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His Undeniable Secret

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45 pages, Kindle Edition

Published January 23, 2017

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Shayla Black

171 books9,453 followers
Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than ninety contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.

As an only child, Shayla occupied herself by daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and started pursuing a publishing career. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America, her heart was with her stories and characters, so she left her pantyhose and power suits behind.

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, gaming, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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Profile Image for Olga therebelreader.
888 reviews667 followers
February 10, 2017
I liked the h and the H individually, but never really warmed up to them as a couple. Oliver is a very hot man. The words that would come out of his mouth left me breathless. Unfortunately, the storyline just felt weak. So weak. Anyway, the book was an enjoyable quick and smutty read. I do recommend but only for those who don't mind less romance and more rough, wild sex!

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Profile Image for GimmeAllTheWerdssss.
548 reviews211 followers
February 7, 2017
1.5 I've loved you since I met you but I still sexed up other women...oh and I'm and asshole stars.

What a disappointment. Shayla is my go to guilty pleasure author and very rarely has she ever let me down but this book was a BIG, HUGE, MONUMENTAL let down.

The Hero was a complete asshole...a wonderful dirty talker but still an asshole. He was extremely rough with the heroine (borderline sadist) their first time and provided NO after care. I can't for the life of me figure out what the heroine saw in him. Shayla can make me love the biggest baddest dom who has very few redeeming qualities but she couldn't make me love this guy. I wanted to throat punch him....
Profile Image for Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁.
573 reviews332 followers
June 16, 2017
***** 4 Stars *****

This fun novella is hot and steamy. Make sure you have a fan near you. The majority of this dirty book is about Kayla and Oliver getting it on... and on... and on. My only wish is that it was longer so that we could better understand the characters. I recommend this to anyone that just wants a quick smutty read.

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Profile Image for Jessica Alcazar.
3,882 reviews441 followers
July 11, 2018
So this was a very quick read. One night to be exact. Okay, there's a paragraph or two at the end that's Seven weeks later ... but really we're talking one night. That being said, you get exactly what is promised in the blurb: short and erotic, but not romantic really. I mean to call this a romance story is pretty ridic. Because, well, there's no story LOL

I needed a Shayla Black fix and this did the trick :) She delivered a super hot quickie and I'm good with that!

Copy provided by the author for early review
Profile Image for Erin.
395 reviews52 followers
January 25, 2017
Part of this is my fault. I didn't realize it was so short. If I did, I never would have read this because I would have known that so few pages would leave me unsatisfied. That's exactly what happened. It was ok, smutty, and had an epilogue but with so few pages I was disappointed.
Profile Image for Tracy Reads.
713 reviews40 followers
January 24, 2017
i didnt really like this book

i didnt really like this book which is rare for me with shorts and especially with a Shayla Black book but Oliver seemed a bit too pig headed for my liking and Kayla seemed way to ditzy , i know this is a short but it was so quick one minute hes leaving and the next hes an over top top caveman .. i love my cavemen but just with a side of nice.

would Oliver be my book boyfriend ? no sorry this one is not for me :( shame
Profile Image for April Symes.
4,995 reviews404 followers
February 6, 2017
This is a novella from the box set “Alphas of Sin”.
Kayla has been in love with Oliver Ryan for quite some time but has been afraid to tell him of her feelings. Oliver helped Kayla when her brother, and his best friend, died in a car wreck but he cannot stay around Kayla because he has feelings for her that are not at all brotherly in feeling. Oliver has some dark things about him, especially how he likes his sex. (He likes his sex a little on the dark side) Something happens that causes Oliver to go a little crazy . That is when this story really heats up in this wicked and sexy short novella. Oliver and Kayla make a great couple- I would have loved a longer story because I felt there was definitely a great story there but for a novella, oh all was there and on point. Oliver was conflicted but Kayla was sassy and sweet by her showing him why it was in his best interest to stay. Does Oliver stay or does he go ? Only by reading will you find out! Loved this novella!!

My Rating: 4.7 stars *****
"I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
Profile Image for Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads).
2,693 reviews46 followers
January 23, 2017
Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:

This novella was freaking WICKEDLY HOT AND STEAMY! It was fast-paced and dirty and just SO FREAKING GOOD! I LOVE Shayla Black! Her writing is always sensual and her characters are just pure perfection. And Kayla and Oliver were absolutely SIZZLING together. His Undeniable Secret is one novella that will require a fan, ice water, and a change of panties.

Once I got started on this, I did NOT put it down till I was done, and then I just wanted to flip back to the beginning to start it again. That is one thing about Miss Black's books that impress the heck out of me, she always makes me eager to reread and to crave the next story. Her writing is lavish and steamy and the sex...TOO HOT TO HANDLE may be one way of describing it and I LOVE THAT!

His Undeniable Secret gets a SEXY AND SINFUL FIVE SHOOTING STARS! Just because its a short read, it sure isn't lacking in heat or yumminess. Shayla Black, I hope you NEVER stop writing the way you do....NEVER.
Profile Image for Sandy S.
6,294 reviews158 followers
June 4, 2017
3.5 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 23, 2017

I’m Kayla.

I’m twenty one.

I’m afraid because ever since a sudden, terrible tragedy, I’m alone in the world—except for my brother’s best friend. But now Oliver intends to move back to London.
I’m in love with him. And I have to persuade him to stay…somehow.

Maybe if I tell him I’m a virgin and show him just how far I’m willing to go to keep him, he’ll give in.

Of course, I never expected that he'd be keeping a shocking secret of his own…


REVIEW: HIS UNDENIABLE SECRET by Shayla Black is a stand alone short story of erotica focusing on Kayla, a twenty one year old college student, and Oliver Ryan.

Told from first person point of view (Kayla) HIS UNDENIABLE SECRET focuses on the ‘best friend’s little sister’ premise wherein weeks after the accident that claimed the life of Kayla’s brother Shane, Oliver Ryan has made the decision to move back to England in the hopes of forgetting about the woman that calls to his heart. Oliver has always been attracted to his best friend’s little sister, and moving out of the country is the best way to put distance between him and the woman he loves. What ensues is a quick proclamation of love, and the sexual adventures of a woman who loses her virginity to the man with whom she will spend her forever.

HIS UNDENIABLE SECRET is a very quick read of erotica. The majority of the story line focuses on the sexual relationship between two people who have loved one another from afar but were afraid to take the first step towards the rest of their lives. The premise is provocative; the $ex scenes are intimate and animated with all of the requisite graphic sexual language found in the erotica genre; the character building is virtually non-existent as the story line covers but a couple of hours in the life with a look towards the future.

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Profile Image for Bambi Unbridled.
1,282 reviews139 followers
January 23, 2017

Man... how to review such a short story. Let's try this... smut smut smut smut smuuuutttty smut smut. My smutty friends will jump right on this little story. It's hard to call it a story because, let's face it, there just wasn't a lot of meat to grab on to. Well, there was. But it wasn't the meat of the story. This was a super quick read, only about 15 minutes, that is perfect if you are looking for some inspiration before hitting the sheets.

The scene takes place over the course of one night... with a short epilogue before you hit The End. You have to use your own imagination for the back story and character development. Just imagine that you know Kayla and she has had a secret crush on her brother's best friend, Oliver, for a very long time. Think of the longing and disappointment you felt when you had that type of crush as a young adult. When Oliver is about to walk out of Kayla's life forever, she has to make some quick decisions on just how far she will go to get him to stay. What follows is a steamy night between previously unrequited lovers.

Shayla Black has always done the steam really well... and this one was not lacking in heat. However I did miss having an actual story. Black usually has such complex and interesting characters, and its been a while since I have read anything by her, so it made me nostalgic for the Wicked Lovers series. Luckily I don't have long to wait for her next full length novel, Holding on Tighter.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this short story that I received from the author.
Profile Image for Rhonda.
2,852 reviews66 followers
January 16, 2017
Kayla has been in love with Oliver Ryan for awhile now but now he is leaving to go back to London. Oliver helped Kayla when her brother, and his best friend, died in a car wreck but he thinks he needs to leave so save Kayla from himself. He likes his sex a little on the dark side and doesn't think he would be good for her. When he notices a picture of her on her phone taken by a guy she knows, he goes crazy.
This is a very short but very hot and emotion packed story of how communication is so important. I love all the dirty talk once they get down to business and it just makes me want to know how Oliver and Kayla are doing several years down the road. Who knows, maybe that will happen, but in any case, I was very happy with this book. I highly recommend it!
Profile Image for Tracy.
862 reviews
February 5, 2017
His Undeniable Secret was a short smutfest of a read, just like the blurb suggested!

Taking place over an evening, with a very quick epilogue, this tale could have been expanded to give us a full back story, character depth, connection and interest and it would have been a really good read.
As it was, I thought it was a decent quick, down and dirty read that filled a half hour of my evening!!!

If you looking for something that's gonna be a quick, hot read, grab yourself a copy of this short story from Shayla Black.

I'm rating it 3.5*

I received a copy of the story in exchange for my honest review
Profile Image for Peggy Lee (Reading Keeps Me Sane).
1,039 reviews40 followers
January 5, 2017
Wow! Want a quick, steamy read? This is for you! I recommend not reading this in public. Seriously, I actually moaned from the intensity and got a few stares.

Oliver and Kayla heat up the pages in this wickedly, sexy story. After Kayla's Mom left her, Kayla stayed with her brother and his best friend, Oliver. When Kayla's brother tragically passes away she leans on Oliver. It becomes too much for Oliver, he wants her but doesn't want to ruin her so he decides to go back to England. Kayla has other ideas.

The Heat rating is a 10 and it's short and right to the point. 4 Stars

Profile Image for Kathleen R..
1,396 reviews43 followers
February 7, 2017
Title: His Undeniable Secret
Author: Shayla Black

5 amazing stars

Holy crap! Someone give me a bucket of water or get out of my way so i can get my hands on that cold shower i needed after reading His Undeniable Secret by Shayla Black. Kayla and Oliver's story had me wanting more; it was over way too quickly and heck if it didn't make me wonder if there was more to this story than what i read. It's the type of book that i was able to quickly read (30 minutes for me, but some may take a bit longer) and the perfect one to read in between two other books.

4.5 sexy dreams stars

These two didn't waste any time whatsoever to tell each other how they felt - then again, they've been living together for the past few years and have liked each other from afar, afraid to make a move because of Kayla's brother. But when Oliver's protective nature comes out raging after seeing a picture that was texted to Kayla, all bets are off, and what a hookup it was. I wish it was longer, mostly because i love the way that Shayla Black writes. It's the type of novel that makes your skin warmer, your heart race and of course, wanting to reach for another of her novels. I can't wait to read more from her since i've been a fan for longer than i can remember and i absolutely look forward to her next release!

*ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Kathleen, The Small Girl from A small girl, her man and her books

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Profile Image for Lynn Reynolds.
1,652 reviews39 followers
January 23, 2017
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Kayla has come to rely heavily on Oliver Ryan. But she’s ready to take an infatuation to the next level. He won’t realize what’s hit him and has no choice but to enjoy the ride. This is a hot and dirty tale almost from the very beginning. The sad part is that it’s such a short story that our enjoyment is over almost as soon as it begins.

It’s a story that you can get read in an hour easy – a couple at the most if you have to stop. I didn’t want to stop. It’s very steamy so keep a glass of cold water, or your cold beverage of choice, handy. And when I mean steamy I mean that we see exactly how into each other these two characters are. If you like a story about a woman who has the hots for her brother’s best friend than this book is for you.

My disappointment is that because the story is so short, it leaves me wondering where they went after the story ended. But this is where my imagination comes in if I so choose. It’s also great because if I have a very short amount of time and I have a book itch that needs to be scratched; I can pick this book up, get my fix, and then go on about my day. Or even better, what a way to end my day.

I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.
Profile Image for Marina (Living In Our Own Story).
563 reviews5 followers
February 3, 2017
3.5 stars

I've read Shayla Black before and I quite enjoy her scorching hot stories but for some reason I couldn't completely connect to the characters in this one. I am not sure whether it was my mood at the time or something else but I just didn't fall for Oliver the way I usually do for those sexy dominant alphas.

Both Kayla and Oliver are interesting characters but I can honestly say that I couldn't really relate to them. Kayla started quite promising but she completely changed once she got the opportunity to be with Oliver. I get the part where she's been in love with him for as long as she can remember but I don't believe in throwing your dreams and plans for a guy.

On the other hand I love the whole possessive and dominant alpha vibe but with Oliver it was just a little bit too much. I think I might've felt differently if the story was somewhat longer but then again I am not sure.

So in a few words, this is a short and definitely hot read but I think I just wasn't in the mood for it. I would still suggest you give it a try if you are looking for something short to take your mind off everyday's burden.

This review was originally posted at Living In Our Own Story Book Blog. I received an ARC of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Profile Image for Carrie Renteria.
257 reviews2 followers
February 4, 2017
His Undeniable Secret is a fantastic little read that will have you squirming in your chair as you read each page. Black does a fantastic job comprising this little erotic read that is full of hot intimacy between two long time friends.

Oliver is one of those characters that every girl fantasizes about when she falls asleep at night. He's that hot sexy man with a mouth that will drive you wild. And I'm not just talking about what he does with said mouth. We're talking about the things that he says. He'll have you screaming "Yes, please." and "Give me more." In no time.

Kayla was a sweetheart for a heroine. I love the fact that she went right after what she wanted. There was no beating around the bush here. She saw it and just went for it. There wasn't even a moment's hesitation on her part when in came to Oliver.

The story was exactly what it set out to be an erotic short and Black accomplished it well. There were a few quirks in the book that I didn't care for. One being that Oliver continuously called Kayla "girl". However, it doesn't take away from the overall appeal of the story. If you're looking for a quick lunch time read or just want a something to sate that erotic need you have going then look no further than Black's His Undeniable Secret.
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648 reviews15 followers
February 16, 2020
4.5 Stars
Taboo, enticing and extremely erotic.

Shayla Black’s His Undeniable Secret is a new erotic short story that will leave you breathless and wanting more.

Kayla and Oliver have seen more than friends in each for years, but never acted on any of those feelings. With the tragic loss of Shane, her brother and his best friend, things take a drastic change. Grief touches everyone differently. Oliver feels the best thing is to return to London to keep himself from acting upon feelings he's kept deep. While the plague of loneliness has Kayla acting on her feelings to keep the one she loves right beside her.

If you're looking for a quick and extremely hot read, look no further, His Undeniable Secret is the book for you. Ms. Black sets you up, teases you and delivers with wicked naughty passion. Kayla and Oliver take the heat level to ten! Super sexy and full of emotion. This is one of those short stories that you can read over and over. Loving it as much as the first time.

A copy of this title was provided for review.
Profile Image for Romance Between The Sheets.
1,175 reviews63 followers
January 24, 2017
His Undeniable Secret is about Kayla, a girl with a huge heart that belongs to Oliver. Oliver is a man whose best friend died and is helping his sister grieve. Oliver also has a secret which is causing him to make the decision to go back home to London.

This novella reminds me what I love about Shayla Black. Her writing creates emotion and passion. I loved that Kayla only had eyes for Oliver and would do anything to keep him from moving back to London. Oliver was the perfect match for her but he was conflicted because she was his best friend's sister. He was also willing to give her up to keep her from entering into his world.

His Undeniable Secret is a great stand alone novella. It left me wanting to get to know these characters better. The only thing I wish was that this book was slightly longer so that I could find out more about them.

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Judy.
1,679 reviews
January 30, 2017
Kayla is living with her brother Shane and his best friend Oliver, after her mother abandoned her for her latest fling. Tragedy strikes and Oliver feels he needs to move out. Kayla is dreading him leaving...she's an adult but doesn't want to be left alone. Oliver just wasn't moving across town or down the street...NOOO he's moving back to England.

Is the only reason she doesn't want him to leave because she doesn't want to be alone? Of course, it could be because she's had the hots for him and she really wants to know if the bedroom rumors about him are true! She tries so hard to make him stay and then she has a plan..now to execute it!!

This is such a shorty story but, oh boy, does it pack a punch!! HOT doesn't begin to describe this story!! Make sure you have a fan pointed at you while reading this steamy story! LOVED this story, it was fast paced, hot and every time Oliver spoke in the story that hot alpha British guys accent was stuck in my head!!
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65 reviews1 follower
January 24, 2017
This is a hard review for me. For readers who just want a quick read with no meat to the story, this read is for you. This will only take 20 minutes at the most to read.

I enjoy reading stories by Shayla Black and was excited for the opportunity to review. This story just wasn't for me. I needed more of a back story to Oliver and Kayla. I knew Kayla had had a crush on her brother's best friend, Oliver, for many years. Oliver is on the verge of walking out door, leaving Kayla behind heartbroken. Oliver has his plane ticket and is about to leave when Kayla has to make her feelings known. How far is Kayla willing to go? Will Oliver stay?

This story does not lack heat, but like I said before, it lacks the meat of a story.

3.5 Stars
Profile Image for Nicole.
319 reviews11 followers
January 24, 2017
One night will change everything between Kayla and Liam.

Kayla has suffered unbearable tragedy in her life. Now her brother’s best friend, Liam, is leaving. The one man she has truly loved will no long be there to be her rock. She will truly be all alone.

Liam has hid his desires for Kayla out of respect for her brother, but now he has no other choice but to leave her and go back to London.

After seeing a text he shouldn’t have they both express their desires and feelings. As much as he doesn’t want to disrespect her brother, he can’t hold in his desire and love for her. She can’t let him leave without letting him know she loves him.

Shayla Black can bring the heat and intensity in a few pages like she can with her full length novels and it’s wonderful.
Profile Image for Sharon.
1,776 reviews8 followers
January 25, 2017
4.5 Stars

This is a little something different from a great author that chronicles the story of Kayla and Oliver. Kayla is a soon to be graduating twenty one year old who has been dealing with the loss of her brother. Oliver is her brother’s best friend who has been there for her and supporting her. The problem is Oliver has feelings for his best friend’s baby sister and is very hesitant to act on them so he decides to return home to London. Kayla does not want him to go. Can she convince him to stay? Can Kayla be the woman that Oliver needs? This is a quick read, that I wish had been longer, but Shayla Black’s enticing writing style shines through. I really enjoyed this and can’t wait for what comes next!
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443 reviews31 followers
January 23, 2017
I love Shayla Black! She knows how to write erotic romance. This was a hot, sexy, and insanely panty-melting short! It's hard to incorporate a full in-depth account of a relationship within this short of a story, but it is not needed since it's clear that Oliver and Kayla have a history. This is just the one night that they finally give in to their attraction. I always love best friend's little sister romances, and Oliver and Kayla are clearly perfect for each other. Get your partner ready, because you're gonna need them when you're done with this one!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Readers Copy of this book.
Profile Image for Norma.
303 reviews14 followers
January 31, 2017
I loved this little short erotic romance story. There was one thing that tweak my nerve. Oliver know that Kayla's brother would have kick his ass for having any feeling for his sister who is not twentyone yet. l was hoping that Kayla would have taken some time and dated gone to some parties before making a quick decision about her future. Ms. Black has given her fans preview to 2 of newest books which I plan on reading. Fans of the wicked series or anyone looking for a hot erotic romance, pick up Ms. Shayla Black books. PS. l hope there will be more coming about Kayla and Oliver erotic romance.
Profile Image for Lisa Gerkey.
Author 5 books26 followers
January 22, 2017
This little novella is so short and right to the point. The thing that might save it a little bit, because there is no time to really build things up, is the fact that we are made aware right off the bat that Oliver and Kayla already have some history because Oliver is her brothers best friend. This is a steamy little read. That is basically this book’s purpose so if that isn’t what you are looking for, you might want to pass. If a little steam is what you need, then don’t hesitate to read it. I liked it a lot.
Profile Image for Janet Rodman.
447 reviews11 followers
February 2, 2017
After Kayla's brother dies in a car accident, his best friend Oliver is going to move back to London. Oliver answers Kayla's phone and is outraged by the photo of her taken at a party. One thing leads to another and Kayla and Oliver reveal their feelings for each other.
This story takes place in one night. It is a quick and sexy read. Before they take the first step, Oliver explains to Kayla what he will expect if they have sex. These scenes were hot. Once again, you can't go wrong with a book by Shayla Black. If you are looking for a hot,quick read, this is the book for you.
Profile Image for Christine Frieseke-Miller.
1,386 reviews4 followers
January 23, 2017
This short story was so well told. I'm not usually a short story person since they never give me enough details and I always want more. This short story though was amazing! It had everything from a great story to hot and steamy scenes. Kayla and Oliver have been in love with each other forever, but it never came out until Olive decides to return home after Kayla's brother dies. Kayla can't be without Oliver. They finally get their wish fulfilled and find that they both feel the same way. I loved this story and the characters. I would love a full length story about them.
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