Review: Skin – Kylie Scott

  • Title: Skin
  • Author: Kylie Scott
  • Genre: Erotica
  • Why: I enjoyed the first book
  • Rating: 3 Stars

Description: Six months since the zombie plague struck, former librarian Roslyn Stewart has been holed up in a school with eight other survivors. But now the shelves in the school canteen are bare. The stranger at the gate has supplies that will ensure the group’s ongoing survival, but at a cost. He wants a woman.

Nick is a man with a plan. He’ll treat Roslyn like a Queen, devoting the rest of his life to protecting and providing for her. In exchange, of course, for sexual favours. It’s the deal of the century given the state of the world. But Roslyn doesn’t see it that way. The first chance she gets she attacks the ex-army man and attempts to escape, forcing Nick to contain her. And so begins his awkward courtship of the woman, with her chained to the bed for security reasons.

Chained like a dog and forced to spend her every waking moment with a creep, albeit a good looking one, Ros is determined to escape. When circumstances force them to band together against a common enemy their very survival depends on their ability to learn to trust each other. An uneasy partnership develops, but can a relationship with such a difficult beginning ever have a future?

Review: This is the second book in this zombie apocalypse erotica series, and while I generally enjoyed it I had similar issues with this one as I had with the first one, which is mainly in the relationship between the main characters.

On the female side we have Roslyn, a school librarian holed up with a number of her colleagues ever since the zombie plague broke out half a year ago. She has never ventured outside since, and her days mainly revolve around keeping away from Neil the Creep, but supplies are running low and things are getting desperate.

Then Nick shows up at the gates with a van full of supplies, which he’ll trade with the group in exchange for Roslyn. The deal is made, against Roslyn’s – entirely understandable – protests, and Nick whisks her off to the cabin he has prepared for the both of them. His ultimate goal is sex, but he has no intention of trying to force her, hoping to eventually convince her instead.

Roslyn attacks him the first opportunity she gets, so to prevent her from running away, Nick chains her to the bed. Not a good start to a relationship by any means.

The problems I had were largely on Roslyn’s side. I fully understand that she’d be creeped out by a guy who’s just bought her and ends up chaining her to the bed, but some of the decisions she subsequently makes are stupid beyond reason, especially when she runs off on her own, near dusk, without any shoes on.

Not that Nick was a huge amount better – he constantly tries to reassure Ros that he won’t touch her if she doesn’t want him to, but then ends up doing exactly that, and eventually Ros appears to be won over by the sheer lust he evokes in her. I just didn’t quite buy it.

That said, it was very well written, with not a boring moment in it, and I did really like Ros’ habit of mentally filing away things using the dewey decimal classification. I also liked the fact that Nick had a dubious past, rather than just being a knight in shining armour. So in all a mixed bag, but mainly on the motivational side, not on the writing side. I’d still recommend it.



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