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Wicked Ties: Wicked Lovers Series, Book 1 | [Shayla Black]

Wicked Ties: Wicked Lovers Series, Book 1

When a stalker ratchets up his attempts to get to her, cable sex-talk-show host Morgan O'Malley turns to Jack Cole - a self-proclaimed dominant - for help. 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 how she starts to crave his masterful touch.
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Publisher's Summary

When a stalker ratchets up his attempts to get to her, cable sex-talk-show host Morgan O'Malley turns to Jack Cole - a self-proclaimed dominant - for help. 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 how she 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.

©2007 Shelby Bradley, LLC (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A wicked, sensual thrill from first page to last. I loved it!" (Lora Leigh, author of the Breeds series)

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    Lexie 03-18-13
    Lexie 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Audiobook addicted!!

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    "WOW! I love Shayla Black!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely worth the credit for me. This book has everything I look for in an audiobook and more. I like romance with a touch of hot sex in the mix and this book has that in spades. This audiobook is also long enough to let the reader get to know both main characters and give a believable and interesting storyline along with the hot sex. It's a delicate balancing act, something a lot of books I've listened to have failed to achieve.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    laurie eller the South 07-28-12
    laurie eller the South 07-28-12 Member Since 2007

    i live in the kentucky bluegrass and enjoy coffee in the morning while listening to a great book.

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    "worth the credit!"

    i suppose you could say i'm on an erotica kick right now, having finished Fifty Shades and wanting more, i turned to Bared to You, but even that wasn't enough. so i did a little searching online and Wicked Ties was the next recommendation.

    my oh my! what a fun read. and yes people, it's not exactly the most plausible storyline out there, but in terms of a fun escape, this did it for me. it was fun how the two ended up completely alone, having only each other to explore. loved every minute of it, and have listened to it twice.

    it was wonderfully sweet moments, and it made me giggle in a few places too. the narration is terrific. so i gave it five stars. definitely worth the credit.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Justagirl Tacoma, WA, United States 02-01-13
    Justagirl Tacoma, WA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2011

    kimber0711

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    "I love a man with a potty mouth......."

    This book is amazingly hot....and naughty....and hot....and well read...and hot....and suspensful...and hot. Did I mention it was hot? Not like jalepeno pepper hot.....like Vindaloo curry hot.

    There is an art to talking dirty...and Jack Cole has it down to a science.....

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 06-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Listened til it was done"

    Absolutely loved this book. You get totally wrapped up in these characters, and their inner thoughts, that you can't quit listening. Luckily, I had the time away from work, that I didn't have to give it a break. If you liked "Fifty Shades of Grey", you will like this book. It's full of suspense, mystery, and sexual self exploration. Is well worth the listen.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Caro, MI, United States 09-20-12
    Kristi Caro, MI, United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow! Where's The Batteries Needed Warning?"

    I was going through Fifty Shades withdrawal, no new books from authors I know I love and cherish, so I was just searching through recommendations on My Listener Page when I read a few reviews for this series. Finding a good erotica book that has a story to it and is well written is hard to do so I was half way expecting to be returning the book.

    I must say that I will NOT be returning and in fact have turned around and bought the second book in the series as soon as the first one finished playing! I am hooked and I do hope there are more books in the series coming along.

    Being as I came to listen to the book with no real expectations, I can not tell you how pleased I am that I listened to the recommendations of others.... not something that I usually do since most of the books I've come to love get very mixed reviews.

    I won't give away anything of the story other than to say that if you are going through Fifty Shades of Withdrawal, this book will heat you up and more than cure any withdrawal symptoms you may be facing! I know it MORE than worked for me!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Texas 07-09-12
    Amazon Customer Texas 07-09-12

    Rachel

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    "Ok... A bit of an eye roller"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. The story line was good but it was a little sappy and it seemed like the emotions were a little extreme. Also it was like shayla black was trying to describe and defend the a Dom/sub relationship. That got on my nerves. She kept repeating herself that it wasn't wrong or unhealthy. Yea I got that the first 10 times. I know the character was a reluctant sub but still....I want to read about the relationship not have the psychological factors explained over and over.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Shayla Black? Why or why not?

    Yes I've read other stuff of hers that I like but I won't be continuing this series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was at the bed and breakfast when the main character gets taken by both men and has the final showdown with her stalker.


    Was Wicked Ties worth the listening time?

    eh...


    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 10-24-12
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "OMG, hot with a plot!"

    I usually do the romance thing...but after 50, and then bared to you I was curious, so since there is a category for Erotica why not try it. I REALLY was not disappointed! I was very concerned that this book would be some weak plotted porno like novel, but the characters had structure and depth, there WAS a plot, and I have to say it was even a plausible plot...you could feel the characters indecision, feel their angst...it was a good book, and a steamy one. I was also scared by the idea of an accent being used in the book...but the narrator did a great job! All the characters voices were very clear, and discernible. Overall I have to say this is a really good book IF you want to read something steamy about a Dom and a possible Sub, if you are looking for erotic light…probably not the book for you.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer RUTHER GLEN, VA, United States 10-27-12
    Amazon Customer RUTHER GLEN, VA, United States 10-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Story and a lot of HOT!!"

    Another series to rival Fifty Shades of Grey. If are looking for some more books with the same type of theme this is another good series to try. Right now only the first two books are out on audible but I sent a message to author about the rest of her books and she is in the process of getting the rest of series out on audible. Books 3 and 4 are due out in the next month.

    This series is a lot like the Sweet series by Maya Banks. You really fall in love with all the guys of the series. In a future book all the couples come back together. I am really looking forward for more of the books in this series.

    Again these books are graphic so if you are not looking for this kind of read don't get the books. I hate to see a bad review just because people did not read the reviews and when they fuss about the sex scenes. I mean come on it is not fair to give a bad review if you did not read the reviews first to find out what you are reading is not for you in the first place.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 10-25-12
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 10-25-12 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "What a great strart!"

    I am very picky when it comes to my romance books. Let me tell you, this book started off sooo good, I couldn't put it down. Action from chapter 2 and non stop til the end. So great. The narration was also so good. I loved the Cajin voice for Jack. Jack as a character is so strong, but the Cajin voice Lexi uses really brings Jack to life. I love how this book kept me guessing til the very end, and then Wamp! Such a surprise on who the stalker was....
    Any book that engrose you from chapter 1 and make you want to skip to the end just to see what happens, but make you realize you can't skip because you don't want to miss nothing, is a really good read/listen. This book kept me entertained the entire time, so much so by the time I got to chapter 3 I bought the next one in the series. This is a all nighter book, because once you start listening you won't put it down...

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tzu-Han 01-14-13
    Tzu-Han 01-14-13
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    "Sick"
    What character would you cut from Wicked Ties?

    Jack


    Any additional comments?

    This book is exactly the reason why I quit reading romance/erotica long time ago.

    I could not finish this book. It made me sick to my stomach, not for Jack’s lifestyle but for his mind set. He is exploitative and has no respect for Morgan’s repeated, direct refusals. He justifies everything as he knows what she “really” wants and is “helping” her recognize it. “No” means nothing to him because he only believes what is in his head. Frankly, he has the same mentality as many rapists’. Regardless what she “really” wants inside, it is pretty scary and disgusting when a man does not take it serious and is forceful when a woman repeatedly expresses direct verbal refusals. He even restrained her to get his way when she was unconscious. Relying on a woman’s physical “signs” to judge a woman’s “true” answer is just a way of self-convincing. When I first started reading romance/erotica, I encountered so many similar stories of exploitative dynamics, and I quit reading this kind of books, until sold by the 50 Shades’ marketing and reviews, and then I was interested again.

    I do not practice BDSM and am not an expert of that topic, but according to my curious online research, Jack’s exploitative and forceful way is what the BDSM society condemned. His “I am a dom and I know you are a sub (while you don’t think so) so I am entitled to force myself onto you even though you have repeatedly refused sex with me” is not justifiable by the BDSM lifestyle. Someone like Jack would have been given a bad label in the BDSM society and the story of this book could not make any sense. I think what makes the infamous 50 Shades so successful, despite the widely criticized writing skill, is that the relationship between the main characters is full of mutual care and respect, never forceful, (and that is stressed and stressed in the BDSM guidelines) so that even someone who knew very little about BDSM could enjoy the story and even relate to the characters’ internal dialogue.

    If I had known that this is another book justifying and romanticizing an exploitative relationship, I would not have considered this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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