Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Memphis Sullivan thought he was coming to Blissville to help his cousin out, but instead, he gained three meddlesome females, a tribe, and a permanent home. More than a year later, he owns a popular comic book and vinyl record store and doesn’t think his life could get any better. That all changes when the star of his favorite television show and bad-boy fantasies rides into town and spices up his vanilla world.
Lyric Willows’ decision to visit an old friend in Blissville will change his life in ways he never dreamed possible. The paranormal investigator is immediately drawn to the mysterious disappearance of the town’s founder in 1850 and rumors that his former home is haunted. More alluring to Lyric than the history of Bliss House is the immediate connection he feels to the adorably geeky owner of Vinyl and Villains, who also happens to be his friend’s cousin.
Lyric becomes Memphis’s houseguest when he decides to stay in town to conduct a paranormal investigation. Tight spaces lead to sexy encounters, and before long, ghosts aren’t the only things that go bump in the night. The more they unravel about Anthony Bliss’s disappearance, the more tangled in one another they become. How is it possible for two virtual strangers to feel like they’ve known each other for their entire lives? Was their love written in the stars, or is it nothing more than an illusion?
Smoke in the Mirror is the fifth book in the Road to Blissville series. Each book can be read as a standalone book or part of the series. This book contains sexually explicit material and is intended for adults 18 and older.
Smoke in the Mirror is a wonderful addition to the Road to Blissville series by Aimee Nicole Walker. Even if you haven’t been following the series, you get a real understanding of the town and the couples from the previous stories so you don’t feel as though you’re lost by not reading them. But the warmth and joy that seems to lightly layer over the town and its inhabitants will surely send a “series newby” running back to pick up the books they’ve missed.
This is certainly a wonderful romance story. Not a slow burn by any means as the attraction between Lyric and Memphis flares red hot from the moment they meet, something that was forecast as being written in the stars. Even though both men have foresworn off love and relationships, the pull between them is tighter then the words that comes out of their lips after each encounter. Its more about what their bodies and hearts are doing and less what they are saying to each other.
If they would only listen to their dogs…
That would be adorable chihuahua and Great Dane Daisy who immediately got on like gang busters. Yes, cute dogs too. Eventually, they talk. After much incendiary sex. And we and these oh so adorable men get the relationship and ending we have we waiting for.
There is a mystery involving two ghosts that gets settled quite happily and a wonderful HEA.
I wanted to know about about the mystery. I didn’t get as much information there considering the big buildup but was fairly satisfied that we got some conclusion for the ghost at the end.
Yes, I just loved it. The writing is sparkling, some of the scenes are laugh out loud hilarious (cue Big Bob), some of the baking made my mouth water, and Blisswille as always made me wish it was actually a place I could visit. So if you are looking for a new romance, here is one I definitely recommend.
Cover art: Jay Aheer. I love this cover. That is Lyric Willows exactly. Sexy, compelling, it pulled me right in.
Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published July 12th 2018 by Chasing Rainbows Press LLC
SeriesRoad to Blissville #5