ARC Review ~ For His Pleasure ~ Shelly Bell

Posted 21 August, 2019 by Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 3 Comments

*I received a free copy of For His Pleasure from Forever via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *

Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
ARC Review ~ For His Pleasure ~ Shelly BellFor His Pleasure by Shelly Bell
Series: Forbidden Lovers #3
Published by Forever on June 18, 2019
Genres: Adult, BDSM, Contemporary, Erotica, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
4 Stars

The only man she trusts is also the most dangerous.
Cash Turner could never resist a woman in need. It's what shapes his desires--and sealed his fate. Recently released from prison after serving time for a murder he didn't commit, Cash has to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. That means avoiding the curvy, delicious temptation of Dreama Agosto . . . a woman who holds his future in her hands.

Dreama knew returning to work wouldn't be easy, but she wasn't prepared for Cash Turner. He's tall, commanding, the first man to spark her interest in a year . . . and her newest parolee. It doesn't take long for Dreama to realize that there's more to him--and his case--than meets the eye. As the two of them investigate the murder that led to his incarceration, they explore the growing desire between them, risking more than her career. Because now that the real killer has set his sights on Dreama, she's also risking her life.

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For His Pleasure was riveting, immediately pulling me into the the story, and it kept me engaged to the end. SBell writes suspenseful and HOT stories populated by fascinating characters and this one did not disappoint.


  • Characters
    Dreama and Cash were a forbidden match made in heaven. They’d both experienced tragic events and came out the other side stronger. Especially Dreama because despite her perceived weakness, she was one of the strongest women – always willing to fight for what is right. Cash was one of those guys who protects those he loves and would do bodily harm to anyone who hurts a woman. Noble. That’s a big commonality between Dreama and Cash. They’re both noble. And I adored them.
  • Plot/Sub-plots
    The main plot involves Dreama helping Cash figure out the truth about what happened the night that landed him in prison. There are, of course, people who don’t want that information revealed and therefore Dreama is in jeopardy. This made for some excellent suspense. And although I did figure out whodunit before the reveal, I didn’t want to believe it! There are a couple of sub-plots woven in that gave For His Pleasure more depth. SBell deftly incorporated these and I enjoyed the complexity they added.
  • Romance
    Dreama and Cash were rather captivated by one another. But the deck was stacked against them. Not only was a relationship forbidden – parole office/parolee – but Dreama also had some lingering issues due to the attach she suffered. So seeing them defy the odds – and the rules – because what they had was not something you ignore, was heartwarming. Oh, and HOT. I appreciated how SBell worked in the BDSM angle despite Dreama’s issues.


For His Pleasure is the third book in the Forbidden Lovers series but it can be read standalone. However, a few of the characters from the previous books play important roles here and I’m very curious about them and their romance. So I’ll be catching up asap. It’s been awhile since I read SBell and I’d forgotten how well she writes Romantic Suspense/Erotic Romance. For His Pleasure was a pleasant reminder and I’ll be putting more SBell into my queue.

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About Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Brandee is a mom of 3 and a soon-to-be empty nester. She is also an avid reader, a genre omnivore, and a compulsive one-clicker - but she's in recovery. Besides being a reader, she's also a writer and hopes to divide the vast quantities of spare time she'll soon have between reading and finally publishing her first book.

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