Red Handed: A Benediction Novel

Red Handed: A Benediction Novel

by Shelly Bell

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ISBN-13: 9780062396471
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/14/2015
Series: Benediction Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 677,984
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Shelly Bell writes sensual romance and action-filled erotic thrillers with high emotional stakes for her alpha heroes and kick-ass heroines. She began writing at the insistence of her husband, who dragged her to the store and bought her a laptop. When she's not practicing corporate law, taking care of her family, or writing, you'll find her reading the latest smutty romance.

Shelly Bell is a member of Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.

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Red Handed: A Benediction Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Red Handed was a very sexy read and while that’s great, I felt like the suspense, the whole reason why Danielle is there in the first place, took a backseat in the story. It was almost non-existent at times as she explored her inner sexuality at the club. I found myself forgetting that there was a person’s life on the line until a random note or phone call would pop up demanding that she work faster. I kind of wish that the suspense was a little bit more predominate in the story. Also, when the whole bombshell hits and secrets are revealed, I felt like everything was just brushed aside with no actual repercussions. I don’t want to go into details and give stuff away but I was expecting some feelings of betrayal or at least some hurt feelings but there was none of that. While I would have liked to see more suspense, Red Handed definitely delivered on the erotic aspect of the story line. Since Danielle is new to the lifestyle, she’s slowly introduced to things and starts to realize that she has a little bit of kink in her. Not only that, but Cole definitely delivers in allowing her to explore her newfound interest and those scenes made for some extremely sexy times. I wish there was more suspense to the story but I still found myself enjoying Cole and Danielle’s characters. They were both strong individuals who were not afraid to fight for what they wanted. I enjoyed all the secondary characters that came into play and I look forward to reading their stories. While there were some minor errors in the novel, it didn’t detract too much from the story and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a steamy erotic romance.
KristieK More than 1 year ago
Red-Handed By Shelly Bell 4.5 Star Review by Kristie K A soul-searing addiction, the Benediction series is my new drug of choice… Shelly Bell delivers a scorching hot addition to the Benediction series with Red Handed, the second installment in the series. Everything a girl could want, this book is loaded with mystery, suspense, betrayal, suspicion, desire, tension, sex, and a whole lotta naughty. This was my first step through the doors of Benediction, and such a gorgeous torment it was. I loved every naughty minute, every suspenseful second, every unexpected twist. The characters were incredible. I was able to relate to Danielle in ways that I hadn’t anticipated. She was very real, and so very easy to love. Cole DeMarco was the epitome of a tall, dark, and handsome man that any red-blooded woman would love to call Master. I fell in love with them both, their hearts, their minds, their souls, and their passion for one another. The book in its entirety is amazing, from the gorgeous cover, to the compelling blurb, this book was amazing for me. The character development was on point, and effortless. The storyline and plot were thorough and comprehensive, intense and inclusive. I loved everything about the story, and the characters themselves. The writing was stellar, the work of a truly talented author, with a creative and devious mind. Definitely my kind of woman! Benediction has easily become an addiction, and I’m ready for my next hit Ms. Bell… Kristie K
aRomancelover More than 1 year ago
Okay! Shelly blew me away with this one. I didn't want it to end. I was enthralled with Danielle's journey into BDSM and Cole...well, sexy doesn't begin to describe this man. Danielle Walker wakes in the night to find a stranger in her home, her stepmother’s life being threatened, and she’s given instructions to retrieve bank account information hidden in a place where no one but one man has access…the private quarters of the owner of the most prestigious sex club in Michigan—Benediction. So her only choice is to become a sex slave in training under the one man who has haunted her dreams and sexual fantasies since she was a teen—Cole DeMarco. Cole DeMarco is surprised but pleased that Danielle Walker, the daughter of his former partner, has submitted an application to sex slave training at Benediction but he can’t help but wonder what she’s up to, and if she’s up to all it means to be a sex slave. When unusual things start happening with Danielle in the center of the action, Cole is determined to discover who, and for what reason, is behind it all. Danielle may have set out to seduce him but she ends up being seduced by the world of delights available to her and Cole at Benediction. RED HANDED, the actual book one of the Benediction series by Shelly Bell simply blew me away. Having read these out of order didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the series at all but I am surprised that the first real Benediction book turned out to be one of the best. Having already read BLUE BLOODED, I knew somewhat what to expect but in fact, I had no idea just how seductive the world of BDSM as Shelly paints it could be. The characters, the mystery, the suspense, and the sensuality of RED HANDED is what hooked me in, seduced me, if I may say, and now has me totally addicted to this series. Shelly’s characters are alive and people that I would love to know in real life…especially the men. She kept me on the edge of my seat not knowing who might be behind everything but I have to admit, who it was…I never saw it coming. She got me and that’s usually very difficult to do. The Benediction series by Shelly Bell, as well as the White Collared books are not exactly for everyone but if you’re willing to take a step on the wild side, or if you read the dreaded SHADES books, then I highly, highly recommend reading RED HANDED by Shelly Bell. Darlings, the SHADES books haven’t got a clue as to how hot, how amazing, how inviting, and downright exhilaratingly sexy, BDSM can really be. ***copy purchased for my own personal reading but I'm sharing my honest and unscripted review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good romance mystery, but the erotica was a bit to much for my taste. Read it for yourself.
PansyPetal More than 1 year ago
Last May I was introduced to a new to me author Shelly Bell with her four part serial – White Collared.  I enjoyed that story so when I saw this author with a new story that featured the same BDSM club, well, I just had to check it out.  I am so glad I did.  Red Handed was just as good.  Don’t worry, Red Handed was a definite stand-alone story.  Jaxon and Kate from White Collared made cameos but only as secondary characters.   When I started reading the first chapter I was rather concerned that I had chosen to start this book at bed time.  I know better, but bad habit.  The heroine is awaked in the middle of the night by a masked man and threatened with her step mother’s death if she doesn’t do what she is told.  OMG!  Instant suspense.  Although it was difficult, once Danielle made it to Benediction, I was able to settle down and get a few hours of sleep before I finished the rest of the book.   There are couple things that made it very difficult for Danielle to complete the task of infiltrating Benediction and stealing from its owner, Cole.  One – Danielle is a painfully shy wallflower with no self-esteem.  She may fanaticize, but actually doing . . .  Second – although she has had a crush on Cole since she was seventeen years old, she also believes he is responsible for her father’s death. Benediction is an interesting club.  Like many of them – Club Sin, Shadowlands, and Masters at Arms Club – the place was a residence and the owners also live in them, not to mention that the club is almost another character to the story.  Cole DeMarco is the owner of Benediction as well as the acknowledged Master.  He not only owns the club, but he runs a stable of trainees who also live there.  Although he trains these men and woman in the joys of BDSM – some are total subs, some will be doms and some will be switches – he abstains from having intercourse with any of them.  He doesn’t want them to get attached.  He is not looking for, nor does he want, a sub/slave of his own.  A bit unusual for the owner of a BDSM club, but well, that is what gives this book some added interest. Now, that being said, Cole also has two permanent “slaves” that live at Benediction.  Keep an eye on Adrian and Gracie, they are so much more than they are presented as.  Cole, like any dom, is a multi-layered individual.  He, of course, is independently wealthy.  He has an artistic side and his pictures are displayed in the club.  He has secrets on top of secrets though.   That my dear readers is the set up for the thrilling suspense story.  There are, of course, the wonderful sex scenes that can be found in any book set in a BDSM club.  *fanning self*  But, there is also the “mystery” or suspense of the story.  Where Danielle thought she would be safe while at Benediction, she is finding things in her locked room and still being threatened in the middle of the night.  Doesn’t make for sleeping very well.   An old nemesis that was introduced in White Collar adds some further suspense.  Just when I thought things were getting figured out and we could get to the happy ever after – BAM!  The author throws a curve ball.  OMG!  Gasp!  NOoooo!  Okay, I have to breathe here.  Let me say, things then got really tense and exciting.  Nothing was as we were lead to believe.  Now that is a good suspense thriller.   I have fallen in love with this author and Benediction.  I can only hope there will be more.  Gracie and Adrian need stories.  Not to mention a couple of other secondary character.  I will be watching for more. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Not only had I never read a book by Shelly Bell before Red Handed, I had never read anything from Avon's Red Impulse imprint. I went into this one a bit blind, but hoping for a good solid, sexy read. That's exactly what I got. (Oh, and it was a good bit dirtier than I expected... and I am more than ok with that.) Shelly definitely brought the heat. :) I loved having Shelly's dreamcast for Cole and Danielle when I began this book. Cole was a tough guy to get a read on at first, but picturing Jason Mamoa as I read definitely didn't hurt. (Rawr.) Danielle was a little easier to relate to in a lot of ways. I felt I better understood her motivations and what was driving her. Cole was mysterious. Sexy as hell, obviously interested in Danielle, but guarded and full of secrets. Which, given his line of work, made sense.  This book is as much about Danielle's growth as it is the abduction of her stepmother and the relationship between her and Cole. In the midst of everything else, Danielle is given the opportunity to discover who she really is and embrace some of her darker desires during her time at Benediction. There's a certain freedom to being able to fully explore your sexuality without judgement or recourse. Danielle definitely found that here. She also found a real connection with Cole, a man she's had a crush on since she was a teen.  I already mentioned Red Handed brought the heat, but it also brought the suspense. A little dark at times, it kept me guessing at what would happen next and who was ultimately behind everything. There are some unexpected twists that I enjoyed too. I'd not read the White Collared serial before beginning this book, but I didn't feel that was a problem. The Benediction books stand on their own. I do think I'll go back and read it though, just because I enjoy Shelly's style and her characters.   I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Red hot romantic suspense with some super sexy light BDSM scenes! Cole and Danielle burn up the pages right from the start. They both have secrets they are hiding from each other, and their are a couple of twists that I did not see coming. Danielle starts out as a bit of a wallflower, but Cole teaches her to be confident and to explore her kinky side. Gracie, Aaron and Roman are some great supporting characters that I would really like to see have their own happy ending - ;) 4.5 stars ARC received via Edelweiss
Brit_Nanny_Reads More than 1 year ago
Red Handed I was a huge fan of the White Collar Series from Shelly Bell and I have been eagerly awaiting a new book, well I have to wait no longer, as Ms. Bell has release a new book called Red Handed. So we start the book in the mind of a crazy man, He is about to start the ball rolling on something that will change the lives of so many people, but all he has in his mind is Murder! Danielle’s stepmother has been kidnapped, and the villain who is holding her stepmother is sending to be a trainee slave at Benediction, a private club, which specializes in BDSM and D/s relationships, to get close to Cole DeMarco, the man Danielle has had a crush on for years. Now the villain who is holding her stepmother is sending to be a trainee slave at Benediction, a private club, which specializes in BDSM and D/s relationships. Now, if you have read the White Collar Series, you would remember Cole DeMarco. Well now were going to be hearing more about his back story and how that ties to Danielle and her father. But Cole also has a big secret to hide, one that will alter his life forever, a secret that will prevent him from ever having a family of his own. So through these intense twists and turns of Red Handed, nothing and no one is what they seem. Benediction seems to be the place where the turn “trust no one” comes in very handy. There is SO much going on in this book that I honestly cannot do it justice in this review and would basically be giving away the storyline. But I did love the book. The plot was spellbinding and moving. The writing smooth and the characters delicious. I will admit there is one scene where Danielle receives her Stepmothers finger in a Tiffany box, which has caused me to HATE the sight of Tiffany boxes. In the end and after not much thought (as I loved the book) I give Red Handed 10 out of 10. It is one I have and will continue to re-read again and again.