Sunday, March 14, 2010

Review - Skin Game

Title: Skin Game
Author: Ava Gray
Publishing Date: 2009
Genre: Paranormal
Rating: B-
Sensuality: Hot
Book Disclosure: I purchased a used copy of this book.

Kyra has a special gift which she has learned to use to her advantage. When she touches a person, whatever that person's talents are get transfered to Kyra for a short while. After her father is savagely murdered at the hands of Gerard Serrano the owner of a casino in Las Vegas, Kyra manages to walk away with three million dollars and Serrano's pride. Serrano hires the hitman Reyes to find his money and kill her. After Reyes catches up with Kyra, he finds that he is unable to complete his job. It seems Serrano lied to him about exactly who Kyra is.

Skin Game starts off pretty hot and heavy. Right from the beginning the sexual tension between Kyra and Reyes leaps off the pages. The first intimate scene is sizzling. Then these two characters begin a courtship of sorts. Reyes must win Kyra's trust if he is to find out where the money is hidden. This part of the story is kind of sweet how Reyes is willing to take care of Kyra. But, Reyes is hiding exactly who he is from Kyra most of the story. This leads to that oh so annoying "big misunderstanding" that is quite common in romance novels. Eventually, this leads to a bit of frustration for the reader at the end of the story because Kyra should have known the truth based on Reyes actions. This made the ending’s pacing drag.

One thing that I found surprising was the level of violence in the book. It's definitely not for the faint of heart. Kyra's level of vindictiveness gave me pause more than once. It made me more than a little uncomfortable. There is a secondary romance between Kyra's best friend, Mia. She has her own story out this summer in Skin Tight. Be sure to be on the lookout for that. Even though this book had its share of problems, I will be getting Ava Grey's next release.

Here is what others had to say:

Leontine's Book Realm
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Janicu's Book Blog
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Stacy's Place on Earth

This book can be purchased in print or kindle format at Amazon.


Mandi said...

This book is so a way I think the violence added to the a weird way LOL

Can't wait for Foster and Mia!!

Anonymous said...

This looks like such a intense read, I am way eager to read it!!!

Jill D. said...

Mandi - Umm... the violence did not do it for me. I really didn't like how Kyra so easily took another person's life. But the first sex scene was HOT! I too am looking forward to Foster and Mia.

Queen of Romance - It is an intense read. I hope you enjoy it!

nath said...

Is it violence violence or violence gory? I just read a violent book and meh.

I have this in my TBR pile. Should probably read it soon.

Jill D. said...

Nath - Is it violence violence or violence gory?

I think it is both. The fight scenes are really well described and I am okay with that kind of violence. But I think the characters take their revenge too far. This seems to make the violence tend to the gory side.

Cecile said...

This sounds like a very interesting book. Great review!

~ames~ said...

I was playing with my books this weekend (reshelving LOL) and this one kept calling out to me. I may have to check it out, the heroine's abilities sound interesting.

Jill D. said...

Cecile and Ames - I hope you enjoy the book. If you do decide to try the book, you'll have to let me know how you liked it.