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Published: October 4, 2013
Sex: R - Meduium/Strong Sexual Content
Genre: Interracial Contemporary Romance
Skin Deep is a contemporary romance with a classic fairytale theme as its base. It’s also one of those stories where the hero needs a pretend girlfriend (I did not know this when I brought it…I swear). I have this habit of skimming through blurbs now.
Shane Davis former Nascar stock driver and playboy was badly burned in a accident that also killed his best friend. Not only is he drowning in guilt, but he can’t stand the look of this face…hates it as a matter of fact. But he needs a girlfriend to get his worrying mother off his back. So he hires a actress for 3 or 4 weeks I believe to play the part, but Angela Neil is not his usual fix….
Angela is a struggling actress. And when I say struggling, I mean shit is bad. She’s not working at the moment and she & her sister have to also take care of her dad who is in a assisted living facility. Bills are piling up and she doesn't have the money. So when her agent sends her on an interview to play the part of a rich mans girl...
Once she meets Shane, she’s shocked by his scars but not horrified. But she’s also instantly attracted to him too. Plus the money, the offer to move her dad to a better facility and offering her sister a job at one of his corporate sponsors isn't so bad either.
Okay, what I starting to love is the pretend girlfriend/wife…whatever you what to call them type reads. I really do love when a plan is set, but the two individuals find theirselves falling for one another despite all their best intentions not too.
As I've said Angela isn't Shane’s usual type of female, he use to like them big breasted and blonde. But since his accident, they have been very few & far between. So in comes this mocha chocolate woman and he’s interested…really interested. Shane really doesn't know how to take Angela and he makes a blunder when he first interviews her and promptly asks her to share his bed and is kinda of shocked when she promptly tells him to kiss her ass.
The story was really good. I liked Shane and it was so sad to read how he struggled with his depression and guilt over his dead friend…how he dealt with people when they saw his now scarred face. I’m glad he had Angela to help push him to come out of his shell, to not be such a recluse anymore.
I'm really surprised to say this, but for this story I liked the fact that the sex (and you know I LOVE my sexxy reads!) wasn't as prevalent here because you got to know Shane & Angela more. The scenes were more towards the end of the book and I gotta say after I finished...I was like okay, not so bad. Not so bad at all. Plus, they were still steamy as all get out.
The story had that classic Beauty and the Beast theme. It did drag towards the end of the story when the contract ended between Shane and Angela. I felt the author prolonged the ending of this tale and it was quite unnecessary to do so. Yes, let them struggle with their burgeoning feelings for one another, but all the other in between stuff (like Angela leaving to pursue her acting career)? to me...could have been left out.
Shane and Angela do get a HEA and that I’m glad for. I love when a ending comes together so well. Beast should always get his beauty.
looks likes there is a new cover too...what do you think? Like this one or the original? I think I like the original better.