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.
Praise for The Deeper He Hurts
“The second Kick novel is a fascinating insight into the damage a family tragedy can cause. [Lynda] Aicher takes the reader on an amazing journey.”—RT Book Reviews
“Hot, sensual, intense, and fraught with tension . . . This is a beautifully portrayed, brilliantly written love story.”—Pretty Sassy Cool
“Compelling, emotional, and memorable.”—Wit and Sin
“Aicher makes her protagonists likable and empathetic, and their romance is uplifting.”—Publishers Weekly
“More than just a steamy romance.”—Jezabell Girl and Friends
“Such a serious subject and handled so well by this talented author. This series just intrigues the heck out of me!”—Kitty’s Book Spot
The Deeper He Hurts is intended for mature audiences. This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Aicher's engaging second Kick kinky erotic contemporary romance (after The Harder He Falls) introduces Sawyer, a white-water rafting guide and self-described pain slut, and Asher, a preppy tech geek and sadist, who meet when Sawyer takes a summer job at Adrenaline Kick Adventures in Portland, Ore. Sawyer survived a fire that killed his family, and he seeks relief from his ongoing PTSD symptoms through deliberately inflicted pain. Asher, who's closeted to his large family, longs for intimacy and sexual compatibility. Aicher balances scenes of explicit and often extreme BDSM activity, including beatings and branding, with Asher's strong sense of responsibility and Sawyer's desperate need for healing. Recognizing in each other the possibility of real connection, Asher contemplates coming out to his family and Sawyer allows himself to experience the "crazy, mounting yearning to be held. To live instead of survive." Aicher makes her protagonists likable and empathetic, and their romance is uplifting.