Wicked as Lies


He wants her…and he’s past caring she’s the enemy.

Former military operative Chase “Zyron” Garrett’s new employer forbids romance in the office. No problem—until the private security company assigns him to protect their sweet secretary from her vicious ex. Every night beside single mom Tessa Lawrence, unable to touch her, makes Zy burn until he stops caring that their love is wrong.

Tessa and her newborn girl are alone in the world. That changes when Zy walks through her door. Fierce yet tender, he’s everything she needs in a man, lover, and father for her daughter. But he’s off-limits. If she gives in to temptation, she’ll lose her job. So she resigns herself to being his friend—and loving him in secret.

Then their team is compromised and it’s clear they have a mole. Zy is ordered to discover their traitor…and all clues point to Tessa. With his heart tangled between unquenched need and searing betrayal, he searches for the truth. But will their love be the greatest casualty of all?

*This book contains an intensely protective hero, violence, danger, a love triangle, and profanity. No ménage. No cheating. While this is a slow-burn romance, if you’re looking for a sweet read or a traditionally loveable hero, this is not the book for you.*

Wicked as Lies (part one of Zy & Tessa’s story) is part of the Wicked Lovers: Soldiers for Hire romantic suspense series. Stories in this series are told in a duet of two full-length novels that conclude with a happily ever after. Each duet can be read as a standalone. Enjoy!

What's Included?

  • Bodyguard
  • Danger
  • Forbidden/Secret Love
  • Forced Proximity
  • Friends to Lovers
  • Office/Boss-Assistant
  • Military/Former Military
  • Security Team
  • Single Mom/Dad

Wicked Lovers: Soldiers for Hire SERIES


January 26


Chase Garrett, known to most as Zyron, stepped off his bike and locked up his helmet. His hands fucking shook. On the long walk up the shadowy path to the familiar front door, he let out a slow breath. Calm wasn’t happening.

He’d waited forever for the right to touch Tessa Lawrence. He’d been her friend, her co-worker, and her protector. But most of all, he wanted to be her lover.

Today, everything had changed. So tonight, that might finally happen.

Night enveloped him, chilly, still, and clear. Stars winked in a vast midnight sky. The world seemed to have stopped, as if it held its breath in anticipation. Or maybe that was just him, working to keep his lungs functioning and his head screwed on straight. Thoughts of Tessa made him hungry and desperate. Always had. He’d never craved a woman the way he did her.

Would she finally say yes?

At the front door, he knocked and told himself he wasn’t making a mistake. He wanted to do this. Yeah, but he hadto do this. His bosses hadn’t left him any choice.

It took a minute, but the porch light came on. He sensed Tessa on the other side, saw a shadow pass in front of the peephole. Finally, she eased the door open. Her face was bare, her blond hair in a messy bun on top of her head. Her bottom lip was rosy and puffy, as if she’d been chewing on it nervously. She wasn’t wearing anything fancy, just a plain set of long-sleeved cotton pajamas in a muted green with a simple satin trim, but they hugged every curve of that body he’d craved for ten seemingly endless months. They also told him she wore nothing underneath.

All his blood rushed south. He started to sweat.

“Zy.” She sounded surprised, but she looked as if she’d half been expecting him. “What are you doing here? It’s getting late. Is everything okay?”

“Did you really think that, after today, I wouldn’t come?”


“Is Hallie asleep?” he asked of her infant daughter.

“She fought some, but I got her down about thirty minutes ago.”

He enjoyed spending time with the little girl, but she was a distraction they didn’t need tonight. “Good. Can I come in?”

She hesitated. “I don’t know if that’s a good idea.”

“Did you get a new contract today?”

Another hesitation before she nodded. “Joaquin emailed it to me.”

“Did you sign?”

“Zy…” She bit her lip again, this time as if she tried to stop herself from answering.

He wasn’t letting this go. He’d waited for her. He’d wanted her. And he intended to take her. “Did you?”

She sighed. “Yes.”

“So did I, first thing this morning. The restrictions keeping us apart are gone.”

“They are, but—”

“There are no more buts, Tessa.”

Finally, she nodded. “How did you know?”

“The bosses told me.”


She wasn’t asking why they’d rewritten the employment contracts and rescinded the clause that had prevented them from having any non-work contact of a sexual nature. No doubt the trio of bastards they worked for had fed her some story. They were good at that. Probably why they were successful. No, Tessa wanted to know why they’d told him about her contract.

Because they want me to get close to you, to fuck you, and find out if you’ve been selling us out. Right now, I hate my goddamn job…but I want you more. “Because when they changed mine, I asked about yours. You know why.”

“I do.”

Good. “Can you think of a single reason I can’t come in, strip you down, and make love to you? Tell me right now.”

Even by the dim lights of the porch, he saw color flush her cheeks. “Did you mean what you said on Christmas Eve?”

“Every word.”

Tessa dragged in a shaky breath as she stared at him with big green eyes. Finally, she stepped back, her baby-pink toe nails a soft splash of color against the white tile of her foyer. “Then there’s no reason at all. Come in.”




“I love this book! OMG. Swoon. Emotional and compelling, Wicked as Lies is Shayla Black at her absolute best.” – USA Today bestselling author Sierra Cartwright

“Wow. Wow. Wow. I literally cannot say it enough when it comes to this beautifully-written treasure from the inimitable Ms. Black.” USA Today bestselling author Angel Payne

5 Stars! “I loved this one better than the others, bring on more Zy and Tessa.” – Goodreads Reviewer

5 Stars! “Once you start you won’t be able to put down. [It] will draw you in, keep you going and begging for more. A definite must read! .” – Goodreads Reviewer

5 Stars! “the perfect blend of suspense, intrigue and fantastic characters and will keep you hanging on to the edge of your seat waiting and wondering what would happen next.” – Goodreads Reviewer

5 Stars! “Shayla Black weaves a story of lies, deceit, passion and mystery. …a story so captivating the characters become real.” – Goodreads Reviewer

Loved this book! “There was chemistry, alpha protectiveness, and the development of a great love story.” – Goodreads Reviewer

5 Stars! “I was addicted by the end of the first chapter. Loved Wicked as Lies, my top read of the year so far!” – Goodreads Reviewer

5 Stars! “Another amazing story in the Wicked and Devoted series. I wait with bated breath for the conclusion of this story.” – Goodreads Reviewer


5 Stars! “It is the most heart-wrenching cliffhanger and I volunteered to review this marvelous captivating story.” – Goodreads Reviewer


5 Stars! “The chemistry between these two is off the pages. The love story between Zryon and Tessa is so well written and has you gripped with laughs and has you crying over the situation that their job has put them in.” – Goodreads Reviewer