Published by Carina Press on February 8, 2016
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary, Dark, Erotic, Romance, Suspense/Thriller
Format: Audiobook, eBook
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The explosive follow-up to Joely Sue Burkhart's darkly erotic thriller One Cut Deeper
Life on the run with an assassin hasn't been what Ranay thought it would be. In fact, parts of it more closely resemble a sex-fueled vacation—until duty calls. The FBI believe Charlie's brother is working for a human trafficking ring, and Charlie is the only one who can bring him down.
Charlie fears Vincent has become a murderous monster like their father. He owes a mercy to the brother he remembers, the one who'd never want to be an uncontrollable killer. But Charlie has never had to kill someone he loves. Not even to save them from a dark, inherited curse.
Killing his brother might be enough to push him over the edge.
Enough to ruin everything he's built with Ranay.
As a bodyguard for the Vlasenko bratva, the very cruelest arm of the Russian mob, Vincent Gyres has seen and survived the worst the world has to offer. Former Special Forces, ex-CIA and a past inmate at Russia's most brutal prison, he's earned his reputation. They call him Ghost because he's already dead inside.
Madison "Mads" Archer's hatred for scumbags who traffic in human lives is personal—her sister was taken when the girls were just children. Now Madison's on a joint FBI task force, deep undercover as a sex slave. It's a small price to pay to see the Vlasenko bratva taken down.
A violent criminal like Vincent Gyres doesn't make a trustworthy ally, regardless of his CIA background. But Mads will use anyone and anything to stop the taking of another innocent young girl's life. Vincent's invitation to her to play his submissive in order to get closer to the leader isn't the problem. Trusting him, wanting him…loving him is.
Two Cuts Darker by Joely Sue Burkhart is the sequel to her novel One Cut Deeper. It is a dark erotic romantic thriller that brings back Charlie and Ranay who are on the run after book one.
The FBI asks Charlie’s help in finding his brother Vincent who they believe is working for the Russian mob. So the chase is on as Charlie and Ranay go in search of Vincent.
I loved getting to read about Charlie and Ranay again. But I really loved learning about Vincent Gyres, Charlie’s brother. Vincent is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. He’s seen and survived through the worst. Known as Ghost, he has hidden complex depths and is harboring fears of becoming a monster like his father. A masochist, he desires pain and blood.
While undercover for the CIA, Vincent meets Madison “Mads” Archer, an agent also undercover to stop the Russian mob from trafficking anymore women. She is a force to be reckoned with and she won’t let anyone stand in her way, even Vincent. Haunted by her own demons and dealing with her own dark desires, her and Vincent are drawn to each like a moth to a flame. They are able to handle each other’s craziness and their chemistry is off the charts. I enjoyed reading about these two characters a lot and wish there were more chapters with them.
Overall, Two Cuts Darker is an action packed, dark, erotic, and intriguing read with characters that just grab you and don’t let you go. I definitely recommend and can’t wait for more from Ms. Burkhart.
(I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review)