Published October 3rd 2017
After ten years of blissful marriage, Navy Pilot Nate Chandler is divorcing his cheating husband. Single for the first time in years, Nate is numb to all emotion and kisses any chance of another relationship goodbye.
Not only is Nate struggling to get through this divorce, but his body is branded with a permanent reminder of his failed marriage: a matching tattoo with his ex. Searching for a place to cover up his old tattoo, Nate finds himself at the Skin Deep, Inc., where he meets the young and charming cover-up tattoo apprentice, Lucas Brandt.
From just flirty glances to steamy hot encounters, Nate and Lucas dive headfirst into a fling of hookups. But worried that he’ll forever be Nate’s “cover up” rebound relationship, Lucas fears that their love won’t be anything more than just skin deep. What was once just a casual attraction, Lucas now hopes to turn into a real relationship. But will he be able to convince the still tender-hearted Nate to fall in love again?
I really loved the first two books in this series. Tattoo artists and military men? Yes please. I’ve always loved L. A. Witt’s way of writing, I effortlessly fall right into the story every time. So I was very excited when this popped up on my Kindle.
This was one of those instant attractions where the MCs fall right into bed with each other, and there was some serious fireworks. For the first time in a decade, Nate is captivated by someone who isn’t his ex-husband, and what better way to cleanse his life of the cheating bastard then by falling into bed with gorgeous tattoo artist, Lucas. And it completely works for them. It’s totally just a friends with benefits thing, there’ll be no feelings or falling for each other or anything like that…ha! These boys have’t read enough romance novels, otherwise they’d know that never works out.
I did like this book, the characters are likeable and you root for them, the sex is hot, the romance is a slow build and the relationship is really genuine. I just kept waiting for a bit of drama to sneak in a shake things up, and it never came, so it ended up being a little predictable.
There were definitely moments I adored. Seeing Colin and Daniel from the first book in this series get their reunion moment was truly beautiful, and the resulting heartache it caused Nate was palpable. It was almost a relief to see him start to have that much-needed breakdown, to feel his pain, because he was finally starting to deal with things he’d obviously been avoiding.
Lucas makes the brave decision to walk away from Nate, being cruel to be kind, giving Nate the space to really face up to his divorce, and when one MC walks away from the other in books like these I’m usually tearing my hair out, willing them to come back to each other. But I wasn’t here. Not because I didn’t want them together, I really did, they have such chemistry and they care so much about each other, and you just knew they’d make it in the end. But Nate really did need to stand on his own two feet for a while and not lean on anybody else. So when less than 24 hours later they were back together and starting something for real, that’s when I got frustrated. I applauded Lucas making a tough but right call, and then watched him take it all back.
So basically, this story had a lot of potential and could have been a lot more powerful than it was, but I’d still recommend it. The concept and execution of the whole series was great, this book tied everything up and was a lovely end to it, and I’d read all three books again in a heartbeat.