Devoted to Pleasure
Book 1, A Devoted Lovers Novel
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The first in an all-new 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.
The bodyguard and the actress
Shealyn West is being blackmailed with a video that was taken without her knowledge. For reasons of her own, she doesn't want to investigate who is doing this to her. She just wants to pay them off in hopes that they will leave her alone once paid.
Cutter Bryant is hired to be a bodyguard for actress Shelly West. When he arrives, he is surprised the actress only hired him to protect her while dropping off blackmail money. Cutter tries to convince Shealyn that she needs to let him investigate or the blackmailers will keep coming back, if it truly is money they are after.
Cutter knows he shouldn't get close to Shealyn but he can't help the attraction he feels for her. He has obligations at home and can't offer her anything long term. Shealyn has a fake relationship with her co-star of her hit tv series. She knows she shouldn't get close to Cutter in fear of the paparazzi finding out and smearing her name.
Cutter and Shealyn's story was ok. I wish I can say that I loved it but it was just ok. Cutter's obligation back home and Shealyn's fake relationship interfered too much into their own story and I think it kept me from connecting with them.
Love this new series!
I loved this first book in Ms. Black's new series! Cutter is such a great hero. A guy who not only puts family first, but loves with his whole heart. I could tell when he let himself feel for Shealyn that he was all in. He not only wanted to protect her from harm, but wanted desperately to make things right at home before he could look for a future with her. He was an awesome guy....such a great book boyfriend.
Shealyn is an actress with not a lot of people around her to trust. Her relationships are all pretend and she has no one she can truly trust, until Cutter shows up. He fills a hole she has always had, but never wanted anyone enough to fill it. She is lonely, but yet she protects herself the best she can. I ached for her. For someone with so much success, she was so alone.
I loved this story and watching how their relationship unfolded. There were times of course I wanted to scream at Shealyn, but I had faith that everything would be OK. I can't wait to see where this series go. I enjoyed seeing some old names pop up in here as well.
"No one can undo me like you."
I was so excited to get my hands on Devoted to Pleasure which is the first book in the new Devoted Lovers series by one of my favorite authors, Shayla Black. I've not ever been disappointed by any of her books, so I knew before turning the first page that it was gonna be good, but it was even better.
The author did a number on me by letting me in on a secret from the very beginning of the story. And once it was in my head, it stayed there, niggling in the background. I worried. I waited. Knowing that it wouldn't stay a secret forever and anxious about when and how it would come to light later on. Well done...
Coming from a military background and being raised by a single mother, Cutter fell right into what I would consider White Knight Syndrome. Perfect for a career in the security field, right? Using his protective instincts for good and rescuing damsels in distress should be rewarding, right? But how much is too much? When will his sacrifices be enough? Will he have to sacrifice his chance at love too?
Shealyn has trust issues, but Cutter came highly recommended and she needs someone to help her deal with a blackmailer that is threatening her career. She's worked very hard to reach her current level of success and it could be over in a minute if the threat is carried out. She knows she made a mistake, but she can't take it back and now she just wants to keep her secret hidden. When her new security detail shows up for duty she's not expecting the zing of attraction that she feels. But she's determined to keep it to herself, along with her secret.
Cutter has never been tempted to cross the line between business and personal with a client, but he's finding that keeping his eyes on Shealyn is both a blessing and curse. She's beautiful but also deadly to his self-control. The last thing he needs when trying to protect her is to be distracted by her. Will he be able to resist her once he realizes she feels the same way? I'll give you one guess, that's all you'll need.
While all the sexual tension is building the suspense does too. Both Cutter & Shealyn are hiding things from each other, but not from me. Right, that's exactly what I'm talking about. I was going crazy knowing their secrets and wanting them to let the cat out of the bag. I tried to convince them to fess up, but they ignored me. But I didn't know all the secrets, the author kept the identity of the blackmailer from all of us. It was fun to guess and process the clues as I waited to learn if I was right.
Some characters I wanted to throw my Kindle at and others I wanted to spend more time with. So much so that I'm extra excited about this being only the first book in the series which means there's a good chance that will happen. In the meantime, I'm having #HotCop fantasies. The line forms here...
Other Books in This Series
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Jul 03, 2018
- Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
- Seller: PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
- Print Length: 352 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, A Devoted Lovers Novel