June 4, 2015

Release Blitz - Better When It Hurts by Skye Warren

Title: Better When It Hurts
Author: Skye Warren
Release Date: June 4th
Genre: Erotic Romance
Hosted by: SBB Promotions
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A forbidden romance about pain that binds us together…
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.
(Each book is a standalone)
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I try not to scan the floor when I enter. There’s already a buzz in the air, the hunger and desperation of a strip club on Saturday night. I’m ready to earn money, ready to move my body.
Ready to pretend Blue doesn’t bother me.
He’s nowhere in sight, and I breathe a sigh of relief. A group of men are still gathered near the railing. They’d tipped me pretty well while I was up there, so I figure I have a good shot at a lap dance. I saunter over, my breasts barely contained in the red bikini top, my skin coated in sweat and glitter and the thick smoke of this place.
“Nice set,” says a low voice from behind me.
I turn to see Blue standing there, arms crossed so his muscles bulge, lids lowered in that intense way of his. Shit. “Thanks,” I say, but the only thing I’m really thankful for is that my voice doesn’t shake.
He’s the head of security at the Grand, which should make me feel safe. Except we have a history. And he hates my guts. So there’s no affection in his eyes when they scan me up and down. No kindness in his voice when he adds, “You look great.”
The way he says it, it sounds like a threat. He makes me feel like the scared little girl I used to be when I knew him before. And him? He’s like the big bad wolf, sizing me up before he swallows me whole.
I force myself to shrug at him, to toss my hair. “Thanks, sweetie.”
He circles me, surrounding me. “But then, you always look great. That’s what you like, isn’t it? Having men panting after you? Leading us along by our dicks?”
My throat gets tight. I know that’s what people think of me. They take one look at my lipstick and my short skirt and assume the worst. God, they’re right. But it’s worse to hear it from him. Worse because he once believed in me. “Do you expect me to apologize for earning a living?”
His lids lower. “Not for that.”
I can’t meet his eyes. I know exactly what he wants me to apologize for. And he’ll never believe me. Even showing weakness in this game is enough to get me killed. “I don’t apologize to anyone.”
“Of course you don’t,” he says, his voice full of loathing. “But I don’t want your words.”
I can’t help but whisper, “What do you want?”
That makes him smile. It’s not a nice smile. “I think you know the answer to that.”
He wants to hurt me, to use me. He wants to fuck me. I swallow hard. “That isn’t for sale.”
“I wasn’t planning to pay you.”
This should be easy. Tell him no. Make him believe it. I’ve done this for a thousand men before. Somehow he’s different. Maybe because I don’t really believe it myself.
I know he’s watching me. I know he’s hatching his plans. My heart speeds up every time I turn away from him, wondering if this is the time he’ll pounce. One of these times, he’s going to dig into me with his teeth and his claws. He’s going to hurt me, and I’m not sure I’ll survive it.
Not tonight, though. Not now.
I take a step away from him. “If you aren’t going to pay for my time, I think I’ll find someone who will.”
His eyes darken. “Your call, gorgeous.”
I hear the unspoken message beneath his words, steel under velvet. For now.
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Di's Review

4 Hate/Love Stars!

Darkness- Mild. Only a couple of dark scenes in this one. 

This is the second book in The Stripped Series, but can definitely be read as a standalone. I was anxious to read this one, the first book blew me away, I absolutely loved it. The series is based on characters working in a strip club, all have painful secrets, hidden pasts, and ulterior motives. <--- Well, most have motives, I think. Anyway, this is Blue and Lola's story.

"I know where you came from. I know what made you this way. I know why you like a man who’ll push you around a little."

I love a good hate to love, love to hate story. I get giddy reading hate filled sex scene. It's the push and pull that keeps me hooked. I can't go into too much detail because I'll ruin the story. Blue and Lola go way back, of course there's a reason he's pissed, there's a reason he's out for revenge. Let me tell you, I loved the angry Blue, as far as I'm concerned he could've stayed mad for two books, because I'm attracted to the mean guys. I thought he showed his true self too soon, his poker face wasn't as good as I had hoped. Conflicted emotions really showed through the pages though. There were times my heart was squeezed with hurt for Blue, confusion in his actions made it that much more real for me. 

"He makes me feel like the scared little girl I used to be when I knew him before. And him? He’s like the big bad wolf, sizing me up before he swallows me whole."

There's one thing I can say with certainty, Skye Warren never fails to deliver a heartfelt, slightly dark, I can't stop turning the pages story. This one is no different. There's little heartfelt moments that make me whole, but nothing too mushy, because I can't do mushy that often. She gives you the mixture of edgy and sexy.

I totally recommend to edgier romance readers. This one wasn't dark for me, but it could be for others.Teaser-3
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Skye Warren is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of dark romantic fiction. Her books are raw, sexual and perversely romantic
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