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Black Listed

(Benediction #4)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  44 reviews
She sacrificed everything to keep him safe…
Five years ago, con artist Lisa Smith broke the first rule of hustling when she fell in love with—and married—her mark, billionaire Sawyer Hayes. The erotic nights spent acting out her darkest fantasies with her husband and Master were the happiest of her life. But when her ruthless father demanded she kill him and take his money,
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Published March 22nd 2016 by Avon Red Impulse
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Shelly Bell
Nov 15, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Here's the first excerpt for the March 22nd release, Black Listed.

As long as Lisa had the ability to inherit Sawyer’s estate, he was in danger. Now that he was back in her life, there was one more thing she could do to ensure his safety.

She squared her shoulders. “If I did you a favor by leaving, then you won’t mind giving me a divorce.”

He flinched, the first crack in his armor that she’d witnessed tonight. “That’s what you want?”

Her breath stalled in her chest. “Y-yes.”

A divorce was the last
Jessica Alcazar
Talk about nail biting, panty soaking, seat of your pants ridiculously good book! YES, Black Listed was all that and so much more!
OK, so this was not only my first read in the series, but also my first read by the author. When I finished reading it, not only did I one-click the first three in the series, but I've also marked Shelly Bell as a go-to author! The book took no time to read, which is an excellent sign. It kept me interested. I was intrigued by the twists and enthralled by the ridiculo
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
I got what I was expecting from this read a thrill, a few chills, and lots of red hot making up. There was suspense. A second chance that was not quite earned but given. Lisa/Annalise had a hard choice to make to let the love of her life live or die. Family loyalty can be a bitch and take a lot out of you when you make the wrong choice. For five years she had to make that wrong choice the right one to keep the man she loved more than anything alive.

The fluff of frill romance has left the buildi
Talk Supe
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars
I love the plot, the theme of reconciliation, criminal pasts, stalkers, terrorizing the MC's, it all added to the thrill. What felt inconsistent with me is how forgiveness was so easily given. Not that I want Sawyer to hold grudges, but the catharsis was almost not there. A few rounds of kinky sex and POOF!, all's well in paradise. It's not realistic especially as the conflict affected the romantic relationship between Sawyer and Lisa.

As for the erotica side, I'm person ally tired of BD
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Smith was raised by con artists, and before she even knew that what she was doing was wrong, she was a part of their scams; it was the only life she knew. When her father told her to con, and marry, young billionaire Sawyer Hayes, things went awry. Lisa fell in love with Sawyer, for the first time of her life, she was really happy; she had found someone who cared deeply about her. But when Lisa’s father asked that she kill Sawyer, Lisa vanished to spare her husband’s life, however she took ...more
Cara Ross
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so thrilled that Shelly Bell has released another Benediction book and finally! We will discover the secret between Lisa and Sawyer that was alluded to in at the end of Blue Blooded.

Lisa Smith aka Annaliese Hayes turned her back on the only person she has every loved, in order to protect him from…her! You see Annaliese family is full of con artists and they made Annaliese one from the moment she realized that they were not normal. After so many years Annaliese's father sets his sights on Saw
I wasn't supposed to be reading because I had TONS to do but of course I finished a book because... stressed.

ANYWAY, I was a teensy bit excited about this book ever since I finished reading the third one because A HEROINE WITH MY NAME ???!

spoiler: it wasn't her real name. #bummer

I love the angst and emotions between both Sawyer and not-Lisa; I'm a sucker for drama and this one has it in spades. I mean, not-Lisa did con her hot husband millions of dollars and then ran away with it and left him h
Ruthie Taylor
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the fourth in the series (White Collared is book 1)- and they interlink, but each deals with another couple. I have enjoyed them all. You could read this as a standalone, but they are all good, so don't miss out on the treat.

Lisa (aka ... Annaliese amongst others) has been keeping a low profile for a long time, but one photo in a newspaper leads to the whole of this story unfolding. The split between a good plot
Codi Gary
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
When I want a hot, smexy read, I am never disappointed with a Shelly Bell book and Black Listed is no exception. This novel had me from the very first chapter and I couldn't wait to finish it. In fact, I did so in three hours with a few interruptions along the way, but it was hard to walk away from. Lisa was a facinating character and Sawyer...well, he was just yum. Bell's voice reminds me of Linda Howard's romantic suspense, except Bell's have a lot more sex. :-) Okay, not just sex but seriousl ...more
Irene Menge
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A non-traditional steamy romantic thriller with well-developed characters, plenty of suspense and unexpected twists.
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just when I think Shelly can't give us better, she does!

Let me just say straight out…I love the Benediction series. I cannot get enough of it, and even though it is not a series for everyone, I think everyone should try it on for size just once. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I do either, but it is truly addicting.

We first met Lisa Smith in the White Collared books and frankly, I didn’t like her much. I thought her conniving and was always feeling as if Kate needed to watch her back wit
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
No one knows how to adapt to their surroundings quite like Lisa Smith, changing personalities and identities is second nature to her, and really the only way she knows how to live. When you are raised by and surrounded by a group of con artists you really have no other choice then follow suit and do what your taught, even if it is wrong. When her father tells her to con, and marry, billionaire Sawyer Hayes, she is game to complete the mission, but things take an unexpected turn. Lisa ends up bre ...more
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
5 stars

Shelly Bell certainly knows how to heat things up! This book had the perfect mix of danger, mystery and lots of hot steamy BDSM goodness. Lisa was raised to be a con artist by her family. With her parents and her two older brothers that's how they made their living. After her last mark she just can't do it anymore. On the run, it's only a matter of time until she's found; but by who? Sawyer was Lisa's most recent victim, but he still loves his wife.

Lisa really felt remorse for the things
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Panty Scorching- 5
Angst- 3
Overall Rating- 5
Received an ARC for review

I keep telling myself, don’t sign up for a book that is in the midst of a series.
This is book 4 of the Benediction series of but this author, and if I would have listened to myself not to sign up for this, since it was a book 4, and I had not read any of the previous books, I would have missed this HOT, and SEXY story.

I haven’t read a good BDSM story in a while, and this one got me hooked again.

The Smutbrarians
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: earc
Panty Scorching- 5
Angst- 3
Overall Rating- 5
Kindle eARC
Reviewed by Joanna

I keep telling myself, don’t sign up for a book that is in the midst of a series.
This is book 4 of the Benediction series of but this author, and if I would have listened to myself not to sign up for this, since it was a book 4, and I had not read any of the previous books, I would have missed this HOT, and SEXY story.

I haven’t read a good BDSM story in a while, and this one got me hooked again.

Anne Dawson
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars – steaming hot and full of suspense

Black Listed is the 4th book in the Benediction series and my first by this author. The books are all interlinked but can be read as standalones and what you get with this is a story that will keep you on your toes with plenty of suspense that had me guessing right up to the end. Mix in some intense, steamy hotness and this book had a recipe to be a great read right from the start and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

With con artists for parents, Lisa (An
Book Loving Fairy-Blog
4 Stars

Black Listed is a continuation of the Benediction series by Shelly Bell, but I had no problem reading it as a stand alone. While former characters and their stories are brought up, I didn't feel lost with what was going on.

Lisa Smith is living a lie. She's been on the run for four years, living someone else's life. All that changes when her past comes charging back at her, in the form of her husband Sawyer Hayes. The husband that she stole from and then ran from. The husband that knows he
Julie Barrett
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I absolutely loved this book, it has everything I look for in a great read - passion, suspense, emotion, steamy, kinky sex and true love. It's an action packed roller coaster ride with lots of twists and turns and ups and downs. This is the second book I've read in this series now, but I think I'm going to go back and read the previous books as Shelly Bell is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

Lisa Smith is a con artist who fell in love with and married her mark, Sawyer Hayes. When h
So I’ve only read one book from the Benediction series before this one, but when I saw this one was coming out I had to read it. Shelly Bell does an amazing job at writing naughty scenes, romance, characters, and high stakes relationships. I couldn’t pass up this story so here I am.

Lisa Smith had a harsh life growing up. Abusive parents and siblings with nothing but lies, sex, and scandal. Her last job was to marry Sawyer Hayes and steal his money, until someone changed the stakes and she was f
Reviews from the Heart
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading a story by this author. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I was kept on my toes. Throughout the whole book there is a mystery person and it keeps you guessing right till the end. The storyline was pretty good. It could have used something more in places but all in all it was a steamy, suspenseful, erotica read. BDSM scenes that were sexy and sinful too!

Lisa doesn't know who she really is anymore. She has been pulling cons since...well foreve
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happens if all you know and been taught to do is con people? What happens when you find the love of your life but the con requires you to do them harm? Lisa was faced with this dilemma so she did what she does best, she runs but not just from the con, her family too. She builds a new life for herself away from all the con’s, starts a career and feels normal. But then, Sawyer, her last con and husband, strolls back into her life. She loves Sawyer but fears for his life if her family finds th ...more
Christi Lofton
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed all of the Benediction Series, but Black Listed is by far my favorite. This book centers on Lisa and how her past has finally caught up with her. When Sawyer reappears in her life, everything she has been running from has found her. Despite her need to keep Sawyer safe, she can't deny her feelings for the man. The passion that the two once shared is as strong as ever. You can almost feel it jump off of the pages.

In addition to Sawyer, others from Lisa's past have found her. Her r
Monique Tinline
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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What did I just read? I have never picked up a book by Shelly Bell before and now I question as to why?

This was amazing, a mixture of hot steamy melt your panty BDSM but full of suspense with an amazing story.

From page one I was hooked, the twists and turns that kept me guessing, not knowing what was going to happen next.

Annaliese and Sawyer sure know how to heat up the pages, the BDSM scenes were so well written, was like you wanted to live out the scene with them.

Another must read author
She Hearts Books
Black Listed is the perfect blend of passion and suspense with a bit of kink thrown in for good measure.

Lisa had left him behind to save his life. She loved him completely and made the sacrifice. She never expected to see him again when she made a new and clean life for herself. I fell hard for Sawyer. He is a delicious naughty talking bossy man with his heart on his sleeve for Lisa. I loved that about him. He came for her. Never stopped loving her even after she left him broken. I loved them t
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I'very read by this author..but let me tell go I am going to read the other this Blurb intrigued me!
Lisa/ Annaliese is married to the handsome and very well of Sawyer..but to protect him from her family's threat she leaves him behind and start over!
Sawyer wants her back..and he proposes something outrageously hot.. and who can resist, right? Certainly not Lisa!
Passion ignites yet again...but...
Someone wants to kill Lisa...
Romance and passion, suspense and adren
megan wykle
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is definitely a BDSM book, but the storyline is so amazing. It is suspenseful book, where things aren't always like they appear. Annaleise spent most of her life conning people, until she meets and marries Sawyer. He is everything she dreams of, but she must leave for his protection. Fast forward four years, and they meet again . Their combustible chemistry is still alive, but Annaleise thinks the threat is still there. Attacks begins, lies are told. Can their love survive the truth?????

Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black Listed is the fourth in Shelly Bell's Benediction series. Lisa and Sawyer's story can be read as a standalone but the previous books provide stories of characters found in Black Listed. Bell packs a punch with plenty of action and sexy, hot scenes. I was hooked with the married con artist and billionaire, I couldn't wait to see what happened with their seven day deal.

Black Listed is my first Benediction story but not my last. I'm looking forward to getting the previous books in the series
After leaving us loyal readers hanging at the end of Blue Blooded, she definitely didn't disappoint. I love how she throws erotica, suspense, and humor all together. She didn't leave us with a possibility of another Benediction book, but I hope she gives us Gracie or one of Sawyer's guys. ...more
Mandie Trahan
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was sent to me for an honest review.

This is book 4 of the series and can be a stand alone.
This is my book to read by this author and I rate it 4 stars.
This book is HOTTTT.
This book is steamy.
this book has very intense sex scenes, violence, love, and have I mentioned sex?
I'm very pleased with this book and I enjoyed the different characters. I'm not certain who my favorite person is in the book but I'm sure it is one of Sawyers friends. ;)
Jill  Kirtley
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!!

This book was the hottest and sexiest of all the Benediction novels, there was nothing Sawyer and Lisa wouldn't do, their story line was excellent and well written.
If you love reading books featuring BDSM, murder, secrets and lies, love and true friendships then you'll love this series.
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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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