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
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
“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
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
I shiver at the foreboding underneath the words.
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
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.
~*REVIEW BY JODIE RAE*~
This is yet another FIVE leaves review for Skye Warren. Every book I read by her gets better and better. This book is without a doubt my new favorite of hers. I feel like this book was so much more than sex; it’s about love and second chances. I devoured this book and I was craving more by the time I finished!!
Better When It Hurts is about the bouncer (Blue), the stripper (Lola), and at the club they work at, The Grand. We discover Blue and Lola have a history and in this book, we find out in this book, that the two were in the same foster home. Hannah (Lola) thought she did what was best thing for Blue and that was for him to be sent away. Now he is back in her life and he wants retaliation against, Hannah. He is going to stop at nothing to have her back in his life and show Hannah the misery that she put him through. There was just something about Blue that just made me drool. On the outside, Blue is scary, arrogant, demanding and kind of an asshole and I absolutely love him!! Behind the façade he is trying to portray, Blue is a projector and all he wants is to protect Hannah. Protect her from herself and to give her a better life. Since this is by Skye Warren, the book is a dark romance but it was not as dark as I thought it would be. I loved this book and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!!
~*ABOUT THE AUTHOR*~
Skye Warren is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of dark romantic fiction. Her books are raw, sexual and perversely romantic.