More Than Want You

More Than Want You

by Shayla Black

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I hired her to distract my enemy. Now I'm determined to have her for my own.

I'm Maxon Reed—real estate mogul, shark, asshole. If a deal isn't high profile and big money, I pass. Now that I've found the property of a lifetime, I'm jumping. But one tenacious bastard stands between me and success—my brother. I'll need one hell of a devious ploy to distract cynical Griff. Then fate drops a luscious redhead in my lap who's just his type.

Sassy Keeley Kent accepts my challenge to learn how to become Griff's perfect girlfriend. But somewhere between the makeover and the witty conversation, I'm having trouble resisting her. The quirky dreamer is everything I usually don't tolerate. But she's beyond charming. I more than want her; I'm desperate to own her. I'm not even sure how drastic I'm willing to get to make her mine—but I'm about to find out.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157233525
Publisher: Shelley Bradley, LLC
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Series: More Than Words , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 11,504
File size: 643 KB

About the Author

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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More Than Want You (More Than Words Series - Book #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
AuthorsWebTVHost 20 days ago
I am an avid reader averaging 4-5 books per week. I read just about every kind of romantic fiction I can find. When I received my copy of More Than Want You, I was captured at the very first page and I was sad to reach the very last. I can’t say enough about how much I loved this book. It’s entirely different from the usual serial love story. This one has a depth of characters seldom found in romance novels. There is HEA, but that doesn’t keep you from wondering in the last quarter of the book if it will ever arrive. I wanted Maxon and Keeley to just stop beating around the bush about their love for each other, but that wouldn’t have helped the story. Black has a way of weaving this story around the different personalities in a way that, while you may want to hate any one of them at any given time, there’s no way you can ever not forgive them. This is a story that will stick with me for a long time to come. Job well done and I can't wait to read the second in this series.
Evampire9 More than 1 year ago
The first book in the More Than Words series is a gripping read that captivates readers. Mason and Keeley are two strong, dynamic characters that easily grab readers’ attentions and their romance is sweet at times and full of sizzling magnetic chemistry. Maxon and Keeley are lovable, complex characters and their relationship is full of scorching hot passion that heats up the pages but it is also a bit complex as it features an unusual twist with the male having an agenda that he is consumed by, one that is completely blocking his heart which keeps the emotional turmoil high throughout this story. The plot is steady paced and flows smoothly from beginning to end and the story is intriguing holding readers captive throughout as they wonder whether this couple will ever reach a happily ever after. With a couple of surprising twists that readers won’t see coming and character stubbornness ruling this relationship, this romance is quite an enjoyable read and since the author once again spins a wonderful tale full of fascinating characters and complex character interactions, readers can easily become caught up in the story. This romance is a standalone story but readers will definitely want to come back for more than the words of this series.
AggieHist More than 1 year ago
This book.... wow I loved it! First this book is written from the male POV and it is awesome! So often we read from the heroines POV for most of the book and we can relate to her emotions and motives. But this book is awesome because even though it is written from the heroes POV you can understand all of his motivations and reasons. Now don't get me wrong I wanted to hit Maxon over the head several times in this book but it was awesome to read what he was really thinking verses his actions. Keeley could have just been a manic pixie dream girl but she has all the fun and quirky qualities but with depth and charm. I loved the chemistry between Maxon and Keeley and it was a joy to read their romance. I don't want to give any of the plot away so I will say that this book made me laugh, shake my fist with anger, sigh with romance and kept me turning the page. My only complaint is that it ended!
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I have read this author and it won’t be my last. This book takes place in one of my favorite places on earth, Maui, Hawaii. I absolutely adored the setting. I also loved that music was involved. I love when the authors provide play lists for their books. This book has a very alpha career driven hero, and when you find out about his family, you will discover what drives him. The thing is, under all that bravado is a man who has deep feelings that he was never taught how to express and apply them. My heart hurt for him, but he had to learn the hard way. Keeley is the opposite of Maxon. She is lighthearted and a free spirit. When he asks what she wants out of life, she says, I just want to be happy. He couldn’t comprehend that answer. He wanted money, he wanted a title, he wanted to be the best and here was this beautiful, quirky woman who aspired to just be happy. She of course had the dream to own her own B&B once she graduated from college. She wasn’t afraid of hard work. She worked as a yoga instructor at a senior center, she had been a waitress, went to college, worked as a receptionist and was quite a talented singer. She also had the great ability to ask the tough questions when the conversation got deep. She was able to connect with Maxon and really get him to think about his life. This book had all the feels and it had a twist that I didn’t see coming! I was getting that burning in my chest a few times, as the characters went through their issues and I wanted to cry a couple of times because I was so caught up in their emotions. Their romance is a whirlwind, but the connection they have is soul deep and they both feel it right from the start. Keeley was definitely more in tuned with her feelings and it took Maxon a bit to catch up, but when he did, he jumped all in. I highly recommend this emotional and sexy opposites attract romance!
KnottyGirlReviews More than 1 year ago
So, I’m still mourning losing Shayla’s Wicked series, but I figured since this is Shayla, I’d give this series a go because it would probably be pretty close. Not. Even. And that’s a good thing. It just goes to prove, once again, how very talented Ms Shayla is. Our hero of the story is Maxon, who is a big time real estate mogul, as is his brother Griff, his biggest competitor. To say that Maxon is a big ole’ butt plug would be putting it mildly, especially with what he has planned for Keely, our sunshine and light heroine of the piece. But Keely manages to effect a change to Max in a positive way, and with quite the twist he never saw coming. (Neither did the readers!) It will be interesting to see how estranged brother Griffin’s book turns out, and I for one am looking forward to it!
chrismom More than 1 year ago
Maxon Reed and his brother Griff were the top real estate agents on Maui until they had a falling out over a woman. Now they are both competing for the opportunity to get the Stowe account. Max comes up with a plan. Griff needs a distraction, someone to keep his head out of the game. While in a bar, Max hears Keeley singing onstage. After a night of passion, Max makes Keeley a proposal, he will pay her to distract his brother until he can seal the deal with the Stowe heirs. As they work together to hatch this plan, Max finds out that maybe this will be a lot harder than he thought as he begins to develop feelings for Keeley. This is the first book in a new series by Ms Black. I must say, she did not disappoint. Max and Keeley have a very interesting relationship, he is work driven and she enjoys life. We also begin to see why Max is the way he is when his father shows up. He is definitely not a likable character. There are some twists and turns towards the end of the story I did not see coming. Well done Ms Black. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to future books in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Maxon and keeley story. It made me laugh and cry. Sb did it again.
OnceUponAnAlpha More than 1 year ago
You know that moment as a reader where you want MORE. No, no...not the hearts and flowers. Those are nice but I'm talking about the FEELS. Something that just delivers on an emotional level that makes you question EVERYTHING. Where the hero with a damaged childhood that scars who he is as a person yet makes him the most driven and ruthless person EVER...than in comes the heroine that all knocks you off your feet with her reasonable and calm self. Here's the twist...does he fight for what will make him more successful (even if that means trampling your brother) or the feelings he's unfamiliar (what are these feelings??) with the woman that speaks to him on every level? Yes....I More Than Want...I want everything and Shayla delivered the I anxiously waiting for Griff... (More Than Want You was provided in exchange for honest review)
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
MORE THAN WANT YOU is the first installment in Shayla Black’s contemporary, adult MORE THAN WORDS erotic, romance series. This is thirty three year old real estate mogul Maxon Reed, and twenty five year old singer/college student Keeley Kent’s story line. Told from first person point of view (Maxon) with a final chapter from Keeley’s POV, MORE THAN WANT YOU focuses on betrayal, revenge, family dysfunction and mistaken beliefs. Maxon Reed wants revenge against the brother that broke his heart, and tore apart their successful real estate business three years before. Believing his brother betrayed him, Griffin Reed set out to ruin Maxon’s reputation and life including an affair with Maxon’s then girlfriend, and shattering the heart of Britta-the woman who loved Griffin more than her own life. Maxon’s need for revenge involves college senior Keeley Kent, and a proposition to seduce his brother away from a multi-million dollar real estate deal. But things do not go according to plan when Maxon falls for the woman he hopes to use against the brother he once loved and adored. What ensues is the building romance between Maxon and Keeley, and a twist of epic proportions when Maxon goes ahead with plans to beat his brother at his own game. Throughout the story Keeley tries desperately to convince Maxon not to go ahead with his plans. Keeley has fallen in love with our story line hero and Maxon’s continuing obsession to surpass and out maneuver his brother begins to build a wall between our leading couple. Keeley is a young woman who has fallen for a man who places revenge and greed ahead of the woman he loves. The relationship between Keeley and Maxon begins as a one-night stand wherein Maxon offers Keeley a proposition that would help solve some of her current situation. But one night with Keeley isn’t enough for Maxon Reed, and the deeper into Maxon’s plans for revenge, the more Maxon realizes he might not be able to go through with his plans. The $ex scenes are intimate, seductive and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. The sexual chemistry is palpable. We are introduced to Maxon’s business partners Rob, and Britta Stone, as well as Britta’s son Jamie. Britta is a woman whose love for Griffin Reed has never waivered even in the face of betrayal and loss. The family dynamics, including the brothers’ need to push at one another is a direct by-product of a father’s hatred and need for power and control. Griffin and Britta’s story is next in MORE THAN NEED YOU. The world building focuses on betrayal, revenge, second chances and love. We are witness to one man’s life-long destruction of the family he should have loved, and one man’s need to be the best regardless of who he hurts along the way. The love between Keeley and Maxon is damaged when Maxon insists that to take down his brother is his only option because hatred has destroyed what’s left of his heart. His stubbornness and determination push away the woman with whom he has fallen in love. MORE THAN WANT YOU is a story of revenge, secrets and lies; of romance, seduction and falling in love; of one man’s obsession for retribution against a brother he once loved. The premise is intriguing and exciting; the characters are spirited, heartbreaking and energetic; the romance is emotional and passionate. MORE THAN WANT YOU is an enticing and moving story of that will captivate your attention.
12020351 More than 1 year ago
The second half of the book is phenomenal! I think, because I am used to her Wicked Lovers series, that it made me have a hard time getting into the book, but boy once I did, I was hooked! Maxon, what a character! He will make you love him, and Keeley was a fantastic heroine, so strong. Twist and turns that makes me want more for the next book!
Christine_Miller More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in Shayla Black's new series and what a home run! I loved Maxon and Keeley. Maxon is all about world domination until he meets Keeley. Keeley is a carefree spirit that brings out parts of Maxon that he forgot he had. I loved watching them fall in love. My favorite thing about this story was completely watching Maxon lose his #hit over Keeley. A guy who didn't have time for love or really life, and the thought of losing Keeley sent him in a tailspin. There are surprises through the read and I loved the ending. I can't wait to see what else this series has in store! Great read!
Marie1MB More than 1 year ago
Shayla Black did it ONCE AGAIN! This time with a BRAND new series! More Than Want you was fabulous, sexy, smart, and had one AMAZING heroine! Keeley is so different than any other heroine from any other of Miss Black's series. She isi feisty and fierce and believes in karma and is honest and has NO ISSUES saying exactly what and how she feels. I loved her spirit, her personality and the way she colored her hair. She was sweet, fun, almost had a hippie type of lifestyle but she felt like she could be a great friend. Maxon is also different in the sense that you could tell he had a inner good guy but, he at first, ignored him for revenge and other reasons I, as a woman, didn't completely understand. The fact that Keeley really made him open up his eyes about the way he truly is if he just let go of things a bit had me loving the whole story even more. And as the story progressed, I enjoyed the heck out of the way Maxon changed all thanks to the AMAZING woman Keeley is. More Than Want you was brilliantly written. I loved where the story was set at and I loved that this particular heroine was strong, mature yet fun and fiesty. This new series may well end up being better than Miss Black's Wicked Lover Series. I am totally in LOVE! More Than Want You had me falling in love with the plot, the characters, and the delicious and tempting romance. You will NOT forget Keeley and Maxon and I am more than excited about book 2! I give this a MILLION AND ONE STARS! Seriously, it deserves all that and MORE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is everyone trying to jump in the 50 Shades ban wagon? Shame on you S.B. I loved your stuff before you decided to write first person. 50 Shades was horribly written. You were much better, until this book. I managed 1 sentence then deleted the book.