Title: Skin
Author: Christian Baines
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Mystery
Page Count: 145 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Kyle, a young newcomer to New Orleans, is haunted by the memory of his first lover, brutally murdered just outside the French Quarter.

Marc, a young Quarter hustler, is haunted by an eccentric spirit that shares his dreams, and by the handsome but vicious lover who shares his bed.

When the barrier between these men comes down, it will prove thinner than the veil between the living and the dead…or between justice and revenge.

What strange book. Be careful what you wish for because sometimes you may get it but not in the way you had expected. Sometimes you may just turn into the thing or person you hate the most in the world.

Kyle meets and falls in love with Antoine. Things are going great between the two but one night the unexpected happens and Antoine does not come home again. Instead he is brutally murdered and Kyle cannot get over the fact that the murderer has gotten away with it. So he makes a deal with a voodoo God in hopes to not only bring Antoine back too him but to finally get payback on the person that killed him in the first place.

Marc is new to town and is need of not only a job but also of a place to stay. Ash is a dancer at a local bar and takes up an interest in Marc from the moment he lays eyes on him. He offers to help Marc not only get a job as a dancer but to also help him with a place to live.

At first Marc is skeptical about staying with a stranger but Ash is very attractive to Marc and for some reason he is drawn to him. The thing is Ash is strange. He is gay but he hates gay people, himself included, but as time goes on the two grow closer to one another but at the same time Ash seems to become more and more unstable.

Everyone is not who they appear to be in this story. There is voodoo magic at work here and a lot of hurt, pain, and hatred. The question is who is who and who is the one that literally made the deal with the devil? How is it all meant to play out and who will end up being whom in the end? Is there going to be a happily ever after or are they all doomed from the start?

This was a strange read but decent read. It is not my favorite. Cause honestly it was a little in the out there side of Hingis but at the same time it draws you in and won’t let you quit reading it. Anyway this is one of those reads you will have to decide for yourself on whether you like or not.

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Galley copy of Skin provided by Bold Strokes Books in exchange of an honest review.

This was a different kind of read in my opinion. I was on the edge over whether I like it or not so it is a book you will have to read and decide for yourself.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.