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  • 230 pages
  • Bliss
  • Lisa Henry
  • English
  • 20 March 2015
  • 9781626491380

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  1. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    DNFed at 37% because I believe a book that brings you to a state of boredom every time you’re picking it up does not deserve to be entirely readHave you read the blurb? Have you realized that this is a dystopian MM romance yet? Let me repeat that a dystopian MM romance storyI knew it was too good to be trueOver 150 reviews that I’ve written on Goodreads there is only one DNFed book that I have reviewed in detail this one aside It’s called Poison I usually don't review those but I really had to put every feeling I had about it in a review I now feel the same way for this Bliss bookYou see it in fact started very promising with Tate hurting Rory and having to see a lawyer about it Some guys took him and implanted a chip inside his skin for him to become a ‘normal’ citizen of Beulah what’s with the name? It sounds as if someone is vomiting which has a negligible percentage of criminalityWhy? Because that chip those guys implanted in Tate’s skin makes him a slave He’s obliged to answer to anyone’s wishes and if he doesn’t cooperate well the feeling of not obeying actually destroys him from the inside CreepyAs I said it started out very good and interesting But then the Tate we all met at the beginning became a marionette and it was so weird and uncomfortable to watch him do all of the things people are asking him toAlso he kept apologizing and apologizing and apologizing again and again and again He looked freaking pathetic ALL THE TIME and I was tired of his ‘new personality’ even though yes it’s the chip’s faultThere was almost no plot at all It was all Tate being a good slave and Rory being constantly blind about it I can’t believe he didn’t have suspicions after Tate succeeding to ask for help during some moments It’s just SO unrealistic I can’t believe I lost interest so fast for this story but it just drags and drags and drags and guess what?The sex scene I witness was ABSOLUTELY the most boring and worst and forced one I have read about in a MM romance so far which says something since I’ve read than 30 MM romances My goal is to reach 100 by the end of the yearOn top of all of that I hated the narrator He made the main characters feel as if they were teenagers who didn’t know much about life and people And hey the writing was so ordinary English may not be my first language but I really think I could have written this book myself with a dictionary near byI lost about 2 hours reading that 37% of the story and I always feel a bit pissed when reading without feeling and loving so I did lose my time and will think twice next time before picking another dystopian MM romance up Copy received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  2. Heather K (dentist in my spare time) Heather K (dentist in my spare time) says:

    25 stars Warning to all readers This book is hard non con no two ways about it If you have a problem with rape and sexual slavery put the book down and back away slowlyNow going into this book I knew that this would push my boundaries And it did This was my first real non con story and even though I found it really hard to read at times I was sort of fascinated by it in the way that some people are fascinated by horror movies I also have to admit that I found this book to be smoking hot at times and I sort of lovedloathed those scenes I think the strengths of this story are in the non con and creepy nature of the dysopian world If you are into non con then this just might be a great story for you I thought that the world that these two authors created was atmospheric and chilling I loved that about this story and honestly I couldn't put this book down all day But where this book totally belly flops is the romanceWhen it comes down to it I'm a romance reader I'll happily read other genres but if a book is billed as a romance I expect a believable romance This book was one of the most unbelievable GFY romances that I have ever read I would have been thrilled in fact if this book didn't end with a romance Up until 80% I was sort of digging this book and I started praying that this ended with a bittersweet or HFN ending But no I refuse REFUSE to believe that Rory and Tate created any sort of a romantic connection between them Everything that they had was built on lies and those issues don't just magically disappearI could talk about this book for days but I'll leave you with this Read this book if you like non con sex or are interested in really dark dystopian stories but absolutely don't read this if you want a romance you can believe inCopy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  3. Optimist ♰King& Optimist ♰King& says:

    Beulah“Protectionist Elistist Creepy perfect A lot of people said a lot of sneering things about Beulah But Beulah was also safe” First things first I’m taking out Mr Lowell And I’m going to make it look like an accident It’s a kindness really What he deserves is for me to shove him off a cliff into a pit of naked writhing horny and sadistic women Hmmm on second thoughtI digressLet’s talk about this book THIS BOOK ARGH Anything that elicits homicidal tendencies anxiety AND laughter from me deserves a read BUT heed the warning people If non con isn’t your thing you’d best skedaddle But in Beulah everything was different Everything was simpler and complicated at the same time Have you ever had a pot of really beautiful flowers that you had to move for whatever reason and when you picked up the pot there were slugs and creepy crawlers underneath? That’s Beulah It’s lovely at first glance but take a closer look and EEEEEEEE I kept picturing Pleasantville in my head and that’s what made it not just regular “yuck” creepy but WHAT IN HOLY FUCK creepy There are so many things that are sooooooo right about Beulah but this whole system of “rezzing” someone is twisted abhorrent and corrupt tainting the whole communityBasically if you are accused of a crime just accused you’re for all intents and purposes railroaded into seven years of servitude and chipped to make you “like” it need it even and if you don’t provide that service with gusto glee and zeal there will be pain excruciating mind numbing pain that you’ll do anything to assuage debased and humiliating things Wanna know what the alternative is? Lifetime servitude Oh you can choose a trial but there’s a 999% chance you’ll lose and get life So you take the seven right? Problem is there’s still a part of you the real you in there that’s locked away in a glass cage screaming crying and silent Good times shudders Bliss is an emotional roller coaster If we’re friends on Goodreads my status updates will confirm as much I spent a good deal of it reading it with my hands on or near my head in some way peeking through fingers clenched fists biting a nail on top of my head It was a work out It might even count as a work out? Yes? Never mind rhetorical uestion Aside from all my feels there are some truly compelling insights on government corruption and the oftentimes cruel nature of humans given the right set of circumstances “If you can’t trust what the government says now how can you trust anything they’ve ever said?” coughsNSAcoughsTate Rory and Aaron have been through a war together and forged those sorts of bonds that will last a lifetime Of this I have no doubt; however the focus of Bliss is Tate and Rory though Aaron made for a charming secondary character Tate and Rory’s relationship development was gradual Let’s face it it developed under some rather unusual circumstances There were times when I felt “it” and times when I leaned toward the friends side of the spectrum I think it could’ve done with little progression At the end of the day they were fleshed out well and their individual personalities shown through which is what I like best about these authors; they individualize their characters give them their own voice sometimes they are humorous sometimes pensive and sometimes they’ll break your heart usually all of the above That’s what makes me continue to read their writez “This kissing shit is nice but it’s for schoolgirls” There are two things that I’m still puzzled over Why did Tate punch Rory in the first place? This just never gels cohesively for me The rationale seems flimsy The worldbuilding of the world outside Beulah could’ve been developed better I’m not asking for loads of expansion maybe a paragraph or two to tell me why the outside world is such a seemingly dystopian society whilst Beulah is such a “utopia”? How did this happen? Does Tophet comprise the entire outside world or are there other communities sectors countries? Bliss isn’t for everyone and I won’t hold it against you if you pass It does have a generally hopeful message and no cliffhanger I’ve been waiting for Bliss for what feels like FOR EV VER and I wasn’t disappointed So if non con doesn’t suick you out or you like Belleau andor Henry you’ll enjoy BlissReviewed for

  4. Shurrn Shurrn says:

    Creepy beautifully written absolutely gripping “You send a man to prison once and chances are he’ll go there again and again Prisons and punishments create criminals; they don’t deter them But you give him a chance to rehabilitate himself in a meaningful way and everyone wins You do he does and so does society as a whole” Sounds good on the surface Which is just like the town of Beulah Perfection to the naked eye But there’s a darkness lurking in Beulah unseen to outsiders and even the general population withinOn its face Beulah is a Utopian society in the middle of a nation overrun with crime The air is clean; the lawns are lush and green There’s free healthcare education and the citizens are friendly Which is precisely why Rory applied for a position within the protected walls of Beulah RORY JAMES It was a little nice Yes Safer to go with nice than with weird Maybe it was a cultural thing Maybe people here were just happier Rory spent his years growing up in the putrid city of Tophet – he struggled to keep safe feed himself and put himself through college – now all that hard work is paying off He got himself a job in beautiful Beulah working as an assistant for Chief Justice Jericho Lowel – the perfect job with the perfect boss provided with the perfect little house in the perfect townRory was barely off the train when his perfect experience is ruined by a surprise punch to the face Rory’s rude welcome to the idyllic community is headline news for a town with no crime There hasn't been a trial in Beulah in nearly a decade Criminals are urged to take a plea deal and agree to Rehabilitation through Restitution the program places the criminal into the home of the person they've victimized The victim helps to rehabilitate their fellow citizen as they perform restitution labor for a period of seven yearsSponsors don't have to worry about living in close proximity of their rezzy though All prisoners are implanted with a microchip which tracks them using GPS and ensures that they are non violent Sounds perfectly reasonable right? Rory thought so tooTATE PATTERSON The ChipThe chip wants to make me forget the truth Never tell you the truth Never make you unhappy Never break its control I have to lieHelp meHelp meHelp me Tate thought that Beulah would be an easy mark – a town without crime is a town without security or prisons He thought he could sneak in steal enough to cover his debts and then sneak back out He didn't count on the random search at the train depot He was running from the cops and tried to cause a distraction by punching the stranger standing on the platformTate is given a choice Go to trial and face a life sentence of indentured servitude if found guilty or take the plea deal and serve seven little years in beautiful Beulah He didn't really have a choice when faced with the evidence piled against him He took the plea deal and tried to prepare himself for the idea of Restitution He wasn't counting on the chip though Just a little chip Goes it the back of your neck and turns you into a nice boy The true purpose of the chip is kept secret for the residents of Beulah It compels the prisoner to please their master in any necessary A skull splitting pain is the reward granted by the chip to any prisoner who fails to secure their Master's approval at all timesSo yeah Behavior Modification Chips A Prisoner who desperately needs to please his Master Some serious non consentIt was terrifying to see the inner monologue of Tate as he was fighting with the chip's programming He's struggling to remember who he is He knows that he doesn't want what's happening him but he is completely powerless to stop it It was somehow even creepier to see things through the POV of Rory who has no idea that his rezzy has a modification chip He's a good person who is trying to acclimate to this strange new society and he begins to genuinely care for TatePoor Tate who is locked in his own mind slowly losing himself to the programming of the chip How did that feel? Be honestThe words were out of his mouth before he could stop himself I hate it I want This is the kind of book which leaves you in a haze long after you've finished It is certainly not for the faint of heartDear readers sometimes I tell you that a book has certain situations which you might find objectionable That is not the case with this book the entire premise of Bliss is carefully crafted to push you out of your comfort zone You already know if you can handle this book If you're the type of person who relishes the darkness looming within the pages of a book I recommend you rush out and buy this book immediately You will not be disappointed

  5. Irina Elena Irina Elena says:

    Torn apart and impressed?More like mildly annoyed mildly horrified and mildly disappointed Everything is very mild around hereI rarely find myself dreading the next pages of a book but during the first fourth of this novel I was in a state of barely controlled tension and profound disuiet Basically I was running from this via 1D fanfic yes fine So it started very well I was freaked out as fuck and I'm pretty sure that's the intended effect But then I realised that Rory was such a passive dweeb I was never going to be able to like him and we all know what it means when you don't like one of the main characters in a bookI don't normally read non con not because I then have nightmares about it but simply because I don't see the appeal but by the time I realised this was going to be so rapey I was already hooked That being said I expected to be way traumatised than I was by the end of the experience And yet look at me now I'm fine I'm pissed but I'm fineSo if you're interested don't be deterred by the non con aspect I'm pretty hard to shake but I'm also not used to this sort of thing I mean there's a giant plug and torn assholes and forced blowjobs and whatnot but even though you know that deep down it's non consensual and even though it kind of shows it doesn't completely feel like itHowever you might view some scenes as bloodcurdling careless viciousness which I can't deny they are and in that case you will be traumatised Just be careful to know what you're getting into before you do get into it I have very good mental blocking mechanisms you might notMy problem as I said is something else something I haven't seen a reviewer mention yet My problem is RoryOh he's not unkind He's far from cruel He's actually a pretty nice guy all things considered I mean how mean can a guy who was completely traumatised by a punch to the face really be?It's just holy Christ he's such a pussy I am aware of all the possible sexist connotations of using this word as a slur and I don't give a shitI get that he was probably tired of problems tired of caring and worrying and being afraid but he should have cared he should have worried and he should have been at the very least a little wary He shouldn't have been so blindly trusting He should have tried to understand instead of cowering in a corner and trying to convince himself that it's all goodI really only need one sentence to describe this twat in all his glory Something wasn't right here but Rory pushed it to the back of his mind This is one of a couple dozen variations on this theme and it's essentially Rory's standard MO for most of the bookOnly when it gets too much – when the wrongness starts to haunt his every waking minute – only then does he finally begin to ask himself some obvious uestions And it still takes him a couple centuries to make the most obvious connection in the history of ever Biggest DUH moment of history and also winner of the YOU DON'T SAY award of 2014 hands downAnd at this point I have to ask myself how isn't everyone feeling the need to go ballistic on this guy's ass? Is it just me? How could I possibly like someone like him and believe he deserves love and happiness? I mean I'm not saying he doesn't But he kinda doesn'tIf he'd been someone else someone with morals and balls for instance the story would have gone in a completely different direction and developed much uickly that it did so the authors probably would have had to work on the plot a little And what reader is ever going to complain about a meatier storyline? I can't use the word meaty without snorting since I started reading gay erotica It's a thing now And maybe then I could have believed the senseless saccharine HEA that everyone and their grandma is understandably bitching aboutThere's no love here Let's make this very clear No one loves anyone because Tate's personality is suppressed and Rory doesn't have a personality to begin with So that We're not done romantics are creaming themselves over is just a nice way to introduce a stuck on stereotypical ending that will appease the masses because change doesn't happen that uickly and both Tate and Rory will need months of therapy before they'll be able to even think about sex againOn that topic the sex didn't do a thing for me not only because of the blatant lack of consent with complete consciousness and control of oneself obviously being a prereuisite of said consent which I imagine was supposed to create internal conflict in the reader because hot but wrong but hot but also because of the amount of thinking and talking and exclamation marks going on during the action Also there's a sort of cold depravity in ignoring your partner's sounds of pain during sex even if he says he likes it Rory my boy Man the fuck up and ask him about it before you go on impaling him on your dick yeah? Or don't as the case may beOne last thing HOW DOES THE CHIP WORK GODDAMMIT The lack of a uestion mark is deliberate This is not supposed to sound like a uestion it's supposed to sound like an insult to your motherNo one even wonders Are Beulah and Tophet populated entirely by sheep? Oh and since we're talking about that where did Tophet and Beulah even come from? How was this aseptic blissful little enclave created? Why is Tophet such a bleak filthy place morally and materially speaking?World building and background are a thing I promise Give 'em a shotThis is a well written novel that flows smoothly and relatively uickly with a perfectly rendered atmosphere and intriguing side characters But it's the kind of imperfect story that you can't fix because you'd have to rip it apart and start all over again from the same brilliant initial idea to get something closer to a believable romance or a solid dystopia Or both but that's Manna Francis ambitiousHuh I guess my annoyance wasn't so mild after all

  6. Monique Monique says:

    45 STARS Two of my favourite authors and a winning combination their writing as always is stunning and they have this ability to make their stories so much than the sum of the words actually written on the pages They make me ask uestions of the characters think outside the box and make my imagination work overtime and believe me it’s not pretty I got so caught up in this world they created my emotions became real And this could be so very real in the back of my mind my thoughts went to Hitler a man with so much charisma he managed to brainwash his own nation into believing in the perfect race the perfect people in a perfect world In Bliss we also see how that charismatic power and propaganda can be a powerful tool in establishing complacency when the population begin to believe the hype of supremacy without realising the cost to humanity in achieving a false objective Rehabilitation through Restitution Right from the start you have that feeling of impending doom where the pain starts to creep across your chest Knowing that the realisation of perfection and exactly what lies behind it in this world will be too painful to watch Plus the fact that these two authors very rarely write anything that doesn’t rip a hole in my heart How seductive is the lure of perfection when you have lived in sualor What price would you be willing to pay for that feeling of bliss For Rory disillusioned with life in Tophet the corruption crime poverty and unrest where everything seemed to be escalating out of his control living in fear of the daily threat of violence The thought of life in Belluah was a dream a utopia a perfect society but we all know that when something seems too good to be true then it usually is but Rory wants to believe in his dream so badly he’s blinded by it all Where Rory used his education to escape from a life of drudgery in Tophet Tate saw it as an opportunity to take advantage of this city state with no crime Thinking a uick job in and out would be the solution to all his problems and a means to start afresh all Tate wanted was a chance at a better life I loved Tate’s voice and how the authors pulled me into his character so uickly my heart went out to him immediately he’s not a bad person yes he has lived his life on the wrong side of the tracks but he is desperate to change all of that I hated watching the war raging in Tate’s head between his consciousness and that of the chip’s programmed reuired behaviour it was heart breaking He may not be incarcerated physically but his mind is trapped and he is lost to the feelings of helplessness and frustration His mind screaming But of course Rory only see’s and hears what the chip allows and Tate must please his sponsormaster I initially struggled with Rory not knowing whether he was truly oblivious or just choosing to ignore those niggles in the back of his mind or the unease he felt with Tate Mentally justifying his actions to push away those doubts that despite Tate’s willing compliance his pleading want and need for Rory that something just wasn’t right But of course we know the truth so it makes for pretty uncomfortable reading as does Rory’s guilt and conflicted emotions when the truth will out I felt like Tate the voice in my head was screaming for Rory to hear me I was so angry at the manipulative whisperings of Lowell god he made my skin crawl the egotistical bastard that he was evil painted in perfection Which is something else both these authors excel at they create believable evilness and depravity in their villains so much so that you hate them with every fibre of your being “You’re very beautiful aren’t you? I’d make sure you remembered your time of service for the rest of your life even when your time was up Your whole body would remember” I love a book that takes me out of my comfort zone I actually crave dark reads that get my adrenaline racing it makes me feel alive I want to champion the characters I fall in love with I want to fight their battles with them and roar at the injustice of it all And this book is a mind fuck of epic proportions where those that are chipped have no means to express their turmoil where every aspect of their behaviour is a lie and belies their true internal chaos understanding the ignorance and the crime hurts like a bitch This story however is not all non condub con and physical violation there is a very emotional and intense romance of sorts simmering in the background underneath all those layers and it reaches a satisfactory conclusion with a nice little epilogue just to confirm all was right in their world Right up to the end this was a five plus star read for me but I felt the authors especially these two authors whom I hold in high esteem so perhaps increases my expectations of them let me down with the ending it all felt a little too convenient for them especially with how elaborately detailed the rest of the book is I know some readers don’t like overly long reads but I feel this would have benefited from an extra couple of chapters That being said the true value of a book to me is whether I will remember this will these characters their story and experiences stay with me then the answer to that uestion is an emphatic YES This is without doubt another excellent read from two very talented authors who take me to their dark and depraved worlds and I love every minute of it

  7. Lilia Ford Lilia Ford says:

    POSSIBLY SPOILERISHWell I won't call it perfect since we now know where that leads but this is a creepy brilliant little fable that manages to be fucked up and humane and disturbing and lovely all at once Its picture of what happens when you violate the human will is unsparing and frightening but without the gratuitous sadism you sometimes find which allows the hope that blooms towards the end to feel deep and earned I still cannot get over Tate the way his fierce unconuerable voice explodes into the story when it's finally set free But the very fierceness is also what lets the full horror sink in for what must it have taken to crush that extraordinary will that love that fearlessness? And then comes the line you and me we're not done which practically made me fall out of my chair Bottom Line Loved it

  8. ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ says:

    25 starsThere were too many philosophical inconsistencies in this book The scope of the punishment chip which bends people to others' control and stunts their will wasn't fully disclosed The setting wasn't fleshed out enough to be believable and when judgement came it was too simplistic the fall of a man and court trials don't bring justice to a society While I appreciate the deep ideas bandied about they never fully gelled I could have forgiven that but the romance in this book felt forced Tate falls for Rory when Tate is under the influence of the chip Tate isn't gay; he finds sucking cock distasteful yet he falls in love with Rory while chipped and that loveattraction somehow continues once the chip is removedI love HEAs; they are practically a reuirement for me to enjoy a story but this one felt forced Perhaps too much was crammed in here? I was fine with Rory and Tate being together; I could believe in their love even But did we really need view spoilerthe kid the mom and the white picket fence? hide spoiler

  9. Luis Luis says:

    A utopia dystopia story that is centered on the idea of bliss in exchange of freedom to think and feel Plus it's mm Really intriguingI was disappointed From here onwards everything you'll read is my opinion only It's given but I just want to stress that pointLet me start with the book's weakest point RomanceGosh Eye roll worthy view spoilerTate and Rory's relationship was built when Tate was still chipped mind controlled Tate says that some of the feelings in that span of time was for sure because of the chip Like the hunger and lust for Rory even though Tate is sure with himself that he is most likely straight He is very repelled by the idea of sucking a dick He told us at the beginning But he also says that some feelings are not chip related the warmth he felt when they watched movie together cuddling Basically Tate is confused on what feeling was from the chip or from his own And this confusion is never completely clarified Yet Tate and Rory are convinced they really love each otherWhat made this very very facepalm inducing is thisRory declares his love with Tate when he is being trialed In a court To try to win the jury RightTate declares his love with Rory when they are having sex No don't mind the hormones No it's completely out of the heart kind of love hide spoiler

  10. Natasha Natasha says:

    YUPCan't wait to read this oneRemember that episode of Seinfeld where Jerry and George pitch a show to NBC called Jerry and it's about a judge sentencing a man to become Jerry's butler and do whatever he wants?

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Bliss✯ [BOOKS] ⚣ Bliss By Lisa Henry ✼ – They're always happyRory James has worked hard all his life to become a citizen of the idyllic city state of Beulah Like every other kid born in the neighboring country of Tophet he’s heard the stor They're always happyRory James has worked hard all his life to become a citizen of the idyllic city state of Beulah Like every other kid born in the neighboring country of Tophet he’s heard the stories No crime or pollution A house and food for everyone It’s perfect and Rory is finally getting a piece of itSo is Tate Patterson He’s from Tophet too but he’s not a legal immigrant; he snuck in as a thief A city without crime seems like an easy score until he crashes into Rory during a getaway and is arrested for assaulting a citizen Instead of jail Tate is enrolled in Beulah’s Rehabilitation through Restitution program By living with and serving his victim for seven years Tate will learn the human face of his crimesIf it seems too good to be true that’s because it is Tate is fitted with a behavior modifying chip that leaves him unable to disobey orders—any orders no matter how dehumanizing Worse the chip prevents him from telling Rory the one man in all of Beulah who might care about him the truth in a country without prisons Tate is locked inside his own mind.

About the Author: Lisa Henry

I like to tell stories Mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters They gotta work for it though No free lunches on my watch.