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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ours to Love - Shayla Black

Ours to Love (Wicked Lovers Novel)

Shayla Black

Book Review by Brenda Wright

Book Blurb:

Between two brothers…

Xander Santiago spent years living it up as a billionaire playboy. Never given a chance to lead his family business in the boardroom, he became a master in the bedroom instead. His older brother, Javier, inherited the company and worked tirelessly to make it an empire. But while cutthroat corporate espionage took its toll on Javier, nothing was as devastating as the seemingly senseless murder of his wife. It propelled him into a year of punishing rage and guilt…until Xander came to his rescue.

Comes an irresistible woman…

Eager to rejuvenate Javier’s life, Xander shanghais him to Louisiana, where they meet beautiful London McLane. After a decade of tragedy and struggle, London is determined to make a fresh start—and these sexy billionaire brothers are more than willing to help. In every way. London is stunned to find herself open to every heated suggestion…and desperately hoping that her love will heal them.

And inescapable danger.

But a killer is watching, on a single-minded mission to destroy everything the Santiago brothers hold dear, especially London. As fear and desire collide, every passionate beat of her heart could be her last.


My Review:

To start….I have read the whole Wicked Lovers Series.  I have loved each one of them.  I have fallen in love with the whole crazy bunch of them.  Love the brothers!  Love all of the very strong women in these books too.  We men Xander Santiago in a previous book and he was a playboy.  He seduced and slept with anyone he wanted.  In the last book we learned of a family tragedy with Xander’s brother, Javier.  His wife was killed.  Well we find out much more in this book.  Javier has put the blame on himself for her death and has run their billion dollar company down to the ground including himself.  He drinks Ciroc like it’s water.  Xander has tried everything to help him.  But Javier blames Xander for his wife’s death because he wouldn’t help her.  Xander tries everything to help his brother.  Finally, he’s at his wit’s end and decides to ask his friends down south to help her.  This move does not sit well with Javier and he fights every step of the way…..until he sees London.  Even while he is drunk beyond drunk, he sees his belleza.  She is immediately drawn to him.  But London has her own self-esteem issues.  There’s no way someone as gorgeous as Javier would ever think she was beautiful. 

Later she goes to her cousin Alyssa’s strip club….it’s not open yet, so she decides to dance and strip.  She dreams of people looking at her with desire in their eyes.  She thinks that no one would ever look at her that way.  This is when she meets Xander Santiago.  She is so embarrassed to be seen almost naked by this beautiful man.  He calls her belleza.  She asks him what it means and he says “beautiful”.  She doesn’t believe that anyone could call her beautiful.  She doesn’t see herself that way.  Well playboy Xander decides he needs to learn more about London and wants to pursue her.  She gives him a  bogus phone number!  LOL….

Xander is going crazy wanting to get in touch with her….and he finds her, she is now working for his brother, Javier……


Well I don’t want to give too much of the story away.  I will say that HOLY HOTNESS!!  I want to be London when I grow up!  How hot are these boy!!??  I have a very visual person, so I always have to have a visual image of my book boyfriends as I’m reading the book.  So here’s who I found:

I know, right??

And here’s my Javier Santiago:


Here’s the belleza London:


If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend it.  I have loved each and every one.  What I love most about this series is that each new book still incorporates the other characters!  This is my favorite kind of series.  You never have to say good bye to your favorite characters, because they will be back!   I know the books cost a little more than the average ebook, but I feel these book deserve the little indulgence.  Don’t you deserve it? 

Overall Rating:  5 stars

Hero Hotness:  5 stars
Heroine Hotness:  4 stars
Lovableness of couple:  5 stars
Tearjerker: 3 star
Story Depth:  4 stars
Story Plot:  4 stars
400 Pages

Published May 2013
· Would I re-read this book: AbsoFREAKINlutely!!
· Would I read future books by this author: Absolutely Yes
· Was there a cliffhanger:  no
· Do I love the characters: YES
· Do I want more of their story:  yes!
· Is this part of a series:  Yes

About the Author
Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley) is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 30 sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances for multiple print, electronic, and audio 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's work has been translated in about a dozen languages. She has also received or been nominated for The Passionate Plume, The Holt Medallion, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the National Reader's Choice Awards. RT Bookclub has twice nominated her for Best Erotic Romance of the year, as well as awarded her several Top Picks, and a KISS Hero Award.

A writing risk-taker, Shayla enjoys tackling writing challenges with every book.

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