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?
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Wicked Lovers #11
Berkley Penguin Group
Contemporary Erotic Romance
Review copy provided by publisher
It feels like another life when I opened up book #1 in this series, Wicked Ties. I knew within a few minutes that I'd found an author who could knock me off of my feet and take my breath away. Shayla Black has been an auto-buy for me ever since. Each book sucks me in and holds tight from start to finish. Falling in Deeper is the next instalment to this seductively wicked series, and it didn't disappoint.
Lily Taylor ran away from her old life. She changed her name and hoped that the demons of her past wouldn't catch up to her. Lily witnessed a terrible tragedy when she's just a young teen. She's lived a sad life and had to endure things that would break most adults, but she isn't quite defeated.
Stone Sutter has made his share of mistakes in life. Lily could be his ticket to freedom, his chance at redemption. He's a good man and exactly what, Lily needs.
I love that Stone is sort of an anti-hero. He's done things that put him on the other side of the law, but the core of who he is a protector. He wants to protect, Lily from someone in her past who wants to silence her and send her and the secrets she's holding in, to the grave. I went into this book with a bit of trepidation. I knew, Stone was an ex-con, and I was anxious about him not being redeemable. I was worried that he couldn't be the hero that, Lily needed. I was wrong. He was exactly who she needed to regain her strength and confidence as a woman. He was exactly what she needed to believe in herself. He was the perfect man to love her.
The sexual tension in this book is off the wall. It's a slow simmering burn that singes the pages. When you get to the moment when these two finally come together, it's incredible. It's beautiful and it made my heart thump. In true, Shayla Black fashion, the love scenes were hot, sweaty, and combustible. But there was so much tenderness and raw emotion. Lily needed that. Her heart needed to feel the emotions involved. It couldn't just be sex for her. Stone was with her all way. He was able to master her body and her heart. It was perfect.
One of the things that I love the most about this series is seeing all of my favourite heroes from past books! I love me some, Jack Cole and Hunter and Logan Edgington page time! These guys are all friends but they're brothers too. Not necessarily by blood, but sometimes by choice. They have each other's backs...always!
There's always a suspense theme with the Wicked Lovers series. But there's a fantastic balance that doesn't detract from the romance aspect. It enhances the romance actually. It draws the characters closer together. It tests their loyalty and love. If you can survive the crap thrown at these characters, then your love is forever. Most relationships would crack under the circumstances of this book, but not, Stone and Lily.
You could read this book as a stand alone, though you get the beginning foundation of, Stone and Lily's story in book #10. My recommendation to you is to start with book #1, Wicked Ties. It may seem daunting with 11 books in the series, but it's so worth it. If you're looking for a series that will make you sweat in your socks, fall in love with fictional book boyfriends, and enough suspense to make your race heart, then read these books! Falling in Deeper was an incredible addition to this beautifully written series!
Rating 4 Stars (B+)