The Deeper He Hurts: A Kick Novel

The Deeper He Hurts: A Kick Novel

by Lynda Aicher

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The Deeper He Hurts: A Kick Novel by Lynda Aicher

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.
Praise for The Deeper He Hurts

 “The second Kick novel is a fascinating insight into the damage a family tragedy can cause. [Lynda] Aicher takes the reader on an amazing journey.”RT Book Reviews
“Hot, sensual, intense, and fraught with tension . . . This is a beautifully portrayed, brilliantly written love story.”—Pretty Sassy Cool
“Compelling, emotional, and memorable.”—Wit and Sin
“Aicher makes her protagonists likable and empathetic, and their romance is uplifting.”Publishers Weekly
“More than just a steamy romance.”—Jezabell Girl and Friends
“Such a serious subject and handled so well by this talented author. This series just intrigues the heck out of me!”—Kitty’s Book Spot

The Deeper He Hurts is intended for mature audiences. This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425285138
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Series: Kick , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 181,871
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Lynda Aicher is an award-winning author who loves to write emotionally charged romances. Her novels have been featured in USA Today and RT Book Reviews magazine. Her books have finaled in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest. Prior to becoming an author, she spent years traveling as a consultant, implementing computer software into global companies, until she opted to end her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now her imagination is the only limitation on where she can go, and writing lets her escape from the daily duties of being a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, cleaner, and mediator.

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The Deeper He Hurts: A Kick Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
TDB005 More than 1 year ago
I still have a hangover from this book, and telling you guys that I loved it almost doesn't seem like an adequate enough way to describe my reaction to The Deeper He Hurts. First off, I'm a huge Lynda Aicher fan for many reasons, but I am most of all because she is quite simply an outstanding writer. As I've come to expect from her, the tangled emotions between the characters take the forefront in this book meanwhile the acts they engage in only seem to enhance their connection instead of being the primary focus of their relationship. I don't know how Aicher accomplishes this so flawlessly, but I appreciate it more than she will ever know. "Pain given and received equally in an exchange of need more than power. The connection was alluring and terrifying at once. And potentially filled with more pain than he could handle." So let's talk more about The Deeper He Hurts...we saw Asher a bit in the first book of this series and I knew he was going to be a captivating Sadist right from the start. I don't know why, but there was just something about him. I was, however, surprised to find just how exceedingly complex of a character was and with so much depth him, too. On the flip side our masochist, Sawyer, took complex to a whole new level. His past is clouded in so much pain that I could completely understand his no-holds-barred approach to the lifestyle. I'm just glad he found someone like Asher with an intense moral and ethical code, because at the rate Sawyer was going he was going to be joining his family sooner rather than later. He was on a very dangerous path of self-destruction and his pain almost takes your breath away the further you dive into the book. I had tears streaking down my face more than once as I read as a result. "Their connection sunk deep and solid. So balanced and mutual he was blinded by its power." Asher and Sawyer's kinks matched in a way I've never seen between two characters on this intense of a level. To say they had chemistry would be a gross understatement, but it was the way their kinks wove into the deeper emotions they shared that really made this book special. Sawyer's need to live in pain perfectly matched Asher's need to inflict it, but their relationship went so much deeper than just the BDSM elements and I think Aicher did an impeccable job showing us that. "It was the hottest thing Ash had seen in a very long time-if ever. The suffering was evident, but the power behind the pain was intoxicating. Overall, I still can't get over how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was emotional and powerful and moving and just so incredibly good. Please take my word for it that The Deeper He Hurts was exceptionally good book, and I can't suggest it to you highly enough. And Lynda, you set the bar pretty high with this one, but I'm still eager to read Finn's book next!
Marichus-Real More than 1 year ago
I received a free review copy of this book by NetGalley Asher is one of the partners at Adrenaline Kick Adventures. He is very reserved and discreet with his relationships. When he meets Swayer he is drawn to him like a moth to the light. Sawyer lives for the pain he can find anywhere to forget about what happened when he was sixteen. When he meets Asher, he starts wanting something else apart from the pain, something stronger and lasting. I don’t usually read a lot of the blurbs of the books I choose because sometimes they revealed too much. I chose this one because it was the second in a series I started to read and wanted to know if it was better than the first one. So when I started to read the book and saw it was about pain, I thought this was not going to be a good read for me. I’m not into pain at all. However, I went on reading because I like to give the books and author a try and I have to say I don’t regret it at all. The author has a way with words: she analyzes pain in such a way you can feel it. Excruciating, raw pain that goes so deep it hurts. The only but I have about this book is that from time to time I didn’t know who was talking or thinking. Too many “hes” that didn’t help to clarify whether it was Swayer or Asher. I looking forward to reading the last installment of the series.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
I am absolutely in love with this series. Asher and Sawyer were a perfect fit not only for Kicks but for each other. The intensity that they both bring to the table is unbelievable. They both come with a lot of baggage, both real and of their own making. They were both searching for something bigger, something stronger. These two men fix each other, complete each other and make each other better. I can't wait to see what comes next!
amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
I really don't read a lot of BDSM books and while I don't mind the occasional play in my books, this one had me both uncomfortable at times and weirdly interested. I read the first book in this series and made it through just fine. But this book, this book was a little different for me. I don't understand that level of seeking and giving of pain. But that wasn't what this book really was about to me. The relationship between Asher and Sawyer was definitely a hard fought one. Between Asher's hiding of himself and Sawyer's need to come to terms with his family, this was actually a beautiful journey for both men. Lynda Aicher writes an emotional rollercoaster that might bring a tear or two to your eye. Loved every minute of it.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Trust Lynda Aicher to consistently deliver an emotional and heart tugging story while delving into realms of BDSM play that push the limits. While pain isn't my thing, Sawyer needs it. It's the way he deals with the loss of his family as a teenager, and the only thing that reminds him that he's still alive. Whether it's connected to sexual pleasure or not (and it usually isn't), it's just something that's part of him now. Asher is a sadist, but he is a still a controlled and responsible individual. No matter what happens with his partner, aftercare is as important to him as the scene. When he and Sawyer, the summer hire for Kick's outfitting company connect on their most basic levels, the results are explosive. The sex scenes are visceral, and weren't always easy for me to read, but the connection between Sawyer and Asher totally drew me in and made me root for their happy ending. Though they are a match in terms of their kinks, it takes time for them to trust each other on an emotional level. It seems that no matter what kind of story this author writes, I'm 100% invested in the outcome.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
Two men are hurting on the inside and feel they need to keep their secrets, leaving them feeling alone. Their paths cross, and they quickly find out that there is more to life. Their connection deepens into love and trust, and they finally find a way to be happy. This is the second in the Kick series and is Asher's story. Asher's and Sawyer's kinks are definitely dark so be warned, but I thoroughly enjoyed the love story between these two men. It touch me. I recommend this story. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
JulieMaguda More than 1 year ago
I have read a few books from Lynda Aicher now, and I've enjoyed every one of them. The Deeper He Hurts is the second book in her "Kick" series, but it can be read as a standalone. I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this one as much as I did the last one because I read another review that explains that Sawyer is a "pain slut" and those aren't typically books that I read. I read some BDSM but when it ventures farther into the "pain slut" category I usually stay away; but I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised with this one. I ended up liking it even more than the first one! As a warning: there are possible triggering scenes of self harm. Asher looks like a typical preppy computer nerd at first glance but he hides a lot about himself away to fit the view he feels his parents need to see him in. What his parents don't know is that not only is he gay, but he is also a sadist. After learning that Asher was a sadist, I was surprised by his protective and loving side. He was also a very detail oriented and a bit of a control freak. I loved seeing all of the different facets to his personality. Sawyer is a loner, whose past has caused him to purposefully keep his distance from people so he doesn't get any attachments. He hasn't ever had a real relationship. Asher is not what he expected at first glance but he can't help being drawn to him. Sawyer has a tendency to push Asher away any time he gets close and keep his past a secret. The two of them together had amazing chemistry, but also such a great connection. It was more than just smut. I absolutely loved these two together. I can't wait for the next book in the series! I love all the guys in this series. It was fine seeing Micah and Grady, from the first book, again even just for a little bit. ** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **
jbebout1295 More than 1 year ago
I read The Harder He Falls and loved it, so I was beyond thrilled to see the sequel. I have to say that I was definitely not disappointed with The Deeper He Hurts. I am so in love with this story! The characters are so sincere and real and so beautifully flawed. Ash and Sawyer are both damaged souls, but something in their souls cried out to the other for a needed healing. Being able to follow the journey that these two characters went on was such a wonderful gift. It really touched my heart. The book is one I won't soon forget. It's provocative and intriguing and romantic and compelling and sexy and absolutely riveting. I would highly recommend this book, and impatiently await the next offering in the Kick series. * I was given an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
Wow, this was kind of hard to read but I loved it. The Deeper He Hurts is book 2 in the Kick series but can be read as a standalone with no problem. This book was a bit difficult for me to read at first. I feel like I’ve read more than a few BDSM themed stories but I hadn’t read any before with hardcore sadism. This element of the story was not really mentioned in the blurb and I kind of think it should have been, in spite of that I ended up loving the story. Asher is the techie control freak partner in Kick, an extreme adventure company. He is the only one who is not former military which sometimes makes him feel like an outsider. All of the partners in Kick participate in various forms of BDSM, including Asher but Asher is a true sadist and not a Dom. He doesn’t exactly get a sexual kick out of inflicting pain, he is more excited by how it affects the one he is giving pain to. Sawyer has signed on to be a guide for Kick for the summer. He’s heard rumors about Asher and he wants to find out if they are true. Sawyer needs pain. He needs it to help him forget the tragedy in his past. When he gets lost in the pain he is able to forget for a while and that lets him function. Sawyer and Asher are perfect for each other but neither one of them is looking for anything long term. Sawyer has plans to return to his home after the summer season with Kick. Asher isn’t out to his family and they have no idea that he likes inflicting pain and this often times makes him feel very conflicted. The Deeper He Hurts pushed reading boundaries I didn’t even know I’d set. It took me a while to really digest how I felt about this book. The writing was just as good as I expected from Ms. Aicher after reading The Harder He Falls, book 1 in the Kick series. But I wasn’t prepared to read about hardcore sadism and it took me a little bit to wrap my head around it. It was hard for me to reconcile that characters I liked would be into something that I personally find so abhorrent. I just can’t imagine how anyone can like being beaten to a pulp or how such an otherwise “normal” person, like Asher, can want to inflict pain on anyone; especially someone he comes to love. But the thing is, reading allows me to participate in things that I would never want to do in real life and Ms. Aicher’s writing carried me away to the point that I was pretty much able to forget how repulsed I was at first by what these two men liked to do with each other. I was eventually able to instead focus on the things that they struggled with and what they needed from each other to make their relationship work. This is kind of a rare book for me in that I loved it but didn’t shed a tear until it was nearly finished and yet it twisted my emotions up many times while reading it. I had to process what I’d read and wait for a bit before I could even start to write my review. I’m not at all sorry that I read this story and I will be reading the next one in this series. If I have to be real honest though, I don’t think I really care to read another one real soon that pushes my boundaries as much as this one did. Here is an excellent article by Ms. Aicher about why she reads and writes the kinds of stories she does. I think it’s worth the time it takes to read it. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my review. Review will be pos
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
So dark. So erotic. So raw. So good! This is a powerful M/M romance that shows how the fear of loss or true loss can push a soul to live a lonely secluded life as well as how love can help heal that same soul. Ash and Sawyer's story is filled with emotion as well as an erotic and intense sexuality in both characters. Some of the BDSM elements of the story weren't for me but the intensity of the feelings the MCs have for each other outweighed those parts by far and made this one of the best romances I've read in a while. If you enjoy a good romance as well as some scorching hot kink, this book is one you don't want to miss. I highly recommend it.