White Collared, Part Four: Passion

Shelly Bell
White Collared, Part Four: Passion
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Avon Red Impulse
Release Date
June 2014
Book 4 of White Collared
BDSM, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

In the thrilling conclusion of Shelly Bell's White Collared series, Kate and Jaxon are finally free to put the past behind them, but a shocking betrayal could have deadly consequences that neither saw coming.

Compelled by truth …
With Alyssa's murder solved, Kate attempts to fix the damage to her relationship with Jaxon, but with his reputation and career destroyed by false accusations, Jaxon asks for time to consider their future. Yet as hard as Kate tries, she can't extinguish her desire for Jaxon, or forget the pleasure she's found in submission.

Dominated by love …
In an attempt to convince Jaxon they truly belong together, Kate allows him to dominate her completely, signifying her trust and proving her love. But just as everything she's ever dreamed of is finally within her grasp, Kate discovers a chilling secret from Alyssa's past that brings her world crashing down … and reveals a murderer hiding in plain sight.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jun 14, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
201 people found the following review helpful
*Please note that this is the fourth and last part of a story, each part comprising its own book. The first three parts need to be read in sequential order before this installment to fully appreciate the plot, and this review contains spoilers for the prior installments.*

What a stunning conclusion to an erotic thriller that is full of edgy, steamy BDSM scenes and intricate suspense-filled passages! Although little clues were strewn throughout the prior three parts, it's not really until this installment that the identity of the killer is determinable. And about half way through this book, the shocking revelation has dramatic implications. Additionally, we finally get closure as to which of the two men in her life the heroine chooses to have an HEA with. What a way to tie it all together!

At the beginning of WHITE COLLARED PART FOUR: PASSION, Kate Martin, a legal intern, believes she has found the real murderer who murdered Jaxon Deveroux's ex-wife. Jaxon, her client and lover, had been accused of the murder, and she and his best friend Nicholas had been defending the charges. Thinking that she is now safe, and with the allegations behind Jaxon Deveroux, she tries to move on with her relationship with Jaxon. But things are never that easy, and Jaxon soon finds that following the media's indictment, he is now ruined irrespective of the "real" killer having been found. Consequently, he decides that he needs time to determine how to move forward with his life, including a time-out from Kate.

In the meantime, Nicholas, Kate's boss and mentor, has also made his feelings known for her and he swoops right in to try to pick up the pieces. Will Kate wait for Jaxon or will she find solace in Nicholas' arms and determine that he is the man she should really move on with? Moreover, when reality turns out to be completely different from what she believes, and she finds out that a killer is still on the loose, does Kate find out in time to remain safe?

I commend Ms. Bell for taking the path less traveled and actually weaving into her story a potentially controversial ending. I enjoy books with plots that are difficult to discern, and that is rarely the case with romance novels. Ms. Bell's courage to venture outside of the typical mold is what makes this a good read. I look forward to reading more works by Shelly Bell in the future!
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