The Deeper He Hurts (Gigi’s Review)

Title: The Deeper He Hurts (Kick #2)
Author: Lynda Aicher
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary/BDSM
Page Length: 3392 Kindle Locations
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

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.

Now this is a hot, compelling story that we’ve come to expect from Lynda Aicher! The first book in the series the Harder He Falls was on the verge of perfection, until Grady turned into a whiner and treated Micah so terribly. There is none of that here!


The Deeper He Hurts focuses on Asher, the resident “nerd” who takes care of the books for Adrenaline Kick Adventures, a Portland-based outdoor-adventure sports company, and creates smartphone apps in his free time. He’s got it pretty good. Wealthy because of his gaming apps, handsome, enjoys his job, but he is a masochist and loves to bring the pain to a willing participant. He accepts his kink, but he has been unable to find the perfect partner. One who isn’t looking for a Dom to lick his boots, just someone who gets off on the pain and will balance out the power exchange between and sadist and a masochist.

Enter Sawyer, a whitewater rafting guide from Oregon with more baggage than you can shake a stick at. His family, mother, father and two sisters, died in a house fire when he was 16 and he can’t seem to get over his grief and guilt that he didn’t die with them. The only way he has seems to find peace is to let someone beat him until he is howling in pain. If he can’t find someone to do that, he self-harms by cutting and burning his upper thighs.

Now, the necessary trigger warning:


This book contains scenes of self-harm and brutal scenes of pain-inducing BDSM play.


Normally that isn’t my kink. I like a good flogging or spanking, but Sawyer is a self-described pain slut and likes it really, really hard. Luckily he finds Asher, who refuses to play with him without a safe-word or cause him permanent bodily harm.

Sawyer and Asher also start a sexual relationship, outside of their scenes, and the sex and emotion and literally mind-melting. There is wall sex, hallelujah!, a personal favorite of mine.

Looking for a dirty-talking, filthy, hardcore S & M read with some healing/comfort and two sexy-as-fuck guys? Well, look no further.


Highly recommended.

The Kick Series

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