Thursday, August 9, 2012

Review: Skin Deep by Adrienne Wilder

eBook, 290 pages
Published July 9th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 13: 9781613725955
Source: Purchased for self
Genre: M/M Dark Fantasy Romance
Series: Gray Zone #3
Best read in order: no, each book in this series is a stand alone
Stars: 4
Flames: 4

I’ve read all of Adrienne’s published work and I love them all. She introduces her readers to a new perspective with this installment in the Gray Zone series. I want to mention what it is that makes Taylor different, but I think it smacks of spoiler and you should just read to find out.

Taylor is human and gets his normalcy ripped out from under him when he finds out that his partner Joey is becoming something very non-human. Somewhere in Joe’s gene pool there is some Kin DNA. This is where Taylor loses all control of his life. He is human. Kin and Lesser-Bred are not. While Taylor loves Joe and will do anything for him it is all but impossible for Taylor to help Joe. Taylor no longer has anything that can actually help the man he loves.

Pavel (Kin) and Gabriel (Lesser-Bred) agree to keep Joey, to feed him, keep a roof over his head, and help him acclimate into his new life. This turns impossible circumstances into an even direr situation. Taylor feels completely useless. Joe is embracing many of the aspects of his new life. There are a few things in Joe’s new life that he has issues with though. Eventually things escalate from making Taylor uncomfortable to making impossible decisions.

I enjoyed reading Gabriel from the very beginning. His life experiences have given him a pessimistic outlook on many things. This gives him some personality traits that Taylor just abhors. Pavel seemed to me like the large quite type, yet when he spoke anyone near needed to heed his words. Joey’s character and all he endured as a human and what he becomes is absolutely heartbreaking. Taylor and his humanness keep him a constant outsider even though everything he does is for Joe.

Skin Deep is a roller coaster ride of emotions. The last few chapters have you hanging on the edge of your seat trying to figure out where the events that are unfolding are going to lead Taylor and Joey. I’m still shocked. Adrienne’s characters flesh out to be so real and I find them easy to connect with. When characters I’ve enjoyed reading start hurting in a book that I’ve become emotionally tied to, oh wow. There is a very heartbreaking story here that is a must read.

My only disappointment was the typos. I seldom mention these because the majority of the books I read come from the publisher or author. I assume they still have another round of edits to go through. I purchased this book from the publisher’s website. My feelings are that I can complain about typos in a product that I paid for. They are not so large in number that it was overly distracting, but there are enough there that it deserves a mention.

***multiple partners, ménage, and a world specific happily ever after***


  1. I haven't read this author yet, but I've heard good things about her novellas set in this world. I have to be in the mood for it, but I do love a story that tugs at my emotions hard.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

  2. I've only read From Adam With Love in this series and OMG, amazingly emotional. this author really knows how to reach deep inside of you.