A friend’s duty.
Tyler Murphy was an LAPD detective, single and happy—until a near-fatal tragedy crippled his friend, fellow detective Eric Catalano. While he supported Eric, he also became a shoulder for Eric’s wife, Delaney, to cry on. But with one naughty suggestion from Eric, a drunken night with Delaney spilled into erotic abandon. Before it was over Tyler saw his best friend’s wife as a woman and yearned for more. When Eric struggled to deal with the aftermath, Delaney begged Tyler to leave. Crushed, he fled to Louisiana, hoping to escape his longing for the one woman he could never have again…and unaware of what he’d left behind.
A lover’s desire.
After two years of living with regret, Tyler finds Delaney on his doorstep, her husband having abandoned her long ago. She’s protecting a shocking secret and desperately needs refuge from a killer determined to see her dead. As they fight to stay alive and catch the stalker, they struggle to resolve the guilt of their past pleasures. But they can’t deny that what was once a spark is now a flame burning out of control. To possess Delaney — body and soul — Tyler must heal her pain and thwart the evil that’s a mere breath behind her.
When Shayla Black posted an excerpt of Mine to Hold on her website several months ago, nothing would stop me from getting a glimpse of this book even though waiting for the June 5threlease would be beyond torture. It was. But, the excitement of knowing Tyler’s story was just around the corner was worth it. We were first introduced to him in Delicious, Book 3, as the sexy body guard/bouncer at Sexy Sirens strip club who chased every skirt within reach, including the owner of the club, but you always knew there was a great story waiting to be revealed and Ms. Black did not disappoint. In fact, she out did herself with this one and I couldn’t have been more pleased or entertained. Well, the wait is almost over and every fan of this series is in for a real treat because IMHO, this is the best Wicked book yet.
Tyler is your basic man-whore but we soon learn the faceless women are nothing but space to fill a void since he left California and found his way to Louisiana. No regrets though because he’s made some great friends who are more like family than anyone he’s actually related to. His friends wives are a little worried about him and think he should settle down (very funny scene at the beginning of the book). And literally right before Delaney walks back into his life he tells them he’s not looking for any kind of happily ever after. Famous last words.
Delaney is desperate and has no one else to turn to when she’s finally able to track Tyler down. Showing up on his door step is the last place she wants to be but has more than herself to worry about and hopes that seeking out Tyler for help is a good decision. It’s looking like most everyone in her life has betrayed her or left her and she’s more than a little scared to trust anyone. Emotions are running high, her one night of passion with Tyler is forever marked in her head and heart, and she submits to his unending seduction where she finally feels safe and comforted. There are some serious thugs who want her dead, it’s hard to think about anything else but staying alive and finding the evidence to put the bad guys behind bars, but Tyler continues to prove he’s there to protect and not let her down. He goes caveman on her more than once and I’m so smitten with him I think it’s endearing. Del feels differently but I think she handles it well.
The on-edge suspense moves the plot along at a suitable pace and the interaction between Tyler and his close group of friends, along with the copious amounts of super steamy sex brings it all full circle. Tyler is commanding yet so sweet and caring. I truly fell in love with him. Del is gritty and strong and my heart broke for her several times because of everything she’s been through. I really liked them as a couple and felt they were a great match. Shayla Black writes THE best love scenes that go on for pages with the ability to draw you right into the scene. I have a strong appreciation for her writing style, everything clicks with me and I always feel like I know where she’s coming from. I’m working my way through her backlist now and anxiously await her new releases.
Mine to Hold is a great addition to the series and a must read. If you haven’t read this series and you are a sucker for very hot alpha men who are very, uh…….talented in all aspects of their life, what are you waiting for?
The Wicked Lovers series is Guilty Pleasures recommended and easily one of our Purest Delights!
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