Pretty When You Cry: A Dark Romance Novel

· Stripped Book 4 · Book Beautiful
4.5
43 reviews
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About this ebook

“Dark, perverse, and unbearably erotic, Pretty When You Cry is Skye Warren at her gritty best.”

~ Anna Zaires, USA Today bestselling author of Twist Me

 

ONLY $2.99 RELEASE PRICE! For a special, limited time only, includes the standalone dark romance novel Wanderlust as a bonus!!

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Praise for Pretty When You Cry:

 

“5 deliciously dark stars! I love how dark and twisted this book is. It’s so dirty and dark and well it’s so me!!!” – Alpha Book Club

 

“Skye Warren you keep leaving me speechless and my mind blank with the worst book hangover ever.” – Bibliophile Wonderland Reviews

 

“When you sit down to write a review and get chills, that’s when you know a story is going to stay with you… Gritty, raw, powerful and most of all beautiful.” – The Book Sirens

 

“The writing is so incredibly fluid, the characters so intriguing, and the story so captivating. If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. It’s as emotional as it is sexy, and beautiful as it is dark. Absolutely flawless.” – Sammy, Just Let Me Read

 

 

4.5
43 reviews
Anna Marie (Read Between The Lines)
October 21, 2015
Okay this was the first book and the Stripped Series that I have read but I will Be Going Back to Read the Others that is for sure. Candance/Candy born and raised in Harmony Hill and Radical Religious Compound for 16 yrs until her mother helped her escape the clutches of Leader Allen. A Man so sick and Twisted that he has his followers believe that anyone outside the compound are sinners. Running away on few resources leaves Candance only makes it a few hrs away from the compound believing she has escaped the clutches of her previous home, prison and Leader Allen a few yrs Later she finds herself returning to the home she never believed she would see again. Ivan a man of money and means finds a young Candance right outside of one of his many business endeavors the Grand a strip club in the seedy and ominous part on Tanglewwod. Rescuing her from a bunch of lowlifes he brings her into the Grand down to his office where he intends on calling the police. Candance convinces him not to. When Candy turns 19 three yrs after her escape from Harmony Hills her and Ivan's Relationship takes a whole new turn and becomes something neither of them expected he saved her and took her in but in the long run she saved him more than anyone realizes. I loved this whole story and the characters the would building was awesome and I can not wait to delve back in. My Only hiccup was the Daddy/Little One References between Candy and Ivan, but it was not enough that took away the pleasure of me reading it and I will re read this story many times.
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KimBerly Addison
December 28, 2015
When you sit down to write a review and get chills, that's when you know a story is going to stay with you. This book is about Candy and Ivan. They were introduced earlier in this series and have been an enigma throughout. I was thrilled to finally read their story, and it was so worth the wait. Candy is all flash and glamour and everyone at The Grand, the place where she is a stripper, looks up to her. Even though she is the youngest girl there, she commands their respect. And being Ivan's right hand girl helps. But, what they don't see is the scared little girl beneath all of her glamour and bravado. Ivan has been Candy's protector for 3 years, he found her lost and alone wearing nothing but a shift dress, tattered shoes and only $20.00 to her name. He takes her in, feeds her, educates her, and then employees her at The Grand, he basically becomes the father she never had. Their relationship is complicated to say the least, because she doesn't want to just be his little girl. Ivan and Candy have been dancing around a relationship, she wants more, he doesn't know how to give it to her. She doesn't know how much more she can take, and when her past comes back to haunt her, she breaks under the strain and runs for her life. When Ivan is faced with losing Candy, his cold demeanor starts to crack. The angst between these two is like a guitar string being tightened, you are just waiting for the snap! Getting to know more about Ivan is my favorite thing about this story. There is so much more to this cold, brusque, unmovable mountain of a man. He is all hard edges, almost statue like in his aloofness. But, somehow Candy is able to break through all of that, and what is revealed will shock you and make you swoon. Ivan and Candy's love story isn't all roses and sunshine wrapped up in ribbons and bows. They fight so hard for each other and against each other. They tear their hearts out and are left tattered on the floor before it's all over. Gritty, raw, powerful and most of all beautiful. Skye Warren never fails to amaze me, she has a unique way of letting the reader see the beauty in the ugliness of it all. She lets you walk in the characters shoes, or in this case stiletto's, and that's a hard thing to accomplish when the characters choose to live on the fringe of society. Even the most harsh characters you end up falling in love with by the end of the book! This whole series has been absolutely amazing, and if you haven't started reading it yet, what are you waiting for?
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Melanie Simmons
October 20, 2015
This was a great story. Ivan and Candy are characters that have caught my attention from the beginning of this series. I read this book in one sitting. The story starts off several years before even the first book in the series. Candace is a young 16 year old girl on the streets of Tanglewood. She is about to be mugged or more likely raped by a group of guys when a mysterious guy in an impeccable suit shows up and chases the other guys away. He then takes her back to The Grand, his strip club. He takes her down to his basement office. Here she begs to stay. She wants to be one of the strippers like she saw on the stage. Candace grew up in Harmony Hills. It is a cult compound. When Leader Allen started showing interest in her, her mother sent her away on her own. This cult teaches that women are evil and lead men into temptation. The girls are not taught to read or write. They have barely any schooling. Ivan is not a good man. He is ruthless. Everyone is scared of him. Everyone but Candace. I think that is because he shows her compassion. He takes her in and gives her a home and tutors. Then when she begs and finally is of age, she eventually becomes one of his best strippers in his club. Their romance is a difficult one. They both have had a really tough past. It makes their ability to trust and love very hard for both of them. They had a weird relationship for a long time, but no sex until Candace insist on leaving. Ivan is not able to let her go. Ivan is no prince charming, but he is what Candy needs. He was there when she needed him most. I would've liked to have learned more about Ivan's back story. We do learn some, but I would like to know more about this difficult to read and scary man. He is quite the alpha male and has a dominant streak a mile wide. He does show affection in his own way. You can read this book without having read the previous books in the series, but those are great books as well. I also think it was good addition to have the character build of Ivan and Candy, since they have been major secondary characters from book one. I've really enjoyed this series from the beginning and this is another great addition. **Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.
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