BENEDICTION SERIES #1
WHITE COLLARED SERIAL
“The White Collared series takes you on a thrill ride of danger, murder and lust, leaving you hungry for the next installment.” (Stacey Kennedy, USA Today Bestselling Author of BARED)
“A rollercoaster ride of jaw-dropping sex, heated anticipation, and a perfect dash of suspense, all tied together with flawless writing. When I wasn’t clenching my thighs, I was frantically flipping pages to find out what would happen next! I can’t recommend this series enough. Buy it. Devour it.” (Alessandra Torre, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author)
“Shelly Bell has a style that keeps me reading all night long [...] a fresh new voice in erotic romance. She brings the heat!” (Lexi Blake, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author)
“WHITE COLLARED, Shelly Bell’s pulsating four-part series of erotic suspense, is a boost to maintain this sub-genre that shot to popularity in the nineteen eighties with the success of, among others, BLUE VELVET and FATAL ATTRACTION.” (The Big Thrill (International Thriller Writers magazine)
“4 1/2 stars! TOP PICK! This is a bona fide page-turner laced with political intrigue, thrilling action and steamy sex scenes. The main characters' chemistry sizzles as they search for the truth behind a gruesome murder and encounter a plot with deadly consequences.” (RT Book Reviews on Blue Blooded)
“If you love romantic suspense novels and like your stories with a little edge to them on the passion side, you will want to check out WHITE COLLARED PART ONE: MERCY. Think of it as a cross between a thriller like Gone Girl and one of the hugely popular BDSM billionaire stories like the Fifty Shades of Gray or the Crossfire Trilogies.” (The Romance Reviews)
Part One: Mercy
The first sexy installment in Shelly Bell's four-part serialized erotic thriller about a young law student who must go undercover at a sex club to prove her client is not guilty of murder.
Driven by ambition …
Third-year law student Kate Martin outran her tragic past to become an intern for her idol and secret crush, the powerful attorney Nicholas Trenton. She is thrilled when Nick assigns her to represent his best friend and client, millionaire Jaxon Deveroux … the prime suspect in his submissive wife Alyssa's murder.
Seduced by desire …
Kate knows they have only a few days to find the real killer, and since signs point to a member of the BDSM community, she volunteers to go undercover as Jaxon's submissive at Benediction—the private sex club where he is a member—to covertly investigate Alyssa's last few months. For years, Kate has kept her dark fantasies a secret … but a chance to explore them with sexy, dominant Jaxon is just too tempting to pass up.
Part Two: Greed
In the second installment of Shelly Bell's four-part serialized erotic thriller, law student Kate Martin enters a world of dark secrets and seductive fantasies at the exclusive sex club Benediction.
Restrained by duty …
Reeling from a threatening phone call and frightened that her past will be revealed, Kate turns to the one man she can still trust: Nick. She can't deny her attraction to him, yet she craves the passionate connection she has with Jaxon.
Bound by passion …
Undercover at Benediction, Jaxon introduces Kate to the sensual pleasures found in exhibitionism and voyeurism. While they mingle with the club's patrons, Jaxon and Kate unearth clues about his wife Alyssa's last days that could lead them to her killer. But as she investigates further, Kate is shocked to learn of a cold case that is eerily similar to Alyssa's murder … and when the evidence ties Jaxon to yet another death, Kate begins to question everything she knows about her enigmatic lover.
Part Three: Revenge
In the third sexy installment of Shelly Bell’s serialized erotic thriller, Kate will finally entrust Jaxon with her secrets, but the lies he’s told have the power to break her heart…and threaten her life.
Motivated by honor…
After Kate’s gruesome discovery, the men in her life unite to protect her from the imminent danger, but Jaxon becomes consumed by the fierce desire to possess her fully. Kate trusts him enough to surrender to him in the bedroom, but she still fears the vulnerability of complete and utter submission.
Enslaved by pleasure…
Jaxon continues to push her sexual and emotional boundaries, penetrating her defenses and crumbling the walls she has built around the painful memories of her past. But just as Kate opens her heart and accepts a future with Jaxon, the devastating truth about Alyssa’s death shatters the tenuous bond they share, testing their relationship and propelling her directly into the path of a desperate murderer.
Part Four: Passion
In the thrilling conclusion to Shelly Bell’s White Collared series, Kate and Jaxon are finally free to put the past behind them, but a shocking betrayal could have deadly consequences that neither saw coming…
Compelled by truth…
With Alyssa’s murder solved, Kate attempts to fix the damage to her relationship with Jaxon but with his reputation and career destroyed by the false accusations, Jaxon asks for time to consider their future. Yet as hard as Kate tries, she can’t extinguish her desire for Jaxon, or forget the pleasure she’s found in submission.
Dominated by love…
In an attempt to convince Jaxon they truly belong together, Kate allows him to dominate her completely, signifying her trust and proving her love. But just as everything she’s ever dreamed of is finally within her grasp, Kate discovers a chilling secret from Alyssa’s past that brings her world crashing down…and reveals a murderer hiding in plain sight.
EXCERPT FROM WHITE COLLARED
Nick reclined in his chair and crossed his arms. “So you just go and ask questions? I don’t see how that would work.”
“It wouldn’t,” she said. “He needs a reason to be there.” Stopping in front of Nick, she placed her hand on his solid shoulder. “Me. I’d go with him as his sub.”
He shot to his feet, his eyes blazing with dissent. “No. Absolutely not. As a member of Jaxon’s legal team, you cannot have a personal relationship, even a pretend one. It’s unethical.”
“I’ll wear a mask,” she said in a quiet voice, attempting to soothe the wild beast she’d uncaged. “No one will know.”
“I’ll know.” He turned her to him and placed his hands on her shoulders. “It’s my role as your supervisor to ensure you don’t violate the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct.”
If Jaxon had not been in the room, she would have accused Nick of allowing his personal feelings for her to get in the way of the case. “Going undercover as Jaxon’s submissive doesn’t violate the code. There isn’t even an explicit rule against having sex with a client.”
“That may be, but I’ve known a few attorneys censured by the Michigan Bar for sleeping with a client. At this point, it would ruin your career. Besides, you’re not a cop or a private investigator. It isn’t your job to play Nancy Drew.”
“You’re right. But an attorney acts as an advocate for his client and what better way to advocate for Jaxon than to find Alyssa’s real killer to prove his innocence?”
“That’s stretching the definition of advocate a bit, don’t you think?” He lowered his voice. “Do you realize what kinds of things go on at that club?”
She couldn’t hold back her smile. He was jealous. “Not exactly. But I can use my imagination.”
He tucked a stray hair behind her ear. “This isn’t funny. You’re too young, and it’s too dangerous.”
“She’s older than I was when Alyssa took me to my first play party,” Jaxon offered from his seat.
Nick dropped his hands to his side and stepped back from her, his gaze never leaving her face. He shook his head as if coming out of a trance and crossed to Jaxon. “I only know what you’ve told me about Benediction. Are you willing to take an innocent girl like Kate there? You can’t possibly prepare her for whom and what she’ll encounter.” He didn’t wait for Jaxon to answer before whipping his attention back to Kate. “And you. Are you ready to bow naked before your master where anyone and everyone can see you?”
“Nick is right, although not about the master part,” Jaxon said calmly, rising from his chair. “While your idea has merit, we can’t subject you to a lifestyle you know nothing about or even want.”
She stomped to stand between Nick and Jaxon. “I’m not innocent and I’m not naïve. I understand what I’ll have to do as Jaxon’s submissive, and I want to do it. I need to do it.”
Nick paused. “Give me a week to come up with another plan. Another way.”
“We don’t have a week,” she reminded him. “I’ve been through this before. The prosecution will twist every piece of evidence to make their case, and when they discover they’re wrong, they’ll cover their political asses rather than admit they made a mistake.”
Nick startled. “What do you mean you’ve been through this before?
“I . . . You know I’m right,” she said, ignoring the question. “I admit I haven’t been to a sex club. I may have read some romantic fiction about sexy billionaire men with emotional issues who call themselves Doms, but I’ve also done quite a bit of research online about BDSM.”
Nick folded his arms across his chest. “I don’t care if you’ve written an entire dissertation on BDSM. I’m not jeopardizing your safety.”
“Even for your best friend?” she asked, knowing it was a low blow.
Jaxon edged closer to her, boxing her in between the two men. “I’ll be with her the entire time, Nick. I won’t allow anyone to touch her, and I won’t push her to do anything she doesn’t want. You can trust me with her.”
“It’s not about trust,” Nick said softly.
“Then what is it about?” asked Jaxon.
Heady warmth unfurled in her chest and her pulse quickened as she fell to her knees and bowed her head. “Sir, may I please attend Benediction as Jaxon’s submissive?”
The men went completely silent. Not a breath could be heard. She almost felt their ravenous gazes on her. Would this prove to them she’d play a convincing submissive?