Pounding Skin (Skin Deep Inc. #2) by L.A. Witt #mm #Review @GallagherWitt @SMPRomance

A Skin Deep, Inc. Novel

Fighter pilot Jon Russell never sleeps with the same man twice. Known for his lack of shame when it comes to hooking up, Jon has no interest in commitment—even friends with benefits sounds like too much work.

Matt Huffman has slept with lots of women. He’s had loads of girlfriends. So why does the hot as hell pilot getting a tattoo as the result of a lost bet stop his breath? And how come he can’t stop thinking about him, even after he’s gone?

When Jon returns to Skin Deep the second time, he doesn’t want another tattoo. He wants to hook up with the gorgeous artist he spent hours agonizingly close to, and Matt wants to explore some curiosity about men. Fulfill the desire he can’t stop fantasizing over. And he wants to do it with Jon.

As their casual hook up becomes more than just skin deep, both Matt and Jon are faced with questions they don’t want to answer. Matt understands he’s bi—but are these feelings he has typical of hooking up with a man? Or is it only Jon that can make his heart pound? If Jon wanted nothing more than a fling, why does he find himself needing not just Matt’s body, but all of him? And can their relationship withstand the hardships that makes Jon avoid them in the first place?

The Skin Deep, Inc books can be read in any order—come enter a world where gorgeous tattoo artists and hot Navy men find passion, pleasure, and a happily ever after together.

L.A. Witt also writes under the name Lauren Gallagher.

This was an interesting read for me personally.  I completely LOVED Matt’s character, and it was nice to get to follow along with a character who, while he did understand his sexuality, was trying to come to terms with it as well.

Jon’s character was one that it took awhile for him to grow on me.  Throughout the book we are shown that Jon is just a player (for lack of better terms) and that he doesn’t sleep with the same guy twice, yet he was willing to be with Matt more than once.  I do have to say though that the turning point for me when it came to Jon’s character is when he did realize that he wanted more with Matt.

The relationship between Jon and Matt was slowly developed, but it didn’t feel too slow for me.  I loved how we did get to follow along as they were both working out if they wanted to be together, and if it could work for them.

While this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone.  Yes, the previous couple does make an appearance in this book, it isn’t done in a way that overwhelmed the book at all.  It also wasn’t just thrown in there to give us series followers an update.  It felt completely natural the way they were in the story.

The one thing that I do love about this series is how it deals with real life issues.  It’s not just something that is a “typical” romance, we get to follow along as the couples deal with the issues and work through them.

Overall – I fell in love with this series once again and I can’t wait to read more in the future!