Review: Red Handed: A Benediction Novel by Shelly Bell

March 18, 2015 Review 2

Review: Red Handed: A Benediction Novel by Shelly Bell

Shelly Bell returns with another steamy and suspenseful thriller set at the exclusive sex club Benediction …

An exhibitionist who's waited her whole life to be seen …

After her stepmother is abducted, Danielle Walker has no choice but to follow the kidnapper's cryptic instructions. Under the guise of a sex slave trainee, she must infiltrate Cole DeMarco's BDSM club and find evidence of his offshore bank account … or she'll never see her stepmother alive again. But Master Cole is no stranger, and despite the dark past they share, Danielle cannot resist his magnetic pull.

The voyeur who's always been watching …

As Danielle begins uncovering Cole's secrets, the artistic voyeur arouses her deepest desires, and she surrenders to a fiery passion she never expected. But with time running out to save her stepmother, Danielle and Cole will face off against an evil growing more ruthless by the day … and discover a twisted web of lies, betrayal, and murder that neither saw coming.

Title: Red Handed
Author: Shelly Bell
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Mercy, Greed, Revenge, Passion
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: March 10, 2015
Genres: BDSM, Crime Drama, Erotic Mystery
Pages: 384
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames

Last May I was introduced to a new to me author, Shelly Bell with her four part serial – White Collared.  I enjoyed that story so when I saw this author with a new story that featured the same BDSM club, well, I just had to check it out.  I am so glad I did.  Red Handed was just as good.  Don’t worry, Red Handed was a definite stand-alone story.  Jaxon and Kate from White Collared made cameos but only as secondary characters.

When I started reading the first chapter I was rather concerned that I had chosen to start this book at bed time.  I know better, but bad habit.  The heroine is awaked in the middle of the night by a masked man and threatened with her step mother’s death if she doesn’t do what she is told.  OMG!  Instant suspense.  Although it was difficult, once Danielle made it to Benediction, I was able to settle down and get a few hours of sleep before I finished the rest of the book.

There are couple things that made it very difficult for Danielle to complete the task of infiltrating Benediction and stealing its owner, Cole.  One – Danielle is a painfully shy wallflower with no self-esteem.  She may fanaticize, but actually doing . . .  Second – although she has had a crush on Cole since she was seventeen years old, she also believes he is responsible for her father’s death.

Benediction is an interesting club.  Like many of them – Club Sin, Shadowlands, and Masters at Arms Club – the place was a residence and the owners also live in them, not to mention that the club is almost another character to the story.  Cole DeMarco is the owner of Benediction as well as the acknowledged Master.  He not only owns the club, but he runs a stable of trainees who also live there.  Although he trains these men and woman in the joys of BDSM – some are total subs, some will be doms and some will be switches – he abstains from having intercourse with any of them.  He doesn’t want them to get attached.  He is not looking for, nor does he want, a sub/slave of his own.  A bit unusual for the owner of a BDSM club, but well, that is what gives this book some added interest.

Now, that being said, Cole also has two permanent “slaves” that live at Benediction.  Keep an eye on Adrian and Gracie, they are so much more than they are presented as.  Cole, like any dom, is a multi-layered individual.  He, of course, is independently wealthy.  He has an artistic side and his pictures are displayed in the club.  He has secrets on top of secrets though.

That my dear readers is the set up for the thrilling suspense story.  There are, of course, the wonderful sex scenes that can be found in any book set in a BDSM club.  *fanning self*  But, there is also the “mystery” or suspense of the story.  Where Danielle thought she would be safe while at Benediction, she is finding things in her locked room and still being threatened in the middle of the night.  Doesn’t make for sleeping very well.

An old nemesis that was introduced in White Collar adds some further suspense.  Just when I thought things were getting figured out and we could get to the happy ever after – BAM!  The author throws a curve ball.  OMG!  Gasp!  NOoooo!  Okay, I have to breathe here.  Let me say, things then got really tense and exciting.  Nothing was as we were lead to believe.  Now that is a good suspense thriller.

I have fallen in love with this author and Benediction.  I can only hope there will be more.  Gracie and Adrian need stories.  Not to mention a couple of other secondary character.  I will be watching for more.

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Red HandedAuthor Info

A sucker for a happy ending, Shelly Bell writes sensual romance often with a bit of kink and action-filled erotic thrillers with high-emotional stakes for her alpha heroes and kick-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 working her day job, taking care of her family, or writing, you’ll find her reading the latest smutty romance.

She currently writes for Avon Red Impulse, Loose Id, and Soul Mate Publishing.


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