DIRTY WICKED by Shayla Black: Review & Excerpt

Posted November 13, 2016 in Reviews / 0 Comments

DIRTY WICKED by Shayla Black: Review & ExcerptDirty Wicked by Shayla Black
Series: Wicked Lovers #11.5, 1001 Dark Nights
Published by Incorporated
Publication Date: November 8th 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 120
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Buy Online: Amazon

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.

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?



I don’t usually read a lot of novellas because I think the short length does not let an author do justice to the story, but Shayla Black is one of the few exceptions to that rule for me. This installment of the Wicked Lovers series is filled with passion and nail-biting suspense, and stands all by itself, without the need to read any previous installments to make sense of it.

 Newly released from prison after serving time for a crime he didn’t commit, Nick Navarro has only one focus: exacting revenge on those who framed him and killed his best friend and the key to unraveling these threads is his late friend’s wife.

Sasha Porter has been trying to stay a step ahead of the man who killed her husband, but she’s at the end of her rope. Broke, terrified and with a sick child, she needs help to keep herself and her daughter safe and Nick is just the person to help.

But there is more than just the quest for revenge between Nick and Sasha. There is a burning attraction between them that needs to be explored and perhaps the chance for a future, but they need to deal with their mutual enemy first.

DIRTY WICKED is short but so very satisfying. It’s really fast, sexy and thrilling and is just the perfect way to spend a few hours. 





Nick Navarro had been out of prison exactly thirty-five hours. Long enough to get a good night’s sleep, stock up on a few necessities, and visit his old friends, the Santiago brothers. Then he’d started putting his P.I. skills to good use, methodically searching for the woman he hadn’t forgotten a single detail about during the fifteen months of his incarceration.

He intended to hunt down the bastards who had framed him and offed his childhood friend so he could repay them in spades.

Sasha Porter was the key.

At first glance, it looked as if she had disappeared off the face of the earth. She’d fled her house, quit her job, abandoned her car, maybe even changed her name. But his gut told him she was still alive. She had reasons to fight.

He would burn down the world until he found her.

Nick was forcing himself not to pace manically when his doorbell rang, sounding above the din of pounding rain. He zipped his gaze to the clock. Quarter ’til midnight. Obviously this wasn’t a social call. Had his late buddy’s enemy gotten wind of him shaking the trees for Sasha? Or had that corrupt son of a bitch just come back for another pound of flesh?

With every light in the living room on, Nick couldn’t pretend he wasn’t home. Besides, he refused to let this asshole think he was afraid. So he drew his weapon and jerked the door open, wearing a snarl.

Nick expected trouble, a gunfight, a battle for his life. Instead, Sasha Porter stood under his little portico, clinging near the door to avoid the deluge of November rain. Without a coat, she shivered. An exhausted little girl slept on her hip under a baby blanket, blond curls askew. A ragged duffel bag hung over her other arm. Rain had seeped through Sasha’s tattered blouse. Water ran down her cheek, which was marred with an unmistakable bruise. Dark circles discolored the skin under her hazel eyes, now wide with fear as she stared at his SIG. Cursing, Nick scrambled to holster his weapon.





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About Shayla Black

Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty 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 well over a million 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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