ARC Review + Giveaway: Love the Way You Lie by Skye Warren

12 Mar 2015

Book Title: Love The Way You Lie
Author: Skye Warren
Series: Stripped #1
Release Date: March 12th, 2015
Genres: Mystery/Suspense, Erotica, Dark
A dark romance about the lies that lead us down…

I’ll do anything to get safe, even if that means working at the scariest club in town.
I’ll do anything to stay hidden, even if it means taking off my clothes for strangers.
I’ll do anything to be free. Except give him up. When he looks at me, I forget why I can’t have him. He’s beautiful and scarred. His body fits mine, filling the places where I’m hollow, rough where I am soft.
He’s the one man who wants to help, but he has his own agenda. He has questions I can’t answer.

What are you afraid of?


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  Honey isn't my real name, but as each day goes by, I feel less and less like Honor Moretti. 

This is Honor Moretti's story. She's the daughter of a Mafia don and she's on the run. On the run from her father, from her ruthless fiancée, from the Mob. Her one and only goal is to keep her 16-year old sister Clare, safe. If she has to strip to do it, she will. Sometimes you're best hidden when you're in plain view...

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 Honor (stage name Honey) senses him in the crowd the minute she steps on stage.. Her hackles are up. She knows someone is watching her... a man in the shadows looking her in the eye, confident, masculine, his gaze almost feral... 

 Kip eyes Honey in The Grand. He's been looking for her...his bounty finally found! He will wear her down, fuck her senseless, and walk away with the prize. He's not a good man but he's trained to get the job done. But there's something about this dancing brunette that throws him off. He wants more than just the bounty...he wants her.

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Love the Way You Lie- I can't even think the title in my head without hearing Rhianna singing it- but I digress. The book is a slow burn, a plot trickle fed to the reader one chapter at a time. We clearly see that Kip is not a good man- he says as much- but who is he? Who does he work for? Her father? Her sadistic fiancée Byron? All the while, we see his tough exterior crack one encounter at a time. He's truly hunting her down yet finds himself protective of Honor. He wants her trust. She's clearly on the run and scared. Choosing to work in a seedy strip club under the management of more mafia filth. But she's got a warmth within her that draws the ugly away. He wants to help her but at what cost?

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 When I saw the opportunity to read and review Skye Warren's newest dark suspense book, I couldn't wait to dive in. She had me hooked with Wanderlust and again with Prisoner. She is a go-to author for me when I'm looking for a nice balance of dark, suspense, and steam. There's always a love story within her plots even if it's a bit convoluted. That being said, this book is very gray versus dark. It's typical mafia plot so we experience the seedy side of human nature. I try to stay away from comparing books from other authors but I think it's fair to say this book reminds me a lot of the Blood & Roses series by Callie Hart- in plot, in darkness and in steam. So fans of that series will likely really enjoy this. If that series was too dark, the same is likely with this book. And you're a fan of a dirty talker, Kip will rock your world. Dirty dirty mouth boy! Loved it. Example? Sure!

  “I wanted to touch you since I first saw you walk onto the stage. Whether I have to pay or not, whether you return the favor or not, I don’t give a fuck. I’m going to finger this pretty cunt until you gush all over my hand. I’m going to keep going until you’re slick with it, until my jeans are damp with you, until the scent of your sex is in the air.”
Not enough for ya? Ooookay, one more... 
 “That’s what I want around my dick. Not your hands or your mouth. I want the juice from your pussy. When you’re wet and coming, I’m going to dip my fingers inside your pretty pussy. I’ll cover my dick with your juices, just like it would be if I fucked you bareback.” 
Cough.... I found myself racking my brain trying to figure out who the mysterious Kip would be. Had I met his character before in the prequel novella? I did read Tough Love that is essentially the prequel to this book (and it's currently free on Smashwords). I'd recommend readers pick that up. It's definitely not required but you get the background before Clare and Honor escaped. We learn of how ruthless her fiancée is and why she needs to get Clare out of the mansion they've been imprisoned within for years.

This was an all-around enjoyable read and I look forward to more within the Stripped Series

  Link to Amazon freebie prequel novella (Tough Love) - CLICK HERE

Advanced readers copy received by author in exchange for an HONEST review. Quotes were taken from pre-published copy and may change in finished product.


Skye Warren is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of dark romantic fiction. Her books are raw, sexual and perversely romantic.


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