dani he needs to explore what he could possibly have with Finn and show Finn that he can not only be with both of them but he can be both Dominant and submissive when needed. Taking on two submissives isn’t new to Julian but these two are not like any subs he is used to dealing with.
Lexi brought three very different characters together and shows how very different personalities can work well in a relationship. Finn and Dani are closer than anyone thought and when Julian tries to take a step back both of them see the difference on how to handle their Dom. Finn can see what both side of his partners needs and turns out to be the glue has holds them together. Just when things start to get good between the three, someone takes matters into their own hands and tries to ruin what they have. Dani knows that her choice to be with two men is not conventional but she will not apologise for what she wants. Dani knows that by not giving what the three of them can have a chance then she will be denying part of who each of them are.
The twist and turns in this book had me on the edge of me seat wondering what will happen and will they be able to make it through. Knowing Julian isn’t as open as Dani and Finn I was seriously doubting the survival of this unique relationship.
I love Lexi’s take on unconventional relationships and how well she meshed characters from her other series into this book. She makes it flow so well it peeked my curiosity so much that I have started to read the series from which those characters are from.
ABOUT LEXI BLAKE
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn't until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.