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Wicked Ties Audiobook

Wicked Ties: Wicked Lovers Series, Book 1

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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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    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 11 people found this review helpful
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    nicole 10-16-15
    nicole 10-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I expected more...:("

    After reading most of the reviews I thought this book was going to be pretty good but I was sad to say that it was hard for me to even listen to it through most of the book I struggled to not even finish it. And the narrator unfortunately made it even worse. I was in the hundreds of books a year and I think the rider tried but the book was very dry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Old n'tired 02-17-15
    Old n'tired 02-17-15
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    "Ewwwwww - unbelievably bad"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Shayla Black again?

    No never again


    Any additional comments?

    Ingredients: a ridiculous premise, a dis-honest, unlikeable male lead with a woman with no character, limited intelligence and no independent will.
    Stir thoroughly, throw the whole mess on the floor, scrape some of it into a word processor and title it "Wicked Ties".
    Makes me wonder if the rest of these reviews were written by the publisher.....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Lansdale, PA 01-15-15
    Lisa Lansdale, PA 01-15-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Not one of my favorites"

    The narrator was good. I like to hear distinctly different character voices and live when their able to pull you into a story. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the story, I found Morgan and Jack annoying, often. Submission from a complete stranger didn't seem far fetched from my point of view, so the constant pushing from Jack was a bit much. Morgan was annoying even if her apprehension in facing her sexuality was understandable. I loved Deek though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynnie Lou 09-27-14
    Lynnie Lou 09-27-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Slow, Slow, Slow"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is TOO LONG. The heroine whines, and this became tedious quickly. The hero's behavior is not in keeping with the author's projected persona. I have other books by Shayla Black, and this one was a disappointment to me.


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    Mary Catherine NC 07-09-13
    Mary Catherine NC 07-09-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Not for me"

    If you like the kind of book with a female character that goes back and forth with I never want you to touch me - why aren't you touching me, I never want to see you again - why did you leave me, I want this exact fantasy - why did you think I wanted that, you might like this. Drives me crazy, and makes the female character too stupid. This type of relationship is all rules, regulations, dress codes, commands and punishment, and ALL that talking. And safe words - like these people don't understand no, stop, and I don't like that. The story line is a small part of the book, the rest is the female character saying don't touch me - have sex, I don't like this - have sex, never touch me again - have sex, I'm leaving - have sex. Talk about mixed messages.

    1 of 1 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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Granite Bay, CA, United States 12-26-12
    Lisa Granite Bay, CA, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Narration HORRiblE!"
    Would you try another book from Shayla Black and/or Lexi Maynard?

    UGH. This narration was SO BAD it was distracting. At first I found myself mentally wandering off and then ripping my headphones off. When the narrator mutilated the male voice(s), which I expected to be tolerable if not likable, I developed an eye tick and the urge to stab pencils in my ears. Hoping for a seductive voice? Not with this narrator. Imagine an old & pissy Louisiana alley cat holding its breath while choking on a fur ball. Now imagine that sound as the voice of the main male character. Not sexy or good. Essentially, the narration is awful. I cant even tell you if the story is interesting after listening too half of the book (and that was only because I paid for it and FORCED myself to listen to at least half).
    In fairness to the Author, who I am not familiar with, I will READ the book and put out another review and this might prove to be a whole different story, lol. I came across this book while seeking something that would "tied" (haha) me over after the awesome (and favorite) Crossfire Series (by Sylvia Day) and my ultimate fav audio Series obsessions; The Fae Series and Highlander Series (by Karen Marie Moning) & Immortals After Dark Series (by Kresley Cole).


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Eve Silver "Sins of the Soul"


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    YES


    What character would you cut from Wicked Ties?

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    Will read the book - this narration was awful and I can't give a fair review on the story because of it.

    3 of 4 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 7 people found this review helpful
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    kytten 08-20-12
    kytten 08-20-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Bad motives bite you in the butt"

    This was a really good book overall. I hated the main male character throughout most of the book though. The sex scenes were very hot and the action/thriller portion made me happy too as it added more to the story than just erotica. I bought and listened to book 2 from the same series and liked that one just as much. If the rest of the series were available I'd listen to them as well.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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