Review: One Cut Deeper (A Killer Need #1) by Joely Sue Burkhart

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Review: One Cut Deeper (A Killer Need #1) by Joely Sue BurkhartOne Cut Deeper (A Killer Need, #1) by Joely Sue Burkhart
Published by Carina Press on May 18th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Dark, Romance, Suspense/Thriller
Pages: 247
Format: eARC

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This book is unsuitable for people under 18 years of age.

Her needs are dark. His are dangerous.

Charlie MacNiall has been bringing his beautiful king shepherd to the vet clinic where Ranay Killian works for the better part of a year. She doesn’t realize he’s been slowly wooing her. She certainly has no idea that he picked her deliberately—that she is to become his. A broken heart and a desperate desire to be dominated make her the perfect victim.

His perfect victim.

Charlie fixes Ranay, testing her emotional limits while pushing her sexual boundaries past anything she’d imagined possible. Pain is their shared pleasure…until Charlie disappears and Ranay is all but destroyed.

The FBI says the man she loves is a serial killer. Ranay can’t deny there’s a darkness in Charlie, a monstrous hunger that drives him to the brink. She even believes he could kill. But Charlie's hunger is what bonds them—it's the foundation of their love. Would he actually kill her?

(91,000 words)

Wow… Let me start by saying this was a really good book. Hot, suspenseful, and completely engaging.

One Cut Deeper was a surprising read that completely had me from the first page to the last. The main characters, Ranay and Charlie are hot together and fit each other well. As an FYI…this book is filled with BDSM, sadomasochism, and has a scene involving knife play.

Ranay has known Charlie for a year since he brought his dog Sheba (who is a very important character as well. I want a dog just like her!) to the vet that Ranay works at. Both see something in the other that calls to them and when they finally get together, you can see how well they fit.

Ranay is lost and vulnerable when we meet her. She had a couple bad endings to her relationships, and Charlie had his bad end to his last relationship. So the beginning of their relationship is more feeling it out, trying to make it work, and trying to meet the needs of the other.

I enjoyed how Ms. Burkhart let us in on Ranay’s emotions throughout because it really let us get to know her. Scenes I liked where we got to know more about Ranay was during their first dinner together, and of course their scenes together. It also helped us get to know Charlie more too.

Charlie is such an alpha and in control. He plans ahead and as the novel goes forward the amount he plans especially in regards to Ranay will blow your mind. He’s layered… And I just wanted to know more about these two characters. I noticed this is book one in a series. I hope the next book delves more into these two characters.

The suspense and mystery in the novel is also well done. I won’t say more because I’d hate to spoil it.

One Cut Deeper is definitely on my re-read list and one I recommend to read. I can’t wait to read more books by this author.

(Opportunity to voluntarily read this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review).

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