Mine to Hold [Wicked Lovers #6] by Shayla Black

Publication Date: June 5th, 2012
Berkley Heat
Format: Kindle Edition and paperback, 352 pages
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars
A friend’s duty.

Tyler Murphy was an LAPD detective, single and happy—until a near-fatal tragedy crippled his friend, fellow detective Eric Catalano. While Tyler supported Eric, he also became a shoulder for Eric’s wife, Delaney, to lean on. But with one naughty suggestion from Eric, a drunken night with Delaney spilled into erotic abandon. Before it was over, Tyler saw his best friend’s wife as a woman and yearned for more. When Eric struggled to deal with the aftermath, Delaney begged Tyler to leave. Crushed, he fled to Louisiana, hoping to escape his longing for the one woman he could never have again…and unaware of what he’d left behind.

A lover’s desire.

After two years of living with regret, Tyler finds Delaney on his doorstep, her husband having abandoned her long ago. She’s protecting a shocking secret and desperately needs refuge from a stalker determined to see her dead. As they fight to stay alive and catch the killer, they struggle to resolve the guilt of their past pleasures. But they can’t deny that what was once a spark is now a flame burning out of control. To possess Delaney—body and soul—Tyler must heal her pain and thwart the evil that’s a mere breath behind her…

Warning: Mature review for a mature book.
The Gist: Two years ago, a drunken night ended up with Tyler and Delaney having sex while her invalid husband looked on. The two was so desperate to please the man whom they thought deserved everything he wanted and needed just because he got dealt a bad card – including his ridiculous request to watch them have sex. Two years later, Del is now divorced and knocking on Tyler’s door with a toddler in tow looking mischievously like a diminutive version of his father.
Delaney is on the run; an expose involving a corrupt Assistant District Attorney has her dodging bullets, exploding car and running to the man whom she thought she would never see again. But desperate times call for desperate measures as her circumstances left her no choice but to finally end all threats even if it would cost her life.
The Review:  Finally. I reached the end of the line for this series and have to wait for the next book to come out. Judging by the up and down reactions with the books, you’d think I’m going to flounced on this series once and for all. But I digress. I can’t deny Ms. Black’s innate talent to write some incredibly steamy erotica, co-mingled with some crime stories that even I would be honest enough to admit to an addiction. I think this series is prime Erotica novels but only if you’re a fan and you’re used to all the rough sex. I, on the other hand have found the need to skip a lot of pages. I’m not ready to forgo missionary over whatever kink was described in this series.
The best thing I liked about this novel is the sex – that’s hardly a surprise, isn’t it? I just meant that it’s vanilla all around except for the beginning where it involved Tyler and her paralyzed ex. And oh dear. Tyler is like an Olympian in sex. He can do marathon sex without breaking a sweat. The man is like a gold medalist for Strong Man or for triathlon or something equally enduring. I swear, my lady parts were hurting for Del. *grimaces* Sorry for the nasty picture.
I enjoyed how they dodged the thugs who were after them. I also liked that while the bad guys are spelled out from the beginning, this story didn’t lack for suspense. Xander, the billionaire Bond guy was a cad of a character who added bits of comic relief from time to time. I can’t wait to read his and his brother, Javier’s story.
VERDICT: This is the best book among the series, as far as I’m concerned. The plot is well-developed and the characters were well fleshed-out. In short, Ms. Black had achieved a balance in this novel. I’m definitely looking forward to book #7 and would probably check out some of her series as well. But for now, because I’ve gorged myself with Erotica this month, I think I’m going to go back to the kiddie pool and stick to something that doesn’t involve high dives (whips, chains, canes, leathers).

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