Author: Shayla Black
Series: Wicked Lovers Series #11
Publisher by: Berkley
Published on: July 5, 2016
Genres: Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 336
Format: eARC, Paperback, eBook
Related Books: Scandal Never Sleeps
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?
DNF @ 55%
You know that feeling when you start watching a movie but it’s already 30 minutes into it? You’re sort of lost about the storyline but you figure you can at least try to figure out the some of basic plot points and keep barreling through it…… Yeah, that’s basically how I feel about this book. Granted I know this is book 11 in the series but it’s billed as a standalone. I quickly realized I should have at least read the previous novel.
Out of the 55% that I read, I didn’t hate it this novel but I didn’t exactly love it. The story starts of quickly and we’re (re?) introduced to Stone and Lily/Misty/Sweet Pea. Stone is a hacker ex-con, who’s working with the FBI. Lily is a key witness to a brutal crime and she’s been on the run for nearly a decade. The dangers from Lily’s past are coming back to haunt her and Stone was one of the few people that could protect her.
This is where the story sort of lost me. Stone and Lily’s initial meeting, their first kiss, and the first spark of chemistry all happened in the prior novel. Even though we’re told about it, it was just that. I was just told and I didn’t really feel any of it. I understood that Stone had his reasons for helping Lily. He really did seem to have a great attraction to her but I wanted to see more of that. I did like Stone, well I liked what I knew of him. I did continue to wonder why he was so quickly attached to Lily.
Now Lily, this poor girl was a proverbial mess. She had some awful things happen to her and on that aspect I sympathized with her. Her inexperience and her naivety was both refreshing and frustrating as all hell. I did like how Stone took his time with her and he treated her well. I wish that there had was more depth to her character or maybe I wish there was more angst and more palpable sexual tension.
It took me forever to get into the book. I just wanted something to happen! When it finally did happen, the love scene was pretty hot. The Dom/sub element that was talked about and sometimes shown throughout the book just didn’t seem to fit into the whole storyline. It seemed contradictory to Lily’s story. I would have loved to see how she first became involved in it.
I’m know I’m missing a few puzzle pieces of this novel. Maybe that took away from my enjoyment or it could have been the story itself. Maybe I will revisit this story after I try and read the prior novel. Until then, this a no go for me.