*This book is intended for mature audiences only as is this review.
I have done reviews before, but this is the first I’ve done one here for an erotic romance novel. This works features elements of BDSM and is not suitable for all readers.
- TITLE: Wicked Ties
- AUTHOR: Shayla Black
- GENRE: Erotic Romance
- PUBLISHER: Penguin Group
- DATE: 2nd Edition April 2013
- PAGES: 341
- LIST PRICE: $16.00 U.S.
- GRADE: B
The first in Shayla Black’s Wicked Lovers Series, Wicked Ties introduces us to Morgan O’Malley and Jack Cole. From the back of the book:
She didn’t know what she wanted…
Morgan O’Malley has seen a lot of kinky things as the hostess of a cable sex talk show. But she’s never met a man like Jack Cole before. A self-proclaimed dominant, he’s as alpha as a male can get — and good for Morgan to have around when an obsessed stalker ratchets up his attempts to get to her.
until he made her beg for it.
Though Jack is a bodyguard, Morgan feels anything but safe in his presence because, slowly and seductively, Jack is bringing her deepest fantasies to the surface. And when he bends her to his will, what’s more shocking than her surrender is how much she enjoys it — and starts to crave his masterful touch. A willing player in Jack’s games, Morgan knows that his motives aren’t pure, but she has no idea how personal they are…
MY TAKE: I thoroughly enjoyed the romance of Jack and Morgan, though I felt that the plot of Jack protecting her from the stalker took a definite second place to the BDSM theme. The sex scenes were a thrilling and intense ride through their level of the D/s lifestyle. It was a great example of how being dominant and submissive were part of who they were as people and not just some experimental play. The lovers meet under ugly circumstances: revenge. Due to this driving need, Jack betrays Morgan’s trust immediately after their first time together by sending a video of their love-making to who he thinks is her fianceé. I struggled with this along with his strategy of convincing her that she needed to let go and allow him to fulfill her fantasies. Overall though, Ms. Black’s writing was brilliant in that I could feel all of the emotions of the hero and heroine as I read.
Jack is a great Alpha male character with a sense of humor. Interesting enough, it was a secondary character that I truly fell in love with: Deke. Almost towards the end of the book, Jack gives Morgan the gift of her darkest craving. A threesome. I found myself wishing that more time had been spent with Deke, but the next book in the series – Decadent – will be his love story and I’m looking forward to getting to know his character better.
You can find out more about the author here: SHAYLA BLACK.
xoxo ~ Melissa