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Book Review: Second Skin, by Alex Whitehall

Second Skin

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When Jay heads to the university’s learning center for help with his math class, he doesn’t expect his tutor to be tall, dark, and handsome. But Roswell is all that and more, and their instant connection over cult movies, books, and TV shows quickly evolves into dating.

That’s when things get tricky.

Roswell might claim he doesn’t have issues with Jay being trans, but when he’s constantly insisting they “take it slow,” Jay’s not so sure. He’s been hurt before, and he’s not going to let it happen again.

But then Roswell reveals that he, too, has a few secrets under his skin.

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Book – Second Skin

Author – Alex Whitehall

Star rating – ★★★★

No. of Pages – 90

Cover – Nice!

POV – 3rd person, singular POV

Would I read it again – Yes.

Genre – LGBT, Supernatural, Contemporary, College

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** COPY RECEIVED THROUGH NETGALLEY **

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Okay, so this was totally not what I was expecting, but in a good way.

I’m a sucker for a college romance, especially when it involves geeks. This one didn’t disappoint. Jay and Roswell were such awesome characters, both with their quirks, flaws and problems. Together, they made a really cute couple, with some off the charts chemistry. But, forget about the 18+ sexy stuff, because this story didn’t need it. What it had in abundance was chemistry, romance and sweet, geek love.

The chapter headings and break images made for a really sweet (and geeky) presentation of a story that fits the same labels.

The plot twist was a surprise, but a great one and I won’t ruin it by saying what it was. I just love how it explored a side of Jay that we hadn’t seen yet and showed how even people who face prejudice can feel it towards others, without realising that it’s lying dormant within them. Sure, Jay figure it all out eventually, but the shock was that he was capable of such a thing. The great part was watching him work through it, come to the truth and see the inevitable conclusion for himself.

Jay and Roswell are a match made in heaven. I love them. I wish there had been more and, for that and a few strange turns of phrase, I can’t make this the wallop of a 5 star it could have been. Still, it’s a 4 star spectacular, fun ride.

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