More Than Possess You

(A More Than Words Novella)

by Shayla Black

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shayla Black returns with a new story in her More Than Words series…

I persuaded my best friend that I should be her first…

I’m Hayes Elliott. Since second grade, I’ve had one best friend, Echo Hope. When she graduates from college, of course I have to give her something amazing. Since I’ll be on a business trip to Maui, I’m bringing her along for a week of fun and sun. But once she sheds her long skirts, serious buns, and combat boots for bikinis, I can’t deny how stunning she is…and I can’t stop wanting her. Worse, she’s determined to lose her V-card—and has asked one of our man-whoring buddies to pluck it.

I’ve got to step in.

It’s underhanded, but I offer to do the job properly. Since I’m no one’s Prince Charming, I have no intention of following through. Suddenly, the kisses start and the clothes come off…and I can’t remember why I’m not supposed to make her mine in every way. Or why I shouldn’t be in love with her. But if I want Echo for more than a vacation fling, I’ll have to fight. And she’s about to find out how determined I am to upgrade my best friend to wife.

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An Exclusive Interview With Shayla Black:

~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog

Oh, how I loved Echo and Hayes and their love story! How did you choose them for this story?

Echo and Hayes are some favorites of mine from the Hope Series (which I started in Misadventures of a Backup Bride and Misadventures with my Ex). But the youngest of the Hope sisters needed a story—and some romance with her long-time best friend, Hayes. What better place to take the leap from friends to lovers than Maui? Plus, I had another surprise up my sleeve to make this the perfect crossover to my Reed Family Reckoning (More Than Words) series. So many of my favorite characters in the same book has me giddy!

I also ADORE both of their names. All of your character names, really! How do you find them and how do you decide when it “fits” the character?

Characters often stroll into my head (metaphorically speaking) and tell me their name, their problem, and how I need to fix their situation. Frequently, I don’t have conscious input with characters’ names. On the rare occasion a character doesn’t want to tell me their name, I will troll baby name websites. They’re full of interesting ideas.

Hawaii is one of the settings in this story and it has me dreaming of travel. Where is a bucket-list place you’re dying to go to?

I began writing this series after an anniversary trip to Maui, which had been a bucket-list place. The other destination I’m dying to go to? The South Pacific. Pictures of Bora Bora, Fiji, and Tahiti look incredible. I’m all about warm weather, white sand, and sparkling blue water.

You know I love your Wine Wednesdays and all the fun you have – especially your makeup tips and recs. Have you found any fun things lately or have any great tips you can share with us?

I’m always looking for new products and beauty hacks, things like warming your lash curler in your bra (yes, you heard me right) while you do the rest of your makeup to give your lashes a little extra lift before mascara. I also have skin care to stock up on and new finds to try during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty (which just ended) and the upcoming Sephora VIB/Rouge sale in November. But I recently splurged on the just-launched Natasha Denona Retro palette. It’s GORGEOUS!

Can you give us a peek at your current work-in-progress?

I’m currently working on More Than Hate You, another book in the Reed Family Reckoning (More Than Words) series. For everyone who’s been waiting for Sebastian’s book since More Than Crave You, November 9 is just around the corner! If you’re not familiar with him, you’ll get a quick but meaningful meet in More Than Possess You. But Reed Family Reckoning (More Than Words) is a series of connected standalones, meaning you can read one without reading the others, if you so choose. If you want to start from the beginning for the full effect, More Than Want You (book 1) is currently FREE. If you’re ready to roll forward after More Than Possess You, then buckle up. More Than Hate You is everything I wanted it to be. The juicy schemes Sebastian and Sloan spin as business rivals, doing their best to one-up each other while they try to resist falling in love… I’m totally loving it!


Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels. For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold well over a million 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 seven years.

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

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