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Under the Skin

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  516 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
Police detective Patrick Flaherty has no illusions about Russian mobster Alexei Boczar, but that doesn’t stop his fascination with the bodyguard to one of the most ruthless families in Chicago’s growing Eastern European crime community. From the moment Patrick meets Alexei’s eyes over the body of another Russian mobster, Alexei is a thorn in Patrick’s side, refusing to coo ...more
ebook, 194 pages
Published September 5th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press, LLC (first published September 1st 2011)
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Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
3.5 stars

This was a tough one to rate and review. Mostly because I had a major problem with it but then I absolutely love the ending so it's a toss up with what I want to rate it.

I have a ton of feelings towards this book but the one feeling that stands out the most is amazement. Amazement at how much these two MCs are like magnets to a fridge. I'm dead serious. They could not stand to be away from each other for long and when they were together they couldn't stand to NOT touch each other. It's
Gave this 5 stars the first time I read it ( Sept 2011 ) and it still gets 5 today.

Patrick and Alexai... Patya and his Lyosha! OMG do these guys generate some palpable sexual tension together!
This was one of my first m/m reads and I remember being engrossed when I first downloaded it. How can you resist a secretive Russian mobster complete with accent and tattoos- strong,silent, dangerous and sexy as hell! Pair him with an undercover cop who comes into contact with him during a case involving
Under The Skin is a wonderful example for sex kills plot.
200 pages - 10 sex scenes! Well written,likeable characters,chemistry was there,promising story but near the end I almost fell asleep.
A disappointment.
Juliana Philippa
I'll admit the first thing that drew me to this book was the cover (*guilty blush* don't pretend it didn't attract your attention too!), and after reading the summary I was further intrigued and thought it sounded like an interesting story. I'm still new to m/m romance, but have really enjoyed those I've read so far, and come on—good-guy police detective falls for bad-boy Russian mobster? Who doesn't want to know how that turns out?!

Unfortunately, the book fell a little short in its execution.
Aug 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, cuff-me-officer
I'll be the first to say I have a thing for a tattooed sexy mobster, throw in a hot cop and some awesome smexin, and I'm there. This story had very hot moments, very sweet moments, and I liked the ending a lot...But at times it felt a bit repetitive.

This is Alexei's and Patrick's story. Alexei is member of the Russian Mafia in Chicago working as an informant for the CPD, his contact in the department is Patrick. These two men have a serious attraction, they can't keep their hands off each other,
This? Deliciously angsty!

Chicago detective Patrick Flaherty and Russian mobster Alexei Boczar begin an illicit affair. Yum. There are quite a few hot, hot scenes when these two meet up. The more often that it happens things become about more than just sex and the angst is ramped up to eleven.

Will the cops find out that Patrick is in bed with a mobster, will the mob find out that Alexei is in bed with a cop? Will these two be able to navigate the minefield they find themselves in and survive the
Aղցela W.
This was a pretty good read. This book started with the two MC's already having sex like it started in the middle of it. The book also had some confusion for me with it going back and fourth in the beginning. Detective Patrick Flaherty is having an affair with Russian mobster Alexei Boczar when they meet it is over a dead body. These two meet in secret Patrick is trying to find a killer with each meeting the more they have sex which is hot. Alexei knows that he needs to cut the relationship off ...more
Deja Dei
Sep 05, 2011 rated it liked it
I went back and forth between liking this book and not as I read it. The passion between the two MCs is intense, they simply can't stay away from each other, and when they do hook up, WOW! More on that in a minute though...

I was skeptical when the book started on a sex scene, followed by a longish flashback. After I started to know the characters, though, I started to really like them and care about their struggles. Both Alexei and Patrick are strong-willed passionate men with their own codes of
Stacey Jo
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-crime
This is one book that I could not put down once I started reading. The story rolls off the page seamlessly, with just the right amount of angst, and LOADS of really really hot sex. I'm talking, blow your socks off, curl your toes, hot sex! These two have amazing chemistry that practically makes your eReader vibrate.

Patrick Flaherty is a police detective in Chicago in the organized crime division. He meets Alexei Boczar, a Russian mobster/bodyguard, when one of Alexei's associates is murdered. T
Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: maleonmale, m-a-f-i-a
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4 I fell under chemistry starz

This book had me completely wrapped for the chemistry that shot off the pages for the 2 MC’s

I usually can’t go for a book that has sex in the 1st chapter, cause I feel as if it was too soon, not enough time to get to know the characters, not enough feelings that I can wrap myself around and get lost…BUT… this book wrapped me around it’s pages, kept me, entrapped me, owned me

There are a few things that I love
¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★•°**★
Detective Patrick Flaherty & The Russian Mobster Alexei Boczar~Yum!

OMG~They had me at "Lyubimiy"♥..

An Adorable Love Story


The Language~I had to look up some terms and they worth it, they were soooooo smexy *heart melting*

The Book~

What I liked~

The Plot
The Mob/Copwritten works
The Written Works of Duty ,Honor, and Love.
The MCs and their Chemistry.

What I didn't like~

The Ending was reasonable ~ but, not my fav....(view spoiler)
T.A. Webb
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Patrick is an undercover cop, now working a case of a mob killing. Alexei is a bodyguard for one of the Russian family leader's son.

A killing brings them together for the first time, as Patrick investigates a hit that Alexei is a witness to. The chemistry abounds, and soon, the exchange of information for...favors...starts. Can these two take the attraction and make something more out of it than just sex?

I really enjoyed how Ms. Tachna and Ms. Bennett breathe life into these two guys. They becom
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sex, sex and then some more sex... but wait, I'm not done! Then there was some sex and then some more sex... oh, and then they had sex again... and guess what? They had SEX!!! *headdesk*

I realize that the basis for their relationship was largely due to sex in the beginning... but it would have been nice for them, at some point, to actually have a conversation that didn't begin or end with them jumping each other! Just sayin'!

I would have liked to have seen about 2/3 of the sex scenes taken out
Too much separated their hearts and the rest of their lives. He couldn’t stand for anything to separate their flesh.
A chance meeting over a dead body has brought CPD Patrick Flaherty to a situation he never imagined before. It started out as a thinly veiled half-lie about trying to get information from Russian mobster, Alexei Boczar, but quickly spiraled into something far more than that.

Slowly and without permission, their relationship develops from a simple exchange of lust to something fa

2.5 Stars

I had high hopes for this book, I mean just look at that cover, yes the cover had me, I love a great cover it’s the first thing you see and a really great cover will make me take notice of a book. After reading the blurb I thought yup this will be a good one.

Unfortunately there was trouble from the start. Alexei is suppose to be the character depicted on the cover, gorgeous, the problem is Alexei is always in a suit except when he gets naked with Patrick and not once in the whole story
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, ebook
3.5 stars

Smexy story about a hot detective who meets a smokin tattooed Russian mob bodyguard while on a case. They feel instant lust, meet up, under pretenses of exchanging information, and things get more involved. Each meeting more dangerous than the last, due firstly to Patrick being a cop, and secondly to the mob finding out not only that connection, but that Alexei is gay, which is punishable by death in their circles.

Still, these two cannot stay away from each other, as they become deeper
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have read it twice and it was as good the second time as it was the first but on the second read I slowed enough to appreciate the descriptions and care about the supporting cast. The first time through it was all about the heat and the craving and how sexy Alexei is and how fragile and damaged and how constant Patrick is. That Alexei can trust again is amazing. That Patrick knows that he should put his entire life on the line for the man, is also astonishing. It's not enough to say that I lov ...more
3.5 stars

The only issue I had with this book was that I felt very confused and out of place for the first third of the story. It was kind of like being dropped in the middle of a story that had so many plotlines already in play that I was positive I somehow missed the first 100 pages.

However, do not worry too much on that. Once I got over my silly befuddlement and was able to just go with it, I really enjoyed the rest. I just loved how passionate Alexi and Patrick were. So intense and protective
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: already-lent
I really enjoyed this book. Thankfully not too focused on police work and investigations as that is not my favorite. Loved the way Alexi and Patrick couldn't keep their hands and other parts off of eachother. Very smexy. Nothing too angsty, didn't make me cry, just a nice story.
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
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Edina Rose
Sep 05, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Story of a cop and a mobster with a very happy end.

I liked the two MC a lot, both strong and flawed men, both torn between duty and love. I liked how they broke up many times but couldn't stay away from each other, I love how hard they tried to pretend it was just casual until they could not lie to themselves anymore. I liked the endearments in Russian (didn't know Russian could be so sexy!). I liked the happy end, the life they created for themselves, peaceful, restful. They deserved
Awilk -never sleeps-
This book is really hard for me to rate. There was things I liked and things I didn't.

Let me start with what I liked.

The dual pov.

Both of the main characters.

I enjoyed getting to know both of the MC's. I actually thought that they were both well thought out characters. I ended up feeling for the situation they were in and wanted them to get there happy ending.

What I didn't like.

The writing was very repetitive at times. I was reading the same words over and over.
There truly was far too much sex,
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Alexei and Patrick are an intense and passionate couple but it is Alexei who stood out, grabbed and held my attention throughout. Given who he is and his role... the words of endearment and intimacy in Russian evoked so much emotion, potency, and tenderness... This is a story of strong attraction and deep love. One other important factor that made me "really like it" is that the story focuses on the evolving relationship between Alexei and Patrick (albeit against a backdrop of danger and secrecy ...more
Nov 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Constant change of pov. We get 10 sentences from Patrick's view, then 10 from Alexei view. It's like the authors got together on messenger and decided to write a book. One writing Patrick, one writing Alexei and then they would each add a bit until they had enough text for a book.
3 stars.
Loved Patrick and Alexei ' s relationship...However if the authors used the term "lovers" one more time I was going to scream my face off.
3.5 stars.
A bit too much sex for the amount of story/plot for me, which is rather a shame as I usually really like what these author's produce. Overall, though, I still enjoyed reading it.
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very Nice. A true love story.
Limor Moyal
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, enemies-to-lovers
It was a nice surprise, although the sex scenes were excessive to my liking. all in all it was a fine read.
Wolf Kotur
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperback
I really liked the concept of this! Since I've always been fascinated by the mob/mafia/yakuza/etc world and how they work, I've watched many documentaries, read books (nonfiction as well as fun stories), and talked to friends and people about this part of our society, this story and concept was really appealing to me. While the detective/mobster is a bit of a cliche (but many good things come from a bit of cliche-ness) for my taste, I loved the character of Alexei and the tattoos and watching hi ...more
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