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Review: Wicked and Dangerous by Shayla Black & Rhyannon Byrd

Wicked and DangerousTitle: Wicked and Dangerous

Author: Shayla Black & Rhyannon Byrd

Genre: Erotic Romance

Series: Wicked Lovers (7.5), Dangerous Tides (1.5)

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

Format: Paperback, 305 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425263754 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425263754 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

Wicked All Night by Shayla Black

A sweet school teacher who changed towns, jobs, and lives after her divorce decides to take a lover. She hooks up with a bodyguard whose talents under the sheets make her melt. Until she learns that his motives are just as dangerous as they are wicked…

Make Me Yours by Rhyannon Byrd

After her father is murdered, a woman finds herself next on the kill list—and forced to reconnect with the one man who can keep her alive. And as danger stalks her, she’ll surrender herself to the lawman whose every touch leaves her breathless and exposed…

Quick & Dirty: In these two stories, two women find themselves in need of protection. Luckily, two very alpha males step up to perform the task.

Excerpt: Wicked All Night

The Review:

I typically don’t read anthologies. The stories tend to be too short and leave me wanting more. While this was the case for both the stories in this book, there was one story I ended up really enjoying. The other unfortunately fell a little flat.

Wicked All Night by Shayla Black

Decker works for a security firm. He’s the typical alpha male, reveling in his various conquests. So when he gets wind of a hit being put on an attractive teacher, he figures he can have a little fun with her while he protects her. His plan backfires when he ends up being completely captivated by Rachel. Will he lose the woman he’s beginning to love to an assassin, or will he be able to figure out who’s after Rachel before it’s too late?

Alpha males are usually hit or miss for me, but I absolutely loved Decker! From the moment he introduced himself to Rachel by saying corny pick up lines, I totally adores him. He’s the rare alpha male who is actually very in touch with his feelings, which is very refreshing. Rachel is also very likeable, although the reader doesn’t get her point of view as often as Decker’s.

Since this is a novella, everything happens very quickly, both with the romance and the assassin plot. While it didn’t bother me so much with the romance, the assassin plot seemed to suffer due to the brevity of the story. All in all though, I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Shayla Black’s work.

Rating: 4/5

Make Me Yours by Rhyannon Byrd

Scott Ryder used to work protection detail for Lily’s father, that is, until his feelings for Lily started to get in the way of his work. Then he left without a word. Three years later, Lily’s life is in danger, and Ryder is the only person who can help. As their old feelings reignite, Ryder will do anything to keep Lily safe. Will they be able to capture the man threatening her before it’s too late?

The reader comes into the story three years after Ryder left. Thus, we don’t really get to see what it is about Ryder that Lily loves and vice versa. Unfortunately, neither one of them comes off as very loveable during the course of the story. This is especially true for Ryder, who I was never able to like.

While the story description makes it sound like there’s a suspense plot, in reality, most of the story is sex, with the last 5 percent wrapping everything up. It just never really caught my interest, which is unfortunate, considering how much I liked the first story.

Rating: 2/5

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FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Wicked and Dangerous. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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