BLOG TOUR: REVIEW AND EXCERPT: MORE THAN LOVE YOU by Shayla Black

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More Than Love You, an all-new sexy romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shayla Black is available NOW !

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I’m Noah Weston. For a decade, I’ve quarterbacked America’s most iconic football team and plowed my way through women. Now I’m transitioning from star player to retired jock-with a cloud of allegation hanging over my head. So I’m escaping to the private ocean-front paradise I bought for peace and quiet. What I get instead is stubborn, snarky, wild, lights-my-blood-on-fire Harlow Reed. Since she just left a relationship in a hugely viral way, she should be the last woman I’m seen with.

On second thought, we can help each other…

I need a steady, supportive “girlfriend” for the court of public opinion, not entanglements. Harlow is merely looking for nonstop sweaty sex and screaming orgasms that wring pleasure from her oh-so-luscious body. Three months-that’s how long it should take for us both to scratch this itch and leave our respective scandals behind. But the more I know this woman, the less I can picture my life without her. And when I’m forced to choose, I’ll realize I don’t merely want her in my bed or need her for a ruse. I more than love her enough to do whatever it takes to make her mine for good.

More Than Love You is a sexy and emotional standalone novel in the More Than Words Series.

Review

The title for Noah Weston and Harlow Reed’s story is quite an interesting one given the nature of how their summer fling starts, their respective relationship history, and the adamant contention on Harlow’s part that she is incapable of romantic attachments and commitments when it comes to the opposite sex.

But it’s not just their expiration date or the fact that Harlow never seems to want to share anything about herself or her past…what’s most striking to me about the title is its paradoxical idea. ‘More Than Love You’ seems quite contradictory…perhaps even possible, but the further readers get into Noah and Harlow’s book, the clearer it becomes that everything that Noah is feeling for Harlow and giving to her in order to build something beyond their insane sexual chemistry and off-the-charts fucking/love making is so much more than love…it’s beyond devotion…beyond adoration…beyond cherishing…it’s all of those feelings and SO MUCH MORE…

NOW, Noah just has to prove that to the beautiful, closed-off, challenging, giving, sassy woman who’s the woman of his dreams and hopefully his future EVERYTHING.

There are a lot of personal issues that Noah and Harlow must sift through in order for the feelings they have for each other to grow into something more. Noah needs to deal with the end of his Pro Football career and the health complications that have posed a road block for his second career opportunity. But more importantly, Noah must prove to those who love Harlow and to the woman herself, that he’s more than up for the job of making Harlow happy for the rest of her life.

Harlow is a bit of a wild card for a number of reasons; every time Noah pushes too much, she shuts down and uses humor or sex to evade any emotional discussions. She’s also tight lipped when it comes to what happened in her past that makes her believe she’s incapable of a forever kind of love. The biggest issue, though, seems to be her non-relationship with her parents and two over protective older brothers who need Noah to prove himself to them as well as finally unearth everything they’ve had to deal with due to their parents’ selfishness and neglect.

It was truly frustrating to not know everything that made Harlow so closed-off, especially because readers aren’t privy to her internal thoughts or her own perspective for almost the entirety of the book. We learn about her past from her brothers, from her brothers’ wives and from the little bit that Harlow reveals through her conversations with Noah, but for the most part, she remains elusive and uses sex as a distraction.

Because More Than Love You is told primarily through Noah’s point of view, readers do get to know him quite well and we witness his struggles with his speech issues, his concerns for his second career, his devotion to a woman who revs him up, frustrates him beyond belief, and warms his heart in ways he never thought possible. Shayla Black does a good job of allowing readers into Noah’s head and watch him work hard to figure out how to get through the wall that Harlow’s constructed around her heart so that she never suffers from an unconditional love she knows she’ll never have.

Overall, I really enjoyed Noah and Harlow’s story. They seem to be perfect for one another and because neither of them know what it feels like to be in love…to be invested in someone else to the point that they would willingly sacrifice it all for, they take each day they’re together as it comes and they work toward building something that scares the crap out of Harlow but also something that it’s clear she wants and needs to live a full life.

I’m intrigued by both Noah’s brother and Harlow’s brother, and I’m hoping one of their stories is up next!

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Excerpt

“Noah?”

At the sounds of splashing, I turn to find Harlow emerging from the pool, walking up one step at a time, dripping, swaying with every step, and completely blowing my mind. Her long hair clings to her pretty breasts, flirting with her plump nipples. Her waist dips in, then flares out to a pair of hips I want my hands on. She’s sleek and sexy and stunning.

I can’t find words for an entirely different reason than before. She leaves me speechless.

“Can you hand me a towel from over there?” She points to the patio table.

On autopilot, I back toward the surface, never taking my eyes off her. When I bump into the glass, I grope behind me until terry cloth fills my hand. Then I race toward Harlow. “Need anything else?”

She takes the towel from me, and we’re standing so close I can smell her scent mixed with a tinge of chlorine. “A shower. Then an orgasm or two, preferably that you give me.”

Did I hear her right? “You sure?”

Harlow nods, her gaze tangling with mine. “I want to fuck.”

It takes a split second for her declaration to sink in. I was convinced she wouldn’t want me after she figured out I’m just a man with flaws. Then again, she was never looking to get laid from someone ESPN hailed as a football god. She just wants pleasure.

The way she holds my gaze singes me with heat. It sizzles across my skin, burning the flesh under my surface. I can’t quite breathe.

I have a feeling she’s going to be trouble-and I don’t care.

“Let’s do it.” Taking the towel from her grip, I jerk it until it unfolds, then wrap it around her back, covering the dripping ends of her hair. Then I tug her against me. Her skin feels cool pressed to my overheated chest. I don’t dare kiss her now. The way I want her, I’ll lay her out on the first available surface, and I’d rather save my knees the agony of looking for the leverage to fuck her properly on a chaise lounge.

Digging for restraint, I drag in a rough breath. If I’m already having trouble resisting her, how bad will the craving be once I’ve had a taste?

I shove the thought aside. “I won’t go easy on you.”

“I never thought you would.”

“I won’t be gentle.”

“Good. I may be small, but I’m not fragile.”

“I won’t be quick. Expect me to be at you all night.”

A sly smile curls up the sides of her lips that turns me on even more. “I’ll hold you to that.”

I run out of ways to warn her that I intend to turn her inside out and wring her dry before I let her leave my bed. But fuck it, I’ll let my body do the talking.

Bending, I lift her to my chest. She’s a tiny thing. Given her boobs and hips, I thought she would be heavier to carry, but I’ve curled barbells that weigh more. “Then let’s go.”

Her smile becomes a grin as she wraps her arms around my neck. “Consider me happily along for the ride.”

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About Shayla

Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than sixty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of 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 eight years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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