Tuesday, July 11, 2017

ARC Review: Pounding Skin (Skin Deep Inc., #2) by L.A. Witt

Pounding Skin (Skin Deep Inc., #2)

Fighter pilot Jon Russell never sleeps with the same man twice. Known for his lack of shame when it comes to hooking up, Jon has no interest in commitment—even friends with benefits sounds like too much work.

Matt Huffman has slept with lots of women. He’s had loads of girlfriends. So why does the hot as hell pilot getting a tattoo as the result of a lost bet stop his breath? And how come he can’t stop thinking about him, even after he’s gone?

When Jon returns to Skin Deep the second time, he doesn’t want another tattoo. He wants to hook up with the gorgeous artist he spent hours agonizingly close to, and Matt wants to explore some curiosity about men. Fulfill the desire he can’t stop fantasizing over. And he wants to do it with Jon.

As their casual hook up becomes more than just skin deep, both Matt and Jon are faced with questions they don’t want to answer. Matt understands he’s bi—but are these feelings he has typical of hooking up with a man? Or is it only Jon that can make his heart pound? If Jon wanted nothing more than a fling, why does he find himself needing not just Matt’s body, but all of him? And can their relationship withstand the hardships that makes Jon avoid them in the first place?

Jewel's rating:

I'm torn. On one hand, I enjoyed Pounding Skin just a touch more than I did Back Piece. On the other, like Back Piece, and a couple other's I've read by this author, recently, there was too much repetition, not enough actual character development and a boatload of sex. There was some relationship development here, though, which I liked.

There was more conflict in Pounding Skin, than there was in Back Piece, some of which I definitely appreciated. Matt, while accepting his bisexuality pretty quickly, at first, ran scared after his and Jon's first night together, and that rang true to me because it would be scary to rewrite your entire sexuality label after convincing yourself for decades that you're straight.

In fact, I liked Matt a lot. I like it when a character discovers and explores their bisexuality. I like it when people open up to possibilities, even if those possibilities make them uncomfortable. So I enjoyed watching Matt come to terms with, and then embrace his bisexuality. He was a little unsure and very cautious, at first, and I thought that was super sweet.

Jon's contribution to conflict, though, I didn't much care for, so he was a harder sell. I liked him, sure; he was a cocky alpha pilot, but he was a coward from day 1. His whole routine of never wanting a relationship seemed to have no basis in life experience, so I completely didn't get it. He used a few excuses, but at no time did I get an indication that it was because he'd been burned too many times. Or even once. No, he was all 'no strings' because someone at some point in the future might hurt him. Say what? At least Matt had good reasons for locking himself into his closet.

Then, Jon went from 'I never want to settle down' to 'I only want to be with you and I love you' after a single conversation and taking no time at all to self-reflect. That was a let down.

As always, though, LA Witt knows her way around a sex scene. There are few authors that do it better. She writes super hot sex, and Pounding Skin is no exception (even the title sounds dirty). I just kind of need more than that, right now. I don't know if I will continue with this series, or not. I rather like both of the characters that will be MC's in the next book, so I kind of want to read it, but I'm just not sure.

Plenty of people are loving this book, though, and I think if I were more in the mood for a story light on plot, heavy on sex (and sometimes I am), I'd like this one a lot more.


ARC of Pounding Skin was generously provided by the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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