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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 on At His Mercy
Fate brought them together. Family could tear them apart.
Ryder McKay may be a playboy, but he's never been a fool. Not until he met the woman he simply knew as Jane. For one night, he dropped his guard, but in the morning she disappearedalong with a copy of his top secret technology.
When it ends up in the hands of his biggest enemyhis fatherRyder knows without a doubt he's been betrayed. And when he finds Jane again, a year later, he can't decide what's worsethat her mother is marrying his brother, or that he still finds Jane irresistible, despite the fact that she's a liar, a thief, and his father's latest protégé.
Jane Cooper does have a secret, but it's not the one Ryder thinks. As their rekindled passion changes into something deeper, they'll have to work together to untangle a web of lies and corruption that will shatter everything they thought they knew about their pasts. Because Jane's not the only one with a secretand this secret is getting people killed.
About the Author
A sucker for a happy ending, Shelly Bell writes sensual romantic thrillers. When she's not working her day job, taking care of her family, or writing, you'll find her reading the latest romance.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“You’re letting her go because you’re scared,” Isaac said as if it was obvious. “You and Jane both are. It’s easier for you both to end things now than to live every day knowing that something might take you from one another in the blink of an eye. But when we love someone, we take that risk.” Ryder McKay was an ordinary child. He is afraid of the dark, lived with his older brother and was raised by his father, Keane McKay, who told him his mother died at childbirth. Until, at age four, he has a nightmare with all the lights on, that will exchange his relationship with his father. Forever Jane was a rejected and unwanted child. Abandoned by her mother, who after many years does not care to engage in any relationship with her, she was raised without much love for her uncle and aunt. She becomes an intelligent and successful woman. And very grateful to her mentor, the perfect Keane McKay. When Ryder and Jane knows each other the chemistry between them is explosive. When BDSM comes on the field you ask yourself if the book will stay focused on that alone. And the answer is no. The book also brings elements of police suspense, psychological thriller and parts filled with tenderness. Something that surprised me. The deeper we dig into the plot, the more new mysteries appears. No one is trustworthy. We have a couple with an absurd chemistry and many traumas that seek a relationship that is much more than just sex. Sex scenes are descriptive, but not exaggerated. It has BDSM, but nothing too scandalous or scary. The way the author shows out the vulnerabilities and needs of Jane and Ryder turn the storytelling interesting. Shelly Bell changed my concepts and prejudices a bit. A dramatic turnaround very well built and exciting. With shocking secrets coming to the surface and changing the way we see all the characters. An ending that lacerated and then warms your heart. An intense romance. With love, dangers, mysteries, babies and BDSM. A mixture that does not seem right, but is very well developed by the author and results in an excellent reading.
I highly recommend His to Claim by Shelly Bell. It is the second book in A Forbidden Lovers series, but can be read as a standalone book. This is the story of Ryder McKay and Jane Cooper. His to Claim is a story of suspense, sex and intrigue. The main character Jane Cooper is a wallflower who doesn’t realize her full potential. She was separated as a newborn from her mother and grew up with an older aunt and uncle. She never felt wanted by her mother and grandparents thus resulting in self-esteem issues. She excelled at college and earned a top position at McKay Industries. Ryder McKay has his own childhood trauma that affected him to this day. Due to observing something he wasn’t supposed to, he grew up thinking his father had killed his mother and ordered him to forget about it. This caused a lifelong rift in the relationship between father and son and resulted in estrangement once Ryder became an adult. Ryder and Jane meet at a conference. Ryder is interested immediately, Jane is smitten from the first glance. Jane decides no one knows her at this conference and she is going to live for once in her short life and lose her virginity. They have a one night stand and Jane sneaks out without exchanging more than first names with Ryder. Eventually, Ryder and Jane meet again at Ryder’s brother, Finn, and Jane’s mother, Ciara’s wedding. They still can’t get enough of each other. Ryder jumps to conclusions about his father when he discovers Jane is his employee, especially after Ryder reveals that someone stole his designs while attending the conference where he met Jane. Coincidence??? Jane has kept some secrets from Ryder. When he discovers them, will it cement her guilt or vindicate her? Ryder and Jane continue to try to build their relationship in the midst of murder, mystery and mayhem. Several people end up dead! What will happen to Ryder and Jane? Or Finn and Ciara? Will Ryder’s father be the mastermind behind all of this as Ryder believes or is it someone else? The truth comes out in the end but this book will have you on the edge of your seat as the plot thickens and time runs out for Jane and Ryder! Five Stars **Review by Kara, Late Night Reviewer for Up All Night w/ Books**
Rated 4.5 Stars His To Claim sucked me in from page one and kept my attention throughout. It was a great melding of bdsm, suspense and hot sex sprinkled with a bit of taboo. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and going on this journey with these characters and cannot wait to read the next book in the series. ARC provided by publisher through Net Galley in exchange for a honest review
His to Claim by Shelly Bell is book two in the Forbidden Lovers series, but can definitely be read as a standalone. Readers who love suspense, romance, and intrigue, will love this one! This story does include BDSM elements, but it doesn’t revolve around the whole book and isn’t as intense as the author’s other books. When Ryder McKay and Jane Cooper lock eyes with each other, there is an instant connection that cannot be denied. Jane throws caution to the wind and decides to go for it with Ryder. After a night of uncontrollable heat, Jane sneaks out due to a misunderstanding. When she finds out she’s pregnant from their very steamy encounter, she tries to track him down, but has no luck. Ryder is also trying to track Jane down, but for different reasons. He believes she stole something from him and needs to find her. Both Jane and Ryder find out how small of a world it really is, when they run into each other again. Not everything is as it appears for these two and this author leaves you guessing until the very end! His to Claim is one of those books that keeps your attention from the very first page and doesn’t let up, until the very end. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, but have no problems re-reading this one, until then. Highly recommended!
The moment Ryder McKay's eye land on Jane he knows he has to have her, there is a pull between them that can't be ignored, and he wants to explore whatever it is that is swirling around in the air between them. But she seems to be a little reluctant at first, but with a little talking, and a little bravery on her part, they soon find themselves exploring every inch of one another behind closed doors. Then just as quickly as she breezed into his life, she breezes out in the middle of the night, without so much as a phone number or a goodbye. And everyday since he has been searching for her in the face of every women he comes across, it's almost as if he dreamed the whole thing up... then she unexpectedly appears at his brother's wedding and things take an unexpected turn! The magical night Jane Cooper spent with Ryder has been on repeat in her mind for the last year, every movement, every caress, and every heated glance is etched in her mind. She would love nothing more than to relive that moment with him, but she doesn't know his last name, where he lives, or how to find him. Then out of the blue, at her mother's wedding, he waltzes through the door, and turns her world upside down all over again with just one look... His To Claim is a cleverly crafted tale that will have you smitten from the first page, and falling madly in love with every page that comes after. With each page you turn you will feel the emotion, the passion brewing between the characters, and the suspense that is constantly hanging in the air... and at times it is so powerful that it will leave you overwhelmed. This newest offering to the Forbidden Desires series packs a serious punch on all fronts, it has the erotic allure I've come to expect from this author, the suspenseful nature that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and the emotional depth that will inspire a serious case of the feels... it was downright amazing!! I highly recommend you get your hands on this one, the moment you crack the cover you will be hooked!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.