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Publisher's Summary

Love is never painless.

Especially when you love dangerous men.  

My heart wants the most dangerous one of all - the golden man with the beautiful smile. Gunner strikes enemies as ruthlessly as his falcon, but when it comes to us, he keeps me tortured and begging for a swift end. 

He crushed me once, then kissed hope back into me. His indecision will be the slow, painful death of me. I’m done waiting. I’ll make him put me out of my misery or pull the trigger myself. 

If dealing with him wasn’t enough pain, I’m also getting my Steel Demons tattoo from Shadow. 

The scarred, quiet man has been coming around to me slowly. My new cat companion is obsessed with him. If my time with the Steel Demons has taught me anything, it’s to trust the instincts of our animal guardians. 

They’re intelligent. Sometimes, they even talk to us. 

I don’t expect my first tattoo to be painless. But can I heal my artist from the pain he keeps locked inside? 

Sons of Anarchy meets The Handmaid's Tale in this dystopian reverse-harem adventure! Painless is the fourth book in the Steel Demons MC saga. This series is full of steam and dangerous men who take what they want. Proceed with caution if easily offended. 

Listening order: 

  1. Lawless
  2. Powerless
  3. Fearless
  4. Painless
©2020 Crystal Ash (P)2020 Crystal Ash

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Painless hurts so good!

This series sets a story in an all too realistic dystopian-future America, ruled by greedy leaders rising to power. As they fight to keep their friends and family safe, our favorite characters are guided by their ties to the gods as they navigate love, loss, and life-altering choices, ultimately creating bonds stronger than the steel they ride.

Mari officially joins the MC and Gunner finally decides if he loves her enough to accept what she needs - as unconventional as it may seem. More than an alluring, intelligent medic, Mariposa's ability to heal intangible wounds shines as she slowly starts to break down Shadow's walls. We also learn more of the connection between our riders and their animal guides as Freya finds Mari and joins Hades and Horus on their journey with the demons. (I love the clear yet subtle weaving of mythology through these books.)

Shadow's mystery, Gunner's charm, Reaper's strength, and Jandro's warmth along with the captivating Mariposa are masterfully captured by Troy Duran and Keira Stevens. Their narration will draw you into this new world and keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Another great book!

This is such a creative and original series! So many interesting characters, including the animals.

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amazing

I really enjoy this series about to get the next one the story line had drawn me in and I think shadow has to be my favorite character in this series can't wait to hear what happens next

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Great

This book broke my heart. I enjoyed the continuation of the series. The characters are forced to face more trials and self doubt. Small details are shared and towards the end things begin to really tie themselves together

narration is still amazing!

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Shadow!!!

I’m pretty much obsessed with ONE character in this entire series. Shadow. Ugh. I’m sooooo in love and so enthralled. The narrators? They just keep killing it over and over again. Mind blowing. It’s RH... which is what I love most ... but... I don’t even care about that ... I care about Shadow. Best part? Shadow and Freya... Shirtless shadow and Freya. Ugh. Just listen, people! Great world building!

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LOVE it!

Book 4 continues the awesomeness of Steel Demons! Gunner finally comes around and it was so lovely to see them all together.

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An Emotional Roller Coaster Ride

I have to say that Shadow is my favorite. He has opened up so much. Not only within himself, but with others too. There is a lot going on for the Steel Demons in this book. I can’t wait to see where it all leads to.

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I can't get enough of this series!

I devoured this audiobook waaaay too quickly!! I might have to do a relisten because I already miss the characters and will be checking (hopefully daily haha) for book 5 on audio ❤️ I am trying to have self control and not read the books first because the narrators really have brought these characters to life for me and I can't imagine not learning what happens next without their voices doing it. Amazon job yet again, Keira and Troy. Easily 5 stars for each of these performances. I loved the inflections, the emotions were so on point and my heart was aching for some scenes (especially regarding Shadow!!).

So a lot of things happen in Painless that helps develop the relationships more among Mariposa and her men (and within the Steel Demons family) and the plot gets heated with some horrible events and more battles the Steel Demons have to overcome. I was devastated with one of the developments, Crystal did a fabulous job with it and made me fall more in love with this world. We get more answers about the odd "animals" of the Steel Demons MC. We get to see Reaper and Jandro get close to Mari and Gunner getting 100% onboard. I love the individual dates/time Mari spends with the guys and the 🔥🔥🔥 scenes together too! Shadow I think really stole the show for me in this one and I can't wait to see him be added to the harem (I am hoping, I haven't read any of the other books to know this for sure haha).

The way Crystal sets up the story at the end of the book will make for an interesting next step in the battle against the baddies and the Steel Demons MC as a whole. I cannot wait for book 5 on audio (didnt I already say that haha) and another amazing job Crystal. Loved every second of this book (even is I cried my eyes out and my heart had to be remade 😂).

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PLEASE I NEED MORE....

Please write more. This was the best book of the series. Shadow is my favorite. this book is a taboo and it gets you hooked. Hot 🔥 and lots of action.

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awesome

The story was great can't wait to read more if there ever put up on here. The down side of the book leaves you hanging 😢

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  • Joy Lynch
  • 08-28-21

Always Excellent!

As always, Crystal Ash has delivered an excellent book! Beautifully written and performed. This continuation of the SDMC story is one not to be missed!

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Fantastic!!!

What a great listen, fast paced, heart pounding rollercoaster listen. A richness in the characters that is secon to none and even the the bad guys are likeable as they're so well written.
The Narration is stunning. So well done. each characters voice is totally distinctive and easily recognisable from the start.
Well worth the credit and so worth the 5 ☆'s.

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  • Etidae
  • 04-18-22

Dystopian RH Romance, Book 4, slow-burn, paranorma

MMMMF Reverse Harem, Dystopian Romance
- paranormal aspects
- bonded pets
- romance focused
- light simple plots, easy read, bingable

Audiobook preferred method of consuming this story.

4/5 🌶