When Shayla Black announced that her Wicked Lovers series would be ending after Holding On Tighter I was crushed. This is one of my favorite series of all time and I have loved every single book. Considering this installment is the 12th full length story, and there have been 6 novellas, that is saying a lot! It’s almost impossible to pick a favorite couple or story from them all, but without a doubt Jolie is my favorite heroine from the series. Independent, successful and self-sufficient, aspects of her personality reminded me of myself and there was nothing I would change about her.
Heath Powell is a former British agent who we first met in Mystery and Axel’s story Wicked for You. Heath had been providing protection for Mystery since she had been kidnapped years before and he had developed a thing for her, but her heart had belonged to Axel since he saved her from that same abduction. After his wife was killed in a terrorist attack years earlier, Heath merely existed. He hooked up with random women and didn’t particularly care if his job wound up costing him his life.
Jolie Quinn grew up in chaos. Her mother flitted from marriage to marriage, with several other relationships in between, and Jolie was basically left to raise her younger sister and brother. After being rejected by her father from the age of 5, seeing her mother’s disastrous love life, and being forced to grow up too fast, Jolie is a fierce, independent woman. Her fashion company is on the cusp of hitting the big time and she does not have time for love. Or even a man.
Due to the upcoming expansion of her company and some recent break-ins in the area, Jolie is in need of a security expert to come in and take a look at her set-up and offer suggestions. Heath is currently deciding whether to stay in the area so he agrees to take the job on. His normal type of woman is the needy, want a man to save me type and Jolie is most certainly not that. He has never met a woman like her and while her take charge attitude should turn him off, he can’t help but be intrigued. Same goes for Jolie. The idea of a man taking charge in bed had never appealed to her before – until Heath.
Strange things begin happening around Jolie, from a break-in at her office, to a brick being thrown through her window, and Heath’s gut is telling him something is really off with the situation. As the threats against her continue to escalate, the heat between them is out of control and when they do give in – it is HOT. And it stays hot throughout.
I personally don’t buy that you can meet someone and know within a week that you are soul mates, but I don’t read books for a dose of reality. I read to escape, and once I started this one, I stayed up all night finishing it. If I could change anything about this (aside from the fact that it’s the last one in the series), I would have liked to have seen a confrontation between Jolie and her useless father. The story of him trying to take her company started to build and then it just died off, so I think I would have liked to have seen her rip the man’s balls off (obviously not literally). That being said, I still really enjoyed the storyline.
Loved the heroine, really liked the hero, the book was fast paced and exciting and the storyline kept me going once I started. I hope in the spin-off we get to see a story for Jolie’s sister because it seemed like she has a lot of potential for a great one.
Aside from my girl crush on Jolie, my favorite part of the book was the Epilogue. Ms. Black used the opportunity to catch us up on every single couple and family that we have fallen in love with throughout the Wicked Lovers series and it made me even more sad to see it end. Thankfully the spin-off series was also set up throughout the book and Epilogue and I’m sure I will love that as well, but saying goodbye to this one was bittersweet.
*ARC provided by publisher
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Holding on Tighter
by Shayla Black
Release Date: February 7, 2017