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Red Handed

(Benediction #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Shelly Bell returns with another steamy and suspenseful thriller set at the exclusive sex club Benediction …

An exhibitionist who's waited her whole life to be seen …

After her stepmother is abducted, Danielle Walker has no choice but to follow the kidnapper's cryptic instructions. Under the guise of a sex slave trainee, she must infiltrate Cole DeMarco's BDSM club and find
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Published March 10th 2015 by Avon Red Impulse
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Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
Red Handed is RED HOT!!!

With Red Hot we are exposed to the daily operation at Benediction, the setting for Bell's White Collared series.

The characters in this story are making me really excited for this series; from the sinful Master Cole to Master Logan. I love Cole, pretty damn difficult not to with his quiet demeanor and ever-watchful eyes. He doesn't talk much, but when he does, most of the time it's dirty.

3.5 stars rounded down to 3.

I feel like I need to preface this by saying that I don't read erotica on a normal basis. This is mainly because I don't feel like I ever get an in depth story in a erotica book. Maybe I should I avoid it all together. Maybe I just needed something a little different. I don't know, but this book did not change my mind about erotica works.

I have only read a handful of straight up erotica and it's usually BDSM. This is no different. IMO, this book is "okay". Not great
SBee Reviews
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smoking-hot & intriguing world!, April 21, 2017

This is the first book in a 3-book Benediction series, as well as my first read from this author.

Cole DeMarco had noticed 17-year-old Danielle spying on him when he was visiting her father for business. Now he meets her once again eight years later as Master Cole, owner of Benediction, a BDSM club. The only thing wrong with the scenario: her excuse for being there learning to become a slave does not ring true. As she is introduced into his titillati
M.K. Schiller
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think every girl has felt like Danielle at one time or another. I really loved her honesty about her body issues without it being the main focus of the book. This book had so many high-speed curves, I feared falling off the road. It's definitely a fast-paced read, but even without the hot sex, beautiful hero, and twisting plot, I loved the character development and Danielle's arc. Of course, Master Cole was the perfect man to act as her mirror! ...more
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five Amazing Stars! Danielle wakes in the middle of the night to find someone in her home threatening her stepmother. Danielle is given specific instructions to retrieve bank account information that is hidden in the private quarters of the owner of Benediction. Benediction is a prestigious sex club and Danielle must go in as a sex slave in training in order to gain access to Cole's private quarters. Cole is pleasantly surprised to see Danielle but he wonders why she is applying to become a sex ...more
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by this author and I was hooked from the beginning! There was so much complexity in the storyline. It had drama, suspense, and twists and turns. The sex scenes were off the charts! I loved Danielle and Cole! I will definitely be reading more by this author including the next book in this series.
*I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This is my honest review.*
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last May I was introduced to a new to me author Shelly Bell with her four part serial – White Collared. I enjoyed that story so when I saw this author with a new story that featured the same BDSM club, well, I just had to check it out. I am so glad I did. Red Handed was just as good. Don’t worry, Red Handed was a definite stand-alone story. Jaxon and Kate from White Collared made cameos but only as secondary characters.

When I started reading the first chapter I was rather concerned that I had c
Stephanie  G
4.5 Stars

Danielle Walker will do anything to rescue her kidnapped step-mother, even if it means training to be a slave at the sex club Benediction, owned by the man she has had a crush on since she was 17 who helped to put her father in jail. Cole Demarco is the owner of Benediction and her father’s ex-business partner. He has watched over Danielle for the past 8-years without her knowing it. Will his obsession be enough to save her or will her sense of betrayal be the obstacle that puts her in
Rachael Orman
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been in a bit of a book funk lately, but this one caught me from the first page and I couldn't put it down. I read it in one day.

Danielle is being forced to infiltrate a sex club so she can find documents that no one else has been able to get their hands on. Cole, the owner, is someone she knew in the past.

Their chemistry was incredibly hot. The BDSM aspects of the book were mild, but still done well in a sexy way.

I loved the unique twists in the story because every time I thought I had
Ruthie Taylor
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I received a free copy of the book to read and review for Wicked Reads"

This fast paced mystery based in a BDSM club has all the ingredients to get you hot and bothered. It mixes high drama and danger with sexy scenes of D/s and a budding romance many years in the making. Bluff and double bluff with a big unexpected twist or three at the end are enough to make the reader forget to breathe! Couple this with an emergent love story, with a potential tragedy thrown in and it probably uses up as many
Talk Supe
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
It pains me not to like this because I loved the first book so much! Lets just say that if I read Red Handed first, I wouldn't have continued with the series.

The style and even the tone is very different from White Collared. I loved the premise, but the suspense part disappeared for most of the novel. It became more about Danielle exploring her kinky side and fulfilling a crush, than really trying to rescue her stepmother from the clutches of a sadist.

And what is up with the romance? I expecte
Ms. Shelly Bell never disappoints. Love Love Love her writing!!! Please tell me you're going to give us Gracie and Adrian's happily ever after...

I just love spin-offs
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Danielle and Cole's story is a lot more than the synopsis give. Cole was actually Danielle's father's silent business partner. They never actually met but they'd seen each other once before when Cole stopped by the house to speak with her dad. She's been holding a flame for him since she was 17. Her father wound up joining to jail and killing himself and it's all because of Cole. So, when Danielle's stepmother is kidnapped and she's tasked to infiltrate Cole's BDSM club in order to get her hands ...more
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc
Reviewed for Confessions From RomaholicsReview copy kindly provided by Avon
in exchange for a honest review

I love a good book regardless of genre and I was curious enough to take a chance on this novel. Red Handed may be my first book from Shelly Bell but it won’t be the last. Mixing a bit of intrigue and bdsm, my first foray into the world of Benediction didn’t disappoint as it was the perfect mix of the genres.

Red Handed tells the story of Danielle Walker who is torn, forced into a position sh
The Romance Evangelist
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review at The Romance Evangelist.

Anyone who follows my reviews at all knows that I’m not a big fan of serials, but one of the best romances I read last year was Shelly Bell’s four part romantic suspense serial, WHITE COLLARED. So naturally I was excited about reading her full length follow-up novel, RED HANDED. The previous story introduced us to the super exclusive BDSM club Benediction, and now in RED HANDED, we get to see that cl
This is a very entertaining combo of thriller and erotic romance. It's also the perfect vehicle to explore the world of BDSM, slave training and kinky lifestyle. It's intense, but it actually paints this kind of relationship with respect.

It was eye-opening to me in the way that it provides a shocking but illustrative start to how a woman would be trained to become a willing sex slave. The reader becomes Danielle, sensual but innocent in those ways. She harbours hidden longings secretly bonded to
Catherine Crook
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica, suspense
Readers were introduced to Benediction and it's secrets in Shelly Bell's White Collared series. The series was brilliantly penned and such an intriguing take on the world of BDSM. Eagerness filled my book loving soul when she announced there would be a full length Benediction novel. Cole DeMarco is the mysterious owner of Benediction. While we know his limits and know his turn-ons, we don't know about the real man.
Enter Danielle Walker. Benediction's newest sex slave trainee. Curious as to if C
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay! Shelly blew me away with this one. I didn't want it to end. I was enthralled with Danielle's journey into BDSM and Cole...well, sexy doesn't begin to describe this man.

Danielle Walker wakes in the night to find a stranger in her home, her stepmother’s life being threatened, and she’s given instructions to retrieve bank account information hidden in a place where no one but one man has access…the private quarters of the owner of the most prestigious sex club in Michigan—Benediction. So her
Holy smokes Red Handed is definitely a panty melting hot read.

First off I love me some interracial love so that was amazing and definitely a plus in regards to this book. Go interracial love!!

Danielle wakes up in the middle of the night one night to a man in her bed and a gun to her head. Now her stepmother has been taken and she’s heading into enemy territory. Having always been a sexual deviant Danielle takes this opportunity at Cole DeMarco’s sex club to help get her stepmother out of danger
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Not only had I never read a book by Shelly Bell before Red Handed, I had never read anything from Avon's Red Impulse imprint. I went into this one a bit blind, but hoping for a good solid, sexy read. That's exactly what I got. (Oh, and it was a good bit dirtier than I expected... and I am more than ok with that.) Shelly definitely brought the heat. :)

I loved having Shelly's dreamcast for Cole and Danielle when I began this book. Cole was a toug
Cara Ross
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Red Handed
I was a huge fan of the White Collar Series from Shelly Bell and I have been eagerly awaiting a new book, well I have to wait no longer, as Ms. Bell has release a new book called Red Handed.
So we start the book in the mind of a crazy man, He is about to start the ball rolling on something that will change the lives of so many people, but all he has in his mind is Murder!
Danielle’s stepmother has been kidnapped, and the villain who is holding her stepmother is sending to be a trainee sl
Christi Lofton
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Edelweiss and the author, I was allowed to read a complimentary copy of this book. I was very excited because I have read Shelly Bell in the past and loved her work. I was not disappointed as this book was not only a very hot read, but a very intriguing one also.

The book takes you into the world of BDSM. The majority of the book is spent in the home of a sex club and centered around Danielle's entry into the world as a sex slave trainee. Danielle is only there to try to get secrets of
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Red Handed by Shelly Bell was an intriguing read. This book is extremely well written. The characters have depth and are written into their places in the story with precision.
I loved the fact that our main character, Danielle, is not your typical run of the mill love interest. She has demons about her body style and fears that no one could really love her because of it. Especially not Master Cole DeMarco. Master Cole ' s character had me enthralled with reading Red Handed. Shelly put just the am
Aliza Mann
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will admit that I am not a person who picks up a BDSM AND Suspense novel and reads it in one day. But this book, I read it in two days. The hero and heroine had unbelievable chemistry. I liked Shelly Bell's writing style and Benediction was an eye-opening experience.
Without giving anything away, I appreciated the underlying suspense tone which amplified the intensity of their relationship. Master Cole was awesome and throughout the entire book, you wondered if you could really trust him, whil
Jennifer Schultheis
Red Handed: A Benediction Novel is such an amazing read!!! It's scorching hot, so there maybe times when you will fan yourself. I was kind of in a book funk before reading this, but that all ended as soon as I started reading Red Handed. I read it in one sitting, because frankly I couldn't put it down...I didn't want to put it down! Danielle and Master Cole sure know how to heat up the pages and keep me interested. There wasn't a boring moment in this book, the twist and turns that this author c ...more
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, kindle, 2015
I guess I like my BDSM with a bit of suspense in the plot. The main character, Danielle, was not completely annoying. She had some self esteem issues because of her weight, but overall she wasn't dumb. Mostly. Because it was a suspense novel, so she had to make a few wrong moves.

But Cole. Ah, Cole. Me likey. Me likey a lot. I could picture him in all of his sexy, tough yet caring, protective glory. Good stuff. I'm giving it a 2 1/2 stars because it had a cheesy HEA ending that I tend to like but
Cole Demarco is HOT, hotter than hot and a dom to boot~! Danielle has been attracted to him for a VERY long time, he was a business associate of her fathers. Danielle's father died in prison for white collar crimes, she blames Cole for his plight and she is at war over her feelings of lust and hatred.

The story begins as she is informed her step mother has been abducted for information she has to get from Cole, but toget this information she has to become a sex slave. Cole is all about sex slaves
Red hot romantic suspense with some super sexy light BDSM scenes! Cole and Danielle burn up the pages right from the start. They both have secrets they are hiding from each other, and their are a couple of twists that I did not see coming. Danielle starts out as a bit of a wallflower, but Cole teaches her to be confident and to explore her kinky side. Gracie, Aaron and Roman are some great supporting characters that I would really like to see have their own happy ending - ;) 4.5 stars

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Allie Ritch
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! The characters were well done, the sex scenes were smoking hot, and the pacing was terrific. While the BDSM elements enhanced the story, they didn't overshadow the characters or bog down the plot. I think fans of the genre will enjoy the book, yet there was nothing too extreme to put off readers who don't typically pick up a BDSM novel. The suspense was good, and the ending had a twist I didn't see coming. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a spicy read. ...more
Jill  Kirtley
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!!

This is my first Shelly Bell novel and boy was it hot, the story line was excellent and well written, the characters were great especially Cole and Danielle, I can't wait to read more about the other characters so I'm off to buy the next book in the Benediction series, it's exciting stuff to discover a new author with an extensive list of books that will keep me busy for the next few weeks. Yeah!!!!!
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Shelly Bell is the author of the popular Benediction and Forbidden Lovers series.

Her book, Blue Blooded, received a Top Pick from Romantic Times Book Reviews and was nominated for an RT Award. At His Mercy, the first in her Forbidden Lovers series, was named a Top Pick from Romantic Times and received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.

When she’s not working her day job, taking care of her

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