February 1, 2013

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Skin by Kylie Scott

Title: SKIN
Author: Kylie Scott
Release Date: February 1st 2013
Publisher: Momentum
Source: Received from the author for an honest review.

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?

The hotly anticipated sequel to Flesh, Skin is set in the same universe with a different set of characters.

My Thoughts

I read FLESH, book one in this Australian Zombie series back in November (my review here), and I couldn't wait to get my hands on book #2. Although I have to admit, I wasn't sure if Kylie Scott could pull off a follow up with all the intensity and heat that I loved in FLESH, but SKIN far surpassed all my expectations and then some, it was incredible.

The very first page had me grinning from ear to ear - cheeky thoughts and witty conversation, yes, this was going to be a fun read; and the intensely charged situation in which Ros finds herself went from 0 - 100 in a second and pretty much stayed there for the entire book. The world as Ros knows it has gone to hell and nothing is sacred anymore, especially when starvation is just as likely to kill you as the zombies are!

Roslyn is sarcastic, witty, maybe a little full of herself but amazingly real and lovable. And Nick gave off this all brawn no brain persona, along with an arrogant air of superiority that I knew had to be hiding a pussycat somewhere in there. Yeah sure, he's angry and a little self absorbed with getting laid but his intentions are good, in his own way!

I also loved catching up with familiar faces, it was great to get a glimpse into how their lives have progressed in the months since meeting them in FLESH (and I love Sean, please be okay!)

I was too caught up in this addictive story to stop and write notes but the few I did, read like this...

*OMFG, funny as!!

*CRAZYTOWN - get the hell outta there!!

*SEXY AS ALL HELL - Oh Yeah Baby!!

*Ros and Nick are AMAZING!!

Not only has Kylie tackled some pretty sensitive subject matter, but she has done it with dignity, class and a shitload of realism. Her characters are witty, opinionated, fierce and sexy! And what starts off as a hate/lust relationship turns into something much more than just a romance.

I loved SKIN - every glorious, bloody, crazy, sexy, scary, funny, sexy second of it!! (yes I purposely said sexy twice - lol!)

Going on my keeper shelf asap, SKIN is the best read of the year so far and gets 5+ stars from me  ~<;]


And now for the GIVEAWAY!!!

Author Kylie Scott is very generously giving away one digital copy of SKIN
... just fill in the rafflecopter form for your chance to win
... and it's international :)

**amended 9:52am (NZ time) If the winner of this giveaway has not yet read the first book FLESH, then I will gift you a Kindle copy! - because you really do need to read both these fantastic books!!**

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  1. Oh, yeah! I knew I'd like this as soon as I saw that the zombie plague wasn't oversensationalized, just treated as a very real, existential threat (like an irradiated nucleosphere). Then you add a dose of Stockholm Syndrome to a stew of sex and you have a must-read.

  2. These books sound fantastic!! I've just added them to my TBR and Amazon wishlist!! Thanks for the great review and the chance to win!


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