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At His Mercy

(Forbidden Lovers #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  464 ratings  ·  113 reviews
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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Forever
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"Tristan is more than her mystery man-he's her professor."
This is the line that I read in the blurb and could not ignore. I'm a sucker for a good professor/student book so I knew I couldn't pass this one up. It was everything I hoped for,a nd more. We got the sexiness of a forbidden relationship, the hotness of a Dom teaching a young sub, and even some suspense thrown in.

Tristan and Isabella had me hooked from the very first chapter and I loved t
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰


Isabella just barely survived an attack by her ex boyfriend 18 months ago. Now she's finally about to leave for college. Just one more thing to do before she goes: she wants to lose her virginity at this BDSM play party her cousin invited her to. She started being intrested in BDSM when she found some books at her cousin's place. And she feels that this is exactly what she's been missing in her life.
Enter Tristan. He's about to leave town too. And he's also about to leave the party - nobody ther
Shelly Bell
Jul 07, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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"I had to constantly remind myself to breathe. Shelly Bell packs a powerful punch with her flawless writing and suspenseful, passionate love story."—#1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Ellen Malpas

"I was at Shelly Bell's mercy from page one. This novel sucked me in, and didn't let me go until t
Susan (susayq ~)
Wow!  This was HOT!  

Isabella and Tristan both had pasts that made them leery of getting involved with another person, but they spent a hot night together as strangers never thinking they'd see each other again.  Imagine their surprise when they each haven't been able to stop thinking about their night together and they run into each other in a college classroom...with Tristan as the professor and Isabella as the student!  It's hard for them to stay away from each other and their pasts come barg
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

Hmm, where to start with this book? I wasn't sure what to expect when I chose it, but there was something in the blurb that intrigued me.

Now firstly, I will say that I liked it, however I did have my problems with it. Nothing to do with the BDSM subject matter, more to do with the fact there was too many other tropes in there as well.

It started out suspensey with Isabella's past, then it flew straight into BDSM - hope you have lube as
Mo (The Scarlet Siren)
Generally, student/teacher books are my JAM. Unfortunately, this one was a bit of a miss for me. This book tried too hard to be too many things, and I ended up not really buying any of it.

Although the connection between Tristan & Isabella was hot as hell, I didn't buy the love aspect of it, and I had trouble accepting him as a Dom.

There was too much melodrama in the suspense plot, and the last few chapters were like an out of control roller coaster.

It was all just too much, and I would have pref
Michelle Austin
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing

At His Mercy was a great 5 star read.

We get pulled in right from the beginning when we see into Isabella’s past with her ex-boyfriend. We jump ahead to Isabella going to a BDSM play party with her cousin Dreama. She has been studying the lifestyle and is ready to see if this is what she is looking for.

Tristan is disappointed in the sub choices at the play party, they all want commitment and he only wants one night. Then he see’s Isabella, She was new
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At His Mercy is the first book I have had the chance to read by Shelly Bell. It certainly will not be my last. Ms. Bell has a way of telling a steamy hot story that also includes deep emotions, mystery, suspense, and love.

Isabella is a girl with some deep issues. She experienced a horrific event that very nearly took her life. Now she wants to live life to the fullest. She discovered BDSM by reading some of her cousin's books on the subject. She takes classes and then is ready to enter into her
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At His Mercy
Shelly Bell

"She was at his mercy. And she wouldn’t have it any other way."

Loved this one 💜 Such an awesome romantic, suspenseful BDSM story. Sexy professor Dom meets innocent freshman sub and falls hard.

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. Discov
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley***

3.5 Stars

This is my first title by Shelly Bell, and I enjoyed it.

I am not sure what I was execting, but it took a slightly different turn than I thought it was going to, which was both interesting and, at times, a little overdone. I liked it, but at the same time, there was a plot twist that I thought was a little too close to the end of the book to allow it to fully be worked through by the characters.

Other than the small
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Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m a sucker for teacher/student romance. Isabelle wants to live her life after nearly loosing it to an abusive ex so when she accepts her cousin’s invitation to a BDSM club she never was surprised to see someone like Tristan there. After their passionate night they never thought they would be seeing each other again especially in a professor/student situation. Would they be able to continue a relationship now that they were in the same place or would they walk away from each other with just the ...more
Everything about this story was exceptional. Tristan and Isabella are by far my favorite fictional couple. They both had a haunted past that was threatening to reemerge and tear apart what was building into an amazing relationship filled with trust and most importantly love. In addition to the amazing sex scenes, there was suspense and a twist that I didn’t see coming. But let’s talk about those sex scenes, shall we? Oh. My. Gosh! Talk about out-of-this world chemistry! The sex in this book is O ...more
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Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
First off i should thank the folks at Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for giving me this ARC to read. I"m a huge fan of discovering new authors and series and this one is definitely one that i'm intrigued to learn more about.

What we have here is an introduction to the world of Tristan and Isabella - 2 people who've had a really tough life so far because of people who they mistakenly trusted and well, now they are both guarded and jaded and really just looking to the end game professional
Matilda Dix
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Definitely romantic suspense in the erotic category. *fans self* This was the first book I have read by Shelly Bell, so I was looking forward to discovering a new author. The author delivers with a great story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, when you are not fanning yourself during their explicit scenes ;)

I love Isabella and Tristan as a couple. He is a bit older than Isabella, but nothing unusual in the romance category. It took a bit of a turn when it turned more into a student/pr
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
~ Lindsey

Heart pounding, soul shattering, heat inducing love story. I freaking loved Isabella and Tristan's story of love and happiness. This was a great story of finding love and dealing with the past . As I’ve said before love is never easy but when it’s worth it when it happens. Love even at its kinkiest and most taboo is so worth it. This book was very well written and so easy to get lost in. I really enjoyed every word of it. These characters were so easy to love, and the story was so
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rated 4.5 Stars

At His Mercy is the first book I've read by this author and I can say without a doubt it won't be my last. I loved that it was the perfect blend of kinky, sexy times and suspense with an awesome twist. I definitely recommend it.

ARC won during Shh...Dispelling the MYTHS about BDSM Giveaway
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At His Mercy, had me at Shelly Bell's Mercy from page 1! This page turner has enough of smokin' hot chemistry and exciting plot twists to keep every reader on the edge of her seat! Tristan and Isabella have an undeniable connection that made me root for them right from the beginning, despite their obvious challenges. I can't wait to meet the next forbidden lovers that Bell conjures up for her readers! ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it

Want I liked about At His Mercy :

Hot chemistry - I felt the chemistry between Tristan and Isabella and found their attraction very believable
Kink - I liked the D/s elements of the BDSM romance wasn't over the top. I think for this story and the characters the kink level was just right.
No Virgins were hurt in the making of this book - I really loved the fact that Isabella wasn't a virgin. I just knew during their first sex scene he was going to find out after he pushed into her th
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“She had no idea what those words did to him. Like a siren’s song, they called to the Dom in him. She made him want to master her, to teach her not about business and economics, but about pleasure and pain, domination and submission.”

It’s been quite some time since I’ve had a chance to pick up a Shelly Bell novel, so when I read the synopsis for this one, I just knew I had to read this one. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed.

At His Mercy is fun, seductive and utterly sexy. Add in a litt
BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Awkward when your one night stand turns out to be your professor at college. This story was odd for me. It felt like it was going several different directions. My guess is to make the story a bit more complex with layers, there are several subplots going on. For me, they were not integrated that well and felt a bit klunky. I liked how this story started. Isabella has overcome a terrible trauma in her life and is going to live a little. Intrigued by BDSM, she hits up a club and somehow finds a do ...more
Whispers From
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Isabella meets Tristian at a play party for Doms and subs. They both just want one night. She's going off to college and he has a job opportunity. They are both in for a big surprise.
Tristian is being blackmailed by his ex wife and Isabella was almost killed by her boyfriend and now he's about to get out of the psychiatric hospital. But she is stronger now and won't live her life in fear.

This is an excellent story. I know this is short but I don't want to give anything away. First time reading
Mollien Fote Osterman
Title: At His Mercy
Author: Shelly Bell
Series: Forbidden Lovers
Publisher: Forever
Reviewer: Mollien
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Genre(s): Romantic Suspense
Page Count: 352 pages
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

"I was at Shelly Bell's mercy from page one. This novel sucked me in, and didn't let me go until the very last sexy page. This book had some of the hottest scenes I've ever read. 10 stars!" --- New York Times bestselling author Alessandra Torre

Angel in his arms . .
Kathy Heare Watts

What an amazing, spine-tingling-page-turning story. I love when the story is a mystery, suspense, with danger, and romance, all tied up together and this book did not fail to give all that and more. Throw in secrets, BDSM, with just the right touch of dominance and submission. From beginning to end, I was engrossed in this tale, the characters, the horror, and the surprises. This was the first time reading this author, but definitely not the last. Ms. Shelly Bell has a way
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tristan is hungry for one last night of no strings attached fun before he leaves town, and he thought attending his friends play party would give him the perfect opportunity to find what he is looking for, but nothing seems to be inspiring him... that is until an innocent looking angel walks through the door. The moment he notices her, his body starts humming with excitement, he can tell she is a newbie, and while most would shy away from her for that reason, it seems to be what is drawing him t ...more
Happily Mary After
Prepare yourself because Shelly Bell’s At His Mercy is hot, hot, hot. This erotic romance has tons of heat but also has a heartfelt love story ensuring the reader will be captivated from beginning to end.

Isabella was a young woman when her abusive high school boyfriend attempted to kill her. She’s recovered and stronger than ever and exploring her sexuality, including dominance and submission. She studies the lifestyle and wants to experience it before moving away to college, and she goes to a p
Cara Ross
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm am SO thrilled to be diving into another marvelous creation by Shelly Bell, as to me, she is the Queen of Erotic thrillers!

In this new series, we meet Isabella, whom has survived more than most 19 year old girls...after "the incident" that nearly ended her short life. But Isabella had regained her health, although she still bares the scars. But now she is taking a step into regaining her being! To trust herself, and others around her. But when an accidental book discovery at her cousins home
Terri Turner
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for A book Lovers Emporium.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book because it starts off very quickly and I was engrossed straight away. The writing was good and the story built up fairly quickly; it held my attention all the way through the book. The author captured the characters perfectly and the chemistry between the two main leads was some of the best I have read.

Isabella has been through a traumatic experience but decides it's time to pull on her big girl panties and get her head
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
I was pleasantly surprised by this book because it starts off very quickly and I was engrossed straight away. The writing was good and the story built up fairly quickly; it held my attention all the way through the book. The author captured the characters perfectly and the chemistry between the two main leads was some of the best I have read.

Isabella has been through a traumatic experience but decides it's time to pull on her big girl panties and get her head back together. While out with her f
Little Bee
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and participation in this book blitz.

From the very first page, I knew this book would be a 5 star read. There was so much hot and so much sizzle, I had the highest of hopes from the get go. This book did not disappoint. This book moved in a consistent flow and there were never any dull moments. It really keeps the reader entranced.

When Isabella walks into the play party for the first time and Tristan lays his eyes on her, t
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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.

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“Have you ever been properly fucked, Angel?” he asked, his voice like a caress she felt all over her body. “Has any man ever made you so crazy you thought you’d die if you didn’t get his cock inside of you? If you couldn’t feel his fingers digging into your thighs as he spread you open and devoured you whole? Have you ever come over and over, so hard and so many times you couldn’t be sure where one ended and the other began?” His thumb plunged into her mouth, sliding over her tongue, before retreating. “Not. Properly. Fucked.” 7 likes
“She licked her parched lips, moistening them, preparing them. “You could lose your job.”
“You could be expelled.”
“It’s unethical.”
His mouth hovered only millimeters over hers. “We doing this?”
She hooked her arms around his neck. “God yes.”
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