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Better When It Hurts: A Stripped Standalone by [Warren, Skye]
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"Better When it Hurts is an intense and heartbreakingly beautiful story. I couldn't read fast enough to see what would happen next with Blue and Lola. A definite 5 star read for sure!" ~ Jenika Snow, USA Today bestselling author

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.

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BETTER WHEN IT HURTS is a full-length romance that does stand alone. Fair warning: Blue is a cruel bastard and a dirty talker!

Books in the Stripped series
½. Tough Love (prequel)
1. Love the Way You Lie
2. Better When It Hurts
3. Even Better
4. Pretty When You Cry

Praise for Better When It Hurts:

"5 Angsty Love-versus-Hate Stars! Better When It Hurts sucked me in hook, line, and sinker within the first few pages." - Allison, The Reading Escapade Book Blog

"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." - Di, Twisted Sisters

"Very Angsty 5 Star Read! This book is so compelling, you won't be able to put it down, this is one of those books that you'll want to save to re-read." - Melissa, Books Can Take You There

About the Author

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dark romance.

Don't miss a release! Find out about new releases and exclusive giveaways here: skyewarren.com/newsletter

And like Skye Warren on Facebook here: facebook.com/skyewarren

Thank you for reading! <3

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This was a great book just wish the Author didn't put the rest of the story in a separate book I hate that it feels like a cash grab not impressed. But I still gave it 5 stars because the story was good.
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**Jerzie's Review**

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.

I am a huge Skye Warren fan and was so freaking excited to receive Better When It Hurts, Stripped book 2 ARC. This is Hannah "Lola" and Blue's journey and I loved every agonizing yet thrilling minute of this book!

Lola is a stripper and Blue is a bouncer at the stripper club, but that's not all they have in common, they also share a past. Growing up in the foster system, passed along from home to home, Blue and Lola end up in the same foster house. Young and in love, they thought they had the whole world ahead of them, until one horrible night and one lie told, separates them.

Now it's 5 years later and Blue is ready to collect on what he feels is owed to him...and the payment he wants is Lola, using her body as he deems fit! This isn't some sweet reunion, Blue is not the boy she used to love, he's a man hardened, who has thought of nothing else but exacting revenge on her.

He’s beautiful and terrifying. He’s everything I loved and everything I’ve come to hate—a man who takes what he wants.

Hold on tight, this book packs a punch!!!! It's dark and gritty and deliciously sinful all at the same time. Skye Warren loves to push readers comfort zones and it's one of the best things I love about all her books, and the way she tells their story, is just incredible and full of emotion. You easily connect with both characters and their tug of war battle over love and hate.

Can you mend two broken souls?
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a004c90) out of 5 stars 119 reviews
55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a94f54) out of 5 stars 100 Smoking Hot Dirty Freaking Stars GREAT!!!!!!!!!! LOVED it and LOVE series to date!!!!!!!!! June 4 2015
By Joselyn A Perry - Published on Amazon.com
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5 PLUS, PLUS, PLUS Stars Terrific!!!!!

OMG, have you ever read a book that you are screaming silently inside because it made you that ecstatic, hehehehe, well THIS is the book!!! I have loved this series to date and this story, oh gosh, this story I LOVED!!!!!!!!

Blue, oh hell Blue, you rocked my world in every single way along with Lola/Hannah..... Yes, please, I want to to be the cream of that Oreo cookie sandwich:)

It captured me from the start and held me until the VERY END!!!!! I LOVED this story, I LOVED these characters and Author Skye Warren, you hit a GRAND freaking SLAM!!!!!! It was dark, gritty, raw and oh so smoking hot DIRTY!!!!!! Arghhhhhh, I was literally squirming in my seat with my girly parts tingling like crazy......LOL Wowza, my Kindle was on fire:)

Congrats to you on another outstanding book in this series!!!! I cannot wait for Ivan and Candy's story:) Oh and PLEASE tell me we will be getting Gio and Clara's story too!!!!!!!! Author Skye Warren, You are the BOMB:)
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a95180) out of 5 stars Hot Hot Hot!!! Nov. 10 2015
By Catlg85 - Published on Amazon.com
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Blue is just so hot! I mean seriously off the charts alpha hot. Lola/Hannah betrayed him 5 years before and she knows he is just buying his time to take out his revenge on her. Watching over her ever night as she strips and making sure that the clients don't abuse her is all he has been doing so far but now the time has come to get what he feels he is owed. Blue really has no idea why Lola is stripping and working at the Grand and really doesn't care until he starts figuring things out about her from spending time outside of work with her and Lola has no idea what Blue has been up to since she betrayed him. Both are beautifully broken and it's going to take them together to fix each other. The sex scenes are hot by the way so get ready!
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a95144) out of 5 stars Beautifully painful love story... July 1 2015
By KimBerly Addison (The Book Sirens) - Published on Amazon.com
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Raw, gritty, painful and beautiful. I know those words usually don't go together, but that is the only way to describe it. This story is so intense I felt it to my marrow, it filled me with so many feelings. As always with all Skye Warren books, once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.

This is the story of Lola (aka Hannah) and Blue, two people who share a painful past. They meet again while Lola is a stripper at a club called the Grand, and Blue is the bouncer/bodyguard.

Lola is a deeply troubled young woman trying to get by the best way she knows how, all while trying to support her former foster mother, Mrs. Owens, who has dementia and kidney failure. The interactions between Lola and her foster mom are bittersweet but heartwarming. Lola's world is turned upside down when Blue comes back into her life. He is always watching and waiting for a chance to get back at Lola for what she did to him.

The love scenes were brutal and tender all at the same time. The chemistry between Lola and Blue is explosive and it cannot be denied. But, it is more than just sex between these two, they forged a bond in childhood that survived crushing heartache and ultimate betrayal. This is a story of redemption, forgiveness, and a deep, all-consuming love.

This is my favorite so far from Mrs. Warren, she has a knack for writing characters who are broken but strong. Characters that go to hell and back and never give up. I'm very much looking forward to the next book in this exciting, heartwrenching, and beautifully painful series.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a95438) out of 5 stars He wants her like he did five years ago May 21 2016
By Janiky - Published on Amazon.com
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Hannah isn’t seeing Blue for the first time. Before they were foster kids in the same household, until she betrayed him or so he thought. Now five years later, he wants his revenge on Hannah aka now Lola. He finds her to be a Stripper and he gets a job as the head of security where she works. Every day he protects the girls while also stealing glances at her while she is working. The tensions become high when he wants to claim the price of Hannah’s betrayal. They agree to one night and that’s it, but that’s shot to s*** according to Blue. He wants her like he did five years ago, and this time, he isn’t asking rather he is saying.

I absolutely freaking love their story and I recommend reading Heart Break to learn about their before story. Lola is fierce and stands her ground, but inside she is caring. Blue pretends to hurt Lola yet he can't lie about his feelings, he has tried for the past five years now. They are my second favorite couple in the series behind Clara and Giovanni.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a954d4) out of 5 stars ...a tenuous line between pleasure and pain, denial and surrender... June 7 2015
By Jessica Sotelo (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads) - Published on Amazon.com
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4.5 STARS

Better When It Hurts gripped me from the very first page. I honestly felt consumed by this story. Five years ago, Lola and Blue were foster kids, living under the same roof and clearly in love even if they were too young and broken to fully grasp it. Until something happened, until Lola hurt Blue and he was sent away. Now, five years later, Lola is a stripper and Blue is head of security at the same club with a thirst for payback.

The title of the book says it all. This book is better because it hurts. And it does hurt. It stung and squeezed and physically pained me to read much of this story. And that's why it was so damn perfect. The moments of humiliation and degradation and plain old emotional heartbreak caused a visceral reaction in me as I read. Alternating those moments with brief glimpses of sweetness, of kindness, gut punching reminders of 'what might have been' hurt even more. The masterful crafting Warren put into this story is exquisite.

I loved the dynamic between these characters. The way Skye Warren penned this story, with perfectly placed flashbacks to give the reader a slowly unveiled look into their past, how they became who they are. Knowing Blue and Lola loved each other once, knowing how defeated and lost Lola is today and how badly Blue wants her to repent for her betrayal with her body, made me ravenous for the holes of their story to be filled. How'd they get here? What happened? And where can this go?

This story is emotionally taxing to read. It's heavy, repeatedly gripping my heart strings and squeezing. The juxtaposition of sexual gratification and heartbreaking emotional and physical pain that these characters use to work through their tragic past parallels what the reader is put through as a spectator. The emotional, revealing aspect of the storyline is repeatedly and abruptly interrupted with the sexual nature of it and it's exhausting in the best possible way. Lola uses sex as a distraction from having to remember, having to expose herself. Blue uses sex as a way to force her into remembering, as punishment for hurting him. It's perfectly plotted out, keeping the characters and the reader on a tenuous line between pleasure and pain, denial and surrender.

There's something so delicious about a second change romance, even if it does evolve in a dingy strip club where survival depends on how well you sell your body and your soul. It's hard enough for two characters to resurrect a long ago shattered romance, but to do so against the backdrop of such dire circumstances makes this seem like an impossible feat. Lola's brokenness, her resignation is a tangible thing. She truly feels like a tattered, lost cause blowing in the wind. Such a stark contrast is Blue, this embodiment of strength and perseverance and determination, even though he's had it no easier than she has in life. Both are damaged and broken and two halves of a very fractured whole. It's such a perfectly imperfect marriage of push and pull, of insistence and reluctance, of revenge and absolution, of forgiveness and love.

Skye Warren writes dark erotic fiction like no one else truly can. Stunningly beautiful romance peppered with steamy, raw erotica, all of it driven by a refreshingly original, superbly written plotline. Every. Single. Time. I might never know what I'm about to step into with a new Skye Warren story, but I can guarantee it's going to consume me wholly until the very last page. And Better When It Hurts did precisely that. It hurt. It endeared. It made me fall in love and lust and gut punched me when I least expected it. I absolutely love this series and it only gets better and better with each installment. I'm addicted.