Title: Hurt Me Good
Author: H.C. Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Harper Cole and Flame
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, BDSM
Harper Cole may look like a best-selling author doing research for his next book, but underneath it all, he is a badass Dom and ex-rock star looking for a sub. When he meets a sexy stripper at the local gym, he uses the pretense of doing research for his next erotic novel to get close to the delicious man.
To the world Flame is a self-confident male stripper and acclaimed modern dancer, but deep down, he carries a crippling secret that stops him from trusting anyone. When Harper saves him from a life-threatening attack, Flame starts to open up, and even though his vanilla preferences don’t exactly match with Harper’s plans, he finds himself attracted to the big Dom.
Their worlds collide, leaving both men reeling. Harper is determined to show Flame the benefits of taking a ride on the wild side, but Flame cannot trust his heart to another man. What will it take to bring these two men together? It’s up to Harper, as the Dom, to make it happen… if it’s possible at all.
Hurt Me Good grabbed my attention from the first page. I found myself really liking both Harper and Flame, and I liked the way Flame made sure the Dom realized not everything would be on his terms. Both men like to have things their way, but for different reasons, which of course causes more than a few issues.
When it comes to Harper, he is such a strong alpha male that when he finds a sub he wants, he can’t help but pull out all the stops to get him, even if that is not what the supposed sub wants. He does come across as over bearing at times and more than once I wanted to smack him for his attitude.
Flame is a young exotic dancer that has come away from a severally abusive relationship with a tough shell built around his heart. Determined not to come under the thumb of another strong male, he tries to steer clear of Harper. The chemistry between these two is strong, however, so neither man can stay away from the other for too long. While the chemistry helps them it does not make everything else easy for them. Flame is new to the world of BDSM and the author brings his unease across realistically. Because of Flame’s lack of knowledge I had a hard time with Harper’s inability to make allowances for some of the younger man’s actions.
Because of Harper’s strong personality, and Flame’s past, the men’s relationship goes through a lot of ups and downs, all of which is understandable. Many times during their journey I wondered if they would make it to a HEA and was curious as to how the author planned to wrap everything up. I must admit that while I liked the ending, I also wish the Senator could have had a more severe punishment.
This is a great read and fans of the BDSM genre are sure to like it. If you have not yet read one of H.C. Brown’s books than this is a good one to start with.
Reviewed by: Lydia