I loved Ian from Cara McKenna's "Skin Game". I've always wanted more of him. I guess this book is as close as my wish is going to get granted. I reall...moreI loved Ian from Cara McKenna's "Skin Game". I've always wanted more of him. I guess this book is as close as my wish is going to get granted. I really love how the author could make a mental hospital the background of such a steamy yet gentle romance. I've always admired her characters, just borderline disturbed and quirky and rough... and yet so vivid, so normal. Romance characters are oversweetened, exagerated by default. In Cara's books you could really identify with the charaters, with their normal human problems. But they are also quite intriguing, shocking even, which makes their stories so interesting to read. It is really rare talent for an author. That's why she is in my favourites list.
What I found a bit annoying in this particular book is the main female characters thoughts. There was a bit too much of them for me. In the most inappropriate moments like inbetween the hottest sex scenes. Well, not that all of them was rubbish. No! And they were quite essential for the story. But they were a bit annoying, destracting maybe. I guess I prefer the usual style of the author, more action, more dialogue and less self analyzing and angst. Mind me, the book is still great, this is just the reason it did not get 5 stars.
And I loved the setting. The secondary characters. I really appreciate the way the mentally ill patients were described, with a bit of their own stories, sad and funny and scary. And with a lot of dignity and care and understanding of the nature of their conditions. And we got to sneak a peak at the lives of the people that threat and take care of those patients every day. It was quite refreshing background for the genre and yet so typical for this author. Loved it!(less)
Well, I really love being in Dex head. I was quite excited to read a whole novel with his POV. But I got slightly dissapointed. With Dex there's alway...moreWell, I really love being in Dex head. I was quite excited to read a whole novel with his POV. But I got slightly dissapointed. With Dex there's always a lot of sex thoughts. It makes him what he is. But in this book the sex was too much for me. It was bordering the imaginary "male thinking". The problem was that he was doing it all the time, no matter what the actual situation is. I guess it could be quite realistic, you can actually have a sexual thought even in the direst of crisis. Yet, as a reader I do not care to read this actual piece of Dex-terity right at that moment. It spoils the mood for me a bit. For example we don't get all the pure physical needs all the time, they are realistic, they do occur, all the time, yet since they do not help the story we are blessedly spared from them.
And the last is true for the sex scenes in the book. Just too many of them. Not that they were not great, but sometimes less is better. I love the tension between Dex and Perry, some "pressure valve" hot scene actually helps, but when they are too often and has no connection with the plot or the emotion curve we get simply another book genre. I rarely complain about sex in books, but I really love these series, so I do not wish them to become some watered down version of their original theme.
I loved the NOLA description. It was really great for EIT team to be able to have a real live background setting. With all the different neighbourhoods and bars and everything.
The mystery part was ok, yet I wanted a bit more of a surprise. And the same goes for the horror parts. But I guess it is a bit subjective. For me the ghost parts were the scariest and most vivid. I guess that's my thing. However I appreciate the diversity of different horror themes in the series, I guess there is something scary for everyone.
I do hope the pink romatic mood with Dex and Perry gets a bit shaken in the next book. I love all the tension and drama with those two nutcases. And I hope we get to read a bit of Perry POV for some of the scenes from this book.(less)
As you should already know, Cara McKenna is my all-time favourite amongst the erotic genre authors. But if in my previous review for a book of hers I...moreAs you should already know, Cara McKenna is my all-time favourite amongst the erotic genre authors. But if in my previous review for a book of hers I was having trouble in placing it in the right genre, this book totally confounded me. I was ready for a lot of scorching hot scenes. I was expecting the "smart erotica" ot this writer. I was suspecting that this book would turn out to be a nice porn with a reality-show setting. Well, I was definitely not ready this specific kind of book. It's a bit like buying the next Stephen King novel and it turns out to be a chicklit. Yet on the possitive side.
"Skin Game" is everything but your usual "pink shelves" reading. The plot is intense, full with damn well directed action scenes, psychological games, unexpected twists... And as a bonus, there are a few breath taking hot scenes. How could I describe it? Erotic thriller? I think there's too much action for it. Psyco-thriller? Well, the novel is not that nervewracking, although it would leave you biting your nails to the very end. Contemporary adult prose? Yet the violence, the harsh language and the sex scenes would wag the dogs... You could name it whatever you like, but it's definitely not porn.
Be warned - this is not a light book to read in bed with a lot of tissues and then just smoke a cigarette and go to sleep. This novel would leave you breathless and would definitely keep you awake and reading!