Life on the run with an assassin hasn’t been what Ranay thought it would be. In fact, parts of it more closely resemble a sex-fueled vacation—until duty calls. The FBI believe Charlie’s brother is working for a human trafficking ring, and Charlie is the only one who can bring him down.

Charlie fears Vincent has become a murderous monster like their father. He owes a mercy to the brother he remembers, the one who’d never want to be an uncontrollable killer. But Charlie has never had to kill someone he loves. Not even to save them from a dark, inherited curse.

Killing his brother might be enough to push him over the edge.

Enough to ruin everything he’s built with Ranay.


As a bodyguard for the Vlasenko bratva, the very cruelest arm of the Russian mob, Vincent Gyres has seen and survived the worst the world has to offer. Former Special Forces, ex-CIA and a past inmate at Russia’s most brutal prison, he’s earned his reputation. They call him Ghost because he’s already dead inside.

Madison “Mads” Archer’s hatred for scumbags who traffic in human lives is personal—her sister was taken when the girls were just children. Now Madison’s on a joint FBI task force, deep undercover as a sex slave. It’s a small price to pay to see the Vlasenko bratva taken down.

A violent criminal like Vincent Gyres doesn’t make a trustworthy ally, regardless of his CIA background. But Mads will use anyone and anything to stop the taking of another innocent young girl’s life. Vincent’s invitation to her to play his submissive in order to get closer to the leader isn’t the problem. Trusting him, wanting him…loving him is.


I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I loved One Cut Deeper. Like a lot. I love how Ms. Burkhart took me on a thrilling ride. It wasn’t even about the BDSM. It wasn’t the hot, explicit sex scenes. It was the emotions that those scenes brought out. The knife play, the domination, the uncertainty, the suspense, the mystery, the action, and most of all, the romance. I loved how Charlie and Ranay established their relationship, and I love the things Charlie did for her, even if he was a lot scary and was a man she shouldn’t dabble with.

This book, though? It was twice as amazing. That’s probably because we don’t just have Ranay and Charlie and their norm-defying bond. We now also have Charlie’s brother, Vincent, and Madison. Vincent was working undercover for one of the most dangerous and crueles Russian bratva. Madison was and FBI agent who hated human trafficking with a passion. Their connection was in a way similar but still very different from Ranay and Charlie.

Both Gyres men were dominant to a point. But where one was a sadist, the other was a masochist. I couldn’t put the book down because I was very excited to know what happens to the brothers. I couldn’t wait to find out if there was a happy ending for either of them with their women. This was very thrilling and suspenseful. There was violence. There was sex, lots of it actually. But once again, it wasn’t about what was happening in the book that made it so riveting. It was the feelings that the author wanted you to feel with each scene. I truly loved this book. I can’t wait for more books from Ms. Burkhart.


Joely Sue Burkhart has always loved heroes who hide behind a mask, the darker and more dangerous the better. Whether cool, sophisticated billionaire, brutal bloodthirsty assassin, or simply a man tortured by his own needs, they all wear masks to protect themselves.  Once they finally give you a peek into the passionate, twisted secrets they’re hiding, they always fall hard and fast.  Dare to look beneath the mask with delicious BDSM in a wide variety of genres with Joely on her website, Twitter and Facebook.

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