*I received an eARC in exchange for my honest review.
I really enjoyed part one of this serial. It had a nice balance between the sexy and the suspense. Definitely met my expectations.
From the synopsis, we know Kate is a law student and interning for her long-time crush, Nicholas Trenton. From the beginning, it is known Kate has feelings for Nick; feelings that surpass those of an intern toward their mentor. Kate is definitely one of my favorite characters in this serial. It is hinted at that she carries some serious guilt due to an event in her past, causing her to have panic attacks. This does not hold her her back, though. This motorcycle-riding, leather-wearing woman is strong and determined. She wants to get hired at the firm she's interning at and will do anything to get the job done.
Nicholas is this big-shot attorney whose friend is in trouble. Even though he's civil lawyer, he takes Jaxon's case to keep him from going to jail in the case of his wife's murder. Alyssa's murder is the opening scene in this serial. The whodunit is a mystery to not only the characters, but to also the readers causing a great deal of suspense throughout the novella. Jax and Alyssa practiced BDSM which is the perfect excuse for the prosecution to accuse Jax of domestic violence and killing his wife.
From the moment Jaxon and Alyssa are in the same room, sparks fly and there is an undeniable connection between the two. Nicholas is never far behind, make it known how protective he is of his intern.
I liked Nicholas from the beginning. I loved how protective he was of Kate and how obvious it was to me that his feelings went further than that of a mentor/intern relationship. There was something about him that I couldn't put my finger on, but hope that in the next installment his feelings are explored further.
I'm excited to see where the story goes. I already have a list of suspects and I hope I am not wrong!
If you like the sexy with a twist, this one is for you!
*I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*
The synopsis immediately attracted me to this serial of novellas. It sounded original and I loved the mystery element mixed with erotica. And wow it did not disappoint!
Kate is a tenacious character working her way up in the corporate world of law. She was interning for her idol Nicholas Trenton and when he said jump she said how high. Kate was vying for the junior associate position and in turn, she went above and beyond for Nick. Her feelings for him were undefined, she admired him professionally but she had idolised him for so long those feelings had morphed into a grey area.
Nick’s best friend was in trouble, he was being accused of murdering his wife and it was up to Nick, with Kate by his side, to clear Jaxon’s name. With the death of Jaxon’s wife, it exposed their extracurricular activities. Jaxon was a Dom, his wife, his sub but the truth was distorted, and Jaxon was made out to be a monster. It was a race against the clock for Nick and Kate to clear Jaxon’s name, all the while Kate tried her hardest not to lust after her most important client but some things were just undeniable.
I really enjoyed this first part. It was a very sexy, quick read. I loved the mystery element and the erotic/forbidden element as they were woven perfectly together. Chapter one was told from the murderer’s POV and immediately my mind was racing, searching for clues. It was great jumping from one suspect to another wondering if they were the voice of evil lurking in plain sight.
A plan was formed between Jaxon, Nick and Kate to infiltrate Jaxon’s BDSM club to search for clues leading to his wife’s demise. Kate may have suggested a little too quickly about going undercover and being Jaxon’s submissive but time was not on their side and I was loving the story so much I just went with it! The chemistry between Jaxon and Kate was off the charts; their ‘relationship’ was forbidden but at the same time, the old romantic in me wanted them to go for it!
This is my first book by Shelly Bell and I really enjoyed her writing, on one hand I loved that we were slowly drip fed some details alluding to Kate’s tormented past but on the other hand, I was desperate to know everything on the spot! She was a complex character and her dark past was her driving force to where she was now.
Kate was in a relationship that was safe and very ‘vanilla’, born out of comfort and familiarity more than anything. The more time she spent with Jaxon, the more she questioned her current relationship. Then there was her bff Hannah!!! Talk about girl code. I think my exact words were, I hope she’s next to go and I rarely wish that on any character but this girl had me seeing red!
Jaxon was the silent brooding type without a doubt. He just oozed raw sexual magnetism. I think he said a handful of sentences throughout the entire book but I was hooked on him. He was Alpha through and through and I couldn’t get enough of his presence.
I’m unsure of Nick at present, he seems to have Kate’s best interests at heart but his competitive side came out once Jaxon appeared and I’m unclear of his intentions towards Kate. The jury is still out on him.
I really can’t wait to see how this series unfolds, of course I have my suspicions already but I know that’s my over active imagination running wild and I can’t wait to see if I’m right.
If you are a fan of sexy suspense then this is one serial you will not want to miss. I’m so pleased I can dive into part two immediately!
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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.
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