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…
5 OF 5 MINE TO HOLD
*** SO I WANT TO START THIS REVIEW OUT BY SAYING THIS IS AN 18+ BOOK DUE TO THE SEXUAL CONTENT IN THE BOOK ***
First I have to tell you a funny story about me reading this book. I first saw this book on my recommendations list at Amazon.com so I was excited to take a look at it. Then I saw the cover and said HOLY HADES that cover is so dam sexy! Lord I have to read this book like ASAP! So I bought the book and waited my two days for it to come and started reading it the day it came in. But as I am reading the book I start to get the feeling that I am so totally missing something but I keep reading because yes the book is steamy but it has a mystery element to it and I just needed to find out what happened to the characters. So after I finish the book I go to goodreads and that is when I realize I just read the FREAKING six book in the series! Want to talk about a DUH...... moment that was it for me. I knew there was something I was missing but I couldn't put my hand on it and when I did I laughed my A$ off because what a moron I was not to have checked first if this was a series or not.
Mine to Hold is the story about Tyler and Delaney. In the Wicked Lover's series every book is about a couple and their struggle to see what is right in front of them and have them learn to trust their instincts and learn to love. So this story is about Tyler who was a LAPD detective with his best friend and partner Eric. One day on the job Eric and Tyler are put in harms way and Eric is shot. Tyler is devastated and blame's himself for Eric being shot. As the guilt eats at Tyler he vows to take care of Eric when he gets home. So when Eric is discharged from the hospital Tyler and Delaney who is Eric's wife take him home and nurse him back to health.
Only when Eric gets home he is bitter and starts to treat everyone nasty. He is so full of hurt and rage that he takes it out on everyone including his wife. One day Eric is in one of his drunken phases when he asks Tyler to have sex with his wife Delaney so Delaney can feel wanted and loved. Delaney is supposed to act like Tyler is Eric while Eric watches them be intimate. Only when Tyler and Delaney start off there are sparks there and they continue for the entire time they are together and Eric gets pissed off and starts to berate his wife and best friend.
Needless to say the friendship went south and to make matters worse Delaney and Tyler start to have feelings for one another. But with Eric being injured Delaney will not leave him. So she asks Tyler to leave them alone. Tyler does and he moves to Louisiana to start a new life and get away from the one woman he wants and can't have. He never expected that to happen but it did. So he turns off his emotions and moves on with his life with a series of F%^& Buddies and one night stands.
Then two years go by and he has not heard a word from Delaney or Eric when Delaney comes to his door step and asks him for help. She also has a secret to tell him and when she does it changes everything for them. See Delaney has a stalker after her and he is a very dangerous stalker and will stop at nothing to kill her. Eric has left her and she is all alone with her secret until Tyler decides to help her. Along with his friends they set off to help Delaney out of the trouble she is in and Tyler is out to get the girl of his dreams. The one who haunts him every night the one who can fill the void he feels. But will Delaney let Tyler in or will she ice him out? What is her secret about? Will Tyler still want her after the secret is revealed?
This is a must read series and I plan on reading the whole series including this book again over Christmas. I listened to book one on CD and it just is not the same as reading so I ordered all the books and I will read them one by one.
Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley) is the national bestselling author of 25+ sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances for multiple print and electronic publishers. She lives in Texas with her husband, munchkin, and one very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading and listening to an eclectic blend of music.
Shayla has won or placed in over a dozen writing contests, including Passionate Ink’s Passionate Plume, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the National Reader’s Choice Awards. Romantic Times has awarded her Top Picks, a KISS Hero Award and a nomination for Best Erotic Romance of 2007.
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