When Jay heads to the university’s learning center for help with his math class, he doesn’t expect his tutor to be tall, dark, and handsome. But Roswell is all that and more, and their instant connection over cult movies, books, and TV shows quickly evolves into dating.
That’s when things get tricky.
Roswell might claim he doesn’t have issues with Jay being trans, but when he’s constantly insisting they “take it slow,” Jay’s not so sure. He’s been hurt before, and he's not going to let it happen again.
But then Roswell reveals that he, too, has a few secrets under his skin.
Second Skin had some serious potential. I love stories with a sci-fi element and pairing that with a human MC that knows what it is like to be different and misunderstood, I really thought this story would be a shoe in. It didn't quite work for me, though. I think part of it is that the story was really too short to really get a feel for the MC's. But also, there was so much awkwardness, I didn't really feel their connection, either.
Jay is a transgender young man trying to make his way through college life. He's struggling a bit with one of his math classes. He's also struggled with relationships because he's just learning how to live as he feels. Life is a work in progress, and Jay is young and still working it all out. He meets Roswell (and yeah, the complete ridiculousness of the name is touched upon) when he goes seeking tutoring for his math class.
Roswell knows what it's like to be different and what it's like to have a secret that not everyone would take so well. You've probably already guessed, by the blurb, that Roswell isn't exactly from around here, but his secrets go deeper than that. Not going to spoil it for you, though.
So, Roswell and Jay are actually pretty perfect for one another. But the awkwardness never really went away.
And lastly, there is no steam, at all, which isn't a requirement for me, so that's fine, but I didn't feel any intimacy, either, and that I sorely missed.
I'm giving Second Skin 3 *out of this world* stars.
ARC of Second Skin generously provided by the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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