Type: Erotic Romance
My Copy: Sent
Ever since he rescued her from a dangerous kidnapper, Mystery Mullins has wanted Axel Dillon. When he returned her to her Hollywood father and tabloid life, she was grateful…and a little in love. Mystery wasn’t ready to let Axel go, even after the soldier gently turned her away because, at nineteen, she was too young.
Now, six years later, Mystery is grown, with a flourishing career and a full life—but she’s still stuck on Axel. Disguised, she propositions him in a bar, and the night they spend together is beyond her wildest dreams. Mystery steels herself to walk away—except the sheets are barely cold when her past comes back to haunt her.
Once he realizes Mystery isn’t the stranger he thought, Axel is incensed and intrigued. But when it’s clear she’s in danger, he doesn’t hesitate to become her protector—and her lover—again. And as the two uncover a secret someone is willing to kill for, Axel is determined to claim Mystery’s heart before a murderer silences her for good.
Wicked for You is the tenth book in the Wicked Lovers series. Shayla Black must be doing something write to successfully draw out a series for ten books. While I wouldn’t say this one was on par with the first few in this series (which I LOVED), Wicked for You delivers what readers want from this author: steamy, sexy (and a little kinky) stories full of action.
Mystery Mullins is no stranger to the spotlight. As the daughter of a famous Hollywood director, she has grown up seeing her life plastered on the pages of the tabloids. It didn’t help that her father was infamous for his philandering and her mother died mysteriously. When Mystery is kidnapped and held captive, her father pulls out all the stops to save his beloved daughter.
Enter Axel Dillon. Axel is larger than life – a big, muscular guy who oozes testosterone. A former medic in the military, he’s hired by Mystery’s father to locate and rescue her. After a harrowing escape from the isolated shack where she’s kept, Mystery and Axel face a grueling journey out of the desert on foot. Over the next few days, while they elude the mastermind behind her kidnapping, they get to know one another and Mystery falls a little harder for Axel with every detail she learns about him. This was more than just a case of hero worship, though. Something about Axel called to her, despite her youth and inexperience. They both feel the attraction, but Axel is older and wiser and refuses to take advantage of her youth or her situation.
Six years have passed, and Mystery has never forgotten Axel. She does her best to live a quiet life in London where she is safe, away from the relentless paparazzi. Using a visit to her aunt as an opportunity to track down Axel in the States, Mystery is determined to get him out of her system once and for all. Wearing a disguise and talking with a British accent, she locates him in a bar and propositions him, hoping against all hope that he’ll give her what she wants without recognizing her.
Axel is intrigued by the beautiful but mysterious woman who seduces him. He can’t quite put a finger on why she’s familiar to him, but the Dom in him recognizes a submissive and he jumps on the chance to get to know her intimately. When the danger surrounding Mystery’s kidnapping years ago resurfaces and her identity comes out, Axel is caught – hook, line and sinker. He’s unable to resist the chemistry he feels with her, and his protective instincts come out in full force when her life is threatened.
I really liked the first half of this book. Shayla Black did an excellent job of setting up Axel & Mystery’s story. The parts that centered around Mystery’s abduction and rescue were so good, I found myself so caught up in her ordeal that it was easy to see why she became so hung up on her rescuer. Axel was easy to fall for. He was alpha to the core – a Dom just looking for the perfect sub. He was strong and sexy and always knew what Mystery needed, even when she didn’t. The second half of the book felt a little forced and predictable, although the sex scenes were scorching. I understood why Mystery had trouble trusting Axel, but her constant doubting and running away was annoying.
I give Wicked for You by Shayla Black 3.75 stars!