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Decadent (A Wicked Lovers Novel) Paperback – October 2, 2007
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Praise for Decadent
"Wickedly seductive from start to finish."—New York Times Bestselling Author Jaci Burton
"A red-hot read that will leave you in heart-pounding bliss...Decadent...takes you to the edge of decadence again and again and leaves you screaming for more."—Night Owl Reviews
More praise for the Wicked Lovers novels
“A wicked, sensual thrill from first page to last. I loved it!”—Lora Leigh, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Make[s] your toes curl!”—Angela Knight, New York Times bestselling author
“Will…have you panting for more!”—Susan Johnson, New York Times bestselling author
“Shayla Black...you rocked it!”—The Romance Reviews
“Thoroughly gripping and…so blisteringly sexy.”—Fallen Angel Reviews
“Scrumptiously erotic, sensual, heady, and very arousing.”—Affaire de Coeur
“[A] fabulous read.”—Fresh Fiction
About the Author
Shayla Black is a pseudonym for a prolific and successful romance author who lives in Texas with her husband and daughter.
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In the first part of the book, the sex in Decadent was as decadent as could be. I was fully enjoying everything until the emotions started running amok. For a man who had insisted on emotions playing no part in their menage, he's sure got a lot of inner turmoil. Deke is just one hot mess. His deep, dark secret from when he was sixteen has scarred him for life and he's carried those wounds ever since. At first it was nice to know that a great big Army Ranger can be hit by feelings of uncertainty, doubt and even fear, but this took it too far. He needed a shrink. Luc does too, but Deke far more than Luc. As if there wasn't enough emotional hysteria running around in this steaming pile, Shayla Black adds in Kimber's emotional train wreck of a boyfriend, Jesse McCall. Now there's a crash and burn if ever I saw one. Jesse latches onto Kimber with a pathetic, whiny, selfish need that thoroughly grates on the nerves and you almost wish she would put the boy out of his misery and just shoot him. The villain of the book is hardly mentioned, it's more alluded to that he gets caught, and there is also a surprise villain that leaves you feeling stunned stupid. Where the heck did that come from?
I didn't even have good hot, nekkid sex to get me through this book because it was too uncomfortable with all the angst. With menage I don't want any feelings of jealousy or bitterness. I want the guys to love being with the girl and to also love being with the guy. Not in a sexual way, but to be almost comforted by their presence, like they can feed off each others emotions making the whole experience that much more erotic. Right from the beginning Deke has proprietary feelings towards Kimber and resents Luc's presence and during the middle of the book, Kimber also resents Luc's presence and wishes it was just her and Deke. Well, it sucks to be Luc. I felt extremely uncomfortable knowing that three of them were having sex and wishing one of them was gone. Luc was very much the third wheel and I felt on edge reading the book, waiting for the shoe to drop on Luc's participation in the menage. All in all, some of the sex scenes were good but it focused too much on her butt. Since Kimber is saving her virginity for Jesse, that leaves that orifice out and so the men work with what they've got. I don't have a problem with anal, just thought there was too much of it. I'm also not going to mention the absurd rationale of saving your virginity by taking big, hard c**** up your butt and down your throat, because to do so would take up too much time and will probably end in me cursing, so I'm just going to stop while I'm ahead.
Read Decadent if you like lots of anal action, don't mind menage a trois, like a lot of angst and inner turmoil and don't mind if your heroines (and heroes) are slightly stupid.
Virginal Kimber Edgington needs some rather unorthodox lessons fast - in the art of ménage á trois! She is determined to prove to her long-time friend and crush Jesse that she can handle his rock-star lifestyle and sexual eccentricities and be the woman he needs. Who better to ask for help than a man known for his preference to share his women with other men? Never mind that she and Deke never quite got along when he worked for her father while she was in her teens. With Deke's cousin, the delicious Luc Traverson, rounding out the threesome, she figures she can handle anything Deke throws at her during her `training' - especially when the sexy chef makes it clear he is more than willing to accommodate her needs, with or without Deke's help...
Bodyguard Deke Trenton could barely stand to be around Kimber when she was a teen-ager. It wasn't that he didn't like her - he liked her TOO much! But she was jailbait for him and he knew it, prompting him to leave her father's employ before he found himself in more trouble than he knew what to do with. Finding her literally on his doorstep all these years later was unexpected enough, but he never could have imagined the grown-up Kimber would come asking him to introduce her into the world of threesomes! His body is more than willing to teach her everything she wants and more, but once he has a taste of her considerable charms, his heart can't seem to accept the idea of letting her go when her tutoring is finished even though his mind fights these new feelings every step of the way...
When an unseen menace threatens Kimber's life, Deke and Luc pull out all the stops to keep her safe and under their wing - and none of their lives will ever be the same again!
Fans of Shayla Black's book Wicked Ties will be high as a kite when they finally get their hands on their very own copy of its sequel, Decadent, in October 2007! There is not a single person I have spoken with who has read Wicked Ties and done anything but loved it and I know the same will be true of this follow-up story.
We initially met one of our lead characters, Deke Trenton, in the first book when he helped Jack and Morgan, going above and beyond the call of duty... LOL! Black whets our appetite but good for more of this rogue's story, and she has not disappointed her readers with Decadent. While intriguing and mischievous before, Deke turns out to be a very complex character for whom nothing is superfluous - there are reasons for everything he is today, and unraveling his multi-layered psyche proves as fascinating as his numerous sexual exploits... Completely Alpha, brash, confused, and wonderfully (dare I say it?) Decadent, Deke takes us on the ride of our lives as he struggles to come to grips with what he thinks he wants and what his heart demands. Deke is all at once maddening, sexy and frustrating as all get out, but regardless of how mad he makes you sometimes, you can't help but love him. Fighting himself is difficult enough, but fighting Kimber proves impossible - especially when his cousin Luc aligns his loyalties with her in the battle for Deke's love.
Deke has more than met his match in heroine Kimber Edgington! Raised by three military men - her father and two older brothers, she can take just about anything Deke can dish out. She has handled men like him her entire life, and refuses to be dissuaded by his reluctance to become involved with her. Of course, she has a bit of her own personal confusion to work through first - namely her relationship with the wayward rock star, Jesse. Having set her sights on a goal, Kimber attacks her mission in a very military fashion - with single-minded focus, and doesn't realize the end game has changed until it is too late... Or is it?
Luc Traverson balances out the ménage nicely with his smooth demeanor, maneuvering Kimber and Deke deftly, with benefit to all concerned. He provides the glue that binds the trio together, albeit precariously, but are his machinations purely altruistic, or is there more to Luc than meets the eye?
Sensitive readers should be warned: this book is smoldering hot, and contains numerous ménage á trois scenes, all M/F/M (no M/M is in this book). Of course, that is a selling point for many of us! LOL I have to say, both Wicked Ties and Decadent are enough to make you curious about things you have never been curious about before, but the two together - WOW! I am almost thankful for the wait between the two books' releases - I'm afraid I'd have had a nuclear meltdown if I had read them back to back! Who am I kidding? If they'd both been released before I'd read the first, I wouldn't have stopped reading until I finished them both.
Avid fans of this author know that she writes as both Shelley Bradley and Shayla Black, publishing her spicier novels under the Shayla Black moniker. No matter which pen name she is using, this author can always be relied on to spin a fascinating story with fully-fleshed characters that engage the reader from page one, and keep you turning the page until you finish the book! I know this book, like her others, kept me up way too late on a work night, but once I started it I knew I could never sleep until the story ended!
I look forward to many more stories in this series - between the first two books alone, there are at least four or five characters I would dearly love to see books for - and I have no doubt that each new book will spawn longing for still more!
Brimming with the most tantalizing love scenes and two undeniably mouth-watering heroes, Decadent is undoubtedly one of the hottest books this year! But underneath it all, Shayla Black has nestled one of the most touching stories of romantic love you will read this year. Decadent will sweep you up and run you through a gamut of emotions - frustration, desire, fear, love, and more - until it finally leaves you ultimately satisfied.
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Very enjoyable read I can’t wait to read about the other characters in the story.
First book of this series was about Jack and Morgan. Fantastic read and wow wee hot. Loved it.Read more