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Seven days, seven challenges. Twelve strangers. Eight thousand cameras. Only one winner.

Welcome to The Ant Farm, a social study in the wilds of interior Alaska, documenting the dynamics between a dozen competitors as they take part in a series of physical and psychological face-offs. With five hundred grand up for grabs at the end of the battle royal, the stakes are high a
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Published April 29th 2011 by Ellora's Cave
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Jane Stewart
Reminded me too much of the TV show “Survivor.” It’s an average story with a handful of sex scenes. It’s unusually long.

STORY BRIEF:
Twelve contestants arrive in Alaska to participate in a series of challenges. One winner will take home $500,000. It’s similar to the “Survivor” TV show. The contestants are put into teams which change with each challenge. At least one person is eliminated after each challenge. Sometimes the contestants vote on whom to eliminate. The first challenge is a fifteen-mil
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Mandi Schreiner
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I first read Cara McKenna last year when I picked up Willing Victim. I really loved that book (hello Flynn!) and then read a quick novella by her, Dirty Thirty. It was very different from Willing Victim. Recently I read The Reluctant Nude under her pen name Meg Maguire and again thought how original each of her stories are. Well guess what I thought after I finished Skin Game? Yep – totally original.

Twelve people meet in Alaska to participate in The Ant Farm, which is “a social experiment in rea
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Eve Dangerfield
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn’t buy Skin Game for ages so when Cara McKenna re-released (with a much cooler cover) I was like ‘hell yeah one click, I will read the ABSOLUTE FUCK out of that book.’
And I did. And it was awesome. Then I got my best friend to read it. Then we had a hour and a half long phone call about the characters and the competition and who we liked and didn’t like. World building man. This book has it down to a fine art.
Cara McKenna writes kickarse romance but honestly Skin Game is so much richer
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Liz B
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
This is a very hard book to shelve. It's from Ellora's Cave, which publishes erotic romance--but it's definitely not romance, and I certainly wouldn't call it erotica, either. I don't remember where I saw the review, but the premise was intriguing: Twelve strangers are participating in a competition/ science experiment. There are challenges a la reality TV, and the winner gets a bunch of money. We get inside the heads of several of the characters and the challenges are fascinating. There's some ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
3.5 stars.

18 plus review. Normally I'd review this book over on my adult account, but this one read less like erotica and more like mainstream fiction. The title and cover are actually sort of misleading, although I didn't mind it this time. This book was like SURVIVOR meets BIG BROTHER, with a bit of a HUNGER GAMES-esque twist at the end.

If you've read any of McKenna's other work, you'll find this book to be tame by comparison. There were a couple of hot sex scenes, but I'd say this book was
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Ana Trofin
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Omg! this was something else... if you like Survivor and have always wanted to add a bit of steamy, conniving and plain romantic elements then this is the book :)
Smokinhotbooks K.C.
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This author has been on my must buy list ever since Fiction Vixen and Dear Author reviewed Willing Victim. So, when I saw this mentioned on Smexybooks May Rec list I immediately pulled up Amazon on my work computer and hit my favorite button ‘But with 1 click’.

Skin Games is about 12 strangers that agree to a psychological experiment to win half a million dollars. Think Survivor but muy creepier.



Chole and Daisy – Cameras 3240,3249

Daisy looks up at her as Pike disappears. “Got
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D
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Cara McKenna, character psychology, and Survivor
a really fun, well-developed romp by The Boss, cara mckenna (who also writes romantic fiction under the pseudonym meg maguire). this story was Survivor meets summer camp, with a healthy dose of ee-er-ee-er built in for jollies, filled with mckenna's trademark varied, fully realized, wonderfully interesting casts, this time to the power of eleventy, because it's a hella long novel.

the title and cover art are stupid and misleading: it's not a Futuristic Sexcapade, though PG-13 it is neither. rath
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Addicted Reader
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 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 ...more
Charity
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
See My Review At:
http://www.nocturnereads.com/Skin-Gam...

WOW! First off, I would like to point out that this story is more Suspense then Erotica; in my opinion. There are only a few detailed sex scenes (and nothing too kinky); having said that, any more sex scenes would have been in bad taste considering the hygiene issue.

This book will have you on the edge of your seat, laughing out loud, cringing, craving, creeping out, angry, and dropping the occasional jaw. The multiple points of view are w
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Jessica
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-bookshelf
This was a great book. It didn't have the scorching hot love scenes that I'm used to in some of her other books (Hello FLYNN?! GABRIEL?!) but it was def. a hot little number. The storyline was intriguing and the characters were great. It was a little confusing keeping up with who's who in the beginning (12 players) but not so confusing you lose track of what's going on in the book.

There were definetely some twists and turns that I wasn't expecting (which I LOVE) between the characters and plot.
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Marissa
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5-4.0 stars

This story was pretty fascinating all the way through, never knowing who might make it to the end, and with no clear lead characters until about 3/4 the way in. I found myself guessing, most times incorrectly, about how the challenges would go and how everyone would react, wondering what I would do in the same situations. It was just plain fun to experience!

Although, my only complaint is I didn’t get enough Ian. How can you create someone as enthralling as this man and then leave m
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Ruthie Knox
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
SKIN GAME is sort of Survivor meets the Stanford Prison Experiment: twelve characters competing for half a million dollars in the wilds of Alaska while being observed by social psychologists with eight thousand hidden cameras. The jacket copy, cover, and title led me to expect something more like orgies in the wilderness (did I just reveal too much about my lowbrow taste?), but actually, there’s none of that, and that’s good, because what there is is much better. In fact, the book reminds me mor ...more
Janice
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
It reminded me of Survivor. But it was really interesting. The fact it jumped between the perspectives of the different members was interesting. Even during a competition you could see both sides. I enjoyed it, especially the use of sex as a weapon to win $500,000. The ending was wonderful too, and not what I expected! I wouldn't buy it, I don't see myself reading it again and again, but I would definitely say it is a must read AT LEAST once! There are not a ton of sex scenes, but they are wonde ...more
gert
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
this book isn't erotica, and it isn't NOT erotica.

i wish there were more books like this - a great storyline, interesting characters, lots of twists and turns and accented by periodic and descriptive sex.

we're first met with over 12 characters, which made me a wee bit nervous at first. but that number quickly dwindles to a number that's easy to follow and easy to understand.

if you're looking for a smart story, that isn't afraid to get all hot n'bothered - this is the book for you.
SaturNalia
I like the author and the writing was good but the story was not for me. Too many characters to keep track of, no definite hero or heroine to root for. The characters I found most fascinating were eliminated. Lots of head hopping and plotting by other characters to win the game.
Only saving grace is the cover, it's very pretty.
Julia
The sexiest, most thrilling version of Survivor. I love the gender dynamics and ever changing attractions. There is at least one declaration of love that I don't buy, but that didn't decrease my enjoyment at all.
Chris
Apr 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica
A strange one this book - it was a compelling read but not one I could easily plot ahead !! Was really spewing on Ian being ousted and Pike becoming the hero so to speak - ah well it is what it is !
Amour Nakamura
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Good story. Pretty strong plot, got me tossing and turning while reading it. Though did kinda wish Ian got his own novel. Cause he is one heck of a character!
Anna
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Such a surprise coming from Mckenna. A pleasent one!

A good, intruiging story. Great charachters. Smart and witty dialog.

Now if only Ian could have been in the finale...Oh well.
Jessica
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this is like an ultra-weird, psycho version of Survivor. I'm actually surprised the rating isn't higher because it's a pretty engrossing premise and I found that the world building was pretty impressive (but maybe my opinion sucks, I don't know).

This is one of the few times that multiple POVs really worked for me. We get 3rd person perspectives from multiple players, and I felt like each of the characters were quite dimensional. Even the asshole characters (there were plenty) were
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Emily
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an odd read but I was hooked from beginning to end. Not sure what I expected and I’m not sure that I felt the romance but ultimately McKenna’s writing is solid for me every time. She’s a wicked story teller!
Nanette
Very good. wonderful collection of characters and a twisted and complex plot.
Mysterious
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-contemporary
More supense / horror than erotica but interesting. Not going to be a re-read for me, though.
Reena
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the first 90% of this book, but the ending fell kind of flat for me.
Tina
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you were to judge this book by it's cover, you may think it is some futuristic erotica. But you would be wrong in that case. There is no relation to what is going on inside this book to it's cover.

Having said that, I must agree with other reviewers who state that this book is very difficult to shelve. Cara McKenna writes erotica and romance. But would not classify this book easily as either. There are some sex scenes but while they are hot and graphic, they are not necessarily erotic. The sex
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Kaylyn
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Skin Game is a very unusual book. It wasn’t what I expected after reading the blurb but I enjoyed it. I kinda expected this all out sexfest with a few contested mingled in but it wasn’t like that. It had some substance which surprised me. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t most people’s definition of a romance but it wasn’t just

At first it was hard to keep track of all the characters but that ended after the first objective. I had some characters I liked while others I didn’t. I liked the concept. I h
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Sonia
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
LOVED this book!!! 4,5 stars :-) I NEED MORE IAN!!!!!!!

12 people, $500 000 and one crazy psychological reality-show-like experiment in Alaska. Let the games begin!

This was very different from Caras other books and yet equally good! The POV is changing with each chapter and so we can see the events unfold from several characters view. And what a group they were!

IAN - my favorite!! OMG, how I loved that crazy SOB! Cara, seriously, you NEED to write a story for him!! He was such a complex charac
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Emmie Dark
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Really enjoyed this book. Interesting plot that kept me reading to find out how it was going to end. Spooky, creepy and fascinating. There are a lot of characters to keep track of at the start, but they whittle down quickly and it's not too tough to manage to keep things clear.

Not entirely sure why it was an erotica book -- and it wasn't the spicy read I expected under the EC "Exotica" label. The storyline and what happened was interesting enough without the need for the explicit sex and the se
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Introvertitude
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: trashy-romance
Whoever handled Ms. McKenna's covers, titles and marketing did her a real disservice. I can't help thinking her profile would be much different with thoughtful and appropriate marketing (and by appropriate, I don't mean staid; just something mildly related to the story would be nice.)

The good - clearly Ms. McKenna gets way inside her characters' heads and deeply understands their motivations. She is unusually skilled at showing their motivations as well and does not often succumb to infodumps or
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Since she began writing in 2008, Cara McKenna has published nearly forty romances and erotic novels with a variety of publishers, sometimes under the pen names Meg Maguire and C.M. McKenna. Her stories have been acclaimed for their smart, modern voice and defiance of convention. She was a 2015 RITA Award finalist, a 2014 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award winner, a 2012 and 2011 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award ...more
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