Hurt for Me

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Pub Date 01 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 15 Feb 2024

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Description

A single mother’s brutal past threatens to destroy the new life she’s built in this suspenseful dark romance set in the underground world of kink.

Rae Dixon is lucky to be alive. Fifteen years ago, she survived being trafficked and abused, escaping her captors to reclaim her life. Now, she’s running a thriving business with her best friend and raising a teenage daughter on her own. Rae’s finally in control—literally. As Mistress V, Rae is the one calling the shots catering to Oklahoma City’s elite in her private dungeon, which is fronted by a spa.

But when a client goes missing, Rae’s world spins out of control.

Detective Dayton Clearwater shows up at the spa, sparking panic when he asks questions that risk exposing Rae’s true business. After several young women from her underground community disappear, too, Rae spots a chillingly familiar pattern. Together, she and Detective Clearwater must find answers before more lives are destroyed, including those they love.

A single mother’s brutal past threatens to destroy the new life she’s built in this suspenseful dark romance set in the underground world of kink.

Rae Dixon is lucky to be alive. Fifteen years ago...


A Note From the Publisher

Heather Levy is a born and bred Oklahoman and graduate of Oklahoma City University’s Red Earth MFA program for creative writing. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and publications, including CrimeReads and NAILED Magazine. The New York Times called her Anthony-nominated debut, Walking through Needles, “a spellbinding novel at the nexus of power, desire, and abuse that portends a bright future,” and the Los Angeles Times called it “a standout for its frank but sensitive exploration of trauma and desire.” Levy lives in Oklahoma with her husband, two kids, and three murderous cats. Readers can follow her on Twitter and IG @heatherllevy.

Heather Levy is a born and bred Oklahoman and graduate of Oklahoma City University’s Red Earth MFA program for creative writing. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and publications, including...


Advance Praise

“Visceral and authentic, Hurt for Me is a deliciously kinky thriller that subverts the tired, traditional power dynamics of the genre and centers the kind of women who are too often relegated to a sexy accessory.” —Christa Faust, author of Hit Me and the Edgar Award–nominated Money Shot

Hurt for Me is a sensual, suspenseful, and sometimes terrifying walk through the secret chasms between what we tell people we want and what our hearts desire. After you turn the last page, you will be BEGGING for more from Heather Levy, the new voice of erotic thrillers.” —S. A. Cosby, bestselling author of Razorblade Tears and Blacktop Wasteland

Hurt for Me is a sizzling, expertly constructed thriller that doesn’t cool down for even a second. Best of all, Levy gives us a main character, Rae, who is wholly original, richly imagined, and hugely appealing.” —Lou Berney, Edgar Award–winning author of Dark Ride

“Levy’s latest grips you by the throat from page one and never lets up. It’s a riveting, sexy, twisty mystery full of beautiful writing and characters you can’t help but care about.” —Jess Lourey, Edgar Award–nominated author

Hurt for Me is a sexy, nonstop thriller full of kink, fun, and murder. It’s both provocative and illuminating, and Heather Levy nails it or, rather, paddles it. A must-read for anyone who likes their mysteries with a side of bondage.” —Amina Akhtar, author of Kismet

“A damaged woman reclaims her power in this sharp and insightful thriller set in an original (and spicy) world. Heather Levy more than delivers on the intriguing premise of a dominatrix whose client goes missing, leading her into a shadowy world of secrets, cruelty, and corruption. A steamy page-turner.” —Robyn Harding, internationally bestselling author of The Drowning Woman

“A sweat-inducing dark romance wrapped in a thriller plot tight as bondage restraints, Hurt for Me will leave you hot for power couple Rae and Dayton, bothered by the infuriatingly realistic injustices they battle together, and begging for more from Heather Levy’s brilliant mind.” —Layne Fargo, author of They Never Learn

Hurt for Me is a steamy thrill ride with something for everyone: a dark, sexy romance, an exploration into the world of BDSM, a sharp, twisty thriller, and a hopeful exploration of the joy and power of chosen family. Rae Dixon is a heroine to root for!” —Halley Sutton, author of The Hurricane Blonde

“Heather Levy’s latest will have you gasping one minute and hollering the next thanks to whip-smart prose and a protagonist who will fight like hell to keep the past from threatening her present.” —Kelly J. Ford, Anthony-nominated author of Real Bad Things

Hurt for Me is a raw, visceral, unforgettable novel that honestly and openly portrays the kink community while delivering a knockout of a thriller. Heather Levy’s talent seems effortless as she beautifully weaves an emotional, suspenseful, hypnotizing story about a fierce, admirable heroine who has to confront her mistakes when her past and present come face-to-face. A tale of love, sex, murder, and redemption, this powerhouse of a book needs to be on everyone’s must-read list.” —Samantha M. Bailey, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of Woman on the Edge and Watch Out for Her

“Heather Levy delivers the sexy, feminist, kink-positive thriller I’ve been waiting for, centering a dominatrix heroine who knows what she wants and makes no apologies (hallelujah). Hurt for Me is an engrossing down-the-rabbit-hole ride into the fascinating world of BDSM, exploring not only how cathartic it can be to give and receive pain, but the ways kink culture can be exploited by the power-hungry. Part steamy romance, part nail-biting mystery, and throughout a nuanced exploration of trauma and desire—this complex, compassionate book is a winner.” —Ashley Winstead, author of The Last Housewife

Hurt for Me grabbed my heart, spun it around, and left me gasping. This blistering novel is an emotional M-80, hitting all the notes of rage and intrigue we need in noir. A daring mystery, an urgent reclamation, and a crucial contribution to feminist crime fiction.” —Margot Douaihy, author of Scorched Grace

“Visceral and authentic, Hurt for Me is a deliciously kinky thriller that subverts the tired, traditional power dynamics of the genre and centers the kind of women who are too often relegated to a...


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