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All Bliss Kaufman wanted was a sandwich and a nap after a grueling day beautifying this week’s bridal party. So when a bartender with a panty-melting grin offers her dinner and a ride on his motorcycle, Bliss swerves from her plans for one unexpected night with Talan McGregor. Just one. It was never supposed to go further. But once isn’t enough for Talan who returns demand ...more
ebook, 247 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by ARH Revelry (first published April 3rd 2015)
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Blissfully Beautiful!!! In Adrian R. Hale's debut book, A Taste of Bliss, I was treated to a beautiful, emotional, heartbreaking and touching read. If you are familiar with the books I read and review, I love a book that brings out all the FEELS and this book had everything I craved and wanted. I love discovering new authors and Adrian R. Hale is definitely on my list of authors to watch out for because after reading her beautiful
Jennifer (random jendsmit)
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Movie in my head! I loved this book! More to come soon!! I just finished and am all over the place emotional❤ about this story and the characters!

ERMYGHERD I loved it though!

My Review

Oooooooooooookay ... brace yourselves for a whole lotta lovin'!  I really truly loved this story.  It has all the feels and for god's sake I UGLY CRIED... 


yes it is totally Emma worthy

You know I hate spoilers soooooooo I don't have a TON to say, but I will say I loved it, you will love it.  Hale's w
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love finding new authors who takes you on you an amazing journey that will be with you forever. A Taste of Bliss was that an so much more!

My heart went out to Bliss as she receives news that no one wants. But meeting the sexy motorcycle riding bartender Talan, gives her some distraction. I loved Talan in every way possible but always felt he was hiding something...and he was. Oh Bliss, I just wanted to give her a big hug! But when they were together, lets just say I'm surprised my k
Alyssa Garcia
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I met Adrian at a book signing in Austin. It was fate that we crossed paths. After talking with her about her book I knew I'd love it. She didn't fail me. I absolutely loved it!
This is a love story about Bliss and Talan with real life thrown in.
It was really personal to me because I have been through some of what Bliss goes through in the book. I cried, I laughed, and I swooned. Talan is amazing. I want him! Do we have a copy machine that will spit out perfect men yet? Someone should invent th
Alyssa Garcia
5 Blissful stars!

I met Adrian at a book signing in Austin. It was fate that we crossed paths. After talking with her about her book I knew I'd love it. She didn't fail me. I absolutely loved it!
This is a love story about Bliss and Talan with real life thrown in.
It was really personal to me because I have been through some of what Bliss goes through in the book. I cried, I laughed, and I swooned. Talan is amazing. I want him! Do we have a copy machine that will spit out perfect men yet? Someon
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm always leary about reading an author's debut novel. I read a lot and I have expectations on how a story should flow. If it doesn't quite flow how I think it should, it just becomes a meh book for me. I was completely blown out of the water with this book. Sure the romance is super hot. But the story, punched me in the gut and made me relive some of my past that maybe I didn't know I needed to relive (no spoilers're going to have to read to find out!). I loved all of the characters ...more
Stacy Garcia (Garcia Sisters' Book Blog)
After meeting the amazing Author of this book I figured her book would be great! She is so sweet and funny! But she completely blew me away with this amazing story! Bliss not only made me love her she made me respect those in the hair and makeup industry! Talan whom of course is a delicious piece of man - candy is completely amazing! loved every second of this book including the parts that threatened to rip my heart out! Adrian R. Hale writes a heartwarming tale of love that is unconditional! Sh ...more
Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers
This is Adrian's debut novel and she did a fan-fucking-tastic job! I love that I can add her to my list of new authors to watch out for.

Bliss is in Sonoma doing make-up and hair for a wedding party at a winery. After a long-day she just wants some dinner and head home to San Francisco but after meeting the hot bartender at the tasting room/cafe her night takes a major turn. Talan, the hot and flirty bartender is mysterious and Bliss is intrigued but she is also confused.

Bliss has so much going
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5

"I want all of you, Bliss. Body. Heart. Soul. I don't want to be the guy you f**k when you need an escape from reality. I want to be the guy you come to because this feels like home."

Bliss met Talan in the most unfortunate circumstance of her life. It was like, it wasn’t the right time to fall in love with so much on her plate – and yet everything just went according to what fate decided. It wasn’t easy for the both of them, but they made it worked. Talan was very understanding and
Kristi Cramer
I quite liked this story. I was very moved by Lisa, Bliss' mother's storyline. Tragic and yet inspiring.

Talan was a sweetheart. Almost too perfect, but honestly, that's the way I like my heroes. It's nice to think there's a guy out there who can handle all our BS. I liked the layers to his personality and his life, and the way he was all in when it came to Bliss. My only problem is the amount of time he was absent from the story. I got a bit twitchy wondering when he was going to be back in the
Heather / Obsessed With Myshelf
Talan may be getting a taste of Bliss but shit if I don’t want a taste of Talan.

Adrian Hale’s debut novel A Taste of Bliss is endearing, emotional and pretty sexy. I really loved Talan. I mean, what’s not to love?! Talan is the sweetest mancandy you could dream up. He’s honest, loyal, giving and willing to do anything for Bliss. I’m lacking anything bad to say about him. He feels a connection with Bliss immediately and wants to pursue it. He wants her at any cost – going through an emotional cri
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Taste of Bliss is Adrian R. Hale’s debut novel and I feel she has introduced herself into the author realm with a very solid release. This is a sugary-spice romance with a little edge. A Taste of Bliss is a fun and uplifting story to enjoy that left me with warm fuzzies. I appreciate the takeaway feelings and hidden messages that I can apply to my life. I want to give my mom a huge hug and visit some wineries!

Bliss is a great girl and I feel she is easy to relate to. Her spunky attitude and ca
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, I absolutely LOVED this book!

Adrian Hale's debut novel did not disappoint!

This isn't just a love story about Bliss and Talan. It is SO MUCH MORE! It was a journey. A journey that teaches Bliss that it's ok to take risks. That life is all about balance, you need to work hard play hard, and most importantly, love hard.

Bliss meets Talan at a winery after she's done hair and makeup for a wedding party there. He's a flirty bartender that she decides is worth one night of fun. Too bad Ta
RelentlessBookChic Ramblings & Reviews
4.5 Stars

A Taste of Bliss is Hale's debut novel and I do believe she entered the writing realm quite well.

Bliss is an independent, career minded woman who has built up walls and just doesn't see herself as having time for a relationship. She has her mind set on goals but just needs that someone to come along and believe in her.

Talan, all mysterious sexy, flirtatious bartender knows right away what he wants, and that is Bliss. This man will make you swoon, I think he had me in the first chapter
Jodie's W.I.N.E. List
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a beautiful story. It was just an amazing love story. It was so full of emotion that it was hard to put down. There were so many times I had tears in my eyes that I just made sure I had tissues nearby.

My heart goes out to Bliss. Being someone that recently lost my father due to illness, I could easily connect with her. Miss Hale described the emotions involved perfectly. I can't imagine trying to deal with that loss while allowing yourself to be vulnerable at the same time. Bliss want
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Taste of Bliss
* I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A story of love, in more ways than one.
A Taste of Bliss was a sweet and heartfelt but a sexy and fun read.
Adrian Hale wrote a great debut novel. Her writing style was so easy to follow and addicting. I love Adrian's sense of humor and the characters in the book.
Once I started reading Bliss I didn't want to stop. I really enjoyed Talan (oh be still my heart), his brother (yay! He gets his own book!), Bliss and her best friends
Jessica Zelkovich
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
For a debut book, this was well written with a variety of feelings. There were some beautiful one liners like "My girl is beautiful in her sadness" and also "maybe I like your brand of terrible better than anyone else's perfection." For me the four stars come from the insta-crave feelings Talan and Bliss had for one another and some character backstories needing further development. For instance, Talan's brother references how cool Bliss is and for him not to mess this relationship up yet we don ...more
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Adrian R Hale's debut, A Taste of Bliss, was a great introduction to a new author. I'm looking forward to the next book...and the next.

In A Taste of Bliss, we get Bliss and Talen's story. I really liked Bliss. I loved seeing her growth, she's independent and branching out of the comfortable. Matching her up with Talen...HOT! Talen is a mystery and his past slowly unveils, perfectly.

Bravo, Ms. Hale! A Taste of Bliss is a wonderful debut! I'm looking forward to your next story, can't wait for Dr
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to win a copy of this beautiful book.
I fell in love with Talan and pink haired Bliss, oh and let's not forget Finch.
Heartbreak and love comes in many forms, here we experience the joy and sadness between mother & daughter. A new and exciting relationship full of passion and second thoughts, Bliss has quite a lot on her mind but our guy wins the girl in the end. I went through all spectrum of emotions reading this book, happiness, excitement, sadness
and anger. This is a st
H.M. Shander
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Amazing book from a newbie author!

I pretty much read it in two sittings - it was easy to get into, and captivating enough to keep me reading until it was finished.

I loved the voice of the main character - Bliss - and the way the story is told from her viewpoint. Interwoven into the story of romance between Bliss and bartender Talan, is another type of love story between a mother and a daughter. So, keep the tissues on standby, you're going to need them.

I eagerly await her next book hopefully
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I received an arc of this book for an honest review through Obsessed by Books. This was an awesome debut for Adrian Hale. She has a beautiful writing style and I fell in love with Bliss and Talan immediately. My heart went out to Bliss, a young 27 year old with so much to deal with at such a young age. Talan's refusal to let her go was amazing, even with all the obstacles in their way. This book is filled with so many emotions. I laughed and cried. Adrian is off to a great start, and I look forw ...more
Stacy j&j southern spice Coley
Bliss is a hair and make up artist for special occasions and weddings. Bliss had a job at a wedding at a winery. When she was done she went to the bar to order food an the bartender Talan flirts with her while she's ordering food. Talan owns the winery where he met Bliss. He goes above an beyond to swoon an wine an dine Bliss. Talan gives her unexpected excitement she didn't know she needed. This is a great book I enjoyed Talan swooning her an coming up with spontaneous dates.
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC on this book, and after finishing the first chapter I was annoyed and thought I'd hate it.

By chapter 2 I was more confident, and by chapter 3 I was in love.

Adrian Hale puts a twist on your typical romance by not only throwing in some trauma and devastation, but my making the female lead (Bliss) one strong, independent woman!

I don't want to give too much away, but I would highly recommend buying this book when it launches on April 7th!
Kelly Akemann
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Talan is swoon worthy!! Just had to throw that out there before anything else. He makes you weak in the knees, I tell you. Bliss' story breaks your heart into a million pieces as it is one everyone fears. And Talan's fierce determination to be a part of her life makes him all that much more of the man of a girl's dreams.
I would give this one a 4 star rating as I felt fully involved in the story.
Korey Belanger
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally read romance novels, but I could hardly put this book down! This story had me laughing, crying and, of course, blushing. At a certain point I giggled with tears in my eyes. Bliss was a beautiful character that I found very relatable, which lead me to wish that I had her BFF Willa in my life. (Can we get a Willa novel? :D ) Can't wait to see what Adrian has for us next!
Emily Lynn
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I expected A Taste of Bliss to be entirely about Bliss and Talan's romance, but it was a tear-jerking surprise to follow Bliss's journey as she supports her mother through terminal cancer. Bliss's emotions are real--I can relate to so many of them. It's a down to earth book with a great love story!
Analia Almonte
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG i can't coupe right now. This book is listed of one of my favorites so far. I see the live the struggle and the strength that keep them together. I see myself on that because my mom die of a lung disease I struggle sometimes but is worth it because I have the life of my live with me. Author
Stefanie Nelson hetland
Great debut!

I love finding new books by new authors! This book I laughed and cried with. You might want to keep tissues nearby if u are a crybaby like me. I think I might have a new book boyfriend too!
Sarah Crocket-tone
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adrian-hale
Great first book!!! Can't wait to read the next!
Mary Ruth (TheReadingRuth)
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-characters
*ARC graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

I love trying out new authors. I love the feeling of discovering new gems in the writing world and Adrian R. Hale is a treasure! Her debut novel, A Taste of Bliss , was a steamy yet sweet story of love and real life dilemmas.

“Maybe I like your brand of terrible better than anyone else’s perfection.”

This wasn’t the best time in Bliss Kaufman’s life. With a series of unfortunate circumstances brought by one of her l
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