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How steamy is it? Hot Damn

Publisher's Summary

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. 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.

©2012 Shelley Bradley, LLC (P)2013 Tantor

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  • Cyndi D
  • DFW, TX, United States
  • 01-23-15

FINALLY! Tyler's story!

What did you love best about Mine to Hold?

I knew we'd eventually get to Tyler's story. He so deserved a happily ever after. His devotion to Alyssa makes so much sense now!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mine to Hold?

When Tyler sees his son for the first time and instantly knows...and loves...his child. So unexpected and awesome for him.

What about Lexi Maynard’s performance did you like?

I appreciate her ability to read the sex scenes and dirty talk without letting the narration part get breathy and high pitched like she's the one having sex. Some narrators just go overboard and make it hard to listen to at all. Lexi does a good job at keeping it real without sounding like porn, or being too clinical.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Tyler puts his son to sleep via Skype by singing to him. So sweet.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great story plus great narration!

Somehow each story In the Wicked Lovers series is better then the last! Great job Shayla Black! But, the narration by Lexi Maynard makes it even better!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not like the others...

What would have made Mine to Hold better?

If there wasn't a child involved in the story, it might make this story better. I've read all of the Wicked Series and this one doesn't hold a candle to the others in any way. It's horrible. So horrible that I can't stand to make it all of the way through Chapter 2.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lexi Maynard?

I love Lexi Maynard and wish should would be the narrator for all of the audio books I listen to. Matter of fact, I've search for audio books just because of her.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A 3.5 STAR LISTEN - ENJOYABLE BUT NOT HER BEST

At the start of this I was quite enjoying it, as I had done with all the previous books in the series, but sadly it soon became a bit repetitive and I slowly became disinterested with the characters and the outcome then halfway through it picked up again.

It was a totally implausible cheesy plot but, as with a lot of these types of books, it had it's good parts and so it was also hot, entertaining and enjoyable about memories, forgiveness and fresh starts.

That is apart from my 2 main eye-rolling bugs - 1) Del's initial and continual mental insecurities of Tyler and then Tyler's mental anguish of how can he show her he's changed over and over and over again. Then 2) Del - why didn't she initially find a way to contact him after 'that night' (no spoilers here) and one minute she was so strong and clever then the next minute she did stupid stupid things and needed Tyler to help her out. (But I guess if it was written my way it would all of been over by page 50 !!).

Worth a credit? It was a yes - no - yes listen but if you've listened to the others in the series then why stop now and I guess it's a YES from me.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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I can’t believe it

I’m such a fan of this series. As soon as it was available for pre-order I immediately ordered it. I'm so accustomed to hot dominate men with intense sexual escapades and a damsel in distress. I got a hot man of course. I also got a damsel in distress. I got NONE of the chemistry I had got in the previous 5 books. Please don’t write a book just to get another one out there. I want the intensity of previous books. Not a “filler” book.

This one felt like one just put together to appease the demand. It doesn’t stand out like the others did. It’s a very predictable book with predictable sexual situations. In my opinion I wasted my credit and that’s something I would have never thought I’d say on this series.
Don't waste your credit on this one. It's just too insipid.

12 of 18 people found this review helpful

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So Good.

I was looking forward to Tyler's story. You many of the couple from past books join in this book to help Tyler so you get a good little update on some of the couples. There was a lot more action in this book but it still had the steamy scenes you have come to love from Shayla Black. Totally worth the credit.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • DK
  • 05-23-13

Excellent Continuation Series Fantastic Hot Scenes

What did you love best about Mine to Hold?

A previous relationship explains our pal Tyler a bit more.

What did you like best about this story?

It was tender. Like all of the men in this series-Tyler evolves and knows what he wants right away. Also, while the love scenes ARE hot, there is not the overload (barely any) BDSM that is prevalent in books today. This is a fantastic 'normal' relationship with plenty of sparks without whips.

Which scene was your favorite?

Most memorable is the scene at Ben's with Tyler's intensity/helplessness as Del is attacked.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, yes, yes!

Any additional comments?

I don't know if the author realizes it or not but it is very repetitive. Every 10-15 minutes one of the characters 'reminds' the reader why they are in this situation/the reason for the story...I feel like I'm being drummed on the head with the why. The initial explanation and maybe a reminder or two later in the book is more than sufficient. Fill the space with more action or romance.

I LOVE Shayla Black's Wicked Series and beg her to keep writing/recording them!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great Wicked Lovers Edition

I loved reading about Tyler's story with Delaney. Tyler has been a character in other Wicked Lovers books who has stood out. It was time for him to have a story where he was featured.
He has a background in law enforcement. Delaney is a newspaper journalist. Sometimes these two professions butt heads. It's nice to see them come together to catch the bad guys.
There are surprises from the very beginning up to the very end. Of course, there's lots of chemical romance too.

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Great crime drama and romance

Part of a series. Can be read as a standalone, but better to read in order.

Engaging, well-rounded characters. Multi-layered crime story with suspense, danger, and twists and turns. Passionate romance.

My steaminess rating: Sizzling. Intense sexy times. Graphic scenes. Some kink.

Narrator was good.

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bored me...

it could have been so much better....the female protagonist wasn't developed at all; and Tyler's personality just shifted to accommodate the story line; completely different from what he was in other books in the series. People just don't change that fast...

has a been there done that fell to it.