One Dom To Love is out!

What’s not to love about a new series? I’m particularly excited about One Dom To Love because I had SO much fun writing this with my co-authors Jenna Jacob and Isabella LaPearl. We’re going to have a blast writing the Doms Of Her Life series, which is a super-sexy serialized tale of one tempestuous woman thoroughly in love with two men and their fight to see which Dom will come out on top. These characters are very special to me, so I hope you enjoy them, too.

Since it’s December, and I know some of you are probably a little chilly (don’t even get me started on how much I hate winter), I thought I’d heat you up with a little blurb and excerpt from the book:

Raine Kendall has been in love with her boss, Macen Hammerman, for years. Determined to make the man notice that she’s a grown woman with desires and needs, she pours out her heart and offers her body to him—only to be crushingly rejected. But when his friend, very single, very sexy Liam O’Neill watches the other Dom refuse to act on his obvious feelings for Raine, he resolves to step in and do whatever it takes to help Hammer find happiness again, even rousing his friend’s possessive instincts by making the girl a proposition too tempting to refuse. But he never imagines that he’ll end up falling for her himself.

Hammer has buried his lust for Raine for years. After rescuing the budding runaway from an alley behind his exclusive BDSM Dungeon, he has come to covet the pretty submissive. But tragedy has taught him that he can never be what she needs. So he watches over her while struggling to keep his distance. Liam’s crafty plan blindsides Hammer, especially when he sees how determined his friend is to possess Raine for his own. Hammer isn’t ready to give the lovely submissive over to any other Dom, but can he heal from his past and fight for her? Or will he lose Raine if she truly gives herself—heart, body, and soul—to Liam?


Liam raised his fist and knocked on the door. Raine whipped her head around, hope brimming in her eyes. It visibly died when she realized he wasn’t Hammer.

She surprised him when she cast her gaze to the floor submissively. “Hi, Liam. Sir. Um, if you’re here because you’re worried or something, I’ll be fine. I’ll bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies and be as good as new.”

So sweet. And lying. Eventually, he’d both soothe and paddle her until she learned to be honest, but for now he simply tried to set her at ease. “While I’ve little doubt about your culinary skills, since your baked goods are most excellent, I doubt they’ll mend your woes, lass. Show me your hands.”

Obediently, Raine held them out. Liam stepped closer, taking her wrists in his grip and examining her fingers. “You’ve a few wee cuts, but nothing serious.” He gave her a smile and gently kissed her palm. “I think you’ll live.”

She stiffened. “I told you I’m fine.”

“Your hands, yes. What about your heart?” He watched her shoulders slump. “I’ve come with a proposition. Would you hear me out?”

He had to win her consent—and give her hope—or she would leave and take Hammer’s only chance of healing with her.

Raine sent him a wary glance. “I guess.”

Liam sidled closer cautiously, careful not to give her cause to bolt. “Would you be adverse to me training you?”

At his words, her startling blue eyes widened, sucking him in like a whirlpool. He’d surprised her. Almost an instant later, she opened her mouth, regret already softening her face.

Before she could refuse him, he cut in. “How much longer will you let your own happiness be denied? Why not seek it with someone ready to appreciate the beauty you are?”

He watched her, following her every nervous gesture: her slight shrug, the tilt of her head, the rise and fall of her chest, the cant of her hip as she leaned back against the counter. Her innate grace and the subtle feminine scent he inhaled as he drew closer sent blood rushing to his cock unexpectedly. The primal reaction surprised him, but he was male, and Raine was lovely, after all.

As he looked into her haunting eyes, he knew yet another reason Hammer had kept this one for his own. Innocence. Fear. Hunger. A swirling mirror to her soul lay just beyond reach. Interesting. A heady challenge.

She bit the fullness of her lower lip. It only took that instant to make him want to comfort her. But that wasn’t all. Lust to taste her sweet mouth, touch her, lay her back and—

He shoved the urge down and told his stiff cock to take a rest.

“I don’t understand.” She blinked up at him. “You want to train…me?”

“I think you need it. And you deserve it. I admire your spirit and your grace. I can’t imagine that you want to wilt away, pining for unrequited love.”

Her mouth pinched. “What’s in it for you? You saw my stupid display earlier.”

The girl needed reassurance. Liam reached for her and pulled her into his arms. The act nestled her pillowy breasts against his chest, her soft curves against his body. An intriguing musky lily scent wafted from her pale, smooth skin. A vision flashed across his brain of Raine beneath him, crying out as he fucked his way deep inside her.

Liam sucked in a shocked breath. He forced himself to think about something else—anything else. Absently, he rubbed her back, his thoughts racing. What the hell? Sure, he’d thought Raine was stunning when he’d first arrived at Shadows. Her inky hair and eloquent blue eyes turned heads every night. But now that he had her close, everything about her called not only to the Dom in him, but to the man as well. He needed to get his head screwed on straight, for Hammer’s sake.

“It isn’t your fault. You care for Hammer, and he’s…well, he’s got a few issues he needs to be sorting out, for sure. While he does, wouldn’t you like to learn about true submission so you might be ready for him? Have you ever wished to stretch a bit, find out if you truly have the courage to submit?”

The way her breath caught before she blushed and jerked her gaze to the floor again suggested that his idea intrigued her.

Liam curled a finger under her chin, raising her face to his once more, and had to steel himself against another shocking jolt of lust. “You have, haven’t you?”

“I want to be what Hammer needs, but I don’t know for certain that I have the self-discipline to kneel and hold my tongue. I’ve never had the opportunity to try.” She swallowed, honesty paining her expression. “But I still don’t understand what’s in it for you.”

“You’re a beauty, for sure. Touching you will be no hardship, lass.” Right now, he hated how true that was. “From what I’ve seen, you can be a mouthy wench who would benefit from a red ass now and again.” He forced himself to wink and grin.
After a split second of waiting for her reaction, her eyes flashed wide. Then she bestowed on him the sweetest sound he’d heard in months, her unbridled laughter.

“There’s a girl.” His smile became real. “Let me help you. I see your need. I enjoy molding and teaching.” He cupped her cheek. “You should be cherished and nurtured, and I’d be honored to give that to you, Raine. Are you game?”

Indecision washed over her face. Liam found himself holding his breath, praying she’d say yes. Hammer needed her…and Liam staggered with his own need to touch her—at least once. It wasn’t noble, and he wasn’t proud of it. But she was so damn fuckable, and he was just a man. This lust would pass.

“You don’t seem like the sort to do something halfway. You’ll want to lay my soul bare, won’t you? Make me show you all the broken parts?” She crossed her arms over her chest, nudging him back. “If I show you, are you going to run like Hammer, too?”

He uncrossed her arms and leaned closer. Now he could hear her softly indrawn breaths, see her fine trembling. Desire surged. Liam couldn’t stop himself; he curled a hand around her shoulder, eliminating her personal space, and brushed his palm down to fasten on the curve of her waist. “I never run from a challenge I’ve set my mind on. Yes, I intend to split your soul wide open like a ripe peach, study you until I know well every piece of the intriguing puzzle you are, down to the last detail, lovely. Then, I mean to put you back together with my touch and make it worth your while.”

Raine looked half terrified. “Wow, that’s awfully honest.”

“Best to set the expectation up front.”

She let out a deep breath and fidgeted, trying to drop her gaze once more. He didn’t allow it, lifting her chin again and bending until their eyes met. “Answer me, Raine. Yes or no?”

“I-I’ve wanted a good Dom. I thought it would be Hammer, but…” She closed her eyes and frowned.

Liam bit his tongue. She wanted to feel valued above all else—needed it. He tucked that knowledge in the back of his head and let her continue. “But?”

“I can’t be less than honest with you. You know where my heart is. As much as I would love to explore everything you could teach me—really, I would—I don’t know if I could give you the devotion you deserve. And I doubt Hammer would ever give his consent, even for you. It might be better for us all if I just left.”

He trapped her against the counter in an instant, pressing his body to hers. Her lips parted in question. Her wide gaze jumped to his, then she focused on his mouth. An electric jolt rattled down his spine. Damn, she was potent.

Yanking her soft curves flush against the hard ridges of his body, he ached to dig his fingers into her hair, pull her lips under his, and eat away at her mouth until she moaned. Liam forced himself to stop. This wasn’t about him, but Hammer. And Raine.

Dragging in a rough breath, he palmed her nape tenderly with one hand, fingers teasing the perfect pink shell of her ear with the other before trailing down to caress her throat. Finally, he settled his hand on her chest, just above her plump breast. Her breathing changed to soft pants. He could feel her heart beating madly under his palm. She wasn’t immune to him. An intoxicating rush of power filled him.

Then he took her wrists in his free hand and brought her arms up slowly, bracing them against the cabinets above, her breath caught. A triumph he didn’t welcome spiked inside him. Still, he bent to Raine, giving her ample time to push him away. She didn’t. Her tongue swept nervously across her upper lip. His cock jerked. Then he couldn’t stop himself from seizing her mouth with his own, capturing her gasp.

Soft. So fucking soft. And sweet. Bloody hell… Pleasure fired through his blood like a potent drug as he delved inside. She melted beneath him.

Curling his tongue around hers, he feasted on her addicting flavor, hungry to memorize it. One kiss melted into the next, and he devoured her, inhaling her into his lungs. She turned to liquid desire against him, wild and tumultuous. One leg slid surreptitiously around his, capturing his calf, pulling him in tighter against her small frame, splitting her thighs open. He should pass up that perfect invitation, but he didn’t. Instead, he ground himself against her pussy, leaving her no doubt that he desired her. Despite Raine’s little skirt, her flesh burned him. A low groan ripped from his throat. He didn’t need air or space or tomorrow, just more of her. Right fucking now.

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One Dom To Love is currently for sale in most electronic formats at all the of the usual places:

We should have the print copies for sale soon–maybe even as early as next week.  I’ll be sure to let you know!

I hope you’ll enjoy following this tale. We’re planning on releasing the next installment, The Yound And The Submissive, sometime in 2013. I’m tentatively going to say late in May, but don’t hold me to that yet.

I can’t wait to hear what you think, especially if you’ve read the book, so leave a comment here.  I’ll choose a random comment and the winner will get a copy as soon as the print volume is available!

Happy December and happy reading! Look for information about my Wicked Lovers Christmas story, Wicked All The Way, very soon!


  1. Jessie O says

    I have been waiting for this book to come out! I am so excited to read it.

    Now the excerpt has gotten me even more excited to read it *fan self*

    You never disappoint Shayla!

  2. says

    Finished the ebook couple days ago and it was awesome. Good twist and enjoyed the unresolved plot. Hammer needs to open his eyes more and Rains needs to make some decisions or atleast stop assuming

  3. sissy payment says

    oh its so hard to pick just one:( i would say wicked all the way and ours to love! I am hooked on the wicked love series big time!!!! I can’t wait for them to come out, may seems soooooooooo far away 😉 i just love how we get to find out about all the characters and how they come up in other books!!

  4. Susan says

    Hot Hot Hot……I am off to buy now…i must know what happens next!! I have loved the Wicked series & also your collaborations with Lexi/Sophie so I am sure this series will deliver too!!

    Have a Merry Christmas and a Naughty New Year!!

  5. Jennifer says

    Just started One Dom to Love today and can already tell that I’m going to love it. I alternated between wanting to hurt Macen and wanting to throw myself at him …and I’m only on Chapter 3!!! Can’t wait to read more :) Congrats!

  6. Julie says

    I bought this as soon as it came out. Loved it! But I really don’t want to wait until May for the next one! Yes I am pouting now. I really did enjoy this book. But then I love all of your books. I have also read the one Jenna Jacob has out and enjoyed it too. Isabella Lapearl is next on the list of buys too.

  7. Luella O says

    I just downloaded One Dom to Love and I’m very excited to read it. I especially love the Wicked Lovers and Sexy Capers series! Love your writing!

  8. Josie Hink says

    I have not read this one but I have read so many of your books and recommended them to friends. I love all your characters and storylines. Once I finish a book I have to take a break and let it soak in that the story is over. I would read anything you write


  9. Tasha says

    OMG!!! I can’t wait to buy this book. The excerpt just made me that much more anxious. Reading it I almost forgot that it was only an excerpt until I got to the end and was left wanting more. Definitely on my must buy right away list. :)

  10. Bridgett says

    I loved this book and I can’t wait to see what happens next. I have a soft spot for Macen and can’t wait to see him fight for his woman. 5 stars for One Dom to Love.

  11. laura says

    Does anyone know why his isn’t on/in Google play store? All her other books are but not this one! Uuuggghhh…….and I want to read it! :-(

  12. Yvonne says

    I have not read these books yet have been stuck on the wicked series but can’t wait to start that series. I love your writing and can’t get enough. You have also inspired me to write my own story, I have about 52,000 words so far, its so exciting. Thank you for your inspiration and keep writing i love them.

  13. Michele says

    I love everything you write and thus book is no different!!! May seems so far away to see what you have in store :-).

    Thanks for the giveaway, would love a copy of this book!!!

  14. lenise says

    i love the wicked series love it can wait for wicked all the way our to love and many more to come
    im about to read one dom to love i know it will be a great book also thanks

  15. Shani says

    Read it . Loved it. Want more MORE MORE!!!

    I really hope the next installment wont be too far away bcozz im already addicted to this book!
    It was great and I cant wait to find out where it will go…… Personally id love to see Raine as a slave to BOTH of them and actually exploring the slave life style cause i havnt come across many books that does that….. (fingers-crossed!)

  16. Melonie says

    I LOVED this book! I am bummed that the next one won’t be out until at least May. Please don’t keep us waiting too much longer. This was one of the best books that I have read lately.

  17. Kaz says

    I liked the story a lot but felt totally unsatisfied with the end – I bought the e-book and had to look to see if somehow not all chapters were included – never had that happen before. Even in a series there is normally closure in each release, instead this first installment was left gaping for me.. Kinda disappointing. Sadly, having what felt like half a story in this release leaves me less inclined to purchase any subsequent release(s) for fear of being left hanging so bad all over again. (A shame given I actually enjoy your books, and have read uh nearly, if not all, of them.)

  18. jen robbins says

    I must tell you that this is my second (BELONG TO ME is my fav) all time favorite book of yours! This was fabulousand I give it 4.999999stars . I cant wait for the next one. You all are fantastic!

  19. D Charles says

    Just finised it last night and was so sad to let it end!!! Can’t wait for the next one!! I am routing for hammer. :) Love all your book but have to say I think Deke it my favorite!! Love reading all your books

  20. Tonya Novak says

    This book had me gripped from the first page! Day and a half of reading and I couldn’t put it down! I can not wait for the next installment in this series. Will definetly be a keeper! Hot and emotional, it just kept you clicking pages!

  21. Cathy says

    I have enjoyed the wicked series very much and now after reading one Dom to love I am torn between the two series. I can’t wait until May but I am hoping Macen and Raine get together and are honest with each other about their feelings.

  22. Savonya says

    I bought this on paperback to add to my Shayla Black Collection! I LOVED IT! Keep doing what you do! You NEVER dissappoint your readers!! THANK YOU!!

  23. Stephanie says

    Love this! As a person writing her own book, I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to co-author. I have enough trouble writing on my own and that voice in my head…haha!

  24. Carleatha Huff says

    OMGGG!!!! Love Love this book. If I could get my hands around Hammer’s neck I would choke some sense into him. I am eagerly waiting to see how this story unfolds. Team Hammer!!!

  25. Kimberly Sgarbossa says

    This was absolutely FANTASTIC!!!! I cannot believe how it ended — what a cliffhanger! I am counting the days until the next one :)

  26. Shelley says

    OMG!!! This book is smokin’ HOT!! I can’t for the next installment….which is when exactly? I’ve always loved a good Irishman!! <3

  27. valerie wynn says

    have just finished a dom is forever and am truly excikted for the next in the masters and mercenaries series…lets gettht elinelson guy… but lets have some exckitement too… all that and intrigue and eroticism…oooweeeee… yummy times ahead…….go shayla, go shayla

    • says

      Valerie, I’m sure Lexi would be thrilled to know that you enjoyed A Dom is Forever. It’s a great series. One Dom To Love is another series I began collaborating with Jenna Jacob and Isabella LaPearl. The first book came out in December and we’re hoping to release the next in May.

  28. Kelly says

    Can i be involved in the next cover shoot? I will volunteer myself as baby oil applier :) You have the best covers, lol

  29. LISA CASEY says

    Great book…can’t wait to see what happens next……love the cover too. If you need any help picking out these guys for the covers….let me know..I have summers free!

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