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Pain by [Mackey, Amanda]
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Life is sweet in The Sanctuary—until Lillian Harris is thrown the curveball of her life.

Lillian is perfectly happy cocooned within the lofty perimeter fence of The Sanctuary. Her Sanctuary—a vast oasis for rescued lions, tigers, and elephants. The animals are her world. So when Lillian’s dad tells her a nineteen-year-old criminal who’s fresh out of prison is coming to The Sanctuary as part of a rehabilitation program, Lillian is more than a little apprehensive. She interacts with animals more than humans—and definitely not criminals.

Justice Armstrong is more arrogant than a Silverback, but something darker lurks behind his eyes…

It isn’t until Justice swaggers toward her from the parole officer’s car—pierced, confident, and more than a little hot—Lillian knows she has her work cut out for her. His stare has the power to rob her of all thoughts. His words, although crude and nefarious, bring a part of her to life she never knew existed. How is this criminal suddenly turning her world upside down?

He has the power to drag her to the dark side....

Pain is his drug of choice, a vice he can’t survive without. Then he meets Lillian Harris. Little miss hellcat. Fiery, strong, and all woman. She challenges him at every damn turn, and watching her tame those fierce big cats makes his need for her that much stronger. He wants to do things to her…wicked things. She makes him crave pain in a whole new way.

When a teen with a dark past bumps heads with a feisty rescue worker, will it be love over lust—or a matter of life and death?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2546 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC (5 January 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019R8903I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #562,091 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have you ever finished a book that was so good you had to take a walk 15 July 2016
By Sarah Alexander - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Have you ever finished a book that was so good you had to take a walk? Or maybe you called a friend and told them all about the book because you needed to talk about it? Well prepare your life if you decide to read the book Pain by Amanda Mackey because you’re gonna need to take a moment. I was unable to adult after reading it.

Heat Level: ♥♥♥♥♥♥

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Overall Rating: 6/6

Pain introduces us to Lillian, Lil, who works at an animal shelter, The Sanctuary, for large animals. She and dad take care of animals from elephants to lions and even some tiger cubs. Lil’s mother committed suicide when she was young and that event has left a dark hole deep inside of what is normally a spunky and beautiful girl. But every once in a while, the darkness needs to come out.

What better way to work out some of that angst than with the bad boy? Justice is nineteen and fresh out of jail. He was in for theft and selling drugs but, before you count him out, consider the fact that he had a hard upbringing. His foster father beat the crap out of him and locked him in a basement. Justice is, obviously, really messed up because of it but he has found that the only way to take away the emotional pain is with physical pain.

He is sent to work with Lil and her father as a rehabilitation program but initially doesn’t think he will fit in. But one look at the fiery green eyes of his new boss, and he is singing a different tone. Lil convinces herself that she has to try to fix Justice but manages to do something else entirely. Can she manage to be enough to keep him alive? Will he be enough to fill the gaping hole of darkness in her? Do they belong together? After all, two wrongs don’t make a right…

Lil doesn’t take crap from anyone. She has a huge heart and a smart mouth; the perfect combination in my book.

Justice is crude, obnoxious, and sexy as hell. His language takes a step over that decency line so you need to be ready for that. I don’t think Mackey took it too far though. It suited his character and was age appropriate.

However, those sex scenes also cross that pretty line. This book is not for the faint of heart so prepare yourself! I thought they fit the book perfectly though and was not offended in the slightest. They are hot but they don’t take over the book.

Bring the tissues because there is almost no part of this book that won’t have you ugly crying. Much to my dismay, this is a standalone book so it is ideal for a quick read or a busy bee.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching Emotional Read! 7 January 2016
By aclark - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow! Pain by Amanda Mackey was not at all what I was expecting in the best way possible. This book is raw and emotional. There are parts of this book that were disturbingly difficult to read as it deals with some child abuse. Then there are points of light and redemption for the characters.

The book begins with one of the difficult moments. You can feel young Justice's hate and fear of his "caretaker". He knows the difference between right and wrong, but he has no choice but to make a gut wrenching decision to do wrong. He was a young, abused child with no way out. Fast forward 10 years and he is just getting out of prison. As part of his parole, he is staying and working at an animal sanctuary aptly named The Sanctuary.

Lil is The Sanctuary owner's daughter. Her father charges her with helping Justice get settled and showing him the ropes. They butt head immediately. She is determined to show him that she will not take his crap. He is determined to show her that he doesn't need her and doesn't take orders from anyone. Underneath all the head butting is undeniable attraction.

Their attraction gets the better of them and it is explosive. They soon get under each other's skin and start to care immensely for one another. However, Lil is harboring her own dark secret. Nothing as horrendous as Justice's, but awful enough in its own right. As Justice begins to trust Lil little by little, he starts to see redemption and love (two things he craves) at the end of the tunnel, but of course, there are many (huge) bumps in the road along the way.

I thought Lil and Justice were perfectly paired. She has a soft spot for the lost and abused (and not just animals). Justice is the epitome of lost and abused. Not only that, just add in alpha and insanely hot and there is no way Lil can resist. On the flip side, Justice sees a challenge in Lil. She should be off limits, but her take no prisoners attitude that can flip into loving and caring quickly makes her into someone he craves to dominate.

This is a perfectly balanced story of dark and light. Justice's "upbringing" and his thoughts are so dark, it's a wonder he can see beyond that. Then there is Lil. She has plenty of darkness, but she insists on living a life of nurturing and rescuing. No, I don't think the author could and put together a better match. She also created secondary character who helped bring the story to life. Each one contributed to the story and made it so much better. Amanda Mackey created and well rounded, solid story. I can't wait for more from her!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life as Lillian knows it is good but their biggest "rescue" is yet to come 14 January 2016
By UIBB - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Lillian and her dad Tom with the help of Nate and Daniel run "The Sanctuary" a haven for abused Tigers,​ Lions and Elephants.
Being an animal lover myself, especially cats this was a major draw card for me and I'm thrilled I got to read this!

Life as Lillian knows it is good but their biggest "rescue" is yet to come. Tom knows how broken Lillian was when she arrived and he could see the healing she has done. He had discussed it with her to run a program for troubled youth but gave up when he heard nothing from authorities. The sheriff caught wind of his proposal and approached him, Justice is to be their first guest ......

Justice and Lillian are both powerhouses on their own and strong stubborn personalities but both of them bare scars and wounds from life, some deeper than others. They've found their match in each other. The moment they meet each other sparks flies and their chemistry is alive and so is the battle of wills.....

It's this battle of wills that brings on the healing. Make no mistake it's not an easy journey but it's beautiful.Justice and Lillian not only saved each other physically but emotionally as well.

There were moments when I thought my heart would stop, moments where it shattered and I thought it would never mend. There were also moments where I wanted to inflict hellish pain on those evil beings that abused their power and crushed tiny hearts, souls and bodies. There is a special place in hell for scum like them!

Pain was an amazing five-star introduction to the work of Amanda Mackey . It was a beautiful journey of healing , forgiveness, courage and new beginnings.

Reviewed by Heidi
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ** This book is filled with a painful and emotional tale of very damaged young man 6 January 2016
By Shanoff Says... - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
**I received an ARC for an honest review.**

This book is filled with a painful and emotional tale of very damaged young man. It's a bit of a slow read and takes place over the course of a short period of time. The first half of the book basically covers days one and two of Justice Armstrong's arrival at The Sanctuary.

I loved all the animals and the way that Lil was with them. I liked that she seemed to be an animal whispere but that she was also what Justice ultimately needed. Well, everyone at The Santuary was what he needed in order to start healing.

I just didn't fully connect with this storyline or its characters. The steamy sexy parts were steamy and sexy, but the other aspects of a building relationship just weren't there for me. I also felt like there wasn't enough time spent on how things would be resolved in the storyline and there was too much time spent on the insignificant details. I would have loved more of Justice and Lil in a different light other than verbal lashings and hot and heavy make out sessions. I would have liked to see more of the softer sides of Justice that we barely get glimpses of throughout the book.

Overall it was a great story and premise but I just didn't fully connect.
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful read! 7 January 2016
By Books Laid Bare & Books Laid Bare Boys - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Forced to work out his probation time on a wildlife sanctuary has Justice rubbed up the wrong way and he is absolutely certain that he will not be alone in his misery, heck if he has to suffer then his ego and attitude is sure that everyone within his immediate vicinity is also on his perceived road to purgatory with him.
But despite the jail time, Justice doesn’t seem to understand that this is the opportunity that he needs, with the people that he needs to be with in order to finally find the man that he is meant to be.
His past is one that includes everything that a childhood shouldn’t but his actions are letting that time define him, can he shake it off once and for all and allow what and who he truly is the opportunity to shine?
Lillian has everything that Justice has never had, and she can top it off with the fact that she has a father that sees her as the centre of his universe. Looking after the animals at the Zoo is what makes them both happy but Lillian also has a pain that she keeps hidden, she wears her pain well and in a way she takes comfort in the fact that what everyone sees on the outside has them all fooled.
When they meet Lillian is smitten with the handsome help that has arrived but she isn’t naïve she knows he has problems and when his temper rears its ugly head, she is loathed to understand why he is so angry, why he is determined to be miserable and Oh yes, that he is a pain in the butt.
So can these two young people show each other what it is like to really live, to let go of the secrets and lies, to cut the past out and finally move on? And more to the point is it something that they might be able to do together?
This is beautifully written book, one that I found completely engaging and was totally smitten by. Lillian and Justice were fabulous together but I appreciated the fact that the author didn’t make their journey completely predictable, they had to work to have what they had and that made the end result all the more realistic.
It is not without cause for tears and I’ll give you the heads up, keep the tissues handy, I was caught unawares initially and was a blubbering mess when things went belly up for Justice, his plight broke my heart.

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