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Book Review – Does It Hurt ? by H.D. Carlton

My Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5 

I’ve been hearing so much about this book the last few weeks and with such a deep reading slump, I wanted to reach something that was riveting and exciting. 

This is a dark, erotic thriller/suspense about a lonely fugitive named Sawyer, who is on the run from her past (and from the law). She finds herself at a bar meeting a mysterious man named Enzo, who she knows she should stay away from despite all the warnings, they have an unforgettable night together. When she leaves in the morning, she also steals his info/financial information. Naturally, he stalks her when he finds out – and they end up shipwrecked in a lighthouse, stuck together until help arrives. The lightkeeper is creepy as hell, keeping them locked up at night and claims all the sounds they are hearing at night are ghosts. Enzo and Sawyer have to work together despite their own desire

I might have been the only one who thought  this was so/so. The steamy scenes were great, but there were too many triggers in my case as I find non-consent completely unacceptable, no matter how hot he is portrayed in the story. Also, their chemistry was a bit forced. Don’t get me wrong, I love the enemies to lovers trope, but I just did not love this story as much as everyone else did. The ending just wrapped too perfectly, and was baffled how they thought a simple google search on photos or even dna tests by the authorities, wouldn’t contradict their story. In all, great spicy scenes, but not really to my taste, and overall ok story.

Tropes/ Triggers: Enemies to lovers, one bed, non-consent, history of abuse, trauma, alpha hero

Published by Tina Long

My name is Tina Long. I am an avid book reader in all forms - love the smell of a new book, the great find at a used bookstore, and convenience of a story on my kindle.

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