Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Pounding Skin by L.A. Witt

Title: Pounding Skin
Author: L.A. Witt
My Rating: A

Genre: Military Romance (m/m)
Series: Skin Deep, Inc #2
Main Characters: Jon and Matt
Release Date: July 2017
Publisher: Swerve
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
A Skin Deep, Inc. Novel

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.

L.A. Witt also writes under the name Lauren Gallagher.

My Review:
There are two very different characters in this story. 

Jon is a fighter pilot and out and proud. In fact, he meets Matt when he's having to get a tattoo (he lost a bet with his squad-mates) that somewhat symbolizes his manwhore status. 

Matt is none of these things. While he loves his job as a tattoo artist, he's barely making ends meet. He just had a menage hookup that left him completely confused because he was into the guy more than the girl...a first for him. His life is unsettled. Then Jon walks into his studio and he's blown away...he really is attracted to men. Because of all that confusion, it takes a while for these two to settle into where they can actually hook-up.

And once they do, they both agree...this is a hook-up and will never be anything more, no matter how often they do it. Matt is inexperienced with men. Jon is willing to act as his playground...it's a mutually beneficial arrangement only. But this is a romance novel...you know how this is going to play out.

I really enjoyed this story. Matt's background kills me just in that I can see that happening. I grew up in rural Texas...I didn't know a soul who was out and proud. Granted, that was a few years ago when it was less acceptable, but I still think that's the norm for this area of the country. I could easily see someone who was gay or bi (or really any of the spectrum) never realizing it because it was never even an option or a consideration.

This book was a great balance of military and tattoo parlor...both settings that I love in my romance novels. It is an extremely hot book. There is a lot of sex, but I never felt like it was over the top or gratuitous. These guys have what they consider to be a purely sexual relationship. That's why they get together. And it helps that all those scenes were really very sexy. These guys have some through-the-roof chemistry and it comes out in every sex scene.

I do have to say though, Matt is really good at convincing himself of certain things...whether they are true or not. Honestly, Jon's pretty good at it too. It cracks me up that neither guy realized that things had deepened for them for a long time...despite the fact that they spent almost every hour not at work...together. Yeah, they're a little clueless, but that's okay. That's where the conflict comes in, so I could forgive them that.

I loved this book so much, and I am even more excited for the next book in the series. Poor Nate...my heart breaks for him. 
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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