Author: Lynda Aicher
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/06/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: BDSM, Gay Romance
In this wild and sensual Kick novel from the RITA Award–nominated author of The Harder He Falls, a sizzling affair tempts the tech guru of a popular outdoor-adventure-sports company to come out of the closet and embrace his desires.
Asher Ruggiero, a partner at Adrenaline Kick Adventures, is living a lie. As a control freak whose big Italian family thinks he’s straight, Asher likes his encounters concise, dirty, and discreet—until his company’s new rafting guide walks into work, dripping with brooding, intense sexuality. Sawyer Stevens is a mystery man with secrets and rough edges, and he makes Asher want to get to know him inside and out.
Ever since the tragic death of his parents, Sawyer has dedicated himself to the rush of adrenaline that comes from pleasure and pain. Moving from one guy to another, hiding when life gets too complicated—that’s all he can handle. So why does Asher make him long for something lasting and honest, when the gorgeous geek can’t even be true to himself? Sawyer wants to give Asher his heart, but he just doesn’t know how. After all, a life without integrity is a life without passion—and that’s the one thing Sawyer craves.
The Deeper He Hurts is intended for mature audiences. This ebook includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
This is vastly different to book 1 in that the BDSM is full on. The Deeper He Hurts features a sadist and a masochist who will push your limits as they pushed each other’s and is not for the reader who prefers the softer side of things.
Asher Ruggiero has many facets to his character and some are far more obvious than others. He’s the nerdy one of the group at Kick, he does the books and looks after the technical side of things. He made a lot of money designing apps but doesn’t flaunt his wealth – he lives quite simply, preferring to stay under everyone’s radar. He got out from under the influence of his parents but his family don’t really know him – they only know as much as they see and Asher is a pro at keeping things hidden. He is also a hardcore sadist and I mean hardcore – he gets off on another’s pain and suffering but he hasn’t been able to find anyone that needs as much pain as he wants/needs to give.
Sawyer Stevens has come to work for Kick as a guide for a few months – he is a man on the run – from himself. Sawyer lost every member of his family to a house fire and lives with the guilt and regret of not being there and not being able to save them constantly. He self-harms needing the pain to ground him, the only thing better than that is to find a partner able to give him the pain he craves but finding someone who can take it to the extreme he needs isn’t always easy.
Asher and Sawyer seem made for each other but they have so much baggage between them. They each provide what the other craves but there is so much more to them. They become friends, outside of the pain they become lovers but until both men can face their pasts and put them to rest they won’t be able to move on to their future.
Definitely my favourite of the series so far.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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