Two Cuts Darker

Temporarily unavailable – watch for this title to be re-released in 2022.

Contemporary Romance, Erotic Thriller

A Killer Need #2

The explosive follow-up to Joely Sue Burkhart’s darkly erotic thriller One Cut Deeper

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 loved One Cut Deeper. Like a lot. I love how Ms. Burkhart took me on a thrilling ride. …This book, though? It was twice as amazing.” Ishabelle, Sultry Steamy Reading

“Darkly erotica with rich imagery, Two Cuts Darker pulls a reader in and gives them a rough sexual read.” La Crimson Femme

“I have to give Joely credit for taking on such a dark, difficult subject as sex slavery and sexual kinks that are, well, quite different. I don’t think I’ve read a book like this, ever, and especially with those kinks.” Erin Zarro

“Joely Sue Burkhart gives us these fabulously complex and deeply troubled characters we should probably want to get as far away from as possible, but who manage to get under your skin and steal your heart. This was a fabulous read and will likely end up being one of my 2016 favorites.” Rosemary Feil