Title: Hurt to Love
Author: Nikki J Summers
Genre: Dark Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 6, 2020


After darkness, always comes the light.

The darkness is where I’ve lived ever since they took me all those months ago. Dragging me into the shadows to play their sick and twisted games. I don’t know why they took me. They talk about an eye for an eye, but I don’t know these men. How can I be punished for a sin I know nothing about? A sin I didn’t commit.

They love to watch me suffer, they live to make my life hell. I thought my life was over.

Until him.

He blazed through my darkness like a lightning bolt, shining through the void of nothingness. He was a force to be reckoned with.

They thought they’d broken me, that somehow they’d won. But they didn’t expect him. I know I never did. And now, my life will never be the same again.

CONTENT WARNING: HURT TO LOVE is a romance novel written in shades of darkness and light. There are mature themes included within the story that may make some readers uncomfortable. This includes: kidnapping, captivity, violence, abuse, post-traumatic stress, bad language and some dark and disturbing scenes.
Please heed these warnings, and if you’re still intrigued to find out more about Cillian’s story, then enjoy this crazy ride.

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They think they’ll break me.
They think I’m weak.
An eye for an eye they said, but this isn’t my atonement. How can you pay for a sin you never committed? A sin, the depths of which you know nothing about.
When will enough be enough?
For eight long, torturous months, they’ve used every evil, fucked-up trick in their books to make me crack and splinter. But I’m not made of glass, transparent and ready to shatter. They think they’ll crush me, but I’m already dead inside. I died on the day they took me, dragging me into the shadows to play with their demons. I’m not even fit to have the title of toy like the others. They call me the dog, but if they think I’ll ever be loyal, they’re wrong. I have teeth, and when the time is right, I’ll bite back.
They won’t hear my bark.
They won’t hear anything from me.
As children, we’re foolishly told that sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will never hurt us.
I have a new one.
Take my body, abuse me hour after hour. But with my voice, I hold all the power.

Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Hurt to Love is a standalone romantic suspense novel with a darker tone that will keep you glued to the pages. I love Nikki J. Summers's writing style, it's easy to follow, entertaining and emotional and this story was beautifully presented. I was so excited when I first read the blurb because I wanted so badly Cillian's story and this book did not disappoint.

If you read This Cruel Love, you know a bit about Cillian and his exuberant personality, if not you're in for a treat because this man is brilliant. He's funny, carrying compassionate, he's sexy without even having to try hard, it's so easy to fall in love with him. Cillian hasn't had the best upbringing but he's been lucky to find a friend in Jackson who is like a brother to him. He knows hardship but has learned to cope through humor and hard work. When he meets P, Cillian can't help that feeling of protectiveness towards her. There's something about this girl that intrigues him, he wants to help her any way he can, to break down her walls and peer into her soul. 

This is a slow burn romance, told from dual POV, with and enigmatic heroine and a suspenseful plotline. It's the kind of story that grips your heart, with complex and relatable characters, twists, turns, and secrets to keep you on your toes. I highly recommend reading this book!

Author Bio

Nikki J. Summers is a romance addict who loves to write about strong, feisty heroines and dark, brooding alphas.
When she isn’t locked away in her writing cave, she’s teaching primary school children, or lost in her kindle. She currently lives in Staffordshire in the U.K with her husband and two children.