Review: ★Pretty When You Cry★ by Skye Warren

Review-PWYCPretty When You Cry
Series: Stripped #3
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance
Author: Skye Warren
Release Date: October 16, 2015add-to-goodreads-button3


A new dark romance novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Prisoner…

I came from a place of dirt floors and holy scriptures. They told me the world outside was full of sin, and the first night I escape, I find out it’s true. Ivan saves me, but he does more than that. He takes me. He makes me his own girl.

My conditioning runs too deep. Ivan sees what I am.

That’s the thing about showing a mouse to a cat. He wants to play. And it’s terrifying, even for me. Because the only thing darker than my past is his.


Author’s Note: Pretty When You Cry is a STANDALONE dark romance novel. It’s set in the sexy Stripped series world but can be read alone. Not intended for those uncomfortable with the subject matter or under eighteen.

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Review3 starsPretty When You Cry-DGR

I never wanted to be pretty. I never wanted to drive men to sin- until that was all I had left.

Let’s talk dark erotic taboo. This depraved pervert can’t get enough of it. Take a look at my read shelves and you’ll see what I mean. I loves me some kink. But here’s the thing, even my perviness has it’s limit, and it doesn’t matter who writes it or how amazing the book is, it is guaranteed to deflate my enjoyment quicker than whisky dick: The “Daddy/Little One” kink. Can I look past it to finish a book where I’m loving the story, as was the case here? Absolutely. Does it tickle my particular fancy?
True story.

Having not read the previous books in this series (yet), I had no issues at all reading this as a standalone even though it’s book 4. I am planning on going back and rectifying this immediately though because I do Skye Warren’s writing. The story is intense, captivating, deliciously depraved, and with Skye’s signature grit added into the mix. As a matter of fact, I read the book cover to cover in one sitting. So that really goes to show you that the story alone is worth it.

Ivan wants to put me in a cage, but what I really want is to fly.

Now I would not classify this as dark romance, but really dark erotica with a touch of taboo. Why? While Ivan and Candy have one intense relationship, this is not a story where I felt their undying devotion to one another. It was a depraved relationship; one of mutual need and kinks. Ivan needs to control and dominate, while Candy may be more take-charge in her life but is completely subservient with Ivan.

That’s how we are together- depraved and beautiful.

Candice met Ivan when she had nothing. Leaving behind everyone she knows and everything she has, she was running and desperate. Ivan fed on her need but not in a sexual way. At least not at first. After all, when they first meet she’s only 16 years old. The sexual aspect of their relationship only comes into play three years later. I never did pick up on Ivan’s age. Perhaps this was mentioned in the previous books, but I’m left to believe that he was considerably older and so the Daddy thing icked me out even more.
There’s the added element of suspense that weaved into the plot flawlessly and I really enjoyed that aspect of it. Unfortunately as much as I loved Ivan and Candy individually, together they were just OK for me and I blame that entirely on the “daddy” thing.

Please, Ivan. Please…Daddy. I’m sorry I ran away. I won’t do it again.”
“Don’t lie to me, little one.”
“Please let me come. I…I need to. It hurts in my private place.”

Hurts in your private place?
Honestly, between Candy’s inexperience, Ivan’s domineering personality and need to “take care” of her, the sexual aspect of this book did absolutely nothing for me. At all. I didn’t find it hot or erotic. It just was.

What kept me turning the pages was the suspense element, and I was highly underwhelmed with how everything resolved. I got almost no answers for anything. Except for one minor resolution everything else was left hanging in the air. I’m not sure if this is something that will be addressed in the future books, but I was disappointed with it in this one. It felt like a very quick resolution to a slow build up.

Skye Warren’s writing is captivating enough to carry the book for me even though the daddy thing fizzled it, so it wasn’t a dislike. While I can’t say I loved it, I can’t tell you I hated it either. I’m definitely hooked enough to read the rest of the series; previous and future books. Hopefully there will be no more Daddys in the next ones for my ovaries’ sake anyway.


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