Devoted to Pleasure: Devoted Lovers Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Bound by duty...
Bodyguard and former military man Cutter Bryant has always done his duty - no matter the cost. Now he's taking one last high-octane assignment before settling down in a new role that means sacrificing his chance at love. But he never expects to share an irresistible chemistry with his beautiful new client.
Tempted by pleasure...
As the star of a steamy television drama, Shealyn West knows fame well, but it has come at the expense of her heart. With a blackmailer watching her every move and the threat of career-ending exposure looming, Shealyn hires Cutter to shore up her security and keep her safe, never imagining their attraction will be too powerful to contain.
As Shealyn and Cutter navigate the scintillating line between business and pleasure, they unravel a web of secrets that threaten their relationship and their lives. When danger strikes, Cutter must decide whether to follow his heart for the first time, or risk losing Shealyn forever.
Contains mature themes.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 43 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 24, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #187,643 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,049 in Military Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#6,943 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#13,919 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
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THE STORY: Bodyguard Cutter Bryant has agreed to protect his dearest friend by committing to a marriage of convenience between them. But before things are finalized, Cutter is off to Los Angeles to serve as a bodyguard for Shealyn West, one of the hottest new television stars. Cutter is thrown off balance by Shealyn from the moment they meet. Shealyn is being threatened by a blackmailer. Wary of revealing her secrets to Cutter, Shealyn is strongly attracted to the man she has hired to protect her. Deciding that there can be nothing long term between them, the two struggle against their feelings and their attraction while trying to find out who is threatening Shealyn.
OPINION: For some reason, I really like a good bodyguard/star story. It might be watching The Bodyguard or perhaps reading Silhouettes with similar stories in the 1980s. For whatever reason, I really was inclined to like this book from the start -- and thankfully, this book exceeded my expectations.
I could have done without the "like a sister" best friend who Cutter has to protect, but that is one of the dramas keeping the couple apart so I think it works as a plot device. What worked much better for me was the blackmailer story. I liked just about everything about it. It was suspenseful, the resolution was dramatic and good. Just good stuff.
I also really, really liked these characters. Both Cutter and Shealyn are wary but oh so willing to fall for one another. Shaelyn is a great combination of strong and independent and sweetness. At times she seems naive, but she is also savvy and determined.
Cutter is a genuinely good guy which is what causes him so many problems. He wants to solve the problems of his friend and doesn't know how to deal with having to take his own happiness.
I liked the relationship between Cutter and Shaelyn. They manage to pack a lot into what turns out to be only a few days. Of course, the danger and drama forces them into confessions that might have taken other longer, but I felt the connection between these two from the moment they met.
This is a good start to a new series. I haven't read the stories of some of the characters who appear here, but I didn't feel that I missed anything (although now I'm tempted to go back and read their stories).
WORTH MENTIONING: There are a whole bunch of characters introduced who I hope get their own stories in this series.
CONNECTED BOOKS: DEVOTED TO PLEASURE is the first book in the Devoted Lovers series. (There is a prequel DEVOTED TO WICKED that is a crossover with the Wicked Lovers series.) Prior books are not necessary. I haven't read any other than DEVOTED TO WICKED and I didn't feel I missed anything.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in order to prepare this review. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
Cutter and Shealyn's attraction to each other is a visceral, throbbing thing that drives them to the heights of pleasure. Yet, it's not just about sex. There's a deep emotional attachment that will only lead to heartache when he has to walk away. No matter how hard they try emotions and feelings develop while a constant maelstrom of gossip and controversy surrounds them.
Shayla Black pens some of the most erotically sensual love scenes I've ever read. She builds layer upon layer of intrigue, mystery, danger and romance to the point that you cannot put the book down. There are some definite edge of your seat moments.
Cutter has a background in the military which he is putting to use in the security field. He is kind, considerate and willing to do anything for anyone. He believes that there is more to his assignment than being by her side for one night and when he finds out what the real situation is he is not about to let her handle it on her own.
Nothing is as simple as they imagined, and their adventure is filled with passion, suspense and twists. They develop feelings for each other, but will it be enough once all the secrets are revealed?