Lexi Blake delivers once again. I am so happy she decided to re-edit and release the novels she wrote as Sophie Oak. They’re outstanding and engrossing. Siren Enslaved held me captive from the second I picked it up until I read the final word.
Siren Enslaved is the third book in Lexi Blake’s Texas Siren’s series. The book has been re-released with new scenes. This book can be read as standalone, we see a little of Julian in the first two books in the series, but they deal with another relationship, one we do see in this book. We also see a few of our favorites from McKay-Taggart in this book, which I was totally on board with. Siren Enslaved is written in third person alternating limited perspective, switching between Julian, Dani, Finn, and a few other key players.
Julian was so aloof, so unaffected in the first two novels in this series; I was keen on figuring out what made him tick. He was a tough nut to crack; he even seemed hesitant to admit to himself what he’d been through and what he needed and wanted. In the end, though, my heart broke for the broken little boy he was and the hard, hollow man he’d allowed himself to become. Dani’s softness and devotion, Finn’s steadfastness, were excellent complements to Julian.
Siren Enslaved is a little insta-lovey, but in this context, in this world where trust has to be so freely and completely given, the openness that is imperative in a power-exchange relationship, lends itself to a deeper, quicker relationship most people are used to, so it felt natural. The added dimension of the traumas Dani experienced in such a short timeframe also lent to a bond that went beyond normal circumstances.
I wish Julian and Finn’s connection would have been more fleshed out. I could feel their attraction to one another whenever they were together, and both of their relationships with Dani were well-developed, while the link between the two men felt lacking. There was one conversation, in particular, that happened off page which I think would have gone a long way to building a foundation for Julian and Finn had we been able to experience it.
Lexi Blake is quickly becoming my gold standard for all things BDSM and atypical relationships. She’s able to take these alternative lifestyles and make them feel like they are the standard by which all other relationships should be measured. Her characters are strong yet vulnerable, broken yet steadfast, and the way they help one another accept all the parts of themselves is always fantastic. Her plots are always highly addictive and intense, and I’m obsessed with her work. Ms. Blake continually delivers marvelous stories that are highly emotional and wholly satisfying.