ARC Review: Ours to Love by Shayla Black

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ARC Review: Ours to Love by Shayla Black
Ours to Love
Book Info

Released: May 7, 2013
Genre: BDSM, Erotic Romance
Series: Wicked Lovers #7
Pages: 400

“OURS TO LOVE is a slow-burning, sensual read” ~Under the Covers

How would you describe OURS TO LOVE in three words?

Annie: Wicked, Slow-burning, Sensual.

Francesca: Unexpected. Sexy.

Readers are familiar with Xander, but Javier, his brother is a newer character. What did you think of Javier?

Annie: I thought Javier was an interesting character. Right from the beginning of the book, we get a lot of information on his past and what he had endured already. He’s a bit of a tortured hero, so I could tell that Black had a lot of fun with his character. He was so different in personality from Xander, but I also thought they complement each other well. Together, they were almost like a ying and a yang – the perfect balance of men.

Francesca: First of all, I wasn’t happy that his dead ex wife never came back from the dead.  I mean, she had an awesome name I kept wishing she wasn’t the bitch that tore his heart out.  Once I got past that, I actually liked Javier maybe even a bit more than Xander.  And that’s not what I was expecting because coming into this book I was all about my crush on Xander.  But there’s something to be said for the tall, dark and brooding hero who is in control about most aspects of his life but let emotions run deep and sometimes take over.

Threesome relationships are quite difficult to write. Did you feel that Black did a good job of creating a strong relationship between London, Xander and Javier?

Annie: I thought Black spent a lot of time on building that trust between London, Xander and Javier. There were no shortcuts taken here and that was very important in forming a strong relationship amongst them all. London has a dark past and isn’t comfortable with the scars she has. So Xander and Javier really had to take their time to allow her to adjust to them physically as well as emotionally.

Francesca:  As Annie said, there is a bit of time spent on the building of trust, and that was extremely necessary.  Actually, I would’ve wanted even longer than it was because I still had some problems letting go and believing the trust was there.

On a scale to one to ten, how would you rate the steaminess?

Annie: Well, considering that you have two hot brothers I’d say that would put this book in the 7 or 8 range. You really can’t go wrong with a threesome and BDSM thrown in.

Francesca: I’m going to have to go with a range of 6-8.  Yes, it was hot.  And yes, there’s a threesome with two hot brothers.  But I also had times when I was a bit pissed at what the brothers were doing that might’ve thrown me for a bit of a curve.

What were your final thoughts to OURS TO LOVE?

Annie: OURS TO LOVE is a slow-burning, sensual read that deals with darker issues than we’ve seen before in the series. It still has that touch of suspense that I love and expect and there is no question that Black can pen scorching hot sex scenes. Though not my favorite of the series, I still love returning to this world again and again.

*ARC provided by author

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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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