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Book CoverVeena’s review of Holding On Tighter (Wicked Lovers, Book 12) by Shayla Black
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 07 Feb 17

This latest romance from Shayla Black in her Wicked Lovers series is the perfect blend of suspense, action, and romance.  Jolie Quinn is a workaholic.  From an early age she’s been independent and determined not to depend on men or look for romance.  She runs her sister and office with an iron hand sheathed around a velvet inside, until Heath Powell comes into her life. Suddenly her rules are flying out the window and all bets are off.

Heath Powell does not do romance. After the death of his wife, he has meaningless sexual encounters to get the edge off. Jolie is a job. She’s under his protection and he will take a bullet for her, but she’s off limits to him sexually, even if all his manly parts stand up at the sight of her.  It would take a greater man than Heath to resist when she doffs her clothes and comes out to where he’s attempting to sleep on her couch.

In the guise of protection and making her office and technology safe, Heath moves in with Jolie and brings in a bodyguard for her sister.  Jolie’s sister is so cute in how she’s the polar opposite of her sibling, looking for love every time an attractive man comes into her vicinity.

Jolie herself is so feisty. She has no qualms about taking action and protecting herself from the wandering hands of her would-be investor, dumping her meal into his lap.  Her drive to success against all odds, even a wealthy father who puts obstacles in her path, is a great inspiration to women entrepreneurs with skills and smarts.  Yet she gets taken in by an enemy who targets her soft inner core where she hides her vulnerabilities.

The story takes a lot of unexpected twists and turns and the truth, when revealed, will surprise readers. It’s great to re-visit all the other characters in the series through parties and as Heath’s backup.   In my opinion, this is one of the best books in the series.

Grade: A


In this seductive new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Falling in Deeper, mixing business with pleasure can be a dangerous proposition…

Jolie Quinn is a woman in charge. Her no-nonsense attitude has made her a rising star in the fashion world and her brand a household name among the Dallas elite. Nothing will stop her from achieving her goals—not even the gorgeous British security contractor who seems just as interested in seeing her personal assets as he is in protecting her professional ones.

After a tragedy left him broken, Heath Powell made a rule of staying unattached. But Jolie challenges him in a way he can’t ignore, and he isn’t used to backing down from a confrontation—especially when the reward for winning could feel so good. As passion blazes between them, the stubborn, confident beauty arouses more than his desire. She touches his heart.

When a mysterious enemy threatens Jolie and her company, Heath is the only person Jolie can trust to help. But working with him to save her business might put her dangerously at risk of falling in love…

Read an excerpt.

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