Title: AT HIS MERCY
Author: Shelly Bell
Series: Forbidden Lovers, #1
On Sale: June 20, 2017
Trade Paperback: $14.99 USD
eBook: $4.99 USD
Angel in his arms . . . Devil at her heels
One last, no-strings night of indulgence. That's all Tristan wants before he begins a much-needed new chapter in his life. Instead he finds an innocent angel in pink who brings him to his knees.
Isabella is done hiding from the world . . . and her haunting memories. Discovering courage in the arms of a perfect stranger, she finally lets go and sheds her inhibitions.
To Isabella's shock, she soon learns that Tristan is more than her mystery man—he's her professor. But Tristan isn't the only person who's found Isabella on campus. A dark figure from her past has come back for her. Now Tristan will risk anything to protect Isabella . . . even if it costs him his life.
“You want to know what I’m going to do to you if you consent to playing with me tonight?” His hot breath tickled the shell of her ear. “Anything I want.” He bit down on her lobe, causing a slight sting before soothing it with his tongue. “And what I want is to turn that creamy white skin of yours pink as your T-shirt. Then, when you’re wet and throbbing, and you’re out of your mind with the need to come, I’ll finger-fuck that pussy of yours until you see stars. How’s that to start? Does it meet with your approval?”
Holy hell in a handbasket.
The image sent a flash of heat to her lower belly, rocking her off her axis and causing her to wobble, her knees suddenly weak as a newborn foal’s. Between her thighs, the muscles clenched and rippled with what she swore was a mini orgasm. “Yes.” She coughed, clearing the rasp of arousal that had formed in her throat. “I can honestly say I approve wholeheartedly.”
His expression turned hungry as his eyes raked over her from head to toe. For a moment, she had the urge to flee just to see if he’d run after her. Pressing her hand to her chest, she shivered, the idea of it surprisingly arousing. What would he do to her when he caught her?
He didn’t give her the chance to find out, snatching his black duffel bag off the floor before interlacing his fingers with hers and dragging her through the throngs of people.
She couldn’t help but wonder what was in that bag of his that would turn her skin pink. “Where are you taking me?” she asked, her heart hammering wildly.
“Somewhere we can talk.”
Talking was the last thing she wanted to do. Her body was hovering on the edge of the unknown, and ready to make that giant leap. “Couldn’t we skip the talking?”
Tristan placed a hand on the base of her spine, directing her past the kitchen. Although the gesture probably meant nothing, it felt almost…territorial, as if he was staking his claim to her. “Safety first. This is your first time and you deserve the full experience. Besides, negotiating is part of the fun. Think of it as cerebral foreplay.”
He was right. She knew nothing about him other than his first name. To hand over her submission without at least having a conversation about safe words and limits would be foolish. But negotiation, fun? She could think of several other things she’d rather do with her mouth at that moment.
As soon as I read that this was a student/professor romance I knew I wanted to read it. This story starts off with a sort of flash back, then switches to the present. Isabella and Tristan meet at a BDSM play party that Isabella's cousin takes her to. It plays out like the standard romance, he sees her across the room and can't help but go to her. He's the experienced Dom and she's the innocent first timer.
I really liked the fact that Isabella is finally taking over her life and making her own decisions, starting with deciding to go off the college, then going to this party. She's finally spreading her wings and that's something I can get behind. Tristan as well is trying to move on from his miserable past and it just seems to be perfect timing. The relationships starts off differently than what I'm used to in a book, they meet at the party and...stuff happens, then turns out they both head toward the same town afterward and end up meeting again! I love the tension and the student/teacher relationship, and the suspense was great as well, but for some reason I still didn't connect with the characters like I would have liked to.
Overall I enjoyed the story and the characters were likable. There was never a dull moment and there was great build up. I am also very interested in if Ryder will get his story next.
* A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review
A sucker for a happy ending, Shelly Bell writes sensual romantic thrillers. When she's not working her day job, taking care of her family, or writing, you'll find her reading the latest romance.
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