July 6, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & EXCERPT: Falling in Deeper (Wicked Lovers #11)

I'm a huge fan of Shayla Black's Wicked Lovers series, and it thrilled me to participate in the blog tour for the latest, FALLING IN DEEPER. Check out my review and this super hot excerpt from Falling in Deeper!

Falling in Deeper (Wicked Lovers #11), by Shayla Black
Publish Date:
July 5, 2016
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Format: ARC, provided by the publisher
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | iBooks

Rating: 4 STARS

(Synopsis) 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?

We've been leading up to Sweet Pea's, a.k.a. Misty's, a.k.a. Lily's story for quite a few installments in Shayla Black's Wicked Lovers series. Stone has also been around in the periphery for awhile, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading their story. 

Lily is one frightened little mouse. With her past, it's completely understandable as to why. She has been through some truly awful stuff at the hands of a horrible man, and she's been running for her life ever since. She doesn't trust people, with the exception of Axel, and she hasn't felt real love, safety and protection ever. 

Stone is a man on a mission. He's determined to put his prison days behind him, and to do that, he needs to help convince Lily to testify against her tormentor. To do THAT, he has to get her to trust him - in two weeks. It seems like an impossible task, but the groundwork was laid a long time ago, so now Stone just needs to close the deal. He was drawn to Lily from the moment he laid eyes on her, and they had an electric night together once a few months ago. Now, he just needs to convince her to let him in. 

While many of the Wicked Lovers books focus on BDSM, Falling in Deeper is one of the lightest in this series in that aspect. It's because Stone has never been in the lifestyle. He's taken some Dom lessons from Thorpe and Sean in preparation for his wooing of Lily, but he has no prior experience with being a Dom. Lily does live in the lifestyle and is happiest being a sub, so it's why Stone has taken this step to learn more. There are a few good D/s scenes between the two of them, but for the most part, the BDSM lifestyle takes a backseat. 

The real focus of the book is the drama surrounding Lily's past and whether Stone can convince her to get over her fears and testify. And whether she will discover his ulterior motives before he has a chance to explain everything to her. Since Axel played such an integral role in Lily's life the past few years, he does appear toward the end of the book, and honestly, was way more of a jerk in this book than he ever was before. 

Stone, however, was completely awesome. We already knew how taken he was with Lily from prior books. But, getting inside his head and reading about how he broke down her walls and treated her with such tenderness and affection - man, this guy made me swoon. HARD. He was awesome, whether he was being sweet Stone, Dominant Stone, or even hacker Stone. He really was the right guy for Lily. He was very aware of her and her needs constantly, which was just what she needed in order to trust. 

As you have come to expect from Shayla Black, Falling in Deeper is hot and sexy and dangerous and exciting. Most of the action is toward the end, but that didn't prevent me from staying engaged and engrossed. I loved his installment in the series, and can't wait to read more.

“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.

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.

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