No Pain, No Gain

Have you ever finished a book that was so good you had to take a walk? Or maybe you called a friend and told them all about the book because you needed to talk about it? Well prepare your life if you decide to read the book Pain by Amanda Mackey because you’re gonna need to take a moment. I was unable to adult after reading it.


Heat Level: ♥♥♥♥♥♥

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Overall Rating: 6/6

Pain introduces us to Lillian, Lil, who works at an animal shelter, The Sanctuary, for large animals. She and dad take care of animals from elephants to lions and even some tiger cubs. Lil’s mother committed suicide when she was young and that event has left a dark hole deep inside of what is normally a spunky and beautiful girl. But every once in a while, the darkness needs to come out.

What better way to work out some of that angst than with the bad boy? Justice is nineteen and fresh out of jail. He was in for theft and selling drugs but, before you count him out, consider the fact that he had a hard upbringing. His foster father beat the crap out of him and locked him in a basement. Justice is, obviously, really messed up because of it but he has found that the only way to take away the emotional pain is with physical pain.

He is sent to work with Lil and her father as a rehabilitation program but initially doesn’t think he will fit in. However, one look at the fiery green eyes of his new boss, and he is singing a different tone. Lil convinces herself that she has to try to fix Justice but manages to do something else entirely. Can she manage to be enough to keep him alive? Will he be enough to fill the gaping hole of darkness in her? Do they belong together? After all, two wrongs don’t make a right…

Lil doesn’t take crap from anyone. She has a huge heart and a smart mouth; the perfect combination in my book.

Justice is crude, obnoxious, and sexy as hell. His language takes a step over that decency line so you need to be ready for that. I don’t think Mackey took it too far though. It suited his character and was age appropriate.

However, those sex scenes also cross that pretty line. This book is not for the faint of heart so prepare yourself! I thought they fit the book perfectly though and was not offended in the slightest. They are hot but they don’t take over the book.

Bring the tissues because there is almost no part of this book that won’t have you ugly crying. Much to my dismay, this is a standalone book so it is ideal for a quick read or a busy bee.




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