ARC Review: Pounding Skin by L.A. Witt

cover115222-mediumTitle: Pounding Skin (Skin Deep Inc., #2)

Author: L.A. Witt

Publisher: Swerve, St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Genre: LGBTQIA , Romance

Format: eBook

Length: ~304 pages

Rating: 3 Stars



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?

The Skin Deep, Inc books can be read in any order—come enter a world where gorgeous tattoo artists and hot Navy men find passion, pleasure, and a happily ever after together.


♦ Personal Thought ♦

Heads-up, hot man-on-man actions between a slutty, needles-phobic, navy fighter pilot and one hunky tattoo artist’s up ahead. Those who look for steamy yet sweet read with characters’ self-contemplation, might consider to read this book.

Pounding Skin is the second entry to “Skin Deep Inc.” series and starring one of Skin Deep Inc’s own, Matt Huffman, who’s been straight his whole life yet found himself drawn to Jon Russell. Matt’s confusion – and of course the following self-acceptance and gratification – was quickly dealt with. What followed was Jon and Matt’s gradual attachment to each other where the feelings involved; spiced up with their bedroom – or out of bedroom – gymnastics.

Sexual factor aside, Jon and Matt’s romance was quite a sweet one. Told alternately from Jon and Matt’s POV, it showed the growing attractions they felt; how they gradually depending on each other. The plot might be predictable, but I relished the character’s quick and thoughtful action once decision made as it didn’t prolong unnecessary angst of the story.

The book also paved the way for the next installment of the series; of which – considering what one of the future MC went through – I look forward to.


Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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