ARC Two-fer Review – Falling in Deeper (Wicked Lovers #11) by Shayla Black

Falling in Deeper not only kept me on the edge of my seat, it reminded me why I fell in love with the Wicked Lovers series in the first place. ~ Kimber, Guilty Pleasures 

A tragic past threatens to destroy a passionate future in this dangerously sexy new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Wicked for You.

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?

Review copy provided for an honest review


I have been reading and enjoying The Wicked Lover’s series by Shayla Black going back severalatruegemaward years. As with all book series, you have ones that hit the mark and really resonate with you and Falling In Deeper is one of those books for me. It’s now up there with my favorites in this series. I loved everything about this enthralling, sexy story from start to finish. It kept me guessing and I was surprised on more than one occasion which is something I’m looking to happen when reading Romantic Suspense.

We’ve met and gotten to know a little about Sweet Pea (Lily) in a few of the previous books and I’m glad to finally have all the details of what’s been going on with her and the awful incidents where she ended up hiding out at Dominion the last few years. Lily has been especially secretive regarding her past, however the time has come for her to step up and face her painful past head on, or risk others being hurt by the same person who did unspeakable things to her. Thing is, she’s really gun-shy and doesn’t trust very easily and although she’s being protected at Dominion, she’s never been able to fully open up about exactly what happened to her seven years previous. That’s where the sexy Stone Sutter comes in. Since first meeting Lily months prior to this story taking place, there was something about her that drew him in. He never forgot about or gave up on seeing her again. He did need her help but he also wanted to get to know her on a different level. In order to do that, he was going to have to break down some of her walls. Lucky for him some of the fellas at Dominion (BDSM club) taught him a few techniques that might help him earn her trust.

It’s really hard to talk about the story without giving anything away, but I will say there are several plot twists and there is a perfect balance of emotion and steamy hot sex. The characters have great chemistry and it was fulfilling to watch them bond and at the same time, heal. Maybe I enjoyed it so much because they spent a great deal of their “getting to know each other” time at Jack’s cabin in the bayou. OOHH at the memories I have of the cabin. There must be something magical about that place. Falling in Deeper not only kept me on the edge of my seat, it reminded me why I fell in love with the Wicked Lovers series in the first place.


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Overall, a most enjoyable read with good characters, an intriguing plot and lots of hot sex ~ Shadow, Guilty Pleasures 


Once Stone Sutter lays eyes on Lily Taylor, known to the inhabitants of the BDSM Club Dominion atruegemawardas Sweat Pea, he knows he has to have her. It doesn’t even matter that getting her to testify against Timothy Canton will keep him out of jail.

But Lily has been running for a long time and other than her friendship with Axel, has stood on her own two feet. She’s not willing to turn her life and protection over to an ex-con, even though the electricity between them is palpable.

When her car blows up, Lily agrees to hide out in the swamp with Sutton until officials can find and deal the monster of her childhood.

Can Sutton use the time alone with Lily to convince her that they can be more than friends-and how will she handle the betrayal when she finds out why he originally contacted her?

This was one of those rare books where the sex actually got in the way of the story. Sutton uses the attraction between them to build a relationship and works to have Lily open up to him. Almost the entire time in the cabin is spent with the two of them in bed, while the reader waits for the other shoe to drop. Will Canton find Lily before the feds find him, will Axel arrive to interfere with the couple, and is there another bad guy lurking in the wings?

I like Sutton for the most part-he paid a heavy penalty for a juvenile mistake, and he really did care for Lily and wanted the best for her. He needed a slap on the head about honesty, but otherwise was a character to warm to.

Lily herself is brave, loving and has a poor view of herself that Sutton is able to reverse.

Overall, a most enjoyable read with good characters, an intriguing plot (if a bit slow) and lots of hot sex.


4.5 silver

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