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Holding on Tighter Audiobook

Holding on Tighter: Wicked Lovers Series, Book 12

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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. Contains mature themes.

©2017 Shelley Bradley, LLC (P)2017 Tantor

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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 02-09-17
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 02-09-17 Member Since 2017

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "3.5 STARS.. GOOD BUT SADLY NOT HER BEST WORK"

    I usually love Shayla Black, and I've enjoyed most of her books in this series, but sadly I'm on the fence with this listen.. which had, IMO, its good moments as well as its bad ones. Jolie is a successful 30 yr old Fashion Designer with a Mother whose love married and divorced too many times which has left Jolie very cynical about men and love. Jolie has hired a Security expert to safeguard her office, the staff and her forthcoming designs. Heath is a handsome 39 yr old British ex MI5 Agent and he's got a tragedy in his past that makes him unable to commit to women any more than one and done. Jolie tracks him down after watching him complete one such 'encounter' at a local bar, she wants to warn Heath off her younger sister who works for Jolie and is naively infatuated with Heath. He has zero interest in the sister.. no, it's Jolie who starts to intrigue him, brings out his alpha dominant side and Heath vows to seduce Jolie.. but a frantic phone call soon has the couple racing into danger, teaming up for answers.. and teaming up in other ways too. Then Jolie's sister starts to get anonymous gifts with cryptic messages threatening Jolie, so Jolie asks Heath for help and the danger escalates, the who what and why's mount up but there's no answers, the sexual tension rises and Heath's protective side kicks in to save Jolie - but the enemy is closer and smarter than they think.

    Sounds good right? and the suspense and drama was.. however my peeve was believing in the 'insta' everything (and I usually don't mind it) but this book took it a step too far. One damaged alpha manwhore who has, for the past seven years, been emotionally closed off and has successfully kept sex in a 'relationship' free zone.. clashes with a focussed independent feisty "never going to fall in that trap" career woman. SPOILER - They instantly give in to lust, fall for each other, arrange a Vegas 'quickie' wedding AND try to start a family - all done within a few DAYS of meeting.. all done without any "I love you's".. all done without any deep or meaningful discussions.. and all done within a few paragraphs. There was plenty of hot sweaty needy sex but not much passion or romance and they did all this while the intrigue grew, while the bullets flew and while danger loomed.. so when the enemy struck he knew just how to feed off Jolie's emotional insecurities and, for a 30 yr old savvy business owner, she was easily conned into believing the worst and did something truly stupid. Dual POV storyline and even Christian Fox's awesome awesome narration couldn't bring it to a 5 star level.

    Worth a credit? Yes, I've soldiered on through the good and the not so good in this series so I felt compelled to get this final book and in the Epilogue there's a sweet HEA ending for all the characters from the previous books. The storyline was passable, enjoyable and fairly entertaining.. but sadly, in my opinion, Shayla didn't leave the best til last.

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    Trisha Ringle, WI, United States 02-13-17
    Trisha Ringle, WI, United States 02-13-17 Member Since 2012

    I may be addicted to audiobooks. I love my husband and my kids but I get a chance to escape with the books and be someone else for a while

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    "Simply Outstanding!!"

    Once again Shayla Black and done it again.... it's amazing how all the titles from the wicked lovers series continue to tie into each other. I can't wait to see what's the next installment bring. As always, Christian Fox does and absolutely panty melting rendition of hot, bad boy alpha male. We'll see what happens with Cutter and " One Miles " story..... hopefully we won't have to wait too long. PLEASE tell me we don't have to wait too long....

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    Denise M. Park 02-12-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listen"

    Would give Christian Fox 10 stars if possible! Ms. Black's series is terrific . Looking forward to Cutter's story.

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    Kathleen B 02-11-17
    Kathleen B 02-11-17
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    "Love it!"

    I totally loved this book. I read some of the negative reviews as well as the positive ones before listening and would definitely have to disagree with the negative ones. Although Christian Fox doesn't do a great job with the female voices they're definitely distinguishable and I think he did an amazing job and will look for him in other books. And as for Shayla Black I've already downloaded my next book

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    Rusty 02-10-17
    Rusty 02-10-17 Member Since 2016

    Great Books Don't Promote Violence

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    "Stupid, Stupid, Stupid"

    Since the author is an incredibly gifted writer, it was disheartening that she continues to create smart, engrossing and fascinating female characters who immediately turn unbelievably stupid the moment they meet an attractive man.

    For the first third of this disappointing book, I thought that Jolie (30 year old entrepreneur) might be the exception. Jolie was feisty, independent and engaging; with a take-no-shit attitude. As soon as Jolie hired security expert Heath (39), she started to deflate from a competent adult into a pathetic, lovesick teenager.

    Promiscuous, macho Heath was attracted to the sassy, capable Jolie, then slowly intimidated her into becoming a wimp and accepting sexual violence as a natural part of their relationship. How stupid! Heath admitted he had become bored with his passive, mousy wife before she died, yet he tried to bully Jolie into the same submissive role.

    No surprising, all Heath's friends were domineering alpha assholes who routinely whipped & tortured women, then turned their girlfriends/wives into brainless brood mares. I wondered if these "loving men" continued to beat their pregnant partners or cut them a break until the dumb bimbos gave birth. And did these "loving" men also beat their children?

    Sadly, the author did an amazing job of appearing to glamorize domestic abuse, subtly suggesting that women secretly crave being dominated and degraded rather than loved and admired. In 2017, it's discouraging that many female writers are still portraying women as second class citizens, not deserving of respect, kindness or equality.

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