Thursday, June 11, 2015




Book Title: Better When It Hurts (Stripped, #2) 
Author: Skye Warren
Genre: Dark Romance 
Release Date: June 4, 2015 
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

Goodreads Button with Shadow 

Five years ago we lived in the same house. He was the ultimate bad boy. And my foster brother.

Now he's back. Tougher, harder, meaner. All of it aimed at me, because I was the one who sent him away. It's payback time. He wants his pound of flesh, and I am helpless to say no.


The whistle of a belt coming off follows me into Blue’s bedroom. My breath stutters in my chest. I hear the threat of the movement, the speed and power behind it. It’s more than a man getting undressed.

There’s a hundred ways a belt can be used to hurt me. I know them well.

I turn my head to the side, addressing him but showing deference too. It’s an instinct now. It’s survival. “What are you going to do with that?”

“I’d rather show you,” he says, approaching me, prowling around me.

I don’t want him to hit me with that belt. Not because I can’t take the pain. I know I can, because I’ve done it before. I don’t want him to hit me because I might start hating him.

“Wait,” I say.

He doesn’t wait. One hand takes my wrist. Standing behind me, he leans close. “What do you think I’ll do with this? Make your pretty skin all red? Make you cry?”

I tense, twisting my arm. It only hurts me, and I’m still held tight. “Don’t.”

“I’m going to do both of those things before we’re done here, Lola.” He pauses, loosening his grip slightly. “But I’m not going to whip you with this.”

There’s only a second where I can feel relieved before I feel him drawing my other hand behind me. It’s a mistake to relax around him. Whatever I’m thinking, he’s doing something different. However much I brace myself, it’s still going to hurt.

He wraps the soft leather around my wrists, binding them together behind my back. It pushes my breasts out in front of me. Cool air brushes over my skin, tightening my nipples.

There’s weakness in this pose, being held, being open.

And there’s strength too, the pride of being wanted, the power of desire.

“On your knees,” he says so softly I almost don’t hear him.

I don’t know what he’s thinking. Whether he sees me as an object he can use or as an enemy he can conquer. I’m a little off balance, lilting to the side as I sink to the carpet. His hands cup my arms, helping me down, guiding my gently. It feels more like worship than anger, more like kindness than cruelty.

At least until the sharp sound of his zipper rips through the air.

His voice follows. “Candy doesn’t think I’ll hurt you.”

I shiver at the foreboding underneath the words. “Yes.”

He undresses slowly, methodically, exposing rough skin and dark hair and a thick, jutting cock.

I have seen his cock before, but only in the dark, holding it in my fist while I jerked him off, shadows and motion. Now I see the skin like the dark side of a peach, almost the color of a bruise. I see the curve of a vein underneath. I see the head of his cock, fat and proud and already glistening at the tip.

I see everything clearly because the saturated late-afternoon light still streams through his window. Our hours are all backward and twisted. Where another woman would do this at midnight, would expose her shame to the moon, mine comes open at five o’clock.

“She thinks you’re safe with me because I protect the other girls.” He approaches me, his cock near my face, his eyes looking down on me. “I even protect you.”

I choke out the words. “Because only you get to touch me.”

He nods approvingly. Candy doesn’t understand, he means. I understand. He’s showing me that we’re together on this, like some perverted joint mission where I agree to be hurt. And haven’t I? I showed up here of my own free will. Maybe I do want what’s coming to me.




Skye Warren is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of dark romance.

websiteblognewsletter signuptwitterFacebookGoodreads

Better When it Hurts  is the second book in the Stripped series, third if you count Book Number 0.5 (Tough Love).  But if you haven't read the other books in the series I think this book can definitely be read as a standalone.

Five years ago Blue and Lola had been in the same foster home.  They fell in love, but then Lola betrayed Blue and he was sent away.  Now, he has returned and he is looking for vengeance.  Lola is a stripper and Blue is now the head of security in the club where she works.  

Lola has not had a very easy life.  She was in foster care for years and she was abused.  She does what she can to survive and tries not to be ashamed. When Blue comes back into Lola's life , however, in addition to being afraid, she is embarrassed.  Blue sees Lola as a hard-hearted, jaded, money-grabbing slut, but Lola has her reasons for stripping.  She is in it for the money, but not for the reasons Blue thinks.  At heart, she is a very decent and caring person.  

Blue, too, has had a tough life.  But he has overcome his roots and is doing well for himself (the details are sketchy, but he has money now). He is angry and hurt by Lola's betrayal.  He had though they were in love five years ago and he tried to protect her, but he now thinks that she didn't care at all.  He really wants to hate Lola and to hurt her, but he can't.  You'll have to read to see if they can overcome their pasts.

There is obvious chemistry between Blue and Lola.  Even when neither trusts the other they still react to each other.  Their passion is dark, but not so dark that people would be scared off by reading it.   Overall this is a great second book for this series and I give Better When it Hurts FOUR STARS!


amazon usamazon UKB&N

hurt duo

amazon usamazon UKB&N


No comments:

Post a Comment