HURT ME SO GOOD is now available in print! To celebrate, I’m giving away a signed copy here on the blog. Anyone can enter, even if you’ve won something from me before, and I’ll ship anywhere in the world.
To enter: I’m preparing to work on the next Connagher book. Mal isn’t exactly a “Connagher” but she’s been friends with Victor for so long that he counts her as family. You’l meet her love interest briefly in Vicki’s book — YOURS TO TAKE, coming May 2012 — and he has a few tattoos that I need to learn more about.
What kind of tattoos do you find sexy? Comment on this post as many times as you want and I’ll draw one winner using the “Pick Giveaway Winner” plugin.
Woo-hoo! I just heard that Hurt Me So Good has been nominated for Best Erotic Romance (Non-Traditional Lifestyle) of 2010 at The Romance Reviews! Voting is open until March 31st. Click the image below to place your vote!
I admit I don’t watch much reality television but with the first paragraph of Hurt Me So Good I was hooked. Joely Sue Burkhart grabbed me by the collar and lead me down a path I could not stray, and I gladly followed. To my fascination this super-length novella overflowed with sexual tension that seem to increase with each page. I found myself at the edge of my seat as I “watched” Victor and Shiloh’s story unfold before my eyes. As contestants on a television show called America’s Next Top Subthe chemistry between them sizzled “on” and “off” the stage. The sex is hot, the foreplay edgy, and lots of dominant/submissive action got my total attention.
MacKenzie of Blackraven Reviews has named HMSG a Recommended Read (review)!
Ms. Burkhart has certainly put herself in a class above the rest with this story. To be able to write such intensity, emotion and drama, and to have the characters remain loving and devoted, was amazing to see. It’s so rare in these types of storylines and that’s a sad thing. I wish more authors were willing to put their skills to the test this way, but I have a feeling the results would be nowhere close to the same.
If you can, stop by Blackraven Reviews and vote for HMSG for top book of the week. Voting is open until midnight EST Sunday, December 19th.
Hurt me so Good is a novel which was written beautifully and evocatively with powerful imagery and insightful emotion and thoughts description and even if you are not into reading this genre, is still a good book for the romance it entails and you know what? I think I’d read a sequel! 🙂
Read her whole review here. Thank you so much, Kelly!
If you’d like to win a free copy of Hurt Me So Good, stop by The Romance Reviews and enter here. They’ve also reviewed both Connagher books (my author page links to them).
Stacey at Paranormal Romantics gave 4 Stars to The Bloodgate Guardian:
All in all, this story has a very Da Vinci Code feel too it―in regards to the legends and solving the mystery. It brings together a tormented soul, a very brilliant woman, danger, Mayan legends, and romance. Add all this into wonderful writing, I’d say it’s a hit―a perfect book to curl up with on a cold fall night.
Pearl was kind enough to read Hurt Me So Good in its early stages and has now written a lovely review:
The way Joely Sue Burkhart describes the feelings and the dynamics, the hunger and need, is mesmerizing. The way she describes insecurity, vulnerability and pain is simply out of this world. I have no words to do it justice with a description. I had the pleasure and honor of proofreading HURT ME SO GOOD many months ago and was utterly impressed with the way Joely Sue Burkhart wanted to bring Victor’s story to her readers. Now having read it with a reviewer’s eye I can only be even more impressed. From the first to the last word she reeled me in with a poignant and emotional story within the realm of D/s that is a more than worthy successor of DEAR SIR I’M YOURS!
Thank you, Joely Sue, for another great installment of the Connaghers, a family that has found a firm place in my reader’s heart and on my (digital) shelves. I can’t wait to see what Vicki will bring to the table.
Thank you so much, Pearl! I’ve never written a m/m book, but for Leon and Brandon…. hmmm. Maybe. 🙂 You and Sherri’s great minds are thinking alike.
MichelleR has written several wonderful reviews on The Romance Reviews site. First up, for Dear Sir, I’m Yours:
Holy guacamole ladies and gents, I have another winner! Seriously, if you are a fan of masterfully written characters, smokin’ hot sex, tender romantic men and strong independent women you really need to check out Dear Sir, I’m Yours by Joely Sue Burkhart.
With tender moments that brought tears to my eyes, hysterical moments that had me gripping my sides, and Oh My Gawd moments that had me searching for a hand fan, I was up well into the night unwilling to put this amazing read down. The story was fast-paced, engaging, complex and well-rounded. Joely Sue Burkhart was a new author to me. She has talent in spades and I just can’t wait to check out more of her books.
I can take a whole lot of hawt in my stories. Bring on the meneges, tie-em-up, and go places only the most wicked have gone before, but the idea of sadomasochism wasn’t revin’ my good-read engine at all. Quite the opposite. I found myself way outside my comfort zone.
That is, until Victor and Shiloh stole my heart.
Hats off to Ms. Burkhart as she has once again proven herself a master of developing complex, likeable characters in a world most view as unpalatable.
Fern at Whipped Creme Erotic Romance Reviews gives 4/5 to Hurt Me So Good:
After enjoying Dear Sir, I’m Yours by author Joely Sue Burkhart, I was extremely excited to get my hands on the second installment, Hurt Me So Good. Although vastly different from the first, I found similar elements and themes present and, of course, the writing was wonderful. Ms. Burkhart pens memorable stories with tortured characters that are impossible to forget.
While I’m no expert on BDSM and therefore I cannot say for certain how accurate the author has been in the depiction of that lifestyle in this story, she manages to sell me the fantasy in a most believable and very intriguing manner. The psychology behind the use of the riding crop is fascinating, and the love scenes are erotic. The author also gets bonus points for a rather dignified treatment of the hero’s ex-sub without degrading her into merely another notch in the hero’s bedpost. The hero has control issues when it comes to being a Dom, and I have to admit I raised an eyebrow at that scene where he pleasured himself while whacking his thighs with the riding crop. But Ms Burkhart sells the whole deal to me nicely despite my unfamiliarity with the BDSM scene.
She does have concerns about the reality TV aspect, about whether insiders receiving the prizes is illegal or not. There is no “million dollar prize” offered to the winner of ANTs — only the Master’s collar, if he chooses to give it. It’s not a true reality show, but more of a parody of a reality show. Too bad that part bothered her, but overall, she enjoyed the rest of the story, so yay!