The first in a sexy contemporary romance series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shayla Black.
BOUND BY DUTY...
Bodyguard and former military man Cutter Bryant has always done his duty--no matter the cost. Now he's taking one last high-octane assignment before settling down in a new role that means sacrificing his chance at love. But he never expects to share an irresistible chemistry with his beautiful new client.
...TEMPTED BY PLEASURE
As the star of a steamy television drama, Shealyn West knows fame well, but it has come at the expense of her heart. With a blackmailer watching her every move and the threat of career-ending exposure looming, Shealyn hires Cutter to shore up her security and keep her safe, never imagining their attraction will be too powerful to contain.
As Shealyn and Cutter navigate the scintillating line between business and pleasure, they unravel a web of secrets that threaten their relationship and their lives. When danger strikes, Cutter must decide whether to follow his heart for the first time, or risk losing Shealyn forever.
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Business & Pleasure?!?!
For a man who thrives on control and has chosen duty and honor over any kind of personal life for much of his life and career, bodyguard and former military man, Cutter Bryant, finds himself in a rather precarious position with his newest client, hollywood starlet, Shealyn West, because their attraction is not something they anticipated and when lines blur and pleasure consumes them, it’s unclear if they’ll come out of this assignment with their hearts or even their lives.
Cutter is one heck of an alpha male hero, and, at times, his overprotective nature can be suffocating, especially when it comes to a woman he desires. It’s easy to see Cutter’s conflicting emotions; he commits himself to every job he takes, but there’s added stress in protecting Shealyn because not only are their secrets between them, but one the threat to her life is always in the forefront of his mind, which adds further drama to an already crazy situation.
Shealyn is an intriguing character - one who has fought to achieve her dreams, and now that they’re threatened by a past mistake and someone looking to benefit from her misdeeds, she needs to do whatever it takes to ensure that everything works out the way she wants and needs them to, and that’s why Cutter Bryant enters her life and ends up turning it upside down. Shealyn does not trust easily which makes sense given her career choice, but there’s something about Cutter that makes her feel protected, even when things seem out of control.
The sizzling chemistry between Shealyn and Cutter resonates from the pages, so it’s understandable why they both can’t help but give into what they’re feeling, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t further complicate an already complex situation or feel a bit overbearing when Cutter’s protective nature goes a little overboard, and until the blackmailer is dealt with and all of the secrets are laid bare, things are bound to be dicey and dramatic, and that’s exactly what goes down the closer Shealyn and Cutter become and the infinite lengths that Cutter is willing to go.
Devoted to Pleasure is one wild, sensual, and dangerous ride, and the title itself, although it seems contrary to what the word devotion implies, proves to be both a curse and a blessing for Shealyn and Cutter and with the amount of suspense, drama, and twists that occur throughout the storyline, professional and personal relationships become a point of contention for those involved.
4 Poison Apples (The Fairest of All Book Reviews)
This is not one of my favorites of Shayla Black. It was a bit trite and predictable. The stupid internal dialogue of the main characters was, again, predictable and is the bane of stupid, predictable romance novels. Shayla, stick to your kink....so much better.
I was so excited that Ms. Black wrote a spin-off to her series Wicked Lovers. I fell in love with Shealyn and Cutter! Being ex-military and now a bodyguard, Cutter is all alpha male. On a side note he can guard my body anytime. Shealyn just wants to pay the blackmail money and be done with it, no investigation or anything. Cutter advises her to investigate further but he is only hired to “guard” her while she pays. There is undeniable chemistry between the two but Cutter never mixes business with pleasure.
Captivating story from the first page. This story is action-packed and kept me on the edge of my seat guessing who the blackmailer was. Can’t wait for the next installment of this series!