The Deeper He Hurts by Lynda Aicher (Kick #2)
Released: September 6, 2016
Reviewed by Mandi
Favorite Quote: “I’m going to give you so damn much you’ll think of me for days.”
Whoa baby! This book is sexy…
Sawyer is an outdoor guy – big, shaggy hair, and for the summer has left his Moab, Utah home and traveled to work with Adrenaline Kick Adventures, a company that takes folks white water rafting and other outdoorsy things. This company is also known for…..
He’d agreed solely for the possibilities that came with working with a group of gay Doms. A rumor Kick didn’t advertise, but that still wound its way through the community.
Sawyer is going to be a rafting guide and is happy to be out in the fresh, open air. Years ago, a tragedy involving a fire, happened to his family, and Sawyer still has panic attacks when he smells smoke or sees fire. This tragedy also led him to need to feel pain in his life. Cutting himself to get that pain, he has now turned towards BDSM. He isn’t a sub, but he does like to be bottomed by someone who can deal pain to him. A lot of pain. This need and the rumors surrounding the type of men who work at Kick, definitely gets Sawyer interested.
Grady’s unintentional confirmation of the gay Dom rumor had been the catalyst that’d launched Sawyer out of his hermit zone. He was here for eight weeks. A short break in his routine. A chance to explore and hopefully appease the unrest that was growing into a monster he couldn’t control, before he lost the will to control it at all. And maybe, if he played it right, Mr. Preppy could help him out with that.
This Mr. Preppy fellow is our other hero, Asher. By all appearances, Asher looks the opposite of Sawyer.
Mr. Preppy stared intently at his computer, lips compressed into a firm stroke of concentration. Papers were stacked on his desk in disorderly piles that contradicted the pressed lines of his dress shirt. His dress shirt. Seriously? Sawyer glanced down at his own T-shirt and cargo shorts, a smirk layering under his indifference. He didn’t even own hangers. Hell, his flannels were his only shirts with buttons, and he rarely bothered with them.
He is uptight, perfectly dressed, perfect hair and glasses. He runs the technology side of Kick, and is also a sadist. Into the BDSM scene, he loves to give out pain, but has been having trouble finding that perfect partner that wants what he has to give out. Then walks in Sawyer. They have this intense, crackling chemistry between them – but both wary of the other. Sawyer has heard of Asher’s ways..
If the dude was the sadistic fuck he’d been led to believe, then Asher would fit Sawyer’s needs perfectly—as long as he didn’t have to call him “sir.”
When they meet at the local BDSM club, and they realize their needs are reflected in each other, they play together. Asher gives Sawyer that pain he is looking for, and this gives Asher pleasure as well.
Surprising to both of them, their pain play turns into deeper feelings, as Sawyer has to deal with his past and Asher has to admit that he isn’t out to his parents or living the life they want for him.
I thought Asher and Sawyer had the most intense, delicious chemistry. They are both so guarded with their personal lives that sharing things about themselves is hard for them to do. Sawyer has this reckless desire to be hurt – refusing to give Asher limits or guidelines, which pisses Asher off to no end. Asher wants to be a good dominant, which means there must be boundaries. Sawyer starts to learn that taking pain to the point of harm is not healthy, and he can be fulfilled even with limits. Their play together turns so erotic and not to use the word intense again, but intense! I loved their scenes together.
Slowly, the pain play turns into sex, and they realize they like to be with each other. Sawyer hesitantly opens himself up and tells Asher about his past. It’s sweet and you couldn’t help but root for Sawyer to get over his demons.
A great erotic read.
I reviewed book one a few months ago, but this can be read as a stand-alone.