20 November 2008


Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade (January 2, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425213617
ISBN-13: 978-0425213612

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…


I would like to give a shout out to all women out there who want a touch of the wicked, the forbidden and the enticement of a man named Master J. If you’re in the mood for a scintillating hot Romantica story then Shayla Black will give it to you like no other in Wicked Ties. It is with the very first sentence in her book that she hit a home run with me.

Have you ever wanted to put yourself in the hands of a man whose sole purpose is to give you pleasure?

Upon reading this sentence my fantasy went into overdrive only to have it rivaled by Shayla Black’s writing skill and her astounding imagination! To conjure up moments of high voltage erotic scenes that still contains enough emotion is what gives this novel its depth. Morgan is confronted with her deepest hidden carnal secrets and it is the gradual process of acceptance that takes the reader into the world of Dominant/submissive. It allowed me to come familiar with the Dominant/submissive dynamics and it forged a bond between me, the reader, and the main characters, Jack Cole and Morgan O’Malley.

The journey of Jack and Morgan is not only one of erotic pleasures but the emotionally charged backdrop is just as well fleshed out. Jack as Master J is a bodyguard with his own company and he is contacted by the talk show Morgan hosts. When Morgan meets Jack to discuss the Dom/sub scene she is attacked by her stalker and before she has any idea what to do Jack has taken control over the situation. He takes her to a cottage in the swamp of Louisiana so he is on familiar territory to protect her.

Jack dares Morgan in such a way it becomes imperative for Morgan to answer the call, to finally reveal her most inner sensual desires and accept that what gives her pleasure. It is the step by step earning of trust between them that amplifies the impact of reading Wicked Ties. Both Morgan and Jack need to come to term with certain issues before they can truly become a Dominant and a submissive in every way possible. It is a delicate balance the author creates, the starring couple needs to hit rock bottom before the bond that is forged will gain in strength and a HAE is possible. With the combustible energy that is created between them it will scorch the fingertips as you’ll turn the pages. The dynamics of a Dominant as well as a submissive is portrayed beautifully and came across as life-like. All the elements of erotic driven scenes, romance, suspense attribute to the complete joy in reading this novel and I for one will be forever treasure this story.

Jack won me over by a land slide but there were two secondary characters that add something of their very own to this story. Brice, as Jack’s grandfather, just made me smile with his wicked gleaming eyes full of humor and then there’s Deke. As I write this review for Wicked Ties I know his story is told In Decadent and I’m clamoring for it! He adds a sharp edge to the relationship of Jack and Morgan but will also tug at your curiosity what he is all about.

While the erotic scenes are vividly described with equally erotic words they never are perceived as crude. Though this is of course a matter of personal taste and speaks to each reader’s comfort zone! I think that if you desire a read that takes the sensuality a big step further then you’re average romance novel but still contains romance, Wicked Ties is the way to go. The very sub-genre Romantica is created for luscious stories like this one!

Praise for Shayla Black in her high-octane lascivious read, Wicked Ties. Morgan O’Malley and Jack Cole are unforgettable together!

Quote Jack:
Do you want a man to see inside you, all the way to your fantasies, the darkest ones you don’t even tell your friends about, and make every one come true?

4.5 Stars

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