Ever since he rescued her from a dangerous kidnapper, Mystery Mullins has wanted Axel Dillon. When he returned her to her Hollywood father and tabloid life, she was grateful…and a little in love. Mystery wasn’t ready to let Axel go, even after the soldier gently turned her away because, at nineteen, she was too young.
Now, six years later, Mystery is grown, with a flourishing career and a full life—but she’s still stuck on Axel. Disguised, she propositions him in a bar, and the night they spend together is beyond her wildest dreams. Mystery steels herself to walk away—except the sheets are barely cold when her past comes back to haunt her.
Once he realizes Mystery isn’t the stranger he thought, Axel is incensed and intrigued. But when it’s clear she’s in danger, he doesn’t hesitate to become her protector—and her lover—again. And as the two uncover a secret someone is willing to kill for, Axel is determined to claim Mystery’s heart before a murderer silences her for good.
5 SMOLDERING STARS
HOLY HOTNESS. This book doesn’t just sizzle, it SCORCHES!
Axel Dillon is literally the perfect man.
Smart. Protective. Honest.
Mystery Mullins is a Hollywood princess. Daughter of a big-time director and a mother who’s death remains a mystery. She’s sweet, naive, and coasts through life.
The two of them share a very brief encounter that leaves Mystery with a permanent itch that only Axel can scratch.
This book is hands down one of the hottest reads. It’s sensual, edgy, and unpredictable. Axel is a man that you literally dream of (and yes, I did dream of him while reading this book). His first instinct is always protection, but his second is his Dom side, and that is sexy as hell.
Mystery is a fun character that I really loved. She’s sheltered, but not stupid. She thinks fast and learns quick. She’s emotional but not unreasonable. And she can admit when she’s wrong.
The two of them together are amazing. The plot is full of twists that are wicked and fun.
This is the first of the Wicked Lovers series that I’ve read, and I don’t think that I missed anything by not reading the priors, but I do realize that there are recurring characters. I will definitely be reading the first nine in the series now.
There are no graphic scenes. Only intense situations, smoldering lust and some emotional moments that melt your heart. And ladies, you’ll want your man – or B.O.B. – close by when reading this.
If you like suspense and sensuality, this book is the perfect combination of both.
Shayla 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.