Holding on Tighter (Wicked Lovers Series #12)

Holding on Tighter (Wicked Lovers Series #12)

by Shayla Black


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In this seductive new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Falling in Deeper, mixing business with pleasure can be a dangerous proposition...
Jolie Quinn is a woman in charge. Her no-nonsense attitude has made her a rising star in the fashion world and her brand a household name among the Dallas elite. Nothing will stop her from achieving her goals—not even the gorgeous British security contractor who seems just as interested in seeing her personal assets as he is in protecting her professional ones.
After a tragedy left him broken, Heath Powell made a rule of staying unattached. But Jolie challenges him in a way he can’t ignore, and he isn’t used to backing down from a confrontation—especially when the reward for winning could feel so good. As passion blazes between them, the stubborn, confident beauty arouses more than his desire. She touches his heart.
When a mysterious enemy threatens Jolie and her company, Heath is the only person Jolie can trust to help. But working with him to save her business might put her dangerously at risk of falling in love...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425275481
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Series: Wicked Lovers Series , #12
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 182,602
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the Wicked Lovers series (Wicked for You, His to Take) and, with Lexi Blake, the Perfect Gentlemen series (Big Easy Temptation, Seduction in Session, Scandal Never Sleeps). For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold well over a million copies and have been published in a dozen languages.
Raised as 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 has 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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Holding on Tighter 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story ! I really enjoyed the epilogue! Highly recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She did it again. I was riveted.
DonnaBBuccella More than 1 year ago
I have loved taking this wild ride through this brilliant series.... this was fantastic! Jolie and Heath, WOW EXPLOSIVE. Omg he was so sexy. These two struggled through life, both dealing with a past they were trying to figure out. Push together through circumstances, Heath and Jolie ignite, they grow closer, until neither one can deny what's happening. This was a sexy, who done it, loving, thrilling, mind blowing, exciting love story.....AMAZING!!!!!! Shayla never disappoints
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down. Gripped me by the heart from the get go with the action packed mystery to heart warming romance. Absolutely love Shayla and her series!
njp42474 More than 1 year ago
Jolie is a strong, hard working woman who is so focused on expanding her fashion design business that she doesn’t have time for anything too personal. Keeping her sister grounded and her mom happy, that’s all she has time for. Forget a man, that is the last thing on her mind. Heath, a gorgeous, former British spy, takes a small job as a security consultant for an up and coming fashion designer. With a few break-ins in the area he figures this job to be a quick job setting up a new security system. Heath is still haunted by his past and the death of his wife years ago. He has a onetime only rule because he doesn’t want any attachments. Then he meets Jolie and things change for him. Jolie realizes very quickly that Heath is more than just a security consultant, he is someone who can tear down the walls around her heart. The chemistry is strong and the heat between them was steamy. But despite their new relationship, there is trouble brewing. Her sister is getting gifts at work from a secret admirer whose notes that sound threatening. There is a breakin but the robber is only after her laptop. There is also an attempt on Jolie’s life. They need to figure out fast if everything is connected to or not, who is targeting them, and why. When Jolie’s life is on the line, Heath will do whatever he needs to so that he doesn’t lose Jolie like he did his first wife. And will Heath get answers to what happened in the past and who caused his pain years before. Will he get to Jolie before it’s too late? As expected the steam level is high, but I would expect nothing else from Shayla and this series. I found that even though Jolie was a strong, independent woman, she had a need that she didn’t know she had or wanted. Heath started out being a manwhore in my opinion and a character I wasn’t a fan of but like always, he redeemed himself as the book progressed. By the end of the book I saw and understood why he had been the way he was for so many years. I’ve been reading this series since the first book and have loved them all. I love how characters all come together even if they don’t know each other at the start of the book. The epilogue was great because we got to see everyone from all the other books together at once and it was a great end to the series. I hate to see the series end but all good things must come to an end. Shayla probably could have gone on writing this series forever but that would mean we would miss out on so many new things she will bring us in the future.
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
✦Review: HOLDING ON TIGHTER (A Wicked Lovers Novel) by Shayla Black Publication Date: February 7, 2017 Genre: Erotica/ Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated: 4.5 Stars I really enjoyed this hot new release in Shayla Black’s Wicked Lovers Series. HOLDING ON TIGHTER is the twelfth book in the series and while some of the characters show up throughout the series, each book is a standalone that features different main characters. I always prefer to read a series in order, but you can read these books in any order and be fine. HOLDING ON TIGHTER is a scorching hot romance with some suspense. It took me a while to warm up to the heroine and Heath did a few things that annoyed me, but I understood why by the end of the book. Who doesn’t love a sexy Brit? Yum! I recommend this book for romantic suspense/ erotica lovers. When I’m in the mood for erotica romance that has a suspenseful storyline I reach for one of Shayla Black’s books. Her books always satisfy my addiction. *Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
This review was written by Marie for a guest review post on Ever After Book Reviews blog: Rating: 4.5 Stars Yes, yes, and yes! Ms. Black has done it again with the next book in the Wicked Lovers series. It’s full of intrigue, snarky humor, romance, and of course, extremely scorching sex. Holding on Tighter revs up from the very beginning and just doesn’t let go. It’s a wild and thrilling ride chocked full of action and seriously intense chemistry between our hero and heroine, Heath and Jolie. Heath is the embodiment of a dominant male. He’s mysterious, sexy, commanding and over-the-top passionate. His attraction to Jolie is apparent from the get-go, and the way he treats her is enough to make any woman swoon. Of course, him being SO sexy helps tremendously, too. Jolie, on the other hand, is a spitfire. She’s confident, independent, and her resistance brings out the charm in Heath. The story itself is brilliantly written, with Shayla Black’s signature touch. It’s an addicting, sexy romance that’s guaranteed to please. ***I read and reviewed a paperback copy of the book offered to the blog by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
JenniferSchultheisJS More than 1 year ago
Holding on Tighter by Shayla Black is nothing short of amazing. Shayla Black knows her audience and knows exactly how to hook us and keep us wanting more. I adore romantic suspense and Holding on Tighter is everything I love about this genre. Heath and Jolie are two characters who you can’t help falling for. Heath is the very definition of Alpha…protective, possessive, and oh so sexy! The romance is a slow burn, at least, in the beginning but when they finally give in to their attraction, you better watch out for the fireworks. Passion and suspense are woven brilliantly in this must-read story!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
HOLDING ON TIGHTER is the twelfth full length installment in Shayla Black’s contemporary, adult WICKED LOVERS erotic, romance series. This is thirty nine year old, former MI5 agent and security specialist Heath Powell, and thirty year old women’s fashion mogul Jolie Quinn’s story line. HOLDING ON TIGHTER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story lines is revealed where necessary. The reader was first introduced to Heath Powell in Wicked For You-Wicked Lovers #10. Told from dual third person perspectives (Jolie and Heath) HOLDING ON TIGHTER focuses on a series of threats against our story line heroine Jolie Quinn. A self-made fashion entrepreneur Jolie and her younger sister Karis, have become targets of a twisted mind. Enter Heath Powell, former British Intelligence Agency (MI5) and security specialist. On the advice of her best friend Callie Ward- MacKenzie, Mitchel and Sean’s wife (Their to Cherish #8) Jolie hires Heath to increase the security at her thriving business, never expecting to fall in love with a man who wants nothing to do with relationships or happily ever afters. What ensues is the quick building relationship and love between Jolie and Heath, and the increasing threats against the woman with whom Heath will fall in love. Heath Powell lost everything he once loved and cared about, and in this our hero is unwilling to again risk his heart for love. A one-night stand kind of guy, Heath finds himself impossibly attracted to the woman he has sworn to defend and protect. One night will never be enough especially when the threats against Jolie Quinn begin to take on a more dangerous nature. Independent, strong and successful, with attitude to spare, Jolie Quinn does not want to be like her mother-a serial bride with a succession of broken marriages and divorces to her credit- and a woman whose history with men has marked our heroine with a negative attitude about relationships and love. When Heath ‘demands’ nothing more than a one-night stand, Jolie has a difficult time processing the feelings that begin to grow. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense; Heath is a dominant but he has trouble taming the woman with whom he is falling in love. Some readers may take offense to Heath’s manwhoring ways especially in the early pages of the story line premise. He pushes at all of Jolie’s boundaries, and in this his dominant persona is a struggle to accept especially when very little time passes between sexual conquests. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Jolie’s sister Karis, and fellow employees business accountant Arthur, PA Wisteria and website operator Rohan. We are also introduced to Heath’s former partner and best friend at MI5 Myles Beaker. Several of the previous story line male leads have cameo roles as they volunteer to help Jolie and Heath when things spiral out of control. The world building looks at the threats against Jolie and Karis; the sister’s struggle to find happiness in spite of their disastrous earlier years; and Jolie and Heath’s acceptance that everyone deserves a happily ever after. HOLDING ON TIGHTER is a passionate story line of betrayal, revenge, romance and love. The premise is entertaining and captivating; the characters are colorful, dynamic and spirited; the romance is intimate and sensual. Shayla Black’s WICKED LOVERS SERIES is a seductive look at romance-outside of the box.
Christine_Miller More than 1 year ago
This series never gets old. Ms. Black has done it again. Heath and Jolie's story is everything I love in a story. Our hero is a little damaged from the loss of his wife in a tragic way 6 years ago. He feels helpless since he couldn't save her and doesn't really live any more, he just exists. Jolie is married to her job. She doesn't have time for dating or men in general. She is a tough lady who runs a million dollar business and has a heart of gold. It doesn't take Heath and Jolie long to give into the heat that burns between them. When Jolie's life is threatened, Heath will do whatever it takes to protect her. He can't lose her like he lost his first wife. I was on the edge of my seat for the last half of the book. I loved the suspense and the ride I was on. The climax of the story brought me to tears as I was completely in the moment of Heath and Jolie's love. Loved this story. I loved at the end, how we got to catch up with all of the couples from the series. Such a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, full of passion, and adrenaline. Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stale, timeworn,tired,hackneyed, dull, old hat, cheesy, dull.