Bliss by Lynsay Sands

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Love thy neighbor, ’tis said. A fine idea, except when the neighbor in question is Lord Holden. Lady Helen Tiernay has complained frequently about his treatment of his people. Too frequently perhaps, for the king intends to curb their constant bickering by ordering them to wed. Helen can’t refuse a royal decree, but she’ll do everything possible to drive away her devilishly attractive husband-to-be.

Holden has faced all manner of horrors on the battlefield. But marriage to “the tyrant of Tiernay” is still a worrying prospect—until he glimpses Helen in the flesh. What flesh it is…soft, lush, made for his touch. If she weren’t so intent on thinking up devious ways to prevent consummating their bond, Helen would see how perfect they are together, and that a marriage begun as enemies can turn to absolute pleasure. 
Source: galley from the publisher, Harper Collins. Thanks so much!!

Lady Helen has been writing to the king regarding her neighbor, Lord Holden. Holden, who has been fighting the king’s fights, has been away from home for the better part of a decade, off and on, and though the king is grateful, he has finally had his fill of the bickering neighbors. He decides to have Helen and Holden marry so that the complaints will stop.

Neither of them is especially happy about the idea, but they must obey their king. Helen goes to extreme lengths to disgust Holden in the hopes that he will refuse the king, but Holden intends to follow the king’s orders, despite his reservations.

Lynsay Sands is a new favorite author. I love her books because they are always very funny and they are not your typical historical romances, which are usually set during the Regency period. It’s very refreshing to read about other historical periods. Sands’ heroines have a lot of spunk and the connections between the couples are generally really hot. Like, smoking. I also really appreciated the side story line about what’s been going on at Holden’s property.

Basically, Lynsay Sands can do no wrong, in my opinion. I am always excited to find another historical romance by her that I haven’t read. Keep them coming, Lynsay.

4/5

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