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Black Listed: A Benediction Novel by [Bell, Shelly]
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Shelly Bell writes sensual romance and action-filled erotic thrillers with high emotional stakes for her alpha heroes and kick-ass heroines. She began writing at the insistence of her husband, who dragged her to the store and bought her a laptop. When she's not practicing corporate law, taking care of her family, or writing, you'll find her reading the latest smutty romance.

Shelly Bell is a member of Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 704 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Red Impulse (22 Mar. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SG1EMBI
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This book was the hottest and sexiest of all the Benediction novels, there was nothing Sawyer and Lisa wouldn't do, their story line was excellent and well written.
If you love reading books featuring BDSM, murder, secrets and lies, love and true friendships then you'll love this series.
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~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the fourth in the series (White Collared is book 1)- and they interlink, but each deals with another couple. I have enjoyed them all. You could read this as a standalone, but they are all good, so don't miss out on the treat.

Lisa (aka ... Annaliese amongst others) has been keeping a low profile for a long time, but one photo in a newspaper leads to the whole of this story unfolding. The split between a good plot with a great ending, and scenes of BDSM was perfect. I loved Sawyer, and his tech chums - who all redefined the term geek as belonging to hot alphas! There were quite a few times where I really questioned why she didn't communicate better and avoid the next event which crashed in and damaged the trust between them again. The twist in the tale was very good - I did have an inkling, but it played out very well.

If you like a mystery, a group of ultra hot guys, one her husband and Master, and one very lonely, carefully controlled, but ultimately submissive woman - then you are going to enjoy this from cover to cover. I am looking forward to the next in the series - a few hints were dropped at the end as to who might feature !

~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
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Black Listed is the 4th book in the Benediction series and my first by this author. The books are all interlinked but can be read as standalones and what you get with this is a story that will keep you on your toes with plenty of suspense that had me guessing right up to the end. Mix in some intense, steamy hotness and this book had a recipe to be a great read right from the start and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

With con artists for parents, Lisa (Annalise) has been pulling cons with her brothers since she was small. Her cons were well planned, she took their money and left them without a look backwards, that is until she met Sawyer Hayes – billionaire business man by day and dominant by night. Right from the start she was drawn to him, drawn into his world of master and submissive and she ends up breaking protocol and falling head over heels in love with her mark.

Four years ago, she walked away from the only man she has ever loved in order to protect him from her family but one slip up and a photograph in the paper brings the normal life she has attempted to create crashing down around her and Sawyer strolling back into her life. Lisa’s life is threatened by a mystery person unknown, whose identity I changed my mind about on several occasions throughout the book and Sawyer is there for her but can she finally let her guard down and trust him, tell him the truth about her life?

I really enjoyed the book which had a story line that was totally engaging, full of drama and suspense and plenty of sizzling hotness and I will certainly be reading more from this author in the future and one clicking the previous books in this series.
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Wow! I absolutely loved this book, it has everything I look for in a great read - passion, suspense, emotion, steamy, kinky sex and true love. It's an action packed roller coaster ride with lots of twists and turns and ups and downs. This is the second book I've read in this series now, but I think I'm going to go back and read the previous books as Shelly Bell is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

Lisa Smith is a con artist who fell in love with and married her mark, Sawyer Hayes. When her father demanded that she murder Sawyer, she did the only thing she could do to keep him safe and ran. Five years on she's made a new law-abiding life for herself, but Sawyer tracks her down and has an offer for her - submit to him for seven nights and he will give her the divorce she wants. But danger is lurking and both their lives are at risk - can Sawyer save the woman he still loves?

I was initially unsure if I'd like and connect with Lisa because of her criminal past, but I soon learned to love her. Brought up by her family of con artists, she had no choice but to commit crimes from a very young age. She's working hard to overcome her past, but it soon catches up with her. Her love for Sawyer is real, and the chemistry between them is sizzling. Sawyer is a dreamy hero and is perfect for Lisa. He's strong, dominant, loyal, protective and extremely sexy. Lisa and Sawyer have a lot of bumps in their journey to happiness, but it sure makes for exciting reading. Black Listed is another fantastic book by this talented author, so it definitely receives five big stars.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ddcfe1c) out of 5 stars Just when I think Shelly can't give us better - she does! 25 Mar. 2016
By Amy Valentini - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Let me just say straight out…I love the Benediction series. I cannot get enough of it, and even though it is not a series for everyone, I think everyone should try it on for size just once. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I do either, but it is truly addicting.

We first met Lisa Smith in the White Collared books and frankly, I didn’t like her much. I thought her conniving and was always feeling as if Kate needed to watch her back with her. I guess there was a good reason for that…she’s a con artist. Not just someone who manipulates to get things her way but an all-out, criminally minded, con artist, who came from a family of con artists, and is now hiding out from them—and her husband, Sawyer Hayes.

Lisa’s real name is Annaliese Hayes nee Hunt. She married Sawyer Hayes, the sexy billionaire computer genius who helped clear Rachel and Logan of murder in BLUE BLOODED. She married him because that’s what her father wanted her to do then divorce him for the money, only he changed his plans and decided she should kill him instead, and take it all. Only one problem with the old man’s plan…Lisa had fallen in love with Sawyer, so she took enough money to appease her hateful father, and left. She left the man she loved, the life she wanted with him, and took along with her a Black List that could put her entire family away for a very long time…her included. She warned her father that if anything happened to Sawyer, the list would go straight to the FBI. She gave up her life to save Sawyer’s. All was well until her picture appeared in the newspaper and Sawyer showed up at Cole and Danielle’s wedding.

Lisa asks him for a divorce. Sawyer says he’ll agree only if she agrees to spend one week as his submissive. Seeing that he was, and still is, her only Master, Lisa agrees because she still craves this man, still loves this man, and wants to protect him by making sure he goes away and stays away from her. The problem is…if Sawyer could find her…so could her father, her brothers and any one of the many marks, she’s defrauded over the years.

As I read each book in the Benediction series, I think Shelly Bell can’t possibly thrill or keep me enthralled as well as the one before but she can, and she does. Having just come off reading RED HANDED immediately before reading BLACK LISTED, I thought nothing could surprise me more, but it did.

BLACK LISTED, book three in the Benediction series by Shelly Bell is raw, rough, suspenseful, and not for the faint of heart when it comes to sex scenes but it’s also, beautiful, emotional, passionate, and overflowing with an intense love between two perfectly matched characters that are getting a second chance at love, marriage, truth, and the future. We are used to second chance romances where a couple who had unspoken feelings for each other come back together and reignite their love and relationship but this time, in BLACK LISTED, this is a married couple, a Master and Sub, two people who had already committed themselves and their hearts to a union torn apart by secrets and lies. It’s unique, it is heart wrenching, and we can’t help but be drawn into their world, their love, and feel the same sense of healing when the truths—all of them—finally come out.

Frankly, I hope Shelly never ends this series but I know it will happen eventually…happily, these are stories I will be revisiting many times in the future. I highly, highly recommend that if you love good suspense, characters rich in realism, a world of the sexually unusual—one that intrigues and makes you wish you were brave enough to venture into—and experiencing love that you wish could exist outside the realm of romance novels then please…read BLACK LISTED by Shelly Bell, and welcome the addiction.

***eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ddcfe70) out of 5 stars she never expected to fall in love. Fearing for Sawyer's life 22 Mar. 2016
By Book Loving Fairy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
4 Stars

Black Listed is a continuation of the Benediction series by Shelly Bell, but I had no problem reading it as a stand alone. While former characters and their stories are brought up, I didn't feel lost with what was going on.

Lisa Smith is living a lie. She's been on the run for four years, living someone else's life. All that changes when her past comes charging back at her, in the form of her husband Sawyer Hayes. The husband that she stole from and then ran from. The husband that knows her true identity, Annalise Hunt Hayes. The husband that is also her Master. Annalise was a con artist, she was born into it, her parents were cons as were her two brothers. When her father forced her to make her way into Sawyer's life, she never expected to fall in love. Fearing for Sawyer's life, she disappears after she fleeces him. Now that he's found her, he has plans for her. He wants to own her for a week, then and only then he will give her the divorce she is desperate for. If she divorced him, he will be safe, that's what she tells herself anyway. Unfortunately it seems that Sawyer is not the only one that has found her. Strange occurrences have started to happen, and now her life and Sawyer's life are in danger again. Will she trust Sawyer enough to open up about the truth as to why she ran? Who else is after Annalise? How will Sawyer handle the long list of "marks" Annalise has acquired over the years of conning?

I really liked this one. It kept me guessing from the start as to who was after Annalise and Sawyer. Just when I thought I had it figured out, something would happen and I would start questioning everything. This seems like a great series and I'd love to follow up on what happens next for Sawyer and Annalise.

~ Renee
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e7e8b94) out of 5 stars Hot and Steamy 22 Mar. 2016
By Joanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Panty Scorching- 5
Storyline-5
Angst- 3
Tissues-0
Value-5
Overall Rating- 5
Received an ARC for review

I keep telling myself, don’t sign up for a book that is in the midst of a series.
This is book 4 of the Benediction series of but this author, and if I would have listened to myself not to sign up for this, since it was a book 4, and I had not read any of the previous books, I would have missed this HOT, and SEXY story.

I haven’t read a good BDSM story in a while, and this one got me hooked again.

Lisa, Annaliese, or whatever name she is going by at the moment, is a con artists. Her father has used her for “cons” since she was younger. When she was 18, she went in for her biggest “con”, Sawyer Hayes. He was a rich CEO and the only way to get his money was to marry him. She didn’t know when the con began, that she would fall in love with him, and the only way to keep him safe, was to leave him.

"When she'd left left Sawyer, She'd also left her true nature behind, and as a symbol, she'd placed her wedding rings and platinum chain collar on his pillow. He hadn't just lost his wife when she'd run. He'd lost his slave. And she'd lost herself."

Sawyer is not the kind of man who lets someone get away with coning him. So 4 years later, he finally discovers where Annaliese is hiding and goes to her.

Annaliese, “Lisa”, wants to tell Sawyer the truth. Tell him about her family and the cons, but she is afraid that there will be harm done to him.
Can she keep him safe, while having to spend a 7 days of being HIS? Or will her family also find her, and end her happiness?

This was a great and well written story. There was suspense, which was fun to read, mixed in with a lot of HOT and STEAMY, BDSM, with romance mixed in.

A total must read if those things are on your “genre” to read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ddd1114) out of 5 stars Fab story and sizzling hot! 22 Mar. 2016
By Monique D - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Lisa Smith was raised by con artists, and before she even knew that what she was doing was wrong, she was a part of their scams; it was the only life she knew. When her father told her to con, and marry, young billionaire Sawyer Hayes, things went awry. Lisa fell in love with Sawyer, for the first time of her life, she was really happy; she had found someone who cared deeply about her. But when Lisa’s father asked that she kill Sawyer, Lisa vanished to spare her husband’s life, however she took Sawyer’s money with her. After four years, Sawyer finds her, and he tells her that if she accepts to do all his sexual bidding for seven days, he will grant her the divorce she asked for. What Lisa fears is, that since she has never stopped loving Sawyer, that her heart will be broken again. But when Lisa’s life is also in danger, Sawyer and Lisa must do everything to survive…

I was a bit apprehensive, given the warning about serious BSDM and ménage, but Ms. Bell handles everything extremely well. When she was married, Lisa was a collared slave to her Master Sawyer, and I never once felt it was degrading; it was what made Lisa happy, it was her choice, and surprisingly enough, I felt comfortable with the whole thing. Sawyer is really a great guy, and I really liked Lisa. I don’t like thieves and liars as heroes, and again the author makes it work: I understood where Lisa was coming from, and I had no problem with. Both characters have very interesting background stories; everything was totally believable. BLACK LISTED is as expected scorching hot, and all the sex scenes are very tasteful. Better yet, all this naughtiness is perfectly integrated with the suspense story, and the story is very solid. There are suspense elements on several levels: there are threats on Lisa’s life, are Lisa and Sawyer heading towards a reconciliation, who wants to harm them, and I didn’t have a clue. With BLACK LISTED, Shelly Bell strikes a perfect balance between a captivating suspense novel, a realistic love story, and BDSM that feels totally authentic. BLACK LISTED kept me riveted until the very satisfying conclusion.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Julie Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow! I absolutely loved this book, it has everything I look for in a great read - passion, suspense, emotion, steamy, kinky sex and true love. It's an action packed roller coaster ride with lots of twists and turns and ups and downs. This is the second book I've read in this series now, but I think I'm going to go back and read the previous books as Shelly Bell is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

Lisa Smith is a con artist who fell in love with and married her mark, Sawyer Hayes. When her father demanded that she murder Sawyer, she did the only thing she could do to keep him safe and ran. Five years on she's made a new law-abiding life for herself, but Sawyer tracks her down and has an offer for her - submit to him for seven nights and he will give her the divorce she wants. But danger is lurking and both their lives are at risk - can Sawyer save the woman he still loves?

I was initially unsure if I'd like and connect with Lisa because of her criminal past, but I soon learned to love her. Brought up by her family of con artists, she had no choice but to commit crimes from a very young age. She's working hard to overcome her past, but it soon catches up with her. Her love for Sawyer is real, and the chemistry between them is sizzling. Sawyer is a dreamy hero and is perfect for Lisa. He's strong, dominant, loyal, protective and extremely sexy. Lisa and Sawyer have a lot of bumps in their journey to happiness, but it sure makes for exciting reading. Black Listed is another fantastic book by this talented author, so it definitely receives five big stars.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
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