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She didn’t know what she wanted until he made her beg for it...

Morgan O’Malley has seen a lot of kinky things as the hostess of a cable sex talk show. But she’s never met a man like Jack Cole before. A self-proclaimed dominant, he’s as alpha as a male can get–and good for Morgan to have around when an obsessed stalker ratchets up his attempts to get to her.

Though Jack is a bodyguard, Morgan feels anything but safe in his presence. Because slowly and seductively, Jack is bringing her deepest fantasies to the surface. And when he bends her to his will, what’s more shocking than her surrender is how much she enjoys it–and starts to crave his masterful touch. A willing player in Jack’s games, Morgan knows that his motives aren’t pure, but she has no idea how personal they are…

341 pages, Paperback

First published January 2, 2007

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Shayla Black

187 books9,499 followers
Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than ninety contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.

As an only child, Shayla occupied herself by daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and started pursuing a publishing career. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America, her heart was with her stories and characters, so she left her pantyhose and power suits behind.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, gaming, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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Profile Image for Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**.
1,389 reviews651 followers
April 26, 2016

***2.5 Stars***

Allow me to share my feelings on this book in one, concise gif.

That's it. That is basically what you'll be doing for a vast majority while reading...spinning in circles.

The heroine:
Wanting to be dominated is wrong. This feels so good.
My needs are abnormal. I've never felt such pleasure.
Stay away from me. I can't get enough of you.

Rinse and Repeat.

The hero:
I will get my revenge. I feel a connection with her.
I'll get her to admit her true self and break her. She's special.
I have to see this through. Abort mission, she means something to me.

And then the inevitable switch is flipped, and you guessed it...everyone's in love.

Also, I couldn't wrap my head around how all the characters handled the topic of cheating...whether reacting to it, having it inferred or participating in it. As though the act can be so easily explained?

PLEASE NOTE: There is no actual present day cheating in this book.

The mystery/suspense aspect of the book?

Not the circumstances. Not the handling of it. Not the escalation. Definitely not Jack and Morgan's initial getaway.

So what was good about the book? I'll tell you...


Ms. Black, you can write one hell of a drawn out, deliciously wicked sex scene!


And there you have my ramblings. Will I continue on with the series? Possibly? Maybe?
Profile Image for Emily May.
1,962 reviews293k followers
June 21, 2011

Warning: This book contains a whole lot of graphic sex, including but not limited to BDSM, menage and anal play. It is absolutely not for the faint of heart.

The most awful saddest part about this book is that every review I've read says the others in the series are nowhere near as good. It's such a shame because it definitely leaves you with the urge to run out and buy more books by Shayla Black, but I'm not going to force myself through the series and ruin where I've currently left off with the author. And, let's just say, we are on very good terms with each other.

Erotic fiction, for me, can easily get a 3 or 4 star rating as long as it does its job right and fulfills its purpose. A 5 star rating, on the other hand, means that the book really impressed me. Which Wicked Ties most definitely did. There was a lot of sex, naturally, but there was also a very touching development of love between two people. I can see why BDSM erotica when the woman is the sub can easily be viewed as degrading to women. Some will ask "how can a love story be found in BDSM?" But Jack doesn't see Morgan as inferior or weak... he acknowledges her as an independent woman who just so happens to have an adventurous sexual appetite.

Some people see BDSM as a lifestyle and that's something I've never understood. I find it hot as long as it remains well within the bedroom and in the realms of sex. I think sex can separate from the rest of a person's life and I also think allowing someone to have control in the bedroom doesn't mean they get to dictate what you do outside of it. I'm sure there are plenty of powerful people, heads of huge corporations, billionaires, heads of state... that like giving up the reins in their sex life.

Oh shit, now I'm imagining the Queen getting handcuffed by Prince Philip...

You don't think he wears that hat to bed, do you?

I seem to have lost myself on one of those tangents again. Back to the book. I really enjoyed reading the development of the relationship between Jack and Morgan. I found it touching that he managed to get her to open up about her past when previous lovers had been disgusted with her for suggesting they trying something a little different.

But the best thing about this novel is that there is actually a proper story going on here behind the sexytime. Morgan is being harrassed by a mysterious stalker who has even gone so far as to break into her home, send her photos of herself in various places, follow her across the country, and eventually try to shoot her. That's where Jack steps in as he can't resist the pull to protect her... and other stuff. It's a good love story and it's also very hot. I honestly mean it when I say proceed with caution if you're not usually into kink.
Profile Image for ♥ Beth.
61 reviews
April 5, 2010

DAAAAA-YUMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!! If you like your hero super sexy, smoldering hot, dirty talking and ready and determined to fulfill all your fantasies, you must read Wicked Ties!! Jack Cole is sex on a stick and he’ll have you squirming and panting from the beginning to the end of this amazing book!!! WOW!! Shayla Black does erotica justice!! This is definitely one damn HOTTT and steamy read, but it’s also a really great and well developed story with amazing characters! I literally couldn’t put it down! It had me from word one and didn’t let go! It is the one of the best written erotica books that I’ve read to date and definitely goes on my all time FAVS list!!

I LOVED Jack and Morgan’s story and looking forward to Deke’s story in DECADENT!!
Profile Image for Katie.
83 reviews8 followers
September 19, 2012
I am having trouble finding the words to express how much I hated this book. I knew that this was basically supposed to be a sexy book and not great literature, but even by those standards, it failed. How could a book with this much sex manage to be so boring?

Morgan: I have never wanted to get out of a character's head this badly before. The constant, repetitive inner monologues about whether her relationship with Jack was a good idea or not and whether it made her a whore or whatever were *killing* me, especially after she had already had sex with him a few times - she really didn't have so much at stake at that point that it should have been quite such an agonizing decision each. and. every. time. he put a hand on her. Also, nothing throws cold water on a hot scene like a character going on and on about what their mother would think of it. This sexually repressed woman supposedly talks about sex on TV for a living?

Jack: What an ass. Being inside his head was no picnic either. Totally manipulative, and I really didn't see a whole lot on the positive side to redeem him. He wasn't even a very good bodyguard. He spent way to much time in angst-filled inner monologues too, to the point where it seemed like it would be noticeable if you were in the room with him; like someone would ask him a question and he'd be sitting there staring off into space for 10 minutes trying to sort out his thoughts (the SAME thoughts every time of course) and I'd picture the other character patiently waiting for an answer and maybe glancing at their watch.

The sex scenes might have been good if the characters had just stopped thinking so much and gotten into it (if you are thinking about your mom and your past relationships how into it can you be?) and the D/S sexual discovery theme actually had some interesting ground to cover but was lopsided - way overdeveloped on some ways and underdeveloped on others and of course repetitive as hell. The love relationship seemed unconvincing - I definitely got that they were sexually compatible, and that's great, but after 3 days of fucking and fighting they are in love with a capital L? Even better, they couldn't possibly know this without fulfilling every single fantasy she has ever had in one weekend? I totally get that in order to fit 50 sex scenes into a book you have to take some serious liberties with the plot (and this one is paper thin) but this one just had me rolling my eyes. "The woman in the dream had red hair? OMG what a coincidence - Morgan has red hair! If she has red hair, she must be the woman in the dream!" Ack - I wanted to hurl this one across the room.
Profile Image for UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish.
1,166 reviews1,597 followers
June 17, 2010
When I started this book I figured it would be just another sexy read by Shayla Black. WOW! Was I ever wrong! Not about the “sexy read” part, but about the “just another” part of the “sexy read” comment.

Jack Cole is a bodyguard, an alpha male and self proclaimed Dominant. He’s given the opportunity to appear on a cable sex talk show and discuss his sexual proclivities with Morgan O’Malley, the skeptical host of the show. She’s not buying into the whole Dom/sub thing, and Jack's hints that she might actually like it if she tried it. She expected to have to deal with an arrogant, bossy male at their first meeting at a trendy, outdoor cafe, but what she wasn’t expecting was to be shot at. Things quickly go from fun and games, to life or death, but lucky for her, Jack knows his stuff and gets her safely out of the crosshairs. So, this is where the story really takes off as Jack does whatever he has to, to both protect and seduce Morgan.

Having been instantly captivated by the story and finding Jack so incredibly attractive, I was surprised by my reaction to Morgan, who I think was just ok. I didn’t “connect” with her on any level, really and I often found her more than a tad annoying. However Jack…*sigh* … Jack was amazing. I can’t even put my finger on what it was about him that was so compelling, so demanding, so… perfect.

When reading an erotic book like this I don’t expect much in the way of storyline or character development but I have to say that Wicked Ties has it all. Fantastic story, amazing characters, incredible sexual tension… I couldn’t put it down and in fact, Wicked Ties turned out to be one of my favorite reads in a very long time and Jack Cole has a place of honor on my Top Heroes reading shelf.

Sexual Content: Yes. That is to say, this book contains just about everything except m/m.
Profile Image for Aly is so frigging bored.
1,627 reviews274 followers
March 31, 2013

I wanna change Massachusetts with Romania, works here as well...

Wow... This was like a bad Z-movie, a bad porn, Z-movie(and I am claiming artistic license for any repetitions or pleonasm :D)! The hero is a bully who doesn't know what he wants and the heroine kept along with him... He's an a-hole to her, fu*ks up the D/s concept and send her supposed fiancé() a sex video with them. After that he thinks she won't understand why he wants revenge on her "fiancé", as though it's normal to lure a woman to you, f*ck her, lie to her and change her perception of herself, but she should just go along...

The "hero"

I have no words to explain how much this book made me cringe, wince and roll my eyes. What makes it worse is the fact that the start and the blurb were pretty good and I started to have hopes for it, but they were trampled to death. Furthermore the word choices were just WRONG: who the hell says "his stalk", or another great example "muscle slabs"; yes, both of them in regard to sex, I don't find them sexy or alluring or attractive, just the contrary! When anyone says "slab" my mind jumps to a dead cow or the morgue, I can't help it!

All in all:

On a side note, this was a good way to let go of my stress.
Profile Image for Shawna.
3,510 reviews4,567 followers
February 26, 2009
5+ stars - Romantic Suspense/Erotica/BDSM/Ménage

YOWZA! It's difficult to adequately review this book because author Shayla Black successfully weaves so many elements into the story. Anyone who appreciates well written erotica, especially with aspects of BDSM (D/s) or Menage should read this book. Wicked Ties is highly rated and recommended by/for erotica fans for good reason. This book is scorching HOT! It's definitely one of my very favorite erotica novels. I loved it! Be sure to have a glass of ice water nearby when reading this!

April 28, 2010
I had heard so much hype about this book that I was a little disappointed with it. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't wowed. I think Jack's ultra dominance was a little much for me and I felt a little sorry for Morgan--I kept putting myself in her shoes and wanted to strangle Jack. That would have been my sexual fantasy ;-) I wish he had been a little more sensitive than hulking and scowling--but I guess that is pretty much the norm for these brooding dominant male we tend to love so much... When Deke was introduced to the story I started to get back into the story b/c he brought some of that playfulness, coddling and sensitivity I was yearning for.

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Profile Image for Annie .
2,438 reviews812 followers
March 8, 2011
DAYUM!! Wicked Ties is probably one of the better BDSM books that I’ve read. No butt plugs in sight! It was scorching HOT, but still had a lot of heart in it too.

I don’t usually care for heroines in a lot of erotica romance novels, but I found that I really liked Morgan. She’s intelligent and industrious, but still vulnerable in her sexuality. I liked her reluctance to fold in Jack’s presence. It definitely made her submission in the end worth it. I was also terrified for the woman. Having a sicko stalker masturbate in her bed is disgusting! And those photos were damn creepy too.

For her safety, she spends a few days with Jack Cole, a bodyguard and the man who is swoon-worthy, no scratch that, SCREAM-WORTHY! Yeah, Jack is definitely a Dom who knows what he’s doing. That’s probably the biggest understatement.

Also, I LOVED DEKE! It’s rare for me to care about secondary characters, especially in an erotica, but Deke sure made a BIG impression on me with his charms and um...performance! I love him!

In addition to the scorching hot sex scenes, I loved the whole stalker investigation and the ending was GREAT! What a way to end a book! I can’t wait to read more Decadent.
Profile Image for Tracy.
344 reviews5 followers
April 2, 2010
Wicked Ties has more heat than the fire from an erupting volcano. This erotic tale of Jack Cole, ex-Special Forces soldier and experienced dom, and Morgan O’Malley, TV show host who denies her submissive nature, brings new meaning to the word SEXY. As Jack encourages Morgan to embrace her fantasies, he pushes her to submit in ways that will probably make you want Jack to say “Good girl” to you too. With dominant/submissive dynamics, bondage and a ménage, be ready for some explicit (heart stopping) scenes, some (eye-fluttering) dirty talk and (faint-worthy) creative ways to pleasure your partner.

Wicked Ties is a lush, provocative and enticing story that is a must-have for every erotica library.
Profile Image for CraftyBirdies.
856 reviews21 followers
October 24, 2008
Ooooooooh boy. This made me get more books by Shayla Black from the library because that woman can write one steamy sex scene. Not to mention a whole book full. Not to mention her hero is hot and sexy as all get out. This is one steamy book that deserves a rereading on a cold winter's night. The underlying mystery of stalking throws an interesting plot attention grabber.

Also, it introduces Deke, who is in her next book Decadent. I liked knowing a little bit about him in this book first before I read that one. (And he is worth knowing - yummy!)

This book has quite a bit lighter S&M (nothing too scary but more than just blindfolding) and a threesome near the end. Very hot! I owe you, Mahlet, for the awesome recommendation!
Profile Image for Lenore.
596 reviews372 followers
September 29, 2011
I'm not sure about this one...

It had all the characteristics of a classic romance novel with the added twist of the D/s relationship between the main characters and a dose of crime/thriller just to make things a little more interesting.

The sex scenes were scorching hot and I enjoyed them profusely, the BDSM elements believable and well rendered.

But I found myself wanting to skim through both characters' page-long internal dialogue and tormented thoughts, Morgan's constant "he-loves-me/he-loves-me-not" and "does submission make me a slut" moments. There were just too many of them and they were somewhat annoying and tiring.

Plus, I found the whole "revenge" situation pretty weak and kinda boring. I'm sure the author could have found another, a tad more original, way to bring Morgan and Jack together.

But still, this remains a hot read with an even hotter male hero and I will probably be reading the next book in the series.
Profile Image for Krishna Chaitanya.
68 reviews121 followers
May 9, 2017
3.5 starts out of 5
If only I had read this before FSOG.
I have to admit I liked FSOG, the whole BDSM thing was new to me. This one is way better, it's whole another level.
The only problem was, 65% sex and 35% story.
Profile Image for Vallsykes.
816 reviews13 followers
June 6, 2021
2.5 stars
Only one thing could stop me from liking Jack Cole and that is his petty attempt to get back at Brandon Ross, a good guy, as it turns out, (from whom Jack stupidly seeks vengeance) but hell...that is the main plot of the book, and though already a flimsy premise, it is weakened by a subplot of a stalker being after the heroine/damsel in distress, Morgan, and another subplot that just screams that this story is doing way too much.

Guessing the stalker was somewhat easy when narrowed down to three of Morgan's past lovers, and then the secondary subplot that isn't fully developed squeezes in: Morgan is a Talk Show Host, of "Turn Me On", and (though she ineffectively conducts a full interview with Jack's alias, Master J(Dom) though she supposedly makes much to do about raising questions about the world of eroticism and kinkiness. So the plot goes on.
And, it isn't very believable that this heroine is audacious enough to be a talk show host(aka serious, investigative reporter/researcher) because she abandons her goal quite handily when faced with Jack Cole, and of course having to be protected from a stalker doesn't help. Already, this plot is incongruously thickened by tangents, which makes the saying "less is more" a very, very good piece of advice.

Why do I say that? Well, Morgan is also an unwanted 1/2 sister of a Senator, who is on the path to the White House. This could have helped for a deeper look into Morgan as a character, BUT Noooo, this tidbit serves to tie her to her 1/2 brother Brandon Ross, hence equals full circle/ulterior motive and the reason for her introduction to Jack. [and I AM dizzy from it!]

Enter Jack Cole, who the author spends the rest of the novel focusing on---he is the "chère" talking Cajun bad boy with chocolate eyes, and he has a grand-père who encourages him to believe in his Louisiana mojo roots (this is also given some word time). Furthermore, the mystique of the backwater swamp tries to be another character(which shouldn't be romantic, but can be...)[What is this?...like three plots crashing together? [Can we say DIZZIER?] I wanted a focus.

One link to Morgan's investigative forage into Jack is the relationship that unfolds between them evokes the question: Does fulfilling one's fantasies/desires lead to making one whole? Awwwwwww-my heart goes pitter-pat. And this whole D/s world is interesting b/c desires are based on acts considered taboo, and that begs to measure what is too taboo or goes too far when real-life relationships are at stake.

Anyway, it gets 2 stars from me, for effort, and 1/2 star for the extremely hot menage, which is easily the best sex scene. Too bad it is deflated by the hero declaring his love for the first time, which is SO played (yughhh!!!...hated that), and the heroine lets a tear slip and says it back because he has given her the ultimate sacrifice, letting her do the dirty with another man. (NOT!). I just wasn't impressed, okay.
This is one downside to writing reviews. I know to read for enjoyment but reviewing makes me take a closer look and I get cynical. LOL
Profile Image for Heather.
176 reviews20 followers
October 13, 2008
This book is definitely in my top 5 favorite erotica novels. I LOVED it!

Im not going to review this book. I don't think I can do it justice ;D

Just know that I LOVED THIS BOOK. Everyone who likes erotica especially with a BDSM theme should read this book. HOT!

Read it. Now.

Profile Image for Alejandra.
269 reviews49 followers
February 22, 2018
Me ha pasado una cosa curiosa con este libro. Y es que las escenas eróticas me han gustado mucho, entre otras cosas porque no puedes quedarte impasible ante el amo Jack. Sin embargo, la trama es de lo más absurda, sin sentido, no hay por donde cogerla.

Es innegable que esta autora escribe muy bien las escenas de alto voltaje, pero flojea muchísimo con respecto al argumento, desarrollo y ritmo. Todo esto me pareció un tanto cómico.

Solo por Jack y sus momentos guarronacos le daría las 4��� pero tengo que ser honesta así que se queda en 3.
Profile Image for Holly.
1,430 reviews982 followers
November 10, 2016
This book is terrible. If I am going to read a romance-type book, I expect it to consist of about 75% plot/relationship issues and 25% romance. This book was the inverse of that. And what little plot there is, makes no sense. As for the romance, I actually skipped over a couple of chapters because it was BORING me. Do not recommend.
Profile Image for Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R.
120 reviews105 followers
April 14, 2011
Wicked Ties is only intended for readers who like the sizzle and spice,sexual tension that rates off the richter scale. Why do I say this? Well I can not deny that this book contains light BDSM and a Ménage à trois scene that is wantonly wicked! Although there is more to the novel,I just had to throw in that small thought and give readers the heads up!

Morgan O’Malley, is the host of a cable talk show called ‘Turn Me On’. She gets an interview to do research for the show about dominance and submission and hopes to get this guest she's going to interview on the show.She meets with a man named Jack Cole,he's known for being experienced as a Dominant/Alpha Hero,and at the same time is running away from a crazy stalker who's been following her.BUT....little does Morgan know,Jack is devious he knew what he was doing when arranging the meeting,he's out to to get revenge on someone from his past,that Morgan is close to. So everything fits perfectly when they meet and some crazy sadistic shooter ranges fire while their out for lunch.Then BAM! What do we know, Jack is also a bodyguard,which at first I didn't buy it,I just thought he was yet another male trying to get in Morgans panties for a present......I was wrong (well sorta),it was a darn shame too cause he is mighty fine!The sensual heat index between this couple was boiling, enfuego(crazy-hot)in my undies!

Since Jack takes on the role of being Morgan's bodyguard.He takes her back to his place to keep her safe. Well,from everyone but him.....Kinky Stud Muffin! Jack has got it all planned out to have Morgan submit to him,which she enjoys with no questions asked (neither would I LOL!) His revenge is going terrific, except the part where he's not only attracted to Morgan, but his lustful revenge turns him too falling for and liking her.So in somehow someway everything he does will backfire,doesn't it always? Hehehe....
Jack looks towards his best friend Deke for help,being that they are best friends.Deke works in the department of investigations so he does what he can to find out who this stalker is and give Morgan a little piece of mind. If you ask me,it was a setup I tell you! Why would anyone do anything for free? Just to help out a friend? Highly unlikely.No complaints here though.It goes way beyond burning-up-the-pages-with-hot sex. When these three,Jack,Morgan and Deke connect (Literally) You can feel it from your head to your toes and everywhere in between! I don't remember how many times I thought I was catching a fever or hiding my flushed face around my family when reading these three, it was Scorching!The sex is downright dirty and wonderfully wild!

Others would probably not like the fact that Jack uses Morgan for his own personnel uses to plot revenge,but I think,Oh well,everything happened for a reason,and I enjoyed it.Endure it and have fun with it,if you know what the novel is about,then you should already know what to expect.Wicked Ties is flat out about sex, submission and domination. Jack is a pretty tough Dominant male and Morgan is ah.....Morgan. LOL! She seemed a little too much like a Damsel in Distress.But I thought the characters were immensely likable and the story plot was enthralling.

June 17, 2011
Wow...Jack Cole is soooo HAWT!!

"The memory of you in my arms...it's been keeping me hard all night. Watching you sleep was torture. I kept thinking about lying next to you on the bed, peeling your clothes away and devouring everything underneath. I want to get my hands on you, cher. My mouth on you. Get inside you, drive deep and sure. I want you to scream my name when you come." *SWOON*

LUV, LUV, LUV this book!!

Morgan is hiding out from a stalker and happens on Jack Cole, a super hunky body guard that awakens her submissive nature. OMG!! Jack Cole is one HAWT cajun!! He is for sure built to make a girls fantasies come true...even our darkest ones...

I highly recommend this book!! As Jack says, it's Spec-f*cking-tacular!!!

Fav scenes/quotes:

"Shocked, cher? That's what submission is all about. Surrendering control utterly to someone else. Your privacy, your body, your pleasure." (Jack)

"If you want something, cher, drop the towel. I want all of you, and I want you bare." (Jack)

"I've thought about nothing all day long except tying you down and spending morning, noon, and night finding ways to make you come until you scream your throut raw, then beg for more." (Jack)

"I'm here, cher, to fulfill every forbidden fantasy swimming in your mind." (Jack)

"Please take me to your playroom and f*ck me as you see fit...Sir." (Morgan to Jack)

"Dominance and submission can be a game or a way of life, depending on how seriously you play...the promise of pleasure can be every bit as arousing as the pleasure itself, maybe more." (Jack)

"I'd tell you that you're what I've been searching for my whole life. I'd confess that I dreamed about you before I ever met you, and that the first time I got deep inside you, I think I knew that you were meant to be mine." (Jack)

"Your wish is my command...sir." (Morgan to Jack)
Profile Image for Lover of Romance.
2,839 reviews817 followers
May 10, 2022
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.

I want you to burn for me. I want all your fire and independence and sass underneath me. I want to show you what you secretly yearn for and try not to—and how good it can be.

First Impressions
Wicked Ties is the first book in the Wicked Lovers series. This has been a book that has been on my shelf for quite some time. I really grabbed this one up based on an impulse because it sounded so good at the time and I am still not sure why it has taken me so long to read it. I do wish that I had read this one much sooner as it was a stellar read and I just couldn’t put this one down. There was so much goodness in this book and I was all for it. I was intrigued by the way that this author wrote this book and the way that she presented the BDSM elements. There is also a mix of chemistry and angst that worked out so well and we got introduced to some side characters whom I am really looking forward to their stories as well. I do think if you are a fan of the more classic erotic romance like Beth Kerry, then this is definitely going to be a book for you, There is such intimate growth in this story and I was overwhelmed by the level of emotion that this author is able to convey here.

His most important goal is to earn his partner’s trust. Trust is important in any relationship, but especially in one involving Dominance/submission. Without that, how can a woman freely put herself in a man’s care and know that her well-being and safety will always be first? How can she know her master will understand her so he can make her every wicked fantasy come true?

Wicked Ties starts off with our heroine, who is a famous show host, who talks openly about sex and different themes surrounding that. But when she has a dangerous stalker after her, she decides to flee to the south where her half-brother is and where she is provided a safe haven. But when she reaches out to an experience dominant who she wants more research on as she plans on doing a BDSM segment, during their meeting, they are attacked by her stalker who found her. And now she has a sexy dominant bodyguard who is aiming to protect her and make sure she is safe but is also determined to show her personally the advantages to being a submissive and opening herself up to her inner desires. Morgan has always had submissive tendencies, but due to past experience, she has closed herself off from it and doesn’t know where to turn. She is torn in her needs and Jack knows that she is a natural submissive and wants to show her the beauty and discovery in embracing that part of her. But Morgan and Jack will continue on a path of discovery and intimacy while also trying to discover who the stalker is and find their own way to their HEA.

What I Loved
Wicked Ties was such a captivating story and I was stunned by what is conveyed in this book. From the very beginning, I was stunned by the level of intimacy that is built between our characters,. There is something very special about reading a BDSM romance, and this author handled it so well. I loved how alpha our hero is and not just in the bedroom. I also didn’t expect the revenge plot to be introduced. I actually felt like it could have been taken out, but I think it has more relevance for a story later on in the series which is probably why it was implemented here. (although I adore revenge plots). I also found the growth between Jack and Morgan’s relationship to be so intricately beautiful in various aspects. I loved the level of trust that is encouraged in this and the open communication that is focused on primarily. This is true for BDSM relationships, and there is such an intense form of intimacy that you will find in a BDSM romance over the “vanilla” haha I will be honest I don’t read BDSM too much, but when its done well, I will gobble it up. The heat level in this book is pretty steamy, while also there is a major plot and growth of a romantic relationship. I also really enjoyed the menage scene that is placed in. I actually really liked this. I am a big fan of Deke (who is the best form of Jack) and I loved their friendly bantering and I am intrigued by who Deke ends up with later on in the series. I really felt like the scene was well done and it was just a one-time implementation. The only time I am actually okay with these types of scenes is in an erotic romance. I also want to clarify that this isn’t an erotic story (there is a HUGE difference between erotica and erotic romance). This is most definitely a romance, and seeing the deep level of intimacy that is built within this story was superb.

You’re not an idiot. You’re a challenge. You’ve got a saucy mouth that makes me crazy. I can’t decide if I should spank you, laugh, or get you underneath me so all that fire can blister me as I sink deep into you.

What I Struggled With
Honestly, I think if there is anything that I would have made better, is the angst between Jack and Morgan. I felt like the angst was stretched a bit too much in some moments but other than that, the story was just what I was looking for.

Overall View
I found Wicked Ties to be a magnificent story that built well the ties of the BDSM world, the level of trust and openness that is required and delivered a kick ass plot that only intrigued me more into wanting to try out more of this author’s work. OUTSTANDING IN EVERY WAY!

You need someone you can trust with your safety and pleasure, mind, body, and soul. I think that makes you wonderful and perfect.

Trigger Warnings:

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393 reviews460 followers
September 27, 2013
I know its erotica and menage is perfectly normal for this gender, hence, I was feeling uncomfortable reading it because it was evident that Jack did not wanted to share Morgan with another man, although he did it himself in the past. But in this case Jack was emotionally involved and wanted Megan to keep to himself and I wish the author would choose that route..the book itself was hot enough to carry without the menage element..for me it took away something special between Jack and Megan..,I know i am very picky and selective but even my erotica has some boundaries and menage is something I do not enjoy especially when a hero is head over heels with the heroin..I just felt cheated..WHY the author had to spoil this book??? WHY MEGAN would want another man when she already had sexy delicious Jack? SHE IS BLIND!!! WHY can they be happy without the scarify? is it not enough? WHY their love had to be proven by sharing another man? Jack was hurting and so was I. What as huge let down!

Without the menage scene it would have been 4 stars! I know for some its not a problem, but for me its a big factor and I wish I new this before reading this book.
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644 reviews358 followers
December 12, 2013
THIS IS NOT A GENRE FOR ME, lol. I really did try to like it as so many other paranormal romance fans seem to enjoy it, but I just can't get to appreciate them. I do like the hot scenes, but if there's just NOTHING more to read about I get bored and everything just turns more and more of the same.

This was by far the worst read I've found so far. I just couldn't find one little thing I liked. There was NO plot at all, just sex scene after sex scene and there was even nothing I could find "interesting" about them. What got more into my nerves was the fact that the main characters would NOT STOP mentioning how in love they were, while they knew NOTHING about each other nor care to find out.

I made a mistake picking this book to read, I had no idea what it was about. I'm not saying it's bad, don't use my review as an excuse to don't read it, just know that not because you enjoy paranormal romance or contemporary romance you will like this series as well.
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1,292 reviews692 followers
August 28, 2011
This story was ok... I found the characters 'reflecting' too much, reiterating what they were thinking ALL THE TIME ..to the point where the story was getting boring for me. It took me a lot longer to finish this story than it normally would have, had the story had a better pace I would have gotten into it more. I loved Morgan and Jack together, and the whole idea of the stalker..but the writing was kinda lame for me. I so wanted to like this book!
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628 reviews162 followers
January 17, 2018
parfavarrrrrrrr Jack Cole, loca me he quedado
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628 reviews162 followers
February 1, 2018
Relectura disfrutadísima. La historia, pues bueno.... lo que más me gusta es la aceptación de Morgan sobre lo que siente y le gusta. Pero, señoras mías, las escenas de sexo son.... AWWWW, no tienen desperdicio. El amo J es da bomb. HOT HOT HOT y muy muy intenso. Las 4* son para Jack, absolutamente. Qué ratos me has dado "Señor". AMÉN a todo
204 reviews13 followers
March 3, 2020
DNF! Too much suspension of disbelief required. Just a ludicrous amount. I am not going to tag this review with spoilers because, whilst it discusses the first chapter or so in detail, that doesn't really reveal much of the plot beyond the blurb, but gives an indication of just how preposterous Black's books are.

So the book starts with Morgan meeting Jack in a coffee shop where, ostensibly, her stalker has found her and starts wildly shooting at her. Jack and Morgan flee through many alleys and side streets but the shooter is Frank Castle or something, because he manages to stick with them, over rooftops taking pot shots all the way. They seek refuge in a strip club but need to find a way to leave it so they can get to safety.

Now, I get this is set in America, the gun capital of the world, but if my newsfeed is anything to go by, someone firing wildly in the middle of a crowded area still attracts police interest. So the obvious route, surely, is to call the police, they respond by closing down the area with massive police presence until the gunman is found. If nothing else, all those police officers will certainly dissuade shooter from another try. No, this most obvious route is not the one taken, for reasons that stretch belief so thin its in danger of snapping, Morgan has to disguise herself as a stripper (Black has clearly been taking tips from Michael Bay) and pass herself off as Jack’s past lover. To do this he has to sleaze all over her until she's comfortable with his touch... all just so they can walk through a strip club and get in a car. When asked to explain this Jack points out that if she flinches every time he touches her it will be evident she's not a stripper and people will get suspicious. So what?! They don't know who she is, they don't know some stalker is out there willing to pay money to find her so the most they'll do is shrug and turn their attention back to the strippers onstage.

Ladies, word of advice, if you're in a situation where you're being shot at and some guy claims he's a professional bodyguard who can protect you, then comes up with a hare brained scheme that involves dressing up as a stripper, ask for references.
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Shelved as 'dnf'
January 30, 2016
Oh, my gosh...Really???

Mildly spoilerish--discussing events of the first two chapters of nineteen.

Early in Wicked Ties, Morgan O'Malley, TV sex talk show hostess, is having her first face to face meeting with Master J, a respected local Dom who has a bodyguard company, at an outdoor café as a prelude to having him on her show. Even though she has a successful sex-themed talk show, Morgan is completely out of touch with her own desires and needs, and she doesn't know what Dominance and submission really is (sure, that is credible). Naturally, she is attracted to Master J and aghast at her response to him (secret desire).

Morgan's unidentified mad stalker shoots at her from across the street, and Morgan and Master J flee on foot from the café while the shooter pursues them, continuing to shoot at them. They duck into a strip club where Master J knows everyone. Does anyone call the police at this point? or even Master J's bodyguard cohort?

No, they have the brilliant idea that to save Morgan she must masquerade as a stripper so that she can leave the club undetected by the stalker but with Master J--who the stalker saw her go in with. And it cannot be just any stripper; she must be a specific stripper (why????) who is on a friends-with-benefits basis with Master J. Not only must Morgan look like Master J's stripper friend, but she must be willing to submit to public sex acts with him so they can convince everyone in the bar that she is really the stripper before they slip away.

Come on. Really???? I think my IQ just dropped 10 points... DNF in chapter 2.
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146 reviews85 followers
May 17, 2015
That's it. I can't take it anymore. Not only does the idiotic male lead constantly calls the stupid heroine "Cher," which is supposed to mean "Dear" in French, he is utterly incapable of understanding that no means no. Not continue, not "I don't know what I want."

I'm reading All the Rage at the moment and I just can't take this. The heroine had to tell him "no" and "stop" about a thousand times before he finally deigned to keep his cock on a leash. That's just not okay.
I won't expend on this because I'm liable to go on a killing spree, but FUCK NO.

Second point: the French. Again, IT'S NOT THAT HARD TO DO YOUR FUCKING RESEARCH AND ASK SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY SPEAKS FRENCH HOW TO SAY SOMETHING. And Google Translate doesn't count, for fuck's sake.
No, "Cher" doesn't mean "dear". It only does if you're talking to a male, and you still need a word after that. Either a name or a noun or whatever, but NOT "Cher" alone. For your information, dear Shayla Black, you would've needed the hero to call her "Chérie." Because she's a fucking girl.

A few other examples for my fellow French:
Cher, tu sens si douce. No, it doesn't mean you feel so good. It means NOTHING.

L'aide de ciel me. I can't even.

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Author 84 books112 followers
May 17, 2013
I tried hard to like this book, since I went out and bought the entire series as well as two others of a similar style - all at once to the tune of $200 - I've had to read it over time, and pick up other books in between because of the relentless repetitiveness of what's happening in this one. Potentially intriguing characters get lost amid scenes of very non-erotic sexual activity. All in all, if you like a lot of sex with little emotional investment, you'll love this book - I can't say series, because I don't know if the others are a repeat performance of this one, but.... if they are, save your money if you want an engaging story, and look for a different author. Shayla Black is good at what she does, but in small doses for this reader.
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