Review: Pounding Skin by L.A. Witt

11 July of 2017 by

Reviewer's Rating: 5
5.0Overall score

One man questions his sexuality, the other doesn't do relationships.

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Pounding Skin By L.A. Witt


Genre: Contemporary Romance, GLBTQ, MM, Bi

Released: July 11, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press/Swerve

Series: Skin Deep Inc., Book 2


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.


Reviewed by ButtonsMom2003

One man questions his sexuality, the other doesn’t do relationships.

I don’t know why but it’s been a little while since I’ve read a book by L.A. Witt. I don’t know how I missed the first book in the Skin Deep Inc. series, Back Piece, but I’m glad I saw Pounding Skin available on NetGalley. This one stands alone with no problem; I didn’t feel like I missed anything from the first story but I plan to go back and read it because I enjoyed Pounding Skin so much.

The book starts out in a kind of humorous vein; fighter pilot Jon Russel has lost a bet and must get a tattoo of whatever his buddies pick and on whatever part of his body; within reason. When he sees the tattoo artist who will be initiating him into the world of ink he is stunned speechless by the man’s good looks.

Matt Huffman likes women but lately he’s also realized he’s attracted to men, although he’s not really ready to admit it out loud. He’s intrigued by Jon and his commitment to getting a tattoo even though he doesn’t really want one.

I loved how this story developed a bit slowly. Not the sex part, these two guys hooked up quickly, but the relationship between them developed slowly. They both agreed that it would only be for fun, no strings sex and companionship. As things begin to change John gets scared.

The depth of feeling conveyed by Ms. Witt’s writing was just perfect. In a way, I pretty much knew how the story was going to go but I just didn’t know how it would get there. The writing kept me glued to my e-reader and I didn’t want to put it down. The only thing that kept me from finishing this in one sitting was sleep – as in my e-reader fell out of my hands when I could no longer keep my eyes open!

I almost never read excerpts for the next book when they’re found at the end of my current read. I’m not sure what compelled me to read the one for Cover Up but I did and now I can’t wait to read it.



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About Author

L.A. Witt

L. A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .

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