A Wicked Lovers Novella
1001 Dark Nights By Shayla Black
From New York Times bestselling author, Shayla Black...
After being framed for a crime he didn’t commit, former private eye Nick Navarro has nothing but revenge on his mind—until a woman from his past returns to beg for his help.
Beautiful widow Sasha Porter has been hunted by his enemies. Desperate, she offers him anything to keep her young daughter safe, even agreeing to become his mistress. The last thing either of them want are emotional entanglements but as they entrap the ruthless politician who arranged Nick’s downfall and passion sizzles between them, danger closes in.
Will he choose love over vengeance before it’s too late?
“Clifford is looking for a blonde with a toddler, not a brunette with a boyfriend.”
Sasha zipped her stare to him, her lush lips parted in surprise. “A what?”
“Boyfriend. Me. We’re going to the bandstand about midmorning, after the joggers but before the stroll-through-the-park-at-lunch crowd. The moms pushing strollers that time of day won’t pay us much mind. If Clifford has surveillance on the area, all he’ll see is two people hand in hand, seemingly in love.” He picked up the Saints ball cap he’d bought and shoved it on his head. “Not only will you look different, but by tomorrow morning, I’ll have enough stubble to pass as a beard. With the bill over my face and these”—he extracted a pair of cheap, dark sunglasses, tag dangling—“no one will recognize me. You have a pair in there, too.”
“And makeup?” She ignored the glasses and started pulling cosmetics from the bag.
He shrugged, hoping he hadn’t fucked up. “One of the female clerks helped me.”
Sasha studied the BB cream that was supposed to adjust to her skin tone, the soft peachy-pink blush, and a translucent powder. A little compact with some brown, gold, and rosy shadows pressed into the shape of an eye shimmered behind the plastic lid.
“The woman said these colors would work for most anyone. When I told her you had hazel eyes, she recommended those shadows.”
The color of her eyes? Yeah, he’d never forgotten. “There’s a nude lip in there, too. Whatever that means.”
Nick wished like hell Sasha would give him some sort of reaction. Was she pleased? Pissed? Or just puzzled?
Suddenly, she smiled at him. “This is the most makeup I’ve had in what seems like forever. Oh, the lipstick looks pretty. Mascara!” She hugged it to her chest. “I’ve missed this. Thanks.”
He sighed with relief as she pulled out a couple of toothbrushes, toothpaste, a new brush, a travel-sized lotion. “You’re welcome. Sasha—”
What I thought about Dirty Wicked
This book reminded me why like I the Wicked series by Shayla Black. She knows how to write some sexy alphas that are a bit dirty and have a heart of gold.
Nick just got out of jail when he gets pulled into a nasty situation involving his dead friend's widow. It was an instant attraction that he's held at bay for the last three years but when she whos up on his doorstep in trouble, he can't turn her away.
Sasha has been running for her life and her toddler is in need of medical attention. She doesn' twant to ask Nick fo rhelp, but she has no where else to turn. She's even willing to agree to his conditions. But the longer they spend together, Sasha realizes just how much Nick means to her.
There's plenty of action and sexual tension in this Dirty Wicked novella, and it was a treat to revisit this world.
ARC provided for review.
Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels. For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.
Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters.
She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years. Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.
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