Devoted to Pleasure

Devoted to Pleasure

by Shayla Black

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ISBN-13: 9780399587375
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Series: A Devoted Lovers Novel , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 4,487
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the Wicked Lovers series and, with Lexi Blake, the Perfect Gentlemen series. For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold well over a million copies and have been published in a dozen languages.

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Devoted to Pleasure 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 11 months ago
5 Star reviews of Devoted To Pleasure (Devoted Lovers #1) by Shayla Black I was excited to hear that Shayla Black had a new series and jumped at the chance to read and review. I fell hard and fast for former military man and now bodyguard Cutter Bryant. He ticked all the boxes for me and I found him to be totally swoon worthy. Cutter is a man who always puts every ones needs above his own, including offering to marry his best friend who finds herself pregnant and in danger of being kicked out by her father; but first he has a job to do. Shealyn West is like all of us, she has made mistakes in the past and it is this that comes back to haunt her with a vengeance. When she hires Cutter to help sort out her security and protect her, she has no idea how her life will change. There’s a fine line between business and pleasure and both Cutter and Shealyn are trying to decide if it is worth taking a risk. The chemistry between Cutter and Shealyn sizzles so much you are in danger of being burnt. When Shealyn finds out about his “fiance” she demands he leaves and refuses to listen to his explanations. When danger rears it’s ugly head, will Cutter be able to save her, will he take a chance and follow his heart or walk away and do what is right by his friend? There is drama, smoking hot scenes and a few tear jerking moments and as I have come to expect from Ms. Black, Devoted To Pleasure is entertaining and extremely well written.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Kept the suspense going throughout- highly recommend ?
LynnB888 9 months ago
Secrets always have a way of coming out! An interesting story of finding love when you least expect it in the midst of a scandal about to happen! The main characters are both fairly complex with their own backgrounds telling their own story while their futures are both in turmoil playing out with them pretending things they don't want to be doing anymore. I enjoyed it! Actress Shealyn West has experienced great success in her career, but her fame has also had consequences. No privacy, having to pretend to date a costar for the good of her image and show, and the latest downfall is a blackmailing scheme come to light about a past mistake she'd do anything to take back. She decides to hire a bodyguard to shore up her security before this all plays out. Former military man turned bodyguard Cutter Bryant is planning on making the ultimate sacrifice of his own happiness for a friend after he settles this upcoming job. When he steps into the middle of Shealyn's life, he quickly realizes that there's more to her story than she's told him. He sets out to find out the details of what's going on and figure out a way to take down the enemy. In the midst of doing so, he and Shea are drawn to each other and start a relationship ... but when she finds out he's promised elsewhere, it all starts to fall apart!
Misty_W 10 months ago
Another great book by Shayla Black, you always know you have a winner when you pick up one of her books. I have been a fan for years and I look forward to the new world and characters she builds. Her books always pull you in until you read the very last word and it leaves you wanting more.
chrismom 10 months ago
Devoted To Pleasure Shayla Black Cutter Bryant has a dilemma, a friend, Brea Bell, who is like a sister to him becomes pregnant by another man. Cutter offers to marry her to save her reputation in their small town, she is the preacher’s daughter. This is merely a marriage of convenience, he loves her, but is not in love with her. Soon he is sent out to L.A. to guard Shealyn West, an actress on a popular TV show. She too is a small town girl and needs a bodyguard because someone is blackmailing her. Shealyn has trust issues, which nearly causes them to both get killed during the payment drop off. When he first arrives, Cutter is patient and waits for Shealyn to tell him what she is being blackmailed for, that was until they were almost killed. There are many suspects including Tower Trent, her costar, as they pretend to be lovers. Soon Shealyn and Cutter become lovers even though they know there is an expiration date on their time together. Cutter Bryant is an honorable man with a strong protective streak. When he realizes that what started out as a simple blackmailing scheme turns into a murder attempt, Cutter is determined to find out who it is with or without Shealyn’s help. After spending so much time with her, he realizes that he is in love with her but already committed himself to Brea Bell. Shealyn has to deal with her trust issues in order for Cutter to keep her alive. This is the first book in a new series by Shayla Black. As you read, you are pulled in by the intrigue and suspense of who is trying to kill Shealyn and why. You also become cheerleaders for the relationship between Shealyn and Cutter. I especially wanted him to find his happily ever after. Just when you think you have the blackmailer/killer figured out, Ms Black adds a twist and you are left trying to figure out “who dunnit”. I look forward to the rest of the books in this series.
Lit_Litehosue 10 months ago
Shealyn's life is beyond crazy to start with and now she is being blackmailed. This book is so full of twists and crazy drama that you will wonder what is happening here and there, but once the story comes together it is so worth the read. Shealyn and Cutter are on fire when they are together, but they have a hard time catching a break. Loved this story and I'm excited to find that there will be more from these characters, as this is the first book in the series. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Kristaj0607 10 months ago
Cutter Bryant works for a private security organization. He has agreed to be a bodyguard for Shealyn West a popular actress who is being blackmailed by an unknown person and putting her safety in danger. Cutter agree to taken this job in California even though he has things going on his personal life. When Cutler gets to California he realizes there is more to Shealyn than he expected and she is beautiful to look at. Shealyn is not willing to trust her heart to just anybody but Cutter keeps chipping away at the edges. Is she willing to let him in? I have been a long-time reader of Shayla Black books. I really enjoyed this book. It was hard to put down it had some nice twists and turns that I was not expecting. It definitely has plenty of passion romance and heartache which I always like. I look forward to reading more books in this series
Bibliophile Chloe 10 months ago
Shayla Black is a new to me author, and wowza am I glad to have read her! I will be digging into her past works soon! Devoted to Pleasure is the first book I have read, but won't be my last! This story of Shealyn and Cutter and what a whirlwind of a story! This was a page turner! The chemistry between these two was hotter than a Carolina Reaper! (The hottest pepper out there, so they say!) I swooned over Cutter, the ultimate southern gentleman! But you still had the just right amount of alpha too! He was trying so hard to do the right thing, but love doesn't wait for the right time or the right circumstances. Love just is.... Shealyn! This girl, I wanted to smack her around for keeping so much from Cutter! But then reading her history, I could understand it better. Still wanted to shake her a bit, but that's what makes the story sooo good! I absolutely loved the secondary characters! Since this is my first book, I am hoping that these characters have their own stories so I can dive into them as deeply as I did this story! There is danger, there is mystery, there is sexiness, there is a bit of everything that makes a story great! I cannot wait to read more from this author! Well done Shayla!
JigsawGirl 10 months ago
Being honest, I was not sure what to expect when I first started this story. Don't ask me why, because I thought I was getting ready to read a western, except for the small town references maybe. No worries. That was cleared up long before the end of the first chapter. Cutter was such a good guy. The only thing I could think is how is he going to get out of this mess. As I read farther into the book, realized there was only one way out. Cutter and Shealyn had chemistry. There was some angst, but not so much as to turn you off. I really expected Cutter to be more of an alpha male. I understand why he spent so much time trying to please everyone, but it was a bit too much. You get secrets, suspense, mystery, steamy, sexy romance and a HEA. A definite 3.5 stars. I am hoping there will be a book about Cage. Looking forward to that one. I voluntarily read and reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I so loved Wicked Lovers series. I’m glad that we will see some of the old while getting to read about the new. The story between Cutter and Shealyn talk about 2 messed up people. They both have trust issues and hero issue. If you have not read the Wicked Lovers series you can still read this series but I’m glad I read these all in order. Great Story and Great Read. Can’t wait for next book.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Once again Shayla Black delivers. Shealyn and Cutter both have to get over trust issues and find their HEA..great story...
JenniferSchultheisJS 11 months ago
Devoted to Pleasure by Shayla Black will captivate readers right from the beginning. It’s the first book in the Devoted Lovers series and I can’t wait to read more! Cutter Bryant is a bodyguard and always does what he thinks is right. Regardless of how it might affect him. When his best friend turns up pregnant, he offers to marry her, and sacrifice his happily ever after. Besides, he probably won’t even find the woman he’s meant to be with…right? Shealyn West needs Cutter to provide her with security and keep her safe, since she is being blackmailed. Should be easy enough, since he’s good at his job, but neither of them were expecting the overwhelming attraction between them. They both realize they need to keep things platonic, but it’s not that easy. And when they do explore their attraction, it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt, because they are both keep secrets from each other. I really enjoyed Devoted to Pleasure and highly recommend it. The characters were well-developed and the story had just the right amount of suspense and romance that I crave!
bbarneybooks28 11 months ago
For a man who thrives on control and has chosen duty and honor over any kind of personal life for much of his life and career, bodyguard and former military man, Cutter Bryant, finds himself in a rather precarious position with his newest client, hollywood starlet, Shealyn West, because their attraction is not something they anticipated and when lines blur and pleasure consumes them, it’s unclear if they’ll come out of this assignment with their hearts or even their lives. Cutter is one heck of an alpha male hero, and, at times, his overprotective nature can be suffocating, especially when it comes to a woman he desires. It’s easy to see Cutter’s conflicting emotions; he commits himself to every job he takes, but there’s added stress in protecting Shealyn because not only are their secrets between them, but the threat to her life is always in the forefront of his mind, which adds further drama to an already crazy situation. Shealyn is an intriguing character - one who has fought to achieve her dreams, and now that they’re threatened by a past mistake and someone looking to benefit from her misdeeds, she needs to do whatever it takes to ensure that everything works out the way she wants and needs them to, and that’s why Cutter Bryant enters her life and ends up turning it upside down. Shealyn does not trust easily which makes sense given her career choice, but there’s something about Cutter that makes her feel protected, even when things seem out of control. The sizzling chemistry between Shealyn and Cutter resonates from the pages, so it’s understandable why they both can’t help but give into what they’re feeling, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t further complicate an already complex situation or feel a bit overbearing when Cutter’s protective nature goes a little overboard, and until the blackmailer is dealt with and all of the secrets are laid bare, things are bound to be dicey and dramatic, and that’s exactly what goes down the closer Shealyn and Cutter become and the infinite lengths that Cutter is willing to go. Devoted to Pleasure is one wild, sensual, and dangerous ride, and the title itself, although it seems contrary to what the word devotion implies, proves to be both a curse and a blessing for Shealyn and Cutter and with the amount of suspense, drama, and twists that occur throughout the storyline, professional and personal relationships become a point of contention for those involved. 4 Poison Apples
NadineBookaholic 11 months ago
Shayla Black starts off this series with a one-two punch right in the solar-plexus, we are not only gifted with the hot and steamy insta-love story of Shealyn and Cutter but it is also filled with a ton of mystery and suspense. Shealyn and Cutter weren't supposed to fall for one another, he was there to do a job then return his home in Louisiana and follow through with his commitments. He needed to find out who was blackmailing Shealyn and stop him/her before they leaked an extremely damaging video to the public and ruin Shealyn's image, the only problem with that was Shealyn just wanted to pay the person and be done with it hoping that they would never blackmail her again. The attraction was instant although they both tried to fight it, but with chemistry as strong as theirs fighting it was a futile attempt to prolong the inevitable. What would you do for love? Would you leave your career behind and move to be with the person you loved? Would you break promises to some you cared for? These questions and many more are addressed in this first book of the Devoted Lovers Series. Devoted to Pleasure was a great start to the series, there is a novella Devoted to Wicked that was released last year that is a cross over between the Wicked Lovers Series and the Devoted Lovers Series which is based on Cutter's brother Cage. I really enjoyed that read as well. While that book came out before this one did the events actually take place after so you can read the books in whichever order you prefer. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is a fan if Shalya Black's and if you haven't read any of her books yet, what are you waiting for?!?! Her books are HOT and filled with likable characters, great story lines, and secondary characters that have you wanting to know more about them as well. Happy Reading!!! *I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book**
gigiluvsbooks2 11 months ago
The first in an all-new sexy contemporary romance series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shayla Black. Bodyguard and former military man Cutter Bryant has always done his duty--no matter what the personal cost. Now he's taking one last high-octane, high-dollar 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. Fame claimed Shealyn West suddenly and with a vengeance after starring in a steamy television drama, but it has come at the expense of her heart. Though she's pretending to date a co-star for her image, a past mistake has come back to haunt her. With a blackmailer watching her every move and the threat of career-ending exposure looming, Shealyn hires Cutter to shore up her security, 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. Review: An excellent start to this new series by Shayla Black! She is one of my go to Authors for stories with strong characters, interesting plots and good sexy times. This story between Cutter and Shealyn is full of mystery, suspense and emotion. The chemistry between them was excellent, them trying to fight it made the coming together so much more satisfying. I liked though they had a lot of similarities in the life and upbringing, but different to make them interesting. Of course the sexy times were very well written, as I would expect with a book by this Author. I loved the back drop of the entertainment industry, it lended to a timely subject matter. The wrapping in of characters from other series was great too. I do have to say I cannot wait to see what may come for One Mile, now that he knows the truth about the baby. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Sailon 11 months ago
Explosive chemistry just can't be denied between Black's newest couple. Sexy and sweet all wrapped up in one great love story. I was left me wanting more. Once again, Shayla Black tantalizes while engulfing the reader in one doozy of a love story. I received this ARC copy of Devoted to Pleasure from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review.
BeckyRendon 11 months ago
Devoted to Pleasure is about two small town people in the big city. She is the Hollywood starlet and he is the bodyguard. Both of them are compensating for pasts that weigh them down. Secrets and emotions are dangerous combination in this book. What you don't know could get you hurt! I enjoyed Devoted to Pleasure. It was a nice easy going read. With the occasional adrenaline spike, Devoted to Pleasure mad it more interesting. I just had a hard time staying in the story. I couldn't connect with the characters on a deeper level so it left me drifting through the book. Was it good? Yeah. Do I recommend it? Yeah, okay, but I won't be shouting from the rooftops on this one.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 11 months ago
3.75 stars-edgy and sexy 3.75 stars-- DEVOTED TO PLEASURE is the first instalment in Shayla Black’s contemporary, adult DEVOTED LOVERS erotic, romantic suspense series-a spin off from the author’s Wicked Lovers series. This is bodyguard and former military man Cutter Bryant, and actress Shealyn West’s story line. You do not have to have read the previous series to understand or follow the new spin-off. Told from dual third person perspectives (Shealyn and Cutter) DEVOTED TO PLEASURE follows the forbidden romance between bodyguard and former military man Cutter Bryant, and actress Shealyn West. Shealyn West is being blackmailed by an unknown source. A video of Shealyn in a compromising situation is about to be released to the world unless Shealyn’s meets with her blackmailer’s demands. Hiring Cutter Bryant to act as her go-between is but the tip of the proverbial iceberg as Shealyn’s personal life is about to be played out in public for the world to see. Cutter Bryant knows there is more to the story than our heroine is letting on, but as a personal bodyguard, Cutter’s job means more than a go-between but a position to protect for more than one night. With his own life spiralling out of control, Cutter finds himself falling for the rising star, a star whose own past is as troubling as Cutter Bryant’s. What ensues is the building romance between Cutter and Shealyn, and the potential fall-out as Cutter’s life back home begins to interfere in his relationship and protection of the woman with whom he is falling in love. DEVOTED TO PLEASURE is a detailed story line where a number of personal issues for both Cutter and Shealyn begin to affect a potential happily ever after. From a prior ‘commitment’ back home for Cutter, to Shealyn’s double life played out for the tabloids, it is only a matter of time before everything begins to implode. The relationship between Cutter and Shealyn is one of immediate attraction, an attraction that does not go unnoticed by those closest to our story line heroine. From the outset Cutter and Shealyn are keeping secrets from one another, secrets that will potentially affect their future, one way or another. The $ex scenes are intimate, seductive and intense but I dislike the use of a certain four-letter word that holds no place in a romance story line. The colorful secondary and supporting characters include Cutter’s brother, police officer Cage Bryant; Cutter’s best friend Brea Bell; Shealyn’s sister Maggie aka Magnolia; Shealyn’s co-star Tower Trent, and fellow actress Jessica Jarrett. The requisite evil has many faces. There are also a couple of cameo appearances and mentions of characters previously introduced in the author’s other series. DEVOTED TO PLEASURE is an edgy and sexy story line. The premise is intriguing and captivating; the characters are spirited, passionate and charismatic; the romance is steamy, hot and heavy. DEVOTED TO PLEASURE is a spicy and dramatic start to Shayla Black’s DEVOTED LOVERS.
grammyx3 11 months ago
Sometimes one pays a very heavy price for saving your best friend's life. Brea Bell found herself pregnant and not wanting anything to do with the baby's father who made her pay a very personal price for rescuing her best friend, her almost brother's life. Cutter Bryant is alive and well so Brea knew she did the right thing. Cutter loves Brea like a sister and wants to thank her for what she has done by marrying her to save her from single motherhood and the unpleasant gossip in the town about the preacher's daughter being unmarried and pregnant. But then Cutter goes to California on assignmeet and meets the woman he is hired to protect, TV star, Shealyn West. The attactrion is instant and , well, things progress from there. Now...what to do, what to do! Shayla Black brings the first full length novel in her new Devoted Lovers series coming out of the gate strong and fast. She is a master at character development and this is seen very much in this story. We met Cutter Bryant before but in this story we get to really know the wonderful person he is. Shealyn's character is a very attractive one to me, a TV star but down-to-earth and not typical Hollywood. Shealyn and Cutter are the perfect couple! I loved getting the glimpses of past characters too. This is a big win for Shayla Black!
mary8808 11 months ago
4.5 stars I found myself loving this story but Cutter was too good to be true. He was there to help anyone who needed it and was even going to give up true love and forever happiness to help a friend, someone as close to him as a sister. It just didn't seem real to me because I haven't met anyone that selfless in my life. Cutter Bryant was the all-around good guy, former military, now a bodyguard for hire and his next assignment has him heading to Hollywood. And after this high profile job, he is giving up his chance at love to help a friend. Wait until he meets Shealyn West, the one person he was not expecting. Small town girl makes it big, Shealyn West is finally living her dream as a Hollywood actress. But what she wasn't ready for was all the press following her every move. And when a blackmailer sends a text with a steamy video of her and a man that is not her boyfriend, she realizes that she needs someone to go with her to drop off the payoff. She hires a bodyguard at a friends recommendation. When the man shows up at her door, Cutter Bryant was not what she was expecting at all. He leaves her tingling all over and tongue-tied. She has never had these feelings towards any man before. And she wants to explore them more with him. Can Cutter and Shealyn enjoy their time together and he can keep her safe too? Will the blackmailer give up after she pays whoever it is off? Will they find out who the blackmailer is? Will Cutter and Shealyn end things when he leaves or will they make a future together? I loved this story and other than Cutter being too good to be true, I recommend it highly. Shayla Black has a way of pulling you into a story and making you feel all the emotions the story has to offer. So I hope you enjoy this story too. **A copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley and this is my honest review**
Anonymous 11 months ago
Thankful for receiving this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Shalya (the author) is beyond sweet. She dedicated this one to her Facebook book beauties. I am definitely one of them because I love all of her work.. Plus who doesn't love having wine Wednesdays. Those who love Wicked Lovers will definitely love this one. Especially since we see some of the characters from those books. Yes this one doesn't include any bdsm but boy was it HOT!! We meet Cutter a natural born protector of those who he loves. He works for a security firm and just hired to protect a actress. Shealyn is being blackmailed and is afraid of what people will think of her. She has been guarding her heart ever since her mother left them as kids. The instant these two meet is like a firework have sparked. This story was filled with sexual tension, suspense, steamy scenes and it was emotional. This is definitely a must read. I can"t wait for the next one and hoping its Cutter brother Cage. I can see Cage bringing some hardcore scenes.
szelisk_64 11 months ago
This is the first (hopefully of many) in the Shayla Black's Devoted Lovers series. You cannot help be drawn in from the very first page. Cutter is a strong, sexy and protective guy who didn't not have it easy growing up. He served his time in the Army and believes in protecting those he loves. Shealyn is not your everyday actress. She's beautiful, compassionate and caring and is loyal to those she loves. Unfortunately, she is also being blackmailed. Cutter is hired not to help her find out who is blackmailing her, but to help her pay the person off. The chemistry between these two is off the charts!!! This book is a must read!! You will not be disappointed.
AmyBosica 11 months ago
Devoted to Pleasure is the first book in the exciting new Devoted Series and follows the story of Cutter and Shealyn. Cutter is a former military man turned bodyguard who will do whatever it takes to get the job done. He has one last assignment before beginning a new role. The one thing he never saw coming was Shealyn. Shealyn had a quick rise to fame, but with fame, danger sometimes follows. When she starts getting blackmailed, she hires Cutter to keep her safe. The chemistry between Cutter and Shealyn is scorching and the lines between business and pleasure begin to blur. Will Cutter be able to win Shealyn’s heart and still keep her safe?? There’s only one way to find out. Devoted to Pleasure was a quick and easy read for me. I loved the idea of this story and couldn’t wait to dive into it. I thought the characters were intriguing and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next with them. I loved the chemistry between Cutter and Shealyn. These to certainly steamed up the pages and left you begging for more. I think this series is off to a terrific start. Devoted to Pleasure was well written and entertaining. It had just the right amount of drama, suspense and sexy good times. I thought this was a good read to spend my afternoon getting swept up in. Devoted to Pleasure is my first book by this author and definitely won’t be my last.
Christine_Miller 11 months ago
I loved this first book in Ms. Black's new series! Cutter is such a great hero. A guy who not only puts family first, but loves with his whole heart. I could tell when he let himself feel for Shealyn that he was all in. He not only wanted to protect her from harm, but wanted desperately to make things right at home before he could look for a future with her. He was an awesome guy....such a great book boyfriend. Shealyn is an actress with not a lot of people around her to trust. Her relationships are all pretend and she has no one she can truly trust, until Cutter shows up. He fills a hole she has always had, but never wanted anyone enough to fill it. She is lonely, but yet she protects herself the best she can. I ached for her. For someone with so much success, she was so alone. I loved this story and watching how their relationship unfolded. There were times of course I wanted to scream at Shealyn, but I had faith that everything would be OK. I can't wait to see where this series go. I enjoyed seeing some old names pop up in here as well.
MBurton 11 months ago
Shealyn West is being blackmailed with a video that was taken without her knowledge. For reasons of her own, she doesn't want to investigate who is doing this to her. She just wants to pay them off in hopes that they will leave her alone once paid. Cutter Bryant is hired to be a bodyguard for actress Shelly West. When he arrives, he is surprised the actress only hired him to protect her while dropping off blackmail money. Cutter tries to convince Shealyn that she needs to let him investigate or the blackmailers will keep coming back, if it truly is money they are after. Cutter knows he shouldn't get close to Shealyn but he can't help the attraction he feels for her. He has obligations at home and can't offer her anything long term. Shealyn has a fake relationship with her co-star of her hit tv series. She knows she shouldn't get close to Cutter in fear of the paparazzi finding out and smearing her name. Cutter and Shealyn's story was ok. I wish I can say that I loved it but it was just ok. Cutter's obligation back home and Shealyn's fake relationship interfered too much into their own story and I think it kept me from connecting with them.