Monday, 16 May 2016


Title: Fated Bliss (The Bliss Series, #2)

Author: Cassie Strickland

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 15, 2016





Those gold eyes were the first thing I noticed. I wanted more than

anything to get lost in them, drown in her, to let go of my fears and

doubts my past had left behind.

But it wasn’t just me I had to consider.

My son came first.

She's a force to be reckoned with, though. She was everywhere, in my

dreams even, tempting me to throw caution to the wind.

And I was weak.

I gave into my clawing desire and let myself enjoy one night with her,

having no clue she’d change me forever.

Once wasn't enough. I became addicted. I craved her – her scent, her

skin, her smile, her eyes…her love.

I need Samantha.


My life was uncomplicated. It was free and easy.

Then I met him, the man with the blue-violet eyes that entranced me.

I had a feeling I was making a big mistake when agreeing to one night

of carnal bliss, but I was unable to walk away. I just couldn’t have

foreseen how big of one it was.

He turned my world upside-down, working his way into my heart

until it beat only for him. Now everything is complex, and there are

secrets he’s not telling me.

Will he ever let me in?

Time would tell, but one thing is sure – I’d walk through hell and

back, feel the blistering lick of each flame against my flesh, for just the

promise of Ben.

Not intended for anyone under the age of eighteen due to language

and sexual content.

Note from the author:

Fated Bliss is the second book in The Bliss Series, and though it is

recommended to read Finding Bliss first, it’s not needed. Fated Bliss

is a standalone novel with an HEA.


Ben cleared his voice, breaking the silence. “Is this you?”

I hadn’t realized we’d stopped outside my door.

“Oh…yeah.” My hands shook as I slipped my keycard from my clutch.

I smiled at him as I opened the door. “Come on in.

There’s a fully stocked bar inside.”

I didn’t give him a chance to say anything and ambled inside,

expecting him to follow. I threw my purse on the dresser and

continued to the bar, turning on lights as I went.

“Nice place,” Ben remarked behind me, closing the door.

“I know. My brother hooked me up,” I replied, grabbing two beers

and opening them.

With my heart in my throat, I discarded the caps and spun around.

Ben was standing at the mouth of the hall leading into the room, his

shoulder to the wall, seemingly unsure. I continued to him and passed

him the beer.

“Why don’t we have a seat,” I suggested, waving to the couch in front

of the floor to ceiling windows.

Why was I so nervous?

You already know why, Sam.

You. Do. Not. Do. This!

Before I could turn back around, Ben grabbed my hand and plucked

my beer from my grip. He placed the beers on the dresser next to my

clutch, slowly maneuvering me until my back was pressed against the

wall. I swallowed thickly and peered up at him. With two hands next

to my head, he caged me in and crowded me.

He sighed slowly and then played with a strand of my hair between

two fingers. “Samantha…”

I felt like this needed to be said, so I blurted, “I don’t do this.”

He flashed me his pearly whites and replied, “I know. I can tell. But

you’re not the only one out of your element here, sweetheart. This is

the first time I’ve followed a woman back to her place.”

My forehead scrunched with shock and disbelief. “Really?”

His head descended, and though I expected him to kiss me, he merely

rested his forehead against mine. I could detect a hint of beer on his

breath, but surprisingly, it was tantalizing. I wanted to close the

distance so badly that I'd sell my soul for just one sip from his lips.

Ben groaned, “You weren’t supposed to happen.”

“Why not?” I whispered, confused.

Talking was the last thing I wanted to do. Everything in me ached for


“When I came here…” He leaned closer and pressed his cheek to

mine, inhaling deeply. My legs shook. “You weren’t in my plans. I

couldn’t have foreseen such a stunning,” he placed his lips to the

underside of my ear, “captivating,” his teeth nipped my jaw,

“completely tempting woman.” His tongue snuck out as he nibbled

down my neck, causing my knees to turn to rubber. “You’ve knocked

me on my ass, Samantha. I don’t know what in the hell I’m doing.”

I shuddered, letting my head fall back, opening myself up for his

exploration. “I wasn’t expecting you either, Ben. I’m in over my head,


“We don’t have to do this,” he stated, his voice jagged, though his

actions were contradictory. His hands traveled down to my waist, his

fingers digging in deep to keep me anchored in place. “I can walk out

of here. All you have to do is tell me.”

No chance in hell.

“Don’t you dare, Ben.”

“I want to make promises. I want to say I’ll see you tomorrow and the

next day and the next. I want-”

“Shhh. Don’t, Ben. Don’t say those things to me.”

Promises were the last thing I needed. My heart couldn’t handle it

once this was over if he made any.

“See… I know you’re not the type of girl that does this.” He drew the

shell of my ear between his teeth and bit down lightly. I whimpered.

“You’re sucking me in, sweetheart, just like I’m doing to you.

Something’s bound to go wrong, and the last thing I want to do is hurt


Shamelessly, not wanting him to move, I wrapped my arms around

his neck and held tight. “Nothin’ needs to go wrong. I don’t expect

anythin’ after tonight, so you can’t hurt me.”

I might be slightly sore once this was over, but he was worth it.

Just for the night…

“You’re lying, sweetheart.” He pulled back a little, taking his lips from

my skin, and peered down at me, his eyes ravenous. “We’re both

going to be bruised and bloody come tomorrow.”

“Why, Ben?” I questioned.

“Because, baby girl, I’ve never wanted anyone the way I want you.”

His words had power over me, and breathlessness left me

lightheaded. “Ben…” I moaned, and my lids fluttered closed. 

“Fuck it,” he growled, and then his lips crashed into mine.

About The Author

Cassie Strickland lives in East Texas with her husband, her daughter,

and her Jack Russell terrier. With the support of her family and

friends, she recently changed her career path to something new and

exciting, something she loves to do - writing.

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