Better When It Hurts (Stripped Series #2)

Better When It Hurts (Stripped Series #2)

by Skye Warren

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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 steamy 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.


BETTER WHEN IT HURTS is a full-length erotic romance novel that does stand alone. Fair warning: Blue is a sexy 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

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157803889
Publisher: Skye Warren
Publication date: 06/04/2015
Series: Skye Warren's Stripped Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 204
Sales rank: 3,970
File size: 284 KB

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

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Better When It Hurts 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author Skye Warren&rsquo;s &ldquo;Stripped&rdquo; series just gets better and better! Oh my&mdash;Blue and Lola. Lola and Blue&rsquo;s story was teased in the first book in the series, &ldquo;Love the Way You Lie.&rdquo; Blue was tough and distant but there was enough peeking through his menace and indifference that made you want to know more, and this book lets it all out. Better When It Hurts&rdquo; really turned up the heat&mdash;with the lust and the tension, but that should be expected. This is a darker series about strippers and bad boys who are bad because of what they do and have done&mdash;not just because they got piercings and tribal tattoos in college. There are some emotional, fist-clenching parts, but don&rsquo;t worry. The author rewards reader persistence with satisfying endings and incredibly hot sex. If you&rsquo;ve read the previous books in the series, &ldquo;Tough Love, (Stripped Prequel, Book 0.5)&rdquo; and &ldquo;Love the Way You Lie, (Stripped, Book 1), look out for brief updates of those stories. While you&rsquo;re waiting for the next book, check out &ldquo;Underground,&rdquo; which is another current series by author Skye Warren. It has a similar feel to it. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Bonjen More than 1 year ago
This book is about Lola/Hannah betrayed Blue five years ago when they was in the same group home. Lola is just knew that Blue is waiting to take his revenge on her. Blue does not know that she was trying to save him five years ago as well as she is trying to save him now. Blue finds her working as a stripper so he became a bounces to keep a eye on her. Now is the time to buy the book to find out what happens to the people in it. It is worth it to buy the book. I will be buying the other books from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No pun intended. It was border line gross and their abusive relationship made me super uncomfortable. You will either love or hate this book.
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Loved it!!
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Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
Dark, Gritty and Gripping! Better When It Hurts by Skye Warren is the second book in her Stripped series. It was originally published in June 2015, and has now been released as an audiobook. The author provides ample background of the main characters through flashbacks, but I felt I had a better understanding of the characters from reading the prequel in a recently released anthology. Better When It Hurts is the story of Lola (formerly known as Hannah) and Blue (who might punch you if you call him by his given name, Eugene). They have a history together; they were in the same foster home until Hanna, forced by circumstances, lied so that Blue was sent away. She had a good reason, but Blue doesn’t know why she lied. Better When It Hurts is raw, gritty and unseemly. Foster care provides salvation for some, and for others it is just a different form of torture. Blue and Lola experienced many dark moments in their various foster homes, and they didn’t end up on the right side of the tracks as a result. “My life isn’t about luxury, it’s about survival.”—Lola Hanna/Lola is filled with self-loathing, but she hides behind her stage persona to appear tougher and less vulnerable. She’s scrappy and she will do whatever it takes to carry on. “The strong ones never think they are [strong]. They’re too busy surviving.” —Mrs. Owens Blue is an anti-hero. He’s handsome and brawny, but his life got even tougher after Hannah got him kicked out of his last foster home. His edges are frayed; he’s meaner. He’s resentful, and he wants revenge. Since the story is told only from Hannah/Lola’s point of view, Blue remains an enigma until he shows his hand at the end of the book. Blue feels everything deeply. Lola is so worried about the potential of Blue’s revenge that she doesn’t see how he watches and protects her. Even Blue is torn by his anger over her past lies and his desire to see that she is safe. I did struggle with some of the content, however I appreciated the quality of writing and storytelling. Skye Warren has created edgy, dark characters who alternatively inspired compassion and contempt. Their bitter and sometimes ugly struggle for survival is easy to imagine with Warren’s vivid portrait in this fast-paced, dark story. NC-17 content--for mature readers only. Visit the Book Junkie Reviews blog on Wordpress for more recommendations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little confused to find out that this book was actually about Blue and Lola from the strip club. The blurb didn’t say names and after reading both the prequel and the first book I thought the series was meant to be about Clara and Honor and their family. However, it looks like it’s actually about the strip club since Ivan and Candy seem to be the next couple in line. I really hope that at some point we still get Clara and Giovanni’s happy ending. Skye Warren is very talented at writing dark, sexy stories that push the limits. The first book I read by her was Prisoner and I LOOOVED it. Since then, she has become my go-to author when I feel like reading something dark and edgy. Blue and Lola have a history from five years ago and now they find themselves working at the same strip club -Lola as a stripper and Blue as head of security. It is not by accident though, because Blue is there for Lola. As angry as he is and as much as he wants to hate her, he just can’t let her go. Throughout the book we see how these two broken people find their way back to the love they once shared. It is not pretty and it is not perfect but it’s their story and it’s a good one! *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
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taisheena More than 1 year ago
Skye weaves us a grand story with her well chosen words. The plot is awesome with it&rsquo;s twists thrown in to keep you involved enough to keep reading.  Hannah had blue put in jail and now that he is out he wants to make her pay. There is only one thing he wants and he is going to have it. Blue spent five years planning how he was going to get his due. Now it&rsquo;s time to get it.  I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review. 
A_Hayes More than 1 year ago
Well&hellip;.This is not your typical white knight rescues the girl book. LOL I think this is a gross understatement but it does seem more real than some of the other Happily Ever After books I read. It&rsquo;s also pretty short so if it&rsquo;s not your cup of tea then you don&rsquo;t have to worry that you spent hours on it. Blue and Hannah have a history and it&rsquo;s not an easy or nice past. Hannah has used her body to try to be protected her whole life and Blue is a bouncer at the strip club she works at. This is a look at the grittier side of life and how love does conquer all for people even though they think all hope has been lost to them. It&rsquo;s not an easy, comfortable read but it turns out better than it starts. Book provided in exchange for review.
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MissRaeRae More than 1 year ago
This was an ARC. I couldn't wait to read about Blue. As soon as he was introduced in the first book I knew I wanted more! As soon as I opened the book to start reading, I see it's only 127 pages. That's all? I'm a bit disappointed. How can I really get into knowing Blue and his story in such a short book. Still excited, I jump right in. I don't know how so much story and history can be packed into such a short book but it is. It's all there! I couldn't ask for any more. The author has done an amazing job. I was up past 1:am reading, knowing I had to get up at 5:am for work. I just couldn't put it down!