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1001 Dark Nights Presents: Dirty Wicked by Shayla Black






11-5-dirtywickedFrom 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?


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Shock knocked the air from her lungs. “You’d want someone giving you whatever just because you commanded it?”

“The commands are for your psyche, sweetheart. That way, you can tell yourself that you didn’t have a choice, that of course you didn’t like bedding down with a rapist. But honestly, I’m not going to do a damn thing to you until your body is good and wet and ready.”

She digested his words in a panic and shook her head. “That may never happen.”

His jaw tightened. “If I can’t get you hot, I don’t have any business between your legs. If you can’t let go because you’re afraid I’ll hurt you, I’ll persuade your body otherwise. That’s a promise.”

How was she supposed to respond to that? “Um, I’m sure you’re perfectly capable of…arousing a woman. I meant that I may disappoint you if you’re expecting some vixen. I—I’m not very sexual.”

Nick stilled, then a smile quirked up the side of his mouth. “You will be.”

Those words filled her with part dread—and if she was honest—part anticipation. Always, she’d been the good girl. She’d been a virgin on her wedding night, done her best to be a lady, even in the bedroom. Somehow, she didn’t think Nick would appreciate her circumspect nature or accept her lying back and sorting through her mental to-do list during sex.

Then again, what choice did she have? Faking a few moans would be much easier than actually orgasming with a virtual—and very dangerous—stranger.

Sasha thought back to his touch on her breast, the way he’d rocked his hips against her. She’d felt something, far more than she expected. Maybe it would be enough to see her through.

“I—I’ll do my best not to disappoint you,” she murmured finally.

A laugh played across Nick’s wide mouth. “Don’t worry. I plan to be thoroughly satisfied.”




Nick Navarro has every reason to be angry with the world. Newly released from prison after serving fifteen months for a crime he didn’t commit and still reeling from the murder of his childhood friend, Mike Porter, Nick’s first priority is to exact revenge on those who framed him and killed Mike.

Nick, a private investigator by trade, is missing a few pieces to the puzzle as to why he was framed and Mike was killed. Nick knows that there is one person who may be able to answer some questions for him — Mike’s widow, Sasha. Answers are not the only reason Nick needs to find Sasha — Nick’s been in love with Sasha since the moment he laid eyes upon her years ago. Out of love and respect for his friend, Nick kept his feelings to himself as Sasha married Mike and started a family. But Mike is dead, and Sasha and her child are out there, somewhere, and  in danger.

Sasha Porter has been on the run since her husband was murdered. Broke, scared and with a sick child, Sasha turns to Nick Navarro as her final resort. Someone wants Sasha dead, and if Nick can’t help her, she and her daughter, Harper, are doomed.

When Sasha and her child show up at Nick’s, he welcomes them into his home and offers his protection to them both — but there is a price — there is always a price, isn’t there?

A stand alone novella, Shayla Black’s Dirty Wicked is part of the author’s popular Wicked Lovers Series, as well as being the newest offering from the team at 1001 Dark Nights.

Set in Louisiana, Dirty Wicked is filled with longing, lust, suspense and love. The plot moves at rapid pace, and the reader quickly becomes engrossed. You can feel Nick’s conflicted emotions — his love and lust for Sasha, mixed in with grief for his lost friend, all fueled by a rage to right the wrongs committed against them.

Dirty Wicked is a dark tale, but well worth the time. If you’re a fan of the Wicked Lovers Series, this is a must read. If you’re a new reader to Shayla Black, Dirty Wicked is the perfect introduction to this fine author.



*ARC received from author and 1001 Dark Nights via InkslingerPR in exchange for an honest review.*








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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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