Misadventures Series 1, 2 & 4 by Meredith Wild, Chelle Bliss, Helen Hardt, and Shayla Black

Misadventures Series 1, 2 & 4 by Meredith Wild, Chelle Bliss, Helen Hardt and Shayla Black

Misadventures series

Misadventures is a multi-authored series of stand alone novellas. There are currently fourteen installments scheduled between September 2017 and June of next year. My review covers three of these story line.

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MISADVENTURES OF A CITY GIRL
(Misadventures #1)
by Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss
Release Date: September 12, 2017

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Fresh off a divorce from a Hollywood hotshot, Madison Atwood needs an escape. With the paparazzi fresh on her heels and her love life splashed on every tabloid, she runs away to a swanky retreat in Northern California. Avalon Springs is the mountainside haven she needs to find herself again.

Luke Dawson lives off the grid, preferring solitude to society. When he finds a beautiful woman soaking in the hot springs on his property, he can’t stop himself from watching her. She captures his attention, but she’s just a city girl—a beautiful distraction disturbing the peace he’s settled here to find.

When Madison discovers Luke’s secluded cabin, he can’t turn her away again. They make no promises. Madison needs to feel wanted again, and Luke misses the touch of a woman. But when mother nature has other plans, they’re forced to spend more than a night of passion together. Can Luke say goodbye to the only woman who’s made him feeling anything in years, and can Madison leave behind the man who brought her back to life?

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REVIEW: MISADVENTURES OF A CITY GIRL by Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss is the first installment in the multi-authored MISADVENTURES erotic, romance novella series. This is Hollywood makeup artist Madison Atwood, and former Navy SEAL Luke Dawson’s story line. Each installment in the MISADVENTURES series is a stand alone, and can be read in any order.

Told from dual first person points of view (Madison and Luke) MISADVENTURES OF A CITY GIRL is an erotic story of romance; of insta lust between two people, far off the grid, struggling to move on with their lives. Madison Atwood is a newly divorced, single woman whose escape into the wilds at the Avalon Spa in Northern California will bring her face to face with a grizzly, mountain man Luke Dawson. Hoping to relax and recover following the revelation of her Hollywood hotshot husband’s infidelity, Madison embarks on a month long spa vacation but doesn’t intend to follow the retreat’s day to day itinerary. Enter Luke Dawson, a former Navy SEAL who struggles with PTSD, and the social anxiety of big city living. His reputation, whether earned or untrue, precedes his introduction to the people who live and work near the Avalon Spa. What ensues is the quick developing, sexual relationship between Luke and Madison, and the fall out as Luke struggles with his need for a woman whose entire life has been spent in the public eye.

MISADVENTURES OF A CITY GIRL is a quick read; an erotic romance based on sexual attraction, want and need. Opposites in every aspect of their lives, Madison and Luke’s physical relationship is all about the here and now. The character building is limited; the world building focuses on the woodlands of Northern California, and the back and forth relationship between our leading couple but saying that I struggled with some of the immaturity and actions of a man who has seen the worst and lived to tell about it, and of a woman who reacted without thinking about the consequences. There were also some discriminating reactions towards our leading couple that I felt needed some further explanation. While Madison begins living in the moment, Luke struggles with memories from the past. The premise and characters are interesting; the romance is erotic and intense.

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MISADVENTURES OF A GOOD WIFE
(Misadventures #2)
by Meredith Wild and Helen Hardt
Release Date October 3, 2017

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 3, 2017

Kate and Price Lewis had the perfect marriage—love, fulfilling careers, and a great apartment in the city. But when Price’s work takes him overseas and his plane goes down, their happily-ever-after goes down with it.

A year later, Kate is still trying to cope. She’s tied to her grief as tightly as she was bound to Price. When her sister-in-law coaxes her into an extended girls’ trip—three weeks on a remote island in the South Pacific—Kate agrees. At a villa as secluded as the island, they’re the only people in sight, until Kate sees a ghost walking toward them on the beach. Price is alive.

Their reunion is anything but picture perfect. Kate has been loyal to the husband she thought was dead, but she needs answers. What she gets instead is a cryptic proposal—go back home in three weeks, or disappear with Price…forever.

Emotions run high, passions burn bright, and Kate faces an impossible choice. Can Price win back his wife? Or will his secrets tear them apart?

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REVIEW:   MISADVENTURES OF A GOOD WIFE by Meredith Wild and Helen Hardt is the second installment in the multi-authored, erotic, romance novella series. This is Kate and Price Lewis’s story line. Each installment in the MISADVENTURES series is a stand alone, and can be read in any order.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Kate and Price) MISADVENTURES OF A GOOD WIFE is second chance story line between married couple Kate and Price Lewis. One year earlier Kate’s life was destroyed with the news that her husband’s plane went done without any survivors. Fast forward to present day and our heroine discovers that not only is her husband alive but on the run for his life. What ensues is the rekindling relationship between Price and Kate, and the fall out when Price’s whereabouts have been discovered by the people trying to destroy his life.

MISADVENTURES OF A GOOD WIFE is a fast paced, erotically charged story of second chances. Kate lost the only man she would ever love but his ‘return from the dead’ comes with too man conditions and complications including the possibility of a life on the run. The rekindling relationship finds our couple in a constant state of arousal including the need to prove that their love have never wavered in spite of Price’s apparent betrayal. The $ex scenes are numerous, erotic and provocative. My only complaint is the use of a four-letter word that I hesitate to include in any romantic situation or story line. The premise is entertaining; the characters are colorful and determined; the romance is raw and edgy.

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MISADVENTURES OF A BACKUP BRIDE
(Misadventures #4)
by Shayla Black
Release Date: October 17, 2017

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 17, 2017

An Overnight Billionaire… When Carson Frost inherits a confectionary that rakes in billions but is too cash-strapped to last another sixty days, he agrees to take a loan from his late father’s rival. There are two catches: Carson has to sign over a permanent stake in the company, and marry the man’s daughter.

Concocts a Fake Bride… Two weeks before the wedding, he gets cold feet and claims he’s in love with someone else. The investor says he’ll still hand over the cash if Carson takes a stroll down the aisle–with the woman who owns his heart. Since he isn’t even dating anyone, Carson panics. Where is he going to find a bride willing to jilt him at the altar on such short notice?

And Whips Up a Little Love. Ella Hope is an actress happy for any paying gig, but jilting a hottie in public isn’t what she had in mind. Still, she needs rent, and he’s in a bind. How hard can it be? While playing at matrimony, suddenly their intimacy isn’t so fake. Ella can’t help but fantasize that Carson is her groom and they will live happily ever after. But once his company is safe, will he want her anymore?

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REVIEW :MISADVENTURES OF A BACKUP BRIDE is the fourth installment in the multi-authored MISADVENTURES anthology series of novellas. This is billionaire, candy company owner and CEO Carson Frost, and actress Ella Hope’s story line. Each installment in the MISADVENTURES series is a stand alone, and can be read in any order.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Ella and Carson) MISADVENTURES OF A BACKUP BRIDE follows the fake relationship between billionaire owner of Sweet Darlin’ Candy Company Carson Frost, and struggling Hollywood actress Ella Hope. With the recent death of his biological father Carson Frost became the sole owner and proprietor of the Sweet Darlin’ Candy Company-a company over extended on funds, and struggling to survive. When Gregory Shaw, his competition and rival at Dulce Lama makes an offer Carson cannot refuse, our hero finds himself engaged to a woman (Kendra Shaw) he does not love. Enter Ella Hope, Hollywood actress, and the woman Carson hires to be the woman he truly loves. What ensues is the insta-lust/love relationship between Ella and Carson, and the potential fall out when Gregory Shaw get wind of the ruse, and forces our hero to go through with a different set of wedding plans.

MISADVENTURES OF A BACKUP BRIDE is a story of one man’s desperation to save his father’s business, and one woman who struggles with a future originally designed for someone else.

The relationship between Carson and Ella is one of instant attraction. Our couple previously met six month earlier but since haven’t spoken to one another. The author quickly reveals some of the individual backstory and history of our leading couple, as well as Ella’s struggle between her head and her heart. The $ex scenes are numerous, erotic and provocative.

MISADVENTURES OF A BACKUP BRIDE is a fast paced, spirited and energetic novella. The premise is engaging but predictable; the romance is passionate; the characters are charming and inspiring.

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More Than Need You (More than Words #2) by Shayla Black-Review and Release Blitz

MORE THAN NEED YOU (More Than Words #2) by Shayla Black-Review and Release Blitz

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MORE THAN NEED YOU
More Than Words #2
by Shayla Black
Genre: adult ,contemporary, romance
Release Date: June 13, 2017

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date June 13, 2017

I’m Griffin Reed—cutthroat entrepreneur and competitive bastard. Trust is a four-letter word and everyone is disposable…except Britta Stone. Three years ago, she was my everything before I stupidly threw her away. I thought I’d paid for my sin in misery—until I learned we have a son. Finding out she’s engaged to a bore who’s rushing her to the altar pisses me off even more. I intend to win her back and raise our boy. I’ll have to get ruthless, of course. Luckily, that’s one of my most singular talents.

Sixty days. That’s what I’m asking the gritty, independent single mother to give me—twenty-four/seven. Under my roof. And if I have my way, in my bed. Britta says she wants nothing to do with me. But her body language and passionate kisses make her a liar. Now all I have to do is coax her into surrendering to the old magic between us. Once I have her right where I want her, I’ll do whatever it takes to prove I more than need her.

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REVIEW: MORE THAN NEED YOU is the second installment in Shayla Black’s contemporary, adult MORE THAN WORDS romance series. This is realtor Griffin Reed, and PA Britta Stone’s story line. MORE THAN NEED YOU can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary but I recommend reading the series in order for backstory and cohesion. Some of the events of MORE THAN NEED YOU run parallel to the events of book one-MORE THAN WANT YOU.

Told from first person point of view (Griffin Reed), with a final chapter by Britta Stone, MORE THAN NEED YOU is a second chance romance focusing on the rekindling relationship between realtor Griffin Reed, and PA Britta Stone. Brothers Griffin and Maxon Reed’s relationship was upended and destroyed when Griffin perceived a betrayal by the woman he loved Britta Stone, and the brother he once shared a thriving business and brotherly bond. Fast forward to present day, wherein Griffin discovers that Britta gave birth to his son, months after he walked out of her life, and in the ensuing time Griffin had manwhored his way through a long, list of women. With the revelation that he and Britta had a son, and Britta is newly engaged to a man who is willing to raise Griffin’s son as his own, our hero demands sixty days together with the woman he once loved, to prove that he is capable of fidelity, romance, and a promise for the future.

Griffin Reed thought his life was over when he perceived a betrayal by the woman he loved. Not only did he accuse his brother of scheming and plotting against him, but Griffin also believed Britta Stone was a part of the conspiracy to destroy his life. Finding out he had a son threw Griffin Reed into an emotional abyss. Britta Stone’s life was destroyed the day Griffin accused her of colluding to sabotage his career, with his brother, behind his back. Their fractured relationship, alongside Griffin’s hatred for his brother, destroyed any semblance of a future and a family for our story line heroine. With the prospect of marriage to a man she doesn’t love finds Britta Stone accepting Griffin’s sixty day offer of a temporary truce after which she will be in control of both of their futures.

The relationship between Britta and Griffin is one of second chances; an acrimonious affair wherein Griffin is determined to win back the woman he loves, and to prove he is worthy of a second chance. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.

We are reintroduced to Griffin’s brother Maxon Reed, his fiancé Keely Kent, Griffin and Britta’s son Jamie, and Britta’s fiancé Makaio Kale. Griffin and Maxon’s sister Harlow Reed’s story line is next in MORE THAN LOVE YOU.

The world building follows the rebuilding of two fractured relationships: Maxon and Griffin; Griffin and Britta, as well as the restructuring of a business that was all but destroyed by misconception and miscommunication.

MORE THAN NEED YOU is a sexy, second chance romance. The premise is engaging, inspiring and heartbreaking; the characters are passionate, determined and charismatic; the romance is passionate, emotional and intense. MORE THAN NEED YOU is a captivating look at family, love, and the fall out of secrets and lies.

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Shayla BlackShayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels. For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold well over a million copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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Holding on Tighter (Wicked Lovers #12) by Shayla Black-Review, Release Blitz & Giveaway

HOLDING ON TIGHTER (Wicked Lovers #12) by Shayla Black-Review, Release Blitz & Giveaway

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HOLDING ON TIGHTER
Wicked Lovers #12
by Shayla Black
Release Date: February 7 , 2017
Genre: adult,contemporary, erotic, romantic suspense

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date February 7, 2017

Jolie Quinn is a woman in charge. Her no-nonsense attitude has made her a rising star in the fashion world and her brand a household name among the Dallas elite. Nothing will stop her from achieving her goals—not even the gorgeous British security contractor who seems just as interested in seeing her personal assets as he is in protecting her professional ones.

After a tragedy left him broken, Heath Powell made a rule of staying unattached. But Jolie challenges him in a way he can’t ignore, and he isn’t used to backing down from a confrontation—especially when the reward for winning could feel so good. As passion blazes between them, the stubborn, confident beauty arouses more than his desire. She touches his heart.

When a mysterious enemy threatens Jolie and her company, Heath is the only person Jolie can trust to help. But working with him to save her business might put her dangerously at risk of falling in love

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REVIEW: HOLDING ON TIGHTER is the twelfth full length installment in Shayla Black’s contemporary, adult WICKED LOVERS erotic, romance series. This is thirty nine year old, former MI5 agent and security specialist Heath Powell, and thirty year old women’s fashion mogul Jolie Quinn’s story line. HOLDING ON TIGHTER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story lines is revealed where necessary. The reader was first introduced to Heath Powell in Wicked For You-Wicked Lovers #10.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Jolie and Heath) HOLDING ON TIGHTER focuses on a series of threats against our story line heroine Jolie Quinn. A self-made fashion entrepreneur Jolie and her younger sister Karis, have become targets of a twisted mind. Enter Heath Powell, former British Intelligence Agency (MI5) and security specialist. On the advice of her best friend Callie Ward- MacKenzie, Mitchel and Sean’s wife (Their to Cherish #8) Jolie hires Heath to increase the security at her thriving business, never expecting to fall in love with a man who wants nothing to do with relationships or happily ever afters. What ensues is the quick building relationship and love between Jolie and Heath, and the increasing threats against the woman with whom Heath will fall in love.

Heath Powell lost everything he once loved and cared about, and in this our hero is unwilling to again risk his heart for love. A one-night stand kind of guy, Heath finds himself impossibly attracted to the woman he has sworn to defend and protect. One night will never be enough especially when the threats against Jolie Quinn begin to take on a more dangerous nature.

Independent, strong and successful, with attitude to spare, Jolie Quinn does not want to be like her mother-a serial bride with a succession of broken marriages and divorces to her credit- and a woman whose history with men has marked our heroine with a negative attitude about relationships and love. When Heath ‘demands’ nothing more than a one-night stand, Jolie has a difficult time processing the feelings that begin to grow. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense; Heath is a dominant but he has trouble taming the woman with whom he is falling in love. Some readers may take offense to Heath’s manwhoring ways especially in the early pages of the story line premise. He pushes at all of Jolie’s boundaries, and in this his dominant persona is a struggle to accept especially when very little time passes between sexual conquests.

There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Jolie’s sister Karis, and fellow employees business accountant Arthur, PA Wisteria and website operator Rohan. We are also introduced to Heath’s former partner and best friend at MI5 Myles Beaker. Several of the previous story line male leads have cameo roles as they volunteer to help Jolie and Heath when things spiral out of control.

The world building looks at the threats against Jolie and Karis; the sister’s struggle to find happiness in spite of their disastrous earlier years; and Jolie and Heath’s acceptance that everyone deserves a happily ever after.

HOLDING ON TIGHTER is a passionate story line of betrayal, revenge, romance and love. The premise is entertaining and captivating; the characters are colorful, dynamic and spirited; the romance is intimate and sensual. Shayla Black’s WICKED LOVERS SERIES is a seductive look at romance-outside of the box.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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A Very Wicked ChristmasA VERY WICKED CHRISTMAS
(Wicked Lovers 11.75)
by Shayla Black
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romance
Release Date: December 2016

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date December 2016

‘Tis the season… Sometimes the holidays are so busy—work, kids, shopping, baking, partying, wrapping, decorating, planning, and Christmas music!—that you don’t have time for the one you love most. Can the spirit of the season bring the first two Wicked Lovers closer forever?

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REVIEW: A VERY WICKED CHRISTMAS by Shayla Black is a contemporary, adult erotic Christmas short story that revisits Wicked Lovers first couple Jack and Morgan Cole (Wicked Ties). Morgan is the hostess of a late-night cable sex talk show, and Jack is a former military man and security specialist. Going on five years of marriage, and two children, Morgan struggles with issues of self esteem and insecurities, as the couple’s love life becomes almost non-existent. What ensues is the rekindling romance between Morgan and Jack, as Jack takes control of the submissive he has always loved.

A VERY WICKED CHRISTMAS is a quick look at the trouble most new parents must endure-busy lives, young children, little time for themselves. The premise is sexy and sweet; the romance is provocative and intense. Shayla Black ‘s A VERY WICKED CHRISTMAS allows the reader another glimpse into the lives of one of our favorite couples.

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Shayla BlackShayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels. For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold well over a million copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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His Undeniable Secret (A New Adult Erotic Romance) by Shayla Black-review and book tour

HIS UNDENIABLE SECRET ( A New Adult Erotic Romance) by Shayla Black-review and book tour

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*Previously published in the Alphas of Sin Anthology

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 23, 2017

I’m Kayla.

I’m twenty one.

I’m afraid because ever since a sudden, terrible tragedy, I’m alone in the world—except for my brother’s best friend. But now Oliver intends to move back to London.
I’m in love with him. And I have to persuade him to stay…somehow.

Maybe if I tell him I’m a virgin and show him just how far I’m willing to go to keep him, he’ll give in.

Of course, I never expected that he’d be keeping a shocking secret of his own…

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REVIEW: HIS UNDENIABLE SECRET by Shayla Black is a stand alone short story of erotica focusing on Kayla, a twenty one year old college student, and Oliver Ryan.

Told from first person point of view (Kayla) HIS UNDENIABLE SECRET focuses on the ‘best friend’s little sister’ premise wherein weeks after the accident that claimed the life of Kayla’s brother Shane, Oliver Ryan has made the decision to move back to England in the hopes of forgetting about the woman that calls to his heart. Oliver has always been attracted to his best friend’s little sister, and moving out of the country is the best way to put distance between him and the woman he loves. What ensues is a quick proclamation of love, and the sexual adventures of a woman who loses her virginity to the man with whom she will spend her forever.

HIS UNDENIABLE SECRET is a very quick read of erotica. The majority of the story line focuses on the sexual relationship between two people who have loved one another from afar but were afraid to take the first step towards the rest of their lives. The premise is provocative; the $ex scenes are intimate and animated with all of the requisite graphic sexual language found in the erotica genre; the character building is virtually non-existent as the story line covers but a couple of hours in the life with a look towards the future.

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About the Author

Shayla BlackShayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels. For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold well over a million copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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Dirty Wicked (Wicked Lovers 11.5 / 1001 Dark Nights) by Shayla Black-Review & Book Tour

DIRTY WICKED (Wicked Lovers 11.5 / 1001 Dark Nights) by Shayla Black-Review and Book Tour

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DIRTY WICKED
Wicked Lovers 11.5 / 1001 Dark Nights
by Shayla Black
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romantic suspense
Release Date: November 8, 2016

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After being framed for a crime he didn’t commit, former private eye Nick Navarro has nothing but revenge on his mind—until a woman from his past returns to beg for his help.

Beautiful widow Sasha Porter has been hunted by his enemies. Desperate, she offers him anything to keep her young daughter safe, even agreeing to become his mistress. The last thing either of them want are emotional entanglements but as they entrap the ruthless politician who arranged Nick’s downfall and passion sizzles between them, danger closes in.

Will he choose love over vengeance before it’s too late?

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REVIEW: DIRTY WICKED is installment 11.5 in Shayla Black’s contemporary, adult WICKED LOVERS erotic, romance series. This is P.I. Nick Navarro, and single mother/widow Sasha Porter’s story line. DIRTY WICKED is also Shayla’s latest entry into the multi-authored 1001 Dark Nights novella series and can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Nick and Sasha) DIRTY WICKED follows Sasha Porter on the run. Along with her young daughter Harper, Sasha has been struggling against the odds to stay one step ahead of the people who murdered her husband Mike Porter. Enter Nick Navarro, Mike’s former best friend, and the man with whom Sasha will fall in love.

Just days before Mike’s death he left a cryptic message that if anything should happen Sasha was to seek help from Nick Navarro but fifteen months would pass before Sasha had the chance to meet Nick face to face as our story line hero was serving a prison term for an offense he did not commit. What ensues is the very quick insta-lust to love formula between two people whose lives were destroyed through betrayal and revenge.

DIRTY WICKED is a short and sexy story as our couple journey across country in the hopes of uncovering the truth and locating the missing information to set them free. The premise is exciting and tangible; the characters are passionate and intense; the romance is fast paced, arousing and dramatic connection between two people who have loved and lost.

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Nick Navarro had been out of prison exactly thirty-five hours. Long enough to get a good night’s sleep, stock up on a few necessities, and visit his old friends, the Santiago brothers. Then he’d started putting his P.I. skills to good use, methodically searching for the woman he hadn’t forgotten a single detail about during the fifteen months of his incarceration.
He intended to hunt down the bastards who had framed him and offed his childhood friend so he could repay them in spades.
Sasha Porter was the key.
At first glance, it looked as if she had disappeared off the face of the earth. She’d fled her house, quit her job, abandoned her car, maybe even changed her name. But his gut told him she was still alive. She had reasons to fight.
He would burn down the world until he found her.
Nick was forcing himself not to pace manically when his doorbell rang, sounding above the din of pounding rain. He zipped his gaze to the clock. Quarter ’til midnight. Obviously this wasn’t a social call. Had his late buddy’s enemy gotten wind of him shaking the trees for Sasha? Or had that corrupt son of a bitch just come back for another pound of flesh?
With every light in the living room on, Nick couldn’t pretend he wasn’t home. Besides, he refused to let this asshole think he was afraid. So he drew his weapon and jerked the door open, wearing a snarl.
Nick expected trouble, a gunfight, a battle for his life. Instead, Sasha Porter stood under his little portico, clinging near the door to avoid the deluge of November rain. Without a coat, she shivered. An exhausted little girl slept on her hip under a baby blanket, blond curls askew. A ragged duffel bag hung over her other arm. Rain had seeped through Sasha’s tattered blouse. Water ran down her cheek, which was marred with an unmistakable bruise. Dark circles discolored the skin under her hazel eyes, now wide with fear as she stared at his SIG. Cursing, Nick scrambled to holster his weapon.

 

About the Author

Shayla BlackShayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels. For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold well over a million copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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Arresting Desire by Shayla Black-Release Week Promotion

Arresting Desire by Shayla Black-Release Week Promotion

Arresting Desire

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Re-release Date: November 15, 2016

Agent Jon Bocelli never stopped wanting beautiful professor Lucia DiStefano. She’s interested in taking her first lover, and he intends to be that man. But when her past puts her life in danger, Jon risks everything to save her and prove this fling is forever.

Includes a preview of the next Wicked Lovers novel, Holding On Tighter

Arresting Desire originally appeared in the anthology Hot in Handcuffs.

About the Author

Shayla BlackShayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels. For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold well over a million copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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Falling in Deeper (Wicked Lovers #11) by Shayla Black-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

FALLING IN DEEPER (Wicked Lovers #11) by Shayla Black-Review, Book tour & Giveaway

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FALLING IN DEEPER
Wicked Lovers #11
by Shayla Black
Release Date: July 5, 2016

Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, BDSM, romance, suspense

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Falling in Deeper

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 5, 2016

After a violent tragedy nearly destroyed her, Lily Taylor ran away, changed her name, and started over. When her deadly nemesis resurfaces to eliminate his loose end, she turns to the last man she should trust—a stranger with a history of violence and an intoxicating sexuality she can’t refuse…

Though strong-armed into locating Lily to help put away a drug lord, ex-con Stone Sutter isn’t anyone’s snitch. When he finds the terrified beauty, he vows to keep her safe—but he isn’t sure he has the strength to shield her from his own desires.

As an unquenchable fire sparks between them, Lily’s tormentor stalks ever closer, and she must overcome her darkest fear to survive. Can she trust the bond she and Stone have formed as they’re falling in deeper?

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REVIEW: FALLING IN DEEPER is the eleventh installment in Shayla Black’s contemporary, adult WICKED LOVERS erotic, BDSM, romance series. This is computer hacker/ex-con Stone Sutter, and Lily Taylor’s story line. Wicked Lovers focuses on a group of former marines, special ops, former police and military men, the women they love and their connection to Dominion BDSM club. FALLING IN DEEPER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story lines is revealed where necessary.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Lily and Stone) FALLING IN DEEPER focuses on the search for the person(s) threatening Lily Taylor, and Stone’s need to convince Lily to testify against a brutal rapist and killer who murdered her friend years before. When an attack against Lily ends with a car bomb explosion, Stone hides Lily in a cabin in the woods, hoping to gain her trust and protect her from the evil outside. What ensues is the building relationship between a young woman destroyed by her past, and a man whose own history has Lily questioning the lesser of two evils. When the truth about Stone’s intent is revealed, Lily runs into the very people she was hoping to avoid.

The relationship between Stone and Lily is difficult. Lily is the receptionist at Club Dominion, and a woman who recently lost her Dom to the love of his life. Axel Dillon found love and although he was reluctant to discontinue his D/s relationship with Lily, Lily needed someone who was able to help her navigate her recovery to help battle her demons. Struggling to find control, Lily accepts Stone’s offer to be the Dom to her sub, and Stone spends most of the story line trying to convince our heroine to trust him but herein lies the conflict-Stone has not been honest about his reasons for approaching Lily, and her trust is destroyed when the truth is revealed. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and provocative. The Dom/sub content is tame, due to the nature of Lily’s past, in comparison to many other stories and series. Stone does not pressure Lily, and bides his time taking his cues from the woman with whom he is falling in love.

There are several secondary and supporting characters including Axel Dillon-Lily’s former Dom who still claims rights to Lily’s safety; Sean, Thorpe (Dominions Club owner and head Dom), and Callie (Theirs to Cherish #8); and Heath-Mystery’s (Axel’s fiancé) former bodyguard. The requisite evil comes in many shapes, and wants revenge for sins of the past. The world building focuses on the developing relationship between Dom and sub but the majority of the story line does not involve the Dominion Club.

FALLING IN DEEPER is a story about betrayal and trust; revenge and retribution; running from the past, and moving towards a better future. The premise is intriguing with some twists and turns that you won’t see coming. The characters are passionate; the romance is captivating. Shayla Black will seduce your mind into a world where fantasy becomes reality.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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“Oh, fuck. You’re so beautiful. You need this now, don’t you? Yeah,” he agreed when she nodded frantically. “Let it take you under. Let me hear you scream.”
Lily couldn’t think of anything she wanted more. As she circled her hyperaware nerve endings again, her body jerked. Desire surged. When Stone bent to take her nipple in his mouth, she clasped the back of his head and anchored him to her. Not that he’d do anything except help her drown. But this time nothing would be sweeter.
He dragged a hand up to her other nipple and tangled his fingers with her own. Together, they manipulated the tip of that breast while he sucked the other hard and scraped the very tip with his teeth.
Sensations mounted again. She felt like a vessel filling up with blood, with need, with an imminent explosion. It was right there . . .
Her legs shook. Her hips jerked. She whimpered, strained for it. She tasted need.
But she couldn’t seem to fall over the sweetly sharp edge.
Lily pressed harder against her clit, narrowing her circles, focusing on just how good this was going to be. The seconds ticked off in her head, slowly becoming minutes. The exquisite need was its own form of hell, and she couldn’t seem to escape.
The torture dragged on, and she saw no way out. She squeezed her eyes shut, feeling defeat begin to creep in.
Stone sprang into action, popping her nipple from between his lips and grazing her ear with his lips. “You got this, baby. Focus on my voice and close your eyes. Yeah, I know that’s hard, but I’ve got you.”
Oddly, she already believed that.
“Picture yourself naked and me standing over you, stroking my cock. You know I’m going to tell you how sexy you are and how much I want you. Imagine that I’d fall to my knees between those pretty thighs. When you hold your arms open to me, I’ll go right into them. Then I’m going to kiss you, touch every lush, tingling curve of your body, and when you’re begging, that’s when I’ll slide inside you. Deep. That’s when I’ll stroke you slowly and thoroughly and make you claw my back as you come.”
As he spoke, her desire and racing blood clashed, merged. Everything inside her roared to a screaming crescendo. The wall she’d been slamming into, preventing her from falling over, disintegrated. She envisioned exactly what Stone told her to picture. She saw herself being not just perfectly able but eager to lie back and welcome him inside her as he gave her mind-blowing pleasure and she surrendered herself completely.


 

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About the author

Shayla BlackShayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels. For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold well over a million copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

Website/ Goodreads/ Facebook / Twitter

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Big Easy Temptation by Shayla Black/Lexi Blake-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

BIG EASY TEMPTATION (The Perfect Gentlemen #3) by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

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BIG EASY TEMPTATION
The Perfect Gentlemen #3
by Shayla Black / Lexi Blake
Release Date : May 3, 2016
Genre: adult, contemporary erotic, romantic suspense

Big Easy Temptation

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 3, 2016

The third scintillating novel featuring the privileged, wealthy, wild men of Creighton Academy—the Perfect Gentlemen.

Years ago, Naval officer Dax Spencer and NCIS agent Holland Kirk indulged in a steamy affair—until she betrayed him in the wake of his father’s death. Dax tried to put her behind him with a payback of his own. But he never forgot Holland…

Now, as Dax and his fellow Perfect Gentlemen unravel a web of lies, he discovers his family’s tragedy is part of a much larger conspiracy. Soon, all clues point him back to New Orleans…where Holland waits, protecting her deadly secret and holding a torch for the only man she’s ever loved.

Once reunited, they can’t fight the passion flaring hot and wild. But something sinister lurks around every corner, from the elegance of the Garden district to the beauty of the bayou. Dax and Holland may find their way back to each other—if they survive.

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REVIEW: BIG EASY TEMPTATION is the third installment in Shayla Black and Lexi Blake’s adult, contemporary The Perfect Gentlemen erotic, romantic suspense series focusing on six friends –Gabe, Connor, Dax, Zach, Roman and Maddox. This is Naval Officer Daxton ‘Dax’ Spencer, and NCIS agent Holland Kirk’s story line. BIG EASY TEMPTATION should not be read as a standalone as the continuing series focuses on the death of several people close to the Perfect Gentlemen, and the search for the truth.

SOME BACKGROUND: Following the mysterious airplane crash and subsequent death of their friend Maddox Crawford, the remaining friends Gabe Bond, Dax Spencer, Connor Sparks, Roman and US president Zach Hayes finds themselves searching for the truth that somehow involves the Russian mob and the deaths of a number of people connected to their group known as The Perfect Gentlemen. THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN series are their stories

Told from dual third person perspectives (Dax and Holland), following three different timelines, BIG EASY TEMPTATION focuses on the rekindling of the relationship between Dax and Holland once destroyed by secrets and lies. With the mysterious death of his father, ruled a suicide, and the subsequent reopening of the investigation, Dax Spencer finds himself in the Big Easy-New Orleans-working with the woman who has stolen his heart. Holland Kirk is an investigator with the NCIS, and the death of Dax’s father was a closed case as far as the service was concerned. But Dax has never been able to let go of the past, and believes his father’s death was something more. What ensues is the further investigation into the elder Spencer’s death, and the threats aimed at Holland and Dax as they get too close to the truth.

The relationship between Dax and Holland is one of second and third chances. Years before Dax immediately fell for Holland Kirk-a woman on the fast track to joining the Navy’s NCIS but a woman who knew the history and tabloid ramblings about the Perfect Gentlemen and their conquest of lovers and scandals. Fast forward several years wherein our couple will work together investigating the suicide of Dax’s father only to fall victim to betrayals and lies. Present day will find our couple, once again, joining forces to uncover the truth, but a truth that will threaten everyone that they love. The sizzling chemistry and burning attraction between our leading couple is palpable but the elephant in the room may be too much to overcome. The $ex scenes are intimate, intense and seductive.

The world building continues to focus on the conspiracy and investigation into a series of unexplained deaths surrounding the Perfect Gentlemen and the people they love. From Washington DC to New Orleans to Russia, the Perfect Gentlemen search for the truth, and the connection to their friend- US president Zach Hayes-and the Russian mob. We get up close and personal into the private lives of six friends whose life of privilege is tainted by scandal and deceit.

BIG EASY TEMPTATION is a fantastic read; a suspense filled story where life long friends have been targeted in a game involving cold war enemies, and the potential fall out of betrayal and revenge. Long buried secrets and lies have come to the surface, and the Perfect Gentlemen have been caught in the battle of their lives. The premise is thrilling and enticing; the characters are engaging and dynamic; the romance is a second chance at a happily ever after. Shayla Black and Lexi Blake add a fascinating and spell-binding addition to The Perfect Gentlemen series.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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She emerged from the bathroom as he approached. Her eyes widened when she caught sight of him, but she settled back into her calm and collected persona. “Are you ready to go?”
So polite. He wanted to get past that genteel surface and find the passionate woman he knew lay underneath. “I’m ready for a lot of things, Holland. Most of all, I’m ready to finish what we started all those years ago.”
She backed up, her body hitting the wall behind her. “What are you talking about?”
Oh, she knew exactly what he was talking about, but he could make it clear to her. “I never got to finish that kiss. My father interrupted us.”
Holland shook her head, but she was looking at his mouth. Her breath had gone shallow. “We finished. And I walked away.”

He moved closer, crowding her. “I definitely didn’t get my fill, sweetheart. Maybe if I had, you wouldn’t have left. I think it’s time we fixed that problem.”

Dax leaned in slowly, giving her the opportunity to protest. He’d never force her . . . but persuasion was something else entirely.

“Tell me you don’t want me to kiss you right here, right now.”
“You know I can’t,” she whispered.

That was what he wanted to hear. He braced his hand against the wall above her head and hovered close, breathing in her scent. She smelled like ripe peaches and something so her. It thrilled his senses.
Slowly, he reached for the soft skin of her face and cupped it. “I never stopped thinking about you. Not once, Holland. I don’t think I’m capable of forgetting you.”

“This is a mistake.” She breathed the words onto his lips, their mouths drawing ever closer. “It can’t end well.”

He closed the remaining distance between them and brushed his lips over hers, giving her a taste of what was to come. “It can if we make it. We choose our fates.”
He would make his marriage work. Together, they would have children who always felt loved and never worried that their parents didn’t put them and each other first.
Dax deepened the kiss, sliding his tongue over her plump bottom lip and thrilling when she shuddered. Her trembling hands skated up his torso as she pressed their bodies closer and kissed him harder. Then she opened her mouth and he felt the slide of her tongue against his.
Pure fire threatened to consume him. Usually, he took his time and worked up to sex, but the feel of this woman in his arms made him rough and ready in a heartbeat. He wanted to shove her against the wall and thrust his cock deep. Take her. His whole being screamed out to claim her once and for all.
He pinned her to the wall, covering her body with his as he prolonged the kiss. With greedy palms, he hugged her curves, then settled on her waist and pulled her hard against him. He hated the clothing between them, wanted nothing more than to feel her silky flesh.
“Dax, we shouldn’t,” she breathed against his mouth.
“Stop thinking. Feel. Feel how much I want you, Holland.” He pressed his pelvis against hers. It wasn’t a gentlemanly thing to do, but he couldn’t be polite with her. She brought out the caveman in him. He wanted to mark her, to let everyone else know this one woman was his.
He silenced her with his kiss, delving deep again. Her fingers clung to his shoulders as her body molded to his, fitting together. Chest to chest. Belly to belly. His erection nestled against her pussy.
Could he take her in the bathroom? He had a condom. All he needed was a few minutes of privacy to ease the ache they were both suffering. But as much as he wanted her, Dax couldn’t fathom that his first time with Holland would be in a public john. She deserved better. So did they.
As he forced himself to ease back, an unfamiliar voice drifted down the hall. “If you’ll come this way, we’ll take a peek into the private dining room.”
Holland gasped at the intrusion and shoved at him. Dax stared at her flushed cheeks and swollen lips, a ribbon of satisfaction winding through him.
“As you can plainly see, Antoine’s is noted for its romantic environment. Like everything here in New Orleans, we keep it spicy,” the male voice said again.
Dax grimaced when he noticed a group of tourists taking one of the food and wine tours conducted daily throughout the city. As the group passed, Holland looked even more flustered. Obviously, she hadn’t been caught in many compromising positions before. Luckily he had.
Dax stepped in front of her and nodded to the guide as he walked past.
“Y’all have a nice night in the Quarter,” he said with a smile.

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Shayla Black and Lexi BlakeShayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal and historical romances. Shayla has received or been nominated for the Passionate Plume, the Holt Medallion, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence and the National Readers Choice Award. She lives in Texas with her family. Visit her online at Website/ Goodreads/ Facebook / Twitter

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. Lexi lives in North Texas with her family. Visit her online at Website/ Goodreads/ Facebook / Twitter

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