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Review: Lords of Pain by Angel Lawson and Samantha Rue

I never claimed to be a good girl, but I definitely never asked for this.

Killian, Tristian, and Rath.

These three men are a part of my past–one that I’d rather never look in the eye again. In high school, they knew my secrets and I knew theirs. They had power and I had nothing. The night everything fell apart, my stepbrother allowed his two best friends to take their rage out on me while he watched. While they laughed.

But what happened that night wasn’t my biggest secret. So I ran, planning on never coming back.


Three years later I’m standing on their doorstep like a stray. They’re more powerful than ever now, having risen to the rank of Lords at Forsyth University. But I’m still on the run and there’s another monster chasing me down.

What could bring me back into their lives, their homes, and ultimately, their beds?

Fear.

Shame.

Desperation.

Killian, Rath, and Tristian aren’t the only ones who want me. There’s someone far more dangerous out there who’s been stalking me since I left town the first time. Someone who makes the evil I know feel less dangerous than the evil I don’t.

But being their Lady is more than just fancy clothes and reputation.

I might be under their protection, but I’m also at their mercy.


This is a delightfully dark and filthy RH that came into my life just when I was get bored so I devoured this book in record time. It’s so good that I will read it again because there’s a lot going on and I probably missed at least some minor things in my obsessive need to know what happened next. I can’t recall the last time I was so desperate to read a sequel but I did wait to start this series until all 3 books were available. Sidebar: the fourth book seems to be about different characters so I was only focused on the first three books when scheduling my dive into this series.

Story is an introvert who just wants to be left alone but her mother marries a wealthy man. She’s suddenly gone from a small apartment to a McMansion, gaining an instant stepfather and stepbrother in the process. That wouldn’t be so bad except that stepdad is a creep who can’t keep his hands to himself and as a high school kid, Story’s escape options are limited. She starts an only fans to make some money so she can run away but then stepbro blackmails her with it while his besties sexually assault her.

She eventually escapes but gains a stalker in the process. While she does get to enjoy a few years of freedom, the stalker murders her roommate in a jealous rage, forcing Story to flee to the last place she wants to go: back to her stepbrother and his pals. It’s the only place she’ll be safe from her stalker but she certainly won’t be safe from Killian, Rath and Tristian. This story is a crazy rollercoaster with some pretty dark moments and quite a few steamy ones. Her feelings toward the guys mostly vacillate between hate and bare tolerance and she’s always at their mercy. There’s a lot going on in this story but it flows well doesn’t feel rushed or vague. The pacing is perfect and the story captivated me. I just want more and can’t wait to get into the next book.

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