Title: Ours to Love
Author: Shayla Black
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Series: Wicked Lovers (Book 7)
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Format: Paperback, 400 Pages
ISBN-10: 0425253392 (Berkley/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0425253397 (Berkley/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Shirene
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 inherited the company and worked tirelessly to make it an empire. But while the 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 the beautiful London McLane. After surviving 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. And 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 with a hidden motive is watching, on a single-minded mission to destroy everything the Santiago brothers hold dear, especially London. And as fear and desire collide, every passionate beat of her heart could be her last.
Quick & Dirty: Does one woman have a heart big enough for an alcoholic grief-stricken widower and a playboy allowing three hearts to mend or will fear rule the day?
Opening Sentence: After warming up the submissive’s curvy, feminine ass with his hand, Xander Santiago cast her a discerning eye.
This book is not for the faint of heart. There are two very strong Doms, each one with his own issues. An alcoholic consumed with the death of his wife, Francesca, and a playboy that has never considered himself part of anything larger than the last relationship that lasted maybe 2 hours. Both men are large personalities and yet they compliment each other as siblings often do in their own unique way.
Xander has watched Javier self destruct over the past year following the death of his wife and the knowledge that she cheated on him. This is compounded by the lingering anger that Javier has for Xander in not taking Francesca on as a submissive with the hope of reigning her behavior back under control.
Meanwhile, Xander has had more affairs and spent more time spending the family money but never felt that he could take an active part in the family business. In part because every olive branch handed out was thrown in his face by his determined brother.
The third portion of this triangle is the innocent and scarred London. She is a woman with all sorts of baggage but little to no experience with men much less two doms and their expectations in this relationship.
What amazed me most is the level of sharing that was reached by all three of these willing participants. The fact that you have two doms not just sharing but actively cooperating, when up to the entrance of London into their lives they couldn’t be in the same room with out telling the other to get lost. This speaks much to the large role that London has in placating and soothing both men in her way.
This story revolves around these three characters much like a horse on a carousel at a park. Each one is part of a bigger picture but each contains their own character and story to tell. London is such a dynamic character to go from innocent to submissive to two doms and yet she retains her scars that play an active role in her journey. Xander’s journey is more of a river running deep because he must learn that being valued for oneself is not only to be sought but prized. Javier’s path is littered with guilt, alcoholism and search for perfection that he can never obtain while seeking to bear all the burdens alone.
This story is not for everyone not just due to its graphic nature or even the bdsm that it contains but also from the depth of heartache that each of our three leads is caring with them on a daily basis. Each one has just decided to cope differently but through the care and trust of each other they start to realize that their fears can be overcome and happiness might even be obtained for them all.
This is the type of book that I recommend but with stipulations. If you are comfortable with bdsm, threesomes and erotic fiction then I humbly believe you will think your time and money is well spent. However if you have any qualms about any one of those three or you just aren’t sure then I would say try another book. You will be much happier for it.
Xander wondered what it would be like to love someone enough to want to put a ring on her finger and plant a seed in her womb. He shrugged. Not that it mattered. He didn’t see that happening, ever.
Javier watched Morgan, too. His express held a gravity, a sadness…longing. Not for Morgan herself, but what she represented. Home, hearth, love, devotion. Forever.
And maybe, Xander mused, he needed to get laid again. Or fuck someone more interesting. That wouldn’t make his problems go away, but it damn sure would help him forget for a while.
As soon as Morgan drove off, Javier turned to him. With a narrow-eyed glare that dared him to object, he took a long draw from the bottle of Ciroc.
Wicked Lovers Series:
1. Wicked Ties
5. Belong to Me
5.5 Wicked to Love
6. Mine to Hold
7. Ours to Love
7.5 Wicked and Dangerous (October 1, 2013)
8. Theirs To Cherish (March 14, 2014)
FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Ours to Love. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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