Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wicked Ties by Shayla Black

I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book, I hadn't read anything by Ms. Black before. Morgan O'Malley is the host of a cable sex show, and she's looking for ideas for the second season. She's also got a stalker who has apparently followed her from her home in LA to her half-brother Brandon's home in Houston. No one knows they're related, so he's posing as her fiancee.

She meets with Jack Cole in Lafayette, Louisiana to interview him about being a guest on her show. He's a Dominant, and she's interested in showcasing that lifestyle. When they meet for the interview, someone starts shooting at her, and Jack helps her escape. When she explains she has a stalker, he tells her he's going to protect her - he's former special ops and does bodyguard work on the side.

Morgan reluctantly agrees, and he takes her to his cabin in the middle of the swamp. What she doesn't know if that Jack arranged the meeting because he wanted to seduce her and send video of them having sex to Brandon, his former best friend who betrayed him. Megan and Jack end up having D/s sex and she likes it. Jack sends the video to Brandon.

Later in the story we meet Jack's grandfather, a little old Cajun man who knows Morgan is the one for Jack because Jack's been dreaming about her and it's a family legend that the men dream of their true love. We also meet Jack's partner, Deke. Deke seems to be a typical special-ops type guy too, and he is also into BDSM. I think you know where this is going so I'm not going to say anything more about that (it was very hot).

While Morgan is wrestling with her secret desire to be dominated, the stalker is still out there and Jack and Deke are trying to find out who it is.
It was a good story, but I had a few problems with it. My main issue is that Jack went on and on about how D/s was about trusting the other person, yet after their first sexual encounter he sent a video of them having sex to Brandon! For the rest of the book I just could not get past that. Also, when Jack asked his grandfather to bring Morgan clothes, he brought her skanky lingerie. His grandfather - really?!

I liked Morgan's half-brother Brandon, and I liked Deke and would like to read stories about them. Deke's story is Decadent, which I need to go out and buy; I don't think Ms. Black has done Brandon's story - yet.


  1. Sounds interesting. Kinda screwy about the video though. I wouldn't be able to get over that either!

  2. This book is on my TBR pile for a while now. I enjoyed your review and I'm glad for the warning about the video so I can work on getting over that in advance ;) Thanks!

  3. I loved Wicked Ties and I am still in love with Jack. I liked Decadent too, but I was constantly distracted by Luke, his story comes in March and I have been waiting for it for over a year now!!

  4. Hi Patti,
    No conte romance today I see :)
    But this one sure sounds interesting too

  5. I really enjoyed this book and liked Decadent even more because of Deke. I do agree with you about the grandfather and the lingerie though, that was annoying.

  6. I've read 'Decadent' - I liked it, but wasn't overly impressed. I really liked the character Luke, but his story comes out next year. I was a little unsure about 'Wicked Ties', but having read this review I've decided to give it a go.

    I do like Shayla Black - but not as much as I love Maya Banks :)

    Great review, as always.

  7. Patti... I skimmed this review - I just got this in the mail for my bday present... and I will be reading it very soon!!!! So, I will be back!!!
    Have a great night!!

  8. Patti first and foremost love the JM pic on your left. Secondly I've been putting off reading Shayla Black dunno why, should I bump her up on my TBR pile?

  9. Parajunkee - I don't know why but I couldn't let it go.

    ErotRomReader - you're welcome ;)

    Marissa - Luke gets his own story? Yay!I thought he'd share with Deke.

    Blodeuedd - sometimes I've gotta mix it up a bit!

    Roni - not a typical grandpa move, eh?

    Danielle - I'm looking forward to Decadent.

    Cecile - looking forward to your thoughts!

    Smokinhotbooks - I'm going to give Decadent a try before I judge Shayla Black. The sexytime was hot, I'll give her that!

  10. Hi Patti,

    I read this book a few years ago. And Decadent. I really liked this one. I had a few issues with Decadent, but since Luc is getting a story that's coming out soon, my misgivings aren't so bad :). I'm looking forward to Delicious!

  11. Hi Patti,

    Yes Luke's story is called Delicious and will be released in March 2010, Shayla Black has also plans to write more books in this series, about the brothers of Kimber, heroine of Decadent!

  12. I'd looked at getting this book, I had read a couple of Shayla Black's before; perhaps I will.... after my tbr pile clears the floor.