Friday, June 13, 2014



In the second installment of Shelly Bell's four-part serialized erotic thriller, law student Kate Martin enters a world of dark secrets and seductive fantasies at the exclusive sex club Benediction.

Restrained by duty …
Reeling from a threatening phone call and frightened that her past will be revealed, Kate turns to the one man she can still trust: Nick. She can't deny her attraction to him, yet she craves the passionate connection she has with Jaxon.

Bound by passion …
Undercover at Benediction, Jaxon introduces Kate to the sensual pleasures found in exhibitionism and voyeurism. While they mingle with the club's patrons, Jaxon and Kate unearth clues about his wife Alyssa's last days that could lead them to her killer. But as she investigates further, Kate is shocked to learn of a cold case that is eerily similar to Alyssa's murder … and when the evidence ties Jaxon to yet another death, Kate begins to question everything she knows about her enigmatic lover.

One thing I neglected to note in my thoughts about part one was that chapter one in each book in this series come from a different perspective..a mystery man...a killer. In this installment we immediately see that his thirst for control did not end with Alyssa, his main target is out there. Creeeeeeepy! 

In part two Kate and Nick and Jaxon are trying to prove his innocence in their very unorthodox plan (Kate playing Jaxon's submissive in a sex club). They are also gathering details and trying to hunt down clues as to who is behind all of this. There's trouble with Alyssa's family, the press is making the murder and the sex lives of Alyssa and Jaxon into a circus, an election is adding more pressure..and if all of that's not enough, Kate is receiving threats and keeping secrets. 

All of these things brought a lot of layers into this unorthodox story (like Shel said) so that you root for and feel for every single character that you meet. Not joking. I had a better understanding of motivations by every single piece of dialogue that we were given, even if it was a creepy killer to a best friend, a boyfriend, or a co-worker. The plot definitely thickened! 

..and let's not forget the sexual undercurrents between Nick and Kate or the burgeoning relationship between Jaxon and Kate. Does anyone else see the cluster-eff that I do? Because I see one coming. Yikes. Majorly! I was seeing that as a set up for some major fireworks of all three of them together, or some blood shed when jealousy hit the mother effing fan! What will happen? I HAVE TO KNOW! 

As I noted last week, there are times when I get a little reader whiplash. Things happen unexpectedly fast or without much background or build up. There's just too much, I think, being left out as far as motivation/intent/development. It definitely made me wish that each part were longer. Way longer. But, the steam is ultra steamy so I didn't mind it as much as I had thought I would! 


Chapter 1. Every Breath You Take by The Police
Chapter 2. Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden
Chapter 3. Hanging by a Moment by Lifehouse
Chapter 4. Secret Door by Evanescence
Chapter 5. Let Me be Myself by Three Doors Down
Chapter 6. I’m Here for Your Entertainment by Adam Lambert
Chapter 7. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Tori Amos
Chapter 8. Try by P!nk
Chapter 9. Pieces by Sum 41
Chapter 10. Circus by Brittany Spears
Chapter 11. Hemorrhage (In My Hands) by Fuel

  1. No Cosmopolitans or Daiquiris this girl. Kate’s favorite drink is a Sloe Gin Fizz, although in a pinch, she’ll down a few shots of the gin she keeps in her freezer.
  2. Kate not only rides a Harley, she rebuilt it and does the maintenance herself.
  3. Let’s just say if the book took place in the Wild West, Kate would win a gun draw.
  4. She’s tenacious. When she wants something, she’ll do everything to achieve it.
  5. She’s loyal to a fault. Good for her friends, not so good for Kate.
  6. She’s no timid virgin. Kate owns her sexuality and doesn’t make any excuses for it.
  7. She’s not perfect. She pops her anti-anxiety pills—which she keeps in a Tic-Tac dispenser—like candy, and she makes a lousy cup of coffee.
  8. She gets sarcastic when she’s nervous.
  9. She rocks out to Eminem when she’s upset.
  10. Money doesn’t impress her.


SHELLY BELL writes sensual romance and erotic thrillers with high-emotional stakes for her alpha heroes and kiss-ass heroines. She began writing upon the insistence of her husband who dragged her to the store and bought her a laptop. When she’s not practicing corporate law, taking care of her family, or writing, you’ll find her reading the latest smutty romance.

Shelly is a member of Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.


Twitter: shellybell987


“Shelly Bell is a fresh new voice in erotic romance. She brings the heat!” ~ Lexi Blake, NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author

"White Collared takes you on a thrill ride of danger, murder and lust, leaving you hungry for the next installment." ~ Stacey Kennedy, USA Today Bestselling Author of BARED

"A rollercoaster ride of jaw-dropping sex, heated anticipation, and a perfect dash of suspense, all tied together with flawless writing. When I wasn't clenching my thighs, I was frantically flipping pages to find out what would happen next! I can't recommend this series enough. Buy it. Devour it." ~ Alessandra Torre, USA Today Bestselling Author of BLINDFOLDED INNOCENCE

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