ARC Review: Mine to Hold by Shayla Black + Giveaway

Posted June 3, 2012 by Francesca in Reviews / 42 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Mine to Hold by Shayla Black + Giveaway

5 Stars


MIne to Hold
Author: Shayla Black
Published by Berkley Heat
Released: June 5, 2012
Genres: Erotic Romance
Pages: 221
Format: ARC
Source: Author

 


 

Five things to do when a new Wicked Lovers book comes in the mail:
*Squeeeeeee in excitement
*Do a happy dance clutching the package
*Jump up and down not caring if I fall on my face
*Open it berry berry carefully
*Say bye bye night night to the world to settle in with my precious

I will confess I’ve had a crush on Tyler for years.  From the moment he showed his face as the sexy and carefree bouncer at Alyssa’s strip club he had my full attention.  Even though he was not lucky to get the girl he “apparently” wanted.  See I thought all along that was me.

“Welcome to the real me. When you were married to Eric, you saw the pal, the prankster. You saw the guy who didn’t take much seriously because I didn’t have anything to be serious about. I still want to have fun, but when it comes to you, I’m serious as a fucking heart attack.”

*THUD* Ms. Black gave Tyler a perfect story!  MINE TO HOLD was everything I expected for him and then some.  The story was romantic, suspenseful, action-packed…climaxed-packed….Is that even a word?  It should be and if it isn’t then Tyler invented it.  I might’ve renamed him Tyler “Mr. 5+ Orgasm” Murphy.

Tyler wasn’t about to slow down. Her orgasm didn’t pacify him at all. If anything, it revved him up more… “Again,” he demanded.

In his life back in LA, Tyler had a best friend and partner, Eric.  Things happened and Eric one drunk night asked Tyler to have sex with his wife while he watched.  And see, Tyler had been sort of falling in love with Delaney for a while now.  He latched on that one opportunity he would have to have her.  And he gave it his all.  He wanted to crawl inside of her.  And somehow all that emotion showed and his buddy threw him out.  Now almost two years later, Delaney shows up in Lafayette, on his doorstep, needing his help and oh.. by the way, they have a baby together!

As a journalist who is trying to get that big story to start her career she stumbled across some corrupt politician who now wants to silence her.  The only way she can save herself and her baby is by getting the proof she needs to expose him.  And Tyler won’t let her go back to LA alone.

Tyler is as take charge as I expected him to be, very alpha.  But he also shows that he trusts Del and gives her the space she needs to feel independent and get her job done.  But never without help and protection.  Thank God a heroine with common sense!  I really liked Delaney!

I was expecting a little something extra with these two which never came.  After Tyler has been around all his BDSM, menagerie and kinky fuckery I was a surprised when he was pretty much vanilla…very, very good vanilla though.  Maybe with some chocolate swirls.  I guess I shouldn’t complain about Mr. 5+ Orgasm Murphy.  And the other thing I was a bit upset at him for was how easy he disappeared from Delaney’s life.  Yeah, I know she was married to his best friend, but he should’ve at least stuck around for a bit if he had those feelings for her instead of running.

Onto the rest of the crew.  There was a good amount of all our favorite characters from the series, past and future.  Jack and Deke and Luc and their wives.  Seems like everyone has babies running around, that just makes me so happy!

But I was especially happy to see a lot of Xander. Ah yes, I can’t wait for his book.  He’s a playboy, he thinks he’s all tough and I can’t wait to see the woman that will bring him to his knees.  Or the other way around.  I don’t mind volunteering.  Don’t worry Logan, you are still number one in my heart.

“It’s always you for me. From the first minute I touched you, it was always you. Every other day and every other minute, I was marking time. No one else ever meant a damn thing. But you haunted me. The moment you knocked on my door in Lafayette, you sealed your fate. There’s no way I’m letting you get away from me.”

MINE TO HOLD was romantic and sweet, while having a great plot and steaming up the pages.  Shayla does it again!

Five things to do when you finish a Wicked Lovers book:
*Cry and scream inconsolably because this story is over.
*Cry and scream inconsolably because you have to wait another year for the next book.
*Start writing a hate email about having to wait a year for the next book
*Delete said email and write a really fangirlish letter to the author telling her how much you love her
*Try to convince her that I would make the perfect heroine for Xander’s book.

*ARC provided by author

Shayla Black is our Author of the Month, 
and because she is one of the most awesome authors around she will be giving away one book per week to one lucky maiden!
You get to choose from a book from her backlist.

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I’m a 32 sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

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42 responses to “ARC Review: Mine to Hold by Shayla Black + Giveaway

  1. Shayla is an incredible author and she has some vey sexy characters. I love her books and thought the review was great. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. I’ve only read the first book in this series, but really liked it! I do have #2-4 though, so I should probably read those sometime soon. 🙂

  3. Xander!!! *clears throat* I mean…. I can’t wait to read Tyler’s story *grins* I love her Wicked Lovers series and I really, really can’t wait for this book. Also, Xander!! 😀

  4. Thanks for the lovely interview and giveaway! I’ve had Shayla’s books on the top of my wishlist and I would love to try her books 🙂

  5. Fantastic review and I loved your 5 things to do when you get the book and 5 things to do when you finish the book….I’ve often thought of the *cough* hatemail*cough* when you finally get a book in your hands you’ve been waiting for ever for only to realize you’ll have to wait again for the next book….lol

  6. Don’t you hate it when you get to the end of a book that you have waited for for so long, only to realize that you now have to wait again? If only they could be wrote as fast as we can read them, lol.
    This sounds like a great story. I can’t wait to see how he adjusts to finding out that he had a baby and did not know about it.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  7. Love Ms. Black’s Wicked Lovers books. Haven’t picked up Mine to Hold yet, but it’s on my list of books to buy this month. I cannot wait to read it…yum!

  8. I have really been looking forward to this story. I just love Tyler and I have been wanting his HEA for so many books! jepebATverizonDOTnet

  9. Shayla Black’s book covers should carry a warning label …CAUTION: extremely hot, may cause severe burns. What can I say, Mine to Hold got me hook, line, and sinker!
    minadecaro(at)hotmail(dot)com

  10. Great review. I too have only read one book in the series but will be fixing that soon enough. I love her characters/Heroes.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  11. I jumped for joy at the giveaway and then went to GR to see which backlist I’d want to put down and then had to laugh because I’ve read everything.
    ahahahaa
    Yep I adore her books too!

  12. I love Shayla and her amazing books!! She is one of my favorite authors and when I can’t decide what to read I will just pull one of her books from the shelf and reread it!! I can never get enough of her books!!

    melissalamb(at)musfiber(dot)com

  13. mcv

    I haven’t read any of Shayla’s Wicked Lovers books yet, but this review shows me I’ve been missing something!
    mcv111 at hotmail (dot)com

  14. hahaha, you’re killing me! I’m laughing at your things to do when you finish the book… I also have had a huge crush on Tyler since Delicious, and I am dying to get my greedy hands on Mine to Hold… I’m super jealous right now… anyhow, I love your review and now I guess i just have to kick back and wait for release day… *pouting* Book Savvy Babe

  15. Thanks for the giveaway and review! Mine to Hold sounds like an awesome read!

    I posted a comment under your review (Their Virgin’s Secret by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake)

    -YWLiang
    yiliang0124(at)hotmail.com

  16. I can tell that you enjoyed this book and LOVE the author. It would be great to see you receive yours in the mail. It’s awesome seeing others do THEIR Happy Dance.

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