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About Shayla Black
Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than eighty contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.
As an only child, Shayla occupied herself by daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and started pursuing a publishing career. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America, her heart was with her stories and characters, so she left her pantyhose and power suits behind.
Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, gaming, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.
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I persuaded my best friend that I should be her first…
I’m Hayes Elliott. Since second grade, I’ve had one best friend, Echo Hope. When she graduates from college, of course I have to give her something amazing. Since I’ll be on a business trip to Maui, I’m bringing her along for a week of fun and sun. But once she sheds her long skirts, serious buns, and combat boots for bikinis, I can’t deny how stunning she is…and I can’t stop wanting her. Worse, she’s determined to lose her V-card—and has asked one of our man-whoring buddies to pluck it.
I’ve got to step in.
It’s underhanded, but I offer to do the job properly. Since I’m no one’s Prince Charming, I have no intention of following through. Suddenly, the kisses start and the clothes come off…and I can’t remember why I’m not supposed to make her mine in every way. Or why I shouldn’t be in love with her. But if I want Echo for more than a vacation fling, I’ll have to fight. And she’s about to find out how determined I am to upgrade my best friend to wife.
**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**
I’m Sebastian Shaw—CFO, pragmatist, and moneymaker. I’ve mismanaged love in the past, but when it comes to business, I’m pure shark, able to cut down any threat to my success…except Sloan O’Neill. We’re vying for the same major client, so I do what any self-respecting cutthroat does to gain the upperhand: spy on the ball-busting piece of work. She may be gorgeous and unnervingly clever, but I have skills. My gutsy hourglass-shaped roadblock doesn’t stand a chance.
Until I realize I’m falling for her.
Suddenly, everything from my objectives to my morals is cloudy. Stay loyal to my best friend and boss to win this critical client at any cost…or give my heart another chance? But the more time I spend with my redheaded adversary, the more I realize she’s not just ambitious but kind, vulnerable…and perfect for me. Sloan has no idea how far I’ll go to make her mine—but she’s about to find out.
Morgan O’Malley has seen a lot of kinky things as the hostess of a cable sex talk show. But she’s never met a man like Jack Cole before. A self-proclaimed dominant, he’s as alpha as a male can get—and good for Morgan to have around when an obsessed stalker ratchets up his attempts to get to her.
Until he made her beg for it.
Though Jack is a bodyguard, Morgan feels anything but safe in his presence because, slowly and seductively, Jack is bringing her deepest fantasies to the surface. And when he bends her to his will, what’s more shocking than her surrender is how much she enjoys it—and starts to crave his masterful touch. A willing player in Jack’s games, Morgan knows that his motives aren’t pure, but she has no idea how personal they are…
The Unbroken Series: Heavenly Rising
I dared her to spend a hot, no-strings night with me. Now I’m determined to keep her forever.
I’m Trace Weston, recently reformed womanizer. In the blink of an eye, I went from busy bachelor to full-time single dad. My life was already complicated before my sister-in-law asked me to show off my bedroom skills to her bestie, who’s wanting to experience real pleasure now that her one-and-only long-term relationship is over. Gorgeous Masey Garrett isn’t my “usual.” She’s shy, sassy, driven, and incredibly kind. Suddenly I’m falling fast…but she’s only mine for a night.
What’s a former player to do? Change the rules.
Now she’s under my roof night after night, letting me into her body and her life. Her heart? Not so much. She loves my newborn son. Me? I can’t tell. I’m pulling out all the stops to win her over, but she’s not taking me seriously. Other than passion, how can I reach her? Every attempt only pulls me deeper under her spell. Sure, I could drop an L bomb…except that once imploded my heart. But when her past collides with my desired future, can I risk everything and dare Masey to stay with me forever?
Nursing student Heavenly Young is struggling to care for her ailing father, keep a roof over their heads, and start a new career. Romance isn’t even on her radar. Then fate throws two tempting men in her path, forcing her to make a choice that will change her life forever.
Dr. Ken Beckman has two rules: never date where he works and never touch virgins. He’s sorely tested when he meets Heavenly. Since she’s too innocent for his dark desires, he resists claiming her—until Seth Cooper, manwhoring bastard, decides she’ll be his next conquest. But it isn’t long before the ex-cop turned private eye finds himself falling for the angel, too. Seth fights his feelings, but once he hears Beck also wants her, he vows to save her from the deviant.
Beck and Seth, once good friends, become vicious adversaries in the battle for Heavenly’s heart. When they discover she’s been keeping dangerous secrets from them both, will they call a truce and work together…or lose her for good?
*Previously published as DOHL: Heavenly Rising (Book 1) – The Choice
The Unbroken Series: Heavenly Rising
How can a virgin seeking happily-ever-after with a hot pop star who has a penchant for threesomes win her fantasy man? Kimber Edgington desperately needs a plan to convince Jesse McCall, who’s been her secret crush since they spent a summer together as teenagers, that they are meant for each other. But all the tabloid stories about his sexual escapades make her feel oh so inadequate.
But she’s exactly what men want.
Determined to prove she’s woman enough for Jesse, Kimber turns to bodyguard Deke Trenton for sexual education. Bold and brash, Deke warns Kimber that playing with him is playing with fire. But he can’t bear to imagine the innocent beauty in someone else’s arms. So Deke and his super-sexy friend, Luc, take Kimber under their wings and dangerously close to the edge of ecstasy. Though she’s saved herself for Jesse, Kimber soon learns he’s not the man adept at stoking her aching, endless need. That’s Deke, and he can’t resist when Kimber begs for more—and more...
Raine Kendall has everything a woman could want—almost. Sexy, tender Liam O’Neill is her knight in shining armor, but is he too good to be true or could their growing connection actually last a lifetime? To complicate matters, she can’t shake her feelings for her commanding boss, Macen Hammerman, especially after the mind-blowing night he stopped fighting their attraction, took her to bed, and ravished every inch of her.
Now there might be consequences.
While Hammer can’t stop coveting Raine and counting the days of her cycle with glee, Liam resolves to keep her for his own. But she stubbornly refuses to open the corners of her scarred heart. Determined to win her for good, Liam risks everything. Though once he puts his plan in motion, she proves as elusive as smoke. It’s a bitter pill when he needs Hammer’s help to bring her home. And Liam can’t help but wonder…will Raine ever be his again or will he lose her to his ex-best friend for good?
(Another heap of edgy, angsty goodness right here, featuring two smoking-hot and very protective heroes. This story isn’t the only thing packed full of double delight... It will totally leave you panting and desperate for more!)
*Previously published as DOHL: Raine Falling (Book 2).
The Unbroken Series: Raine Falling
The night Heavenly Young gave her innocence to Dr. Kenneth Beckman and Seth Cooper, betrayal and tragedy shattered her world. Leaving behind everything and everyone to fulfill a deathbed promise and start her life over, she faces the painful past while questioning her murky future. Should she spend it alone…or with the two men who captured her heart?
Beck and Seth are devastated when Heavenly leaves without a word. Determined to reclaim the woman they love, they pursue the beauty and help her complete her solemn duty. But Heavenly is still grieving and unsure where she belongs, so the men make her an offer: commit to them temporarily. If she still wants freedom at the end of their arrangement, they’ll let her go—for good.
Now racing against the clock, the men must find creative, pleasurable ways to break down Heavenly’s resistance and bind her to them. But just when their dreams are within reach, a demon from Beck’s long-forgotten past returns, bent on revenge that might destroy the trio’s chance at happily-ever-after forever.
*Previously published as DOHL: Heavenly Rising (Book 2) – The Chase
The Unbroken Series: Heavenly Rising
Raine loves Macen.
He burns for her…but she’s off-limits.
Until his best friend, Liam, says he wants her for himself.
And their fiery collision begins…
An innocent runaway, her tormented savior, and the shrewd player embark on an epic, passionate journey of rage, jealousy, forgiveness, and love to become Unbroken.
(Read at your own risk! This juicy, tension-filled origin story will suck you into one of the most bingeworthy series EVER, filled with dark romance, angst, jaw-dropping steam, laughs, wrenching emotions, and a love triangle between two super-hot alphas vying for a sassy brat in desperate need of firm hands and a big heart. You’ve been warned!)
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