Thursday, March 26, 2015

BLOG TOUR REVIEW - Red Handed: A Benediction Novel by Shelly Bell

Red Handed
A Benediction Novel
By: Shelly Bell
Releasing March 10th, 2015
Avon Red Impulse


An exhibitionist who's waited her whole life to be seen …

After her stepmother is abducted, Danielle Walker has no choice but to follow the kidnapper's cryptic instructions. Under the guise of a sex slave trainee, she must infiltrate Cole DeMarco's BDSM club and find evidence of his offshore bank account … or she'll never see her stepmother alive again. But Master Cole is no stranger, and despite the dark past they share, Danielle cannot resist his magnetic pull.

The voyeur who's always been watching …

As Danielle begins uncovering Cole's secrets, the artistic voyeur arouses her deepest desires, and she surrenders to a fiery passion she never expected. But with time running out to save her stepmother, Danielle and Cole will face off against an evil growing more ruthless by the day … and discover a twisted web of lies, betrayal, and murder that neither saw coming.

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Author Info
A sucker for a happy ending, Shelly Bell writes sensual romance often with a bit of kink and action-filled erotic thrillers with high-emotional stakes for her alpha heroes and kick-ass heroines.
She began writing upon the insistence of her husband who dragged her to the store and bought her a laptop. When she’s not working her day job, taking care of her family, or writing, you’ll find her reading the latest smutty romance.
She currently writes for Avon Red Impulse, Loose Id, and Soul Mate Publishing.

Author Links:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Going into this book, I figured the main premise would be the smexy scenes between Danielle and Cole, so I was surprised as I was reading that there is also the story arc about what happened to Danielle's stepmother and who was responsible and all of the craziness that goes along with that part of the story.

Danielle is a young woman who has some insecurities about herself. She was overweight when she was younger, and although she has lost the weight, she still doesn't have self-confidence, and doesn't see herself as a sexy woman. 

Cole is a few years older than Danielle, but has always had some type of feelings for her. What worked for me was that Danielle and Cole already have a history of sorts that goes back a few years, although Danielle believes that Cole is responsible for what eventually happened to her father. Even though she ends up as a trainee at Cole's BDSM club (all part of what she has to do to gain her stepmother's release), she finally finds someplace where she feels like she fits in, given her sexual proclivities. She also makes a few friends and manages to find love.

I loved the side characters Gracie and Logan, they brought the comedy to this story. Actually, all of the characters played well against each other and that was able to keep the story balanced. When the truth was finally revealed I will say that I was surprised, because that wasn't what I was expecting. But the ending was good and I enjoyed how everything worked out.

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.


  1. Thank you for hosting RED HANDED today!

  2. Thanks for hosting and for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed it!