Erryn reviews ‘Painfully Attractive (Love and Care Book 4)’ by Silvia Violet. The ebook was published December 7, 2018 and is 192 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Greg Boudreaux, released on January 28, 2020, and is 4 hrs and 42 mins long. A copy was provided for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I have enjoyed other Silvia books and so nabbed this one.
Wren has contemplated the fine line between pleasure and pain for years, but when he finally gets up the nerve to make his fantasies reality, things go terribly wrong. His father’s best friend Leo comes to his rescue, and Wren knows instantly that Leo is the perfect person to introduce him to the world he longs to explore.
Leo has never met Wren before, and once he realizes who Wren is, he vows not to touch him again. Leo knows Wren’s father won’t approve of their relationship, especially considering the edgy play Leo enjoys.
Leo values that friendship too much to risk it, but walking away from Wren isn’t easy. There’s a lot more between Wren and Leo than lust. They’re pulled toward one another despite the trouble their relationship could cause. Ultimately, they give into their desire and begin seeing each other in secret.
The more they explore, the more obvious it becomes that Wren can take everything Leo wants to give, no matter how kinky or intense. They are a perfect fit in bed and out. Neither of them wants to keep hiding their relationship, but they both worry that once Wren’s father knows about them, staying together will be too difficult.
In order to make things work, they’ll both have to believe in the power of love.
Being someone who is curious about pain is hard enough, but finding someone to help you explore that kink is a whole other thing. It’s a treacherous journey to undertake and not for the faint of heart. But there’s something internally in these people that craves the connection, the intimacy. Having someone inflict pain is a transcendent experience and, needless to say, being with the right person is critical. Trust has to be there and even if the person has been vetted thoroughly, there’s a risk.
Wren, unfortunately, finds this out the hard way. One bad hook-up and he’s almost ready to give up on his dream of meeting the right man who will teach him about pain. Wren’s friend calls Leo to take care of the young man after the bad encounter and Leo is happy to help. He’s been in the lifestyle for years, even owning two kink clubs. If there’s anyone who knows about bad scenes, it’d be him. He can also recognize ‘new blood’ and Wren fits that description perfectly – wanting to learn but not knowing how to negotiate. Leo reluctantly takes on the role of mentor, but soon he finds himself desiring to be the one to introduce Wren to pain. The one to show the young man how good pain can feel.
Now there’s just one little problem – Leo and Wren’s father are best friends. It’s complicated, but Leo doesn’t know Wren’s true identity and when the young man finally owns up…? Well, let’s just say it doesn’t go well. But the pull is strong and sometimes feelings override common sense. Leo doesn’t want anyone else to show Wren and Wren has bonded to Leo as can happen after intense scenes.
I love how openly this book addresses pain play. Even within the kink community, there are those who look down upon it. Who don’t understand it. For those of us involved, it truly is transcendent. Most people will never understand and I don’t have enough time to try to put it into words, but subspace is an amazing place and needless to say, I wanted Wren to have a happy, albeit painful, ending.
Greg Boudreaux narrated this story and he’s always one of my favorites. He nailed the older Leo perfectly while giving Wren a younger but no less mature voice. Silvia and Greg are a good combination and I’m so glad I listened to this book. I own the first three books in the series and plan to go back to listen to them, but this book works well as a stand alone and I can definitely recommend it.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia’s stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, and curling up with her favorite books.