Buttons & Pain by Penelope Sky

Ending a series is always sad. The only thing that makes me happy is the way a series is ended. And this ending is definitely the best I’ve read in like forever. The ending to this book was everything


When I saw my escape, I took it. Now I’m in New York City and trying to get my life back on track. Despite the tracker in my ankle, Crow hasn’t come for me. He hasn’t even called me. I told him the depth of my feelings but he cruelly rejected them.

Maybe he’s forgotten about me.

One day, I walk into my apartment and spot the pile of buttons on the counter. I never left them there, and there’s only one explanation for their presence.

Maybe Crow hasn’t forgotten me after all.

Via Goodreads


OMG you guys. This whole series was insane and I could barely handle it. I literally had to pre-order this because I was so excited. And the wait…TOTALLY WORTH IT.

In case you need a recap, check out Buttons & Lace and Buttons & Hate. After that come back and read the rest of this post.

I really enjoyed that Penelope Sky decided to go back and forth between Crow and Pearl’s point of views. It made things a bit more entertaining. And we see some of our favorite characters return as well as some of our not so favorites.

Okay, I really love Pearl. She’s one tough lady. Her handling the p.o.s ex boyfriend was everything. I felt awkward for her when an old boyfriend was basically walking on eggshells around her. She was definitely not into whatever they were doing. Although, I was a little concerned when she was in a kind-of-sort-of relationship with that one person and Crow came back into the picture. She really is a Boss though, especially in that bunker.

Crow… well, he’s complicated. It’s simple, and yet not so much. He is clearly in love with Pearl but keeps denying it. We don’t really know why he keeps denying it. Him and those buttons, just an excuse to spend more time with her. Although, he was behaving much like a stalker. Although after several events that occur to his “Button” he finally accepts the truth. THANK GOODNESS! But why do these things keep happening to Pearl?!

Everything moved fairly quickly in this book and some events I felt were way too much. Like did that really need to happen a fourth time? I don’t think so. But the outcome of each time, after the initial one in book one, is mostly good. And Lars helping is probably my favorite, and random, thing to happen. One of the funniest lines in the book was from Cane. He states “Do you still doubt he loves you?” or something along those lines. Needless to say, in that moment in the book it was definitely uncalled for and added a comedic aspect to a rather horrific scene.

But this ending was my absolute favorite. It went into the future, which many series do not. But first, how quickly everything transpired soon after Crow’s confession is the best, and should not be followed because A) this is fiction and B) not even someone with that much money could pull that off. But yes this ending was everything. And Cane seems to be behaving.

I hope you enjoy this novel, and series, as much as I did. It’s not necessarily a quick read, but it is totally worth it


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Buttons & Hate by Penelope Sky

This book is my everything and I really have become obsessed. Check out my review for Buttons & Lace before checking this one out. Because, let me tell you, the story only gets crazier from there.


I’m working off my buttons.
But I’m also giving them away.
The more I fall for Crow, the more I want him to do the things that I want. Dinners, dates, and evenings at the beach.
Everything comes at a price, and quickly the hoard of buttons I worked hard to earn are depleted.

Will this go back and forth forever? Or will someone run out of their buttons first?

-Via Amazon


Oh my god, where to start? I honestly don’t know. But hey here are some of the tweets during my reading of this book

I literally only just started #ButtonsandHate and there’s already drama between the main characters. Like its the first page 😂😂

I love that Crow is the one that says he doesn’t want their relationship to end #ButtonsandHate

Lol she knows exactly which buttons to push with Crow 😂😂😂😂. I love it #ButtonsandHate

So, Pearl now knows why she finds herself in her current situation. Did I mention that I truly don’t like the boyfriend? Yeah, that’s why. Anyway, she’s kind of fallen into a depression. Who wouldn’t after discovering something like that. Crow is giving her some space, but he’s seriously concerned.

So that deal they made with the buttons back in the first book still stands. Only now it’s a different reason for Pearl wanting the buttons. I actually think her reasoning is sound but it makes me think, is this Stockholm’s? I mean seriously, she is basically his prisoner.

Anyway, there’s the whole Cane and revenge situation. Yeah that is a HUGE problem. Like life-and-death huge. Yet, somehow, Pearl manages to forgive him. I actually find their relationship towards the end of the novel really hilarious. But that is still a very complicated relationship.

And then there’s Crow. He’s so complicated! I mean really, he’s just in denial ALOT! Sure I understand why he feels that way. But doesn’t that mean he should be doing more to protect those he loves. Anyway, I was actually so upset by his reaction to Pearl’s confession. Maybe more so than Pearl, if that’s even possible.

All I know is that when this series end, it better have a wedding because really, why go and complicate things so much and not have a wedding.

In case you don’t know, I have a huge obsession with cliffhangers. I literally live for cliffhangers. And this book’s ending has given me the best cliffhanger I’ve read in a while. Like how is Pearl just going to go ahead and do that but Crow not do anything about it!!!

Needless to say, but I really really NEED Buttons & Pain

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Buttons & Lace by Penelope Sky

Oh my god this book was so insane I literally pulled an all-nighter just to read it. Needless to say, I NEED the next book!


I owe him a debt.

A big one.

The payment can’t be settled with money or favors.

He only wants one thing.


Every action gets a reward. A button. Once I fill his jar with three hundred and sixty-five buttons, he’ll let me go.

He’ll let me walk away.

But I have to earn every single one.

By submitting to the darkest, cruelest, and most beautiful man I’ve ever known.

** TRIGGER WARNING ** There are some dark and disturbing scenes of abuse and punishment.

-Via Amazon


So this book is one of three and let me tell you it’s kind of intense. Between arms dealers, human trafficking, and other very very despicable topics, this novel is certainly horrifying but somehow it just makes the story enjoyable.

It focuses on Pearl and Crow. Yes those are really the main characters names. And this is one of those novels where one of the characters goes through a horrific experience and somehow ends up finding her true love.

Honestly I had to tweet while reading this because I just had a lot of thoughts about it.

    “Who names a character Lars??? Like ohkay”

“It always amuses me when the main love interest say he doesn’t believe in love. Like hun ya gonna end up marrying the main character”

“Lmao he claims he isn’t impressed by Pearl yet he was distracted by her. Me thinks the sir doth protest too much 😂😂😂”

Those are just some of the tweets I posted tonight while reading.

Anyway back to what you really came for.

The novel starts off with Pearl living with her boyfriend and she describes how the relationship is not what it used to be and whatnot. Said boyfriend has a few portions of dialogue and I already did not like him. Turns out he is a very very very deplorable person than I originally thought.

While on a trip with the aforementioned “boyfriend”, Pearl gets kidnapped and auctioned off. She ends up in the hands of a ruthless man who creates weapons and sells them to the highest bidders. So you can imagine this guy is wealthy. Anyway, yeah he’s a terrible person, truly awful. And that man did a horrible thing to the Barsetti brothers. Which then leads them to kidnap Pearl as part of their plan for revenge.

Things go from bad to worse when Crow becomes fascinated with Pearl. At least in Crow’s opinion. I was actually not surprised when they started a physical relationship. It was bound to happen. Those two were constantly at each others throats. But they had such great chemistry.

Let’s take a moment to discuss Pearl’s character. I don’t think there is one of few female characters that represent how strong women truly are. She is an engineer, so she’s educated and beautiful. She’s also a survivor, lord knows she went through hell while being Bones’ captive. Like it’s seriously very graphic and disturbing. But even after a few months being treated the way she was, she continues to fight for her freedom. And while being Crow Barsetti’s captive, she tries to make the most of her terrible situation. I honestly don’t think I’ve admired a female lead more than Pearl. Well maybe Rose Hathaway but that’s a whole other story

And Crow Barsetti isn’t as bad as he’d like us to believe. In fact, where can I get me one, because literally he heats up this novel more than Jamie Dornan heats up the box offices with Fifty Shades Darker. Maybe I’m exaggerating but seriously Crow is H-O-T! I thought it was odd when he suggested the whole buttons in exchange for her freedom. I mean really just most of their exchanges are actually very amusing.

I have a problem with Crow’s brother. How savage is he really? Is he going to pose a problem for Pearl? Like what’s going to happen in the next two books? And what about Bones. What’s going to happen there? And with Pearl’s horrible boyfriend back in New York? I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS!!!!!!!

Needless to say, I’m officially hooked!

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