Release Date: March 22, 2016
Publisher: Avon Red Impulse
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Romantic Suspense | BDSM
She sacrificed everything to keep him safe…
Five years ago, con artist Lisa Smith broke the first rule of hustling when she fell in love with—and married—her mark, billionaire Sawyer Hayes. The erotic nights spent acting out her darkest fantasies with her husband and Master were the happiest of her life. But when her ruthless father demanded she kill him and take his money, she had no choice but to disappear without a trace…or lose him forever.
He’ll risk everything to have her again…
Now Sawyer has found her, and he has an indecent proposal: submit to him for seven nights and he’ll grant her the divorce she desires. Forced to pretend she no longer loves him, each night spent in his arms is exquisite torture as they reignite their intense passion through role play and ménage. But when a deranged killer out for revenge targets Lisa, she must finally trust Sawyer with the secrets of her past…or neither of them will live to see the future.
Going into BLACK LISTED had me half worried and half excited. I'm BDSM'd out and I'm really not looking forward to erotic whipping and kinky scenes this genre is notorious for. BUT, it's Shelly Bell! It's hard to say NO to a write that penned a series that had my blood rushing to my head on several occassions. And since I'm an adrenalin (book) junkie, I decided to dive in and get lost in the world of Benediction for a few hours.
I love the plot, the theme of reconciliation, criminal pasts, stalkers, terrorizing the MC's of BLACK LISTED. This combination is so potent and thrilling! Almost immediately we meet the villain and instantly I get the HJ. He's stalking Lisa Smith, having sexual thoughts about her, and encroaching in her space. Part of me immiediately looked at Sawyer Hayes, but as I suck at this types of puzzle, my suspicion is wrong. These two are apparently still married but Lisa fucked Sawyer over 4 years ago, disappeared, and only showed up now. What did Lisa do? Oooh, it's bad and the entangled type.
With that level of betrayal, I felt like the resolution to Lisa and Sawyer's marital issues which led to their reconciliation, is so easy. Not that I want Sawyer to hold grudges, but the catharsis was barely there. A few rounds of kinky sex and POOF!, all's well in paradise. It's not realistic especially as the conflict ruined their marriage in more ways than one.
As for the erotica side, I'm personally tired of BDSM and iI admit to skimming a lot of the sex scenes, but that's a personal and subjective choice on my part. I'm sure fans of the genre will enjoy this aspect of BLACK LISTED far better than I did.
In closing, I wish SBell would write a good 'ol fashioned thriller. She's really good at writing suspense-thrillers and I'd love to see what she can offer for the genre. I'm thinking/hoping for something dark and twisted a la GFlynn. I believe she can pull it off spectacularly.
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