More Than Love You (More Than Words, #3) by Shayla Black
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Title: More Than Love You
Series: More Than Words, #3
Author: Shayla Black
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: February 13, 2018
An all new sexy standalone novel from New York Timesbestselling author Shayla Black.
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.
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.”
More Than Love You (More Than Words, #3) by Shayla Black
Rosa's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones
"I don't know how to not touch Harlow."
I've just recently discovered the amazing talent of Shayla Black, so I'm trying to catch up. I read More Than Love You as a standalone, but I did purchase the first two books in the More Than Words series to read later. I'm even more anxious to do so after meeting Harlow's brothers, Griffin & Maxon.
Most of the story is told from Noah's POV, and it wasn't until I had gnawed my nails to nubs that I got a peek into Harlow's head. Noah decides to return to Hawaii, where he grew up when he retires from his career as a quarterback for the NFL. Having a successful football career for the last decade allowed him to retire in style in his dream home right on the ocean. The remote location also gives him a break from the media attention that is relentless. He bought the home sight unseen, insisting that it be ready for him to move in immediately when he arrived. What he wasn't expecting when he got there was the beauty in a red bikini lounging next to his pool. He didn't know why she was there, but he wanted to keep her...
I was very amused by the fact that she had no clue who he was, and was not impressed by his celebrity. However, she did perk up when she realized he owned the home that she was housesitting, and that made him her boss. She was ready to pack her bags and leave him to it, but that was the last thing he wanted. He was not used to having to work for it, thinking to himself, "I can't remember the last time I had to do more to attract a woman's attention than walk into a room and crook my finger."
It was obvious that they were attracted to each other, and neither had a problem with #NoStringsNookie. When her past catches up with her, they put their heads together and come up with an agreement that benefits them both. They decide to extend their one-night-stand which allows them both to hide away from the paparazzi and to indulge in some passionate playtime until things die down.
What neither of them expects is to develop an actual connection that extends beyond their mutual desire to avoid a scandal. It's those mutual desires that opened the door, but spending so much time together eventually had them talking and sharing. And then there are the family members that start popping up and nosing into their business. I really enjoyed meeting Harlow's protective brothers, the interfering siblings, and plan to dig deeper into their stories soon.
The event that made Harlow a media sensation is priceless. Noah wasn't the only one who fell for Harlow, I did too. Her snark and sass are so entertaining. But a lot of it is a cover, she's broken beneath the mask she shows the world. As much as Noah pushes for more with Harlow, she retreats. What is she hiding? What happened in her past to make her so gun-shy regarding relationships? It makes him consider, "Maybe I should stop trying to invest in a woman with more defenses than a military base." But then again, he didn't become a professional athlete by giving up, right? He's determined to find a way to make her see past her pain to a future with him. Will he succeed?
I loved More Than Love You so much. The author is so good at pulling at my heartstrings and making me feel her words. She also never fails to have me turning up the A/C, even in the winter, with her very sensual sex scenes that have me feeling like a voyeur and loving every second of it. I'm not sure if there will be more in this series, but I have a strong suspicion that there will be at least one more book. Fingers crossed. ???? If so, the line forms here...
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.