Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wicked Ties by Shayla Black

Title: Wicked Ties
Author: Shayla Black

Type: Erotic Romantic Suspense
Published: 2007

Blurb: 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.

Why: Don't really remember...I was either lured by the blurb or a blogger review.

Thoughts: D.N.F. She's an idiot and he's a domineering asshole. For a sex talk show host, she is ridiculously squeamish. And for a highly-touted security specialist, he's remarkably oblivious to his surroundings.

This was one of those erotic romances wherein the author completely fails to construct a believable scenario or plot to accommodate the sex.

It was also an example of how piss poor writing makes it to the published page for no other reason than the hot sex scenes.

Repetitive, mind-numbing internal thought. Abrupt, impossible-to-follow changes in POV. A veritable garbage can of all that is popular--a paranormal touch, stalker, hero revenge, BDSM, etc.


Pulling the blurb and cover shot from Barnes and Noble, I learned that Shayla Black is Shelley Bradley. Any of you ever read Bradley?


  1. I haven't read Wicked Ties, but I did attempt Decadent and DNF it either. DISASTER. I haven't tried a Shayla Black or Shelley Bradley book since. I hear Bound & Determined is decent though, and also Strip Search.

    Have you ever read this review of Decadent?

  2. I have Decadent...hmm...you're not the first one I've heard say they weren't too crazy about the books :(

  3. Thanks for sharing the link JenB. Hilarious!

    Unfortunately, seeing the blurb or a review for a book does not always coincide with seeing a negative view of said book. Sigh. Sometimes, yeah. But with all of my TBR list entries, I'm bound to end up with a few that--had I the inclination to thoroughly research--I'd pass on. LOL

    Tell me you're not tempted to try the newest release, LOL.

    Sorry Barbara! It's not like me to devote a single topic post to a DNF--but this one warranted it.

  4. I read her book Tempt Me With Darkness and felt much the same way. Shame because it had all the pnr elements I love. Just was a huge snore- and annoying.

    I probably won't read her again ...

  5. Thanks Zeek - That seals it. This one is definitely off my radar now. Still...I wonder at the Shelley Bradley titles...mayble I'll do a little Googling, see how those rate with readers.


Have you read it? What do you think?

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