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Under the Skin

(Skin Quartet #4)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Born poor and raised on the streets, celebrated bridge builder and billionaire, Mic Vargas is knee-deep in the construction of a trouble-plagued bridge from Manhattan to New Jersey. He really can't afford to take in a stray thief and fall in love with her. But when a beautiful, snappy-tongued, illegal immigrant literally drops at his feet, he becomes consumed with saving h ...more
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Published June 19th 2019
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N.N. Light
Mic Vargas once loved tagging bridges and living on the street. Now, he builds bridges instead of tagging them but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t crave the freedom of living on the street. While visiting his construction site at night, a street kid falls at his feet and he sees a chance to give back. Little does he know that saving this kid is going to take more than money and it could cost him his own life.

Lena’s never had an easy life, being an illegal immigrant is hard enough but when her fath
InD'tale Magazine
This steamy billionaire romance will capture the attention of readers of this genre and leave them satisfied by the end of the read, steering them to read the previous three books in the series!

Read full review in the 2019 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Judi Easley
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance readers, romance thriller readers, bad-makes-good romance readers
Recommended to Judi by: finish a good series...
Under the Skin
Skin Quartet Book 4
Zara West
Wild Rose Press, June 19, 2019
217 pages, Kindle, nook book
Contemporary Romance Thriller
Provided by Author


This cover coordinates with the first three very well and uses elements of the story nicely – the couple, the bridge, and the city in the distance. These would make a nice gift set or would look really great used as a display on a shelf once they’re all available in paperback. The covers are subtle but have a wonderful impact and go so well with
Ana Morgan
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cat burglar Lena Correr steals trinkets from the rich to support her illegal immigrant family, but when she crashes into Mic Vargas during a getaway, he is enthralled. Mic used to outrun the cops, too, before he lost his leg, and before he became a renowned bridge architect.

Crime boss Jax Wheeler also has his eye on Lena. He wants her nimble fingers and lithe body to steal for him and demonstrates what will happen to Lena’s mother and younger brothers by slitting his rent collector’s throat. Len
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars
I received a free copy of the novel Under the Skin: The Skin Quartet, Book 4 by Zara West and this review was given freely.
Now an adult and a billionaire architect and philanthropist, Hangar aka Mic's is frustrated by the limited freedom caused by his amputation and locals attempting to stop his bridge building. On a nighttime excursion, Mic has a chance encounter with the illegal alien and thief Lena which places him back in the clutches of Jax and Bear, the men instrumental in his amput
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Of all the books contained within this series, this final novel proves to have the most poignant, thought-provoking, and perhaps relatable observation of them all. Up until this point, we have seen a focus on characters who were wealthy billionaires, tattoo artists, and some who lived on the streets. In this final novel we see a focus on Mic, a man who just ten years before was a kid living on the streets, putting up graffiti tags all over the city with his protective sister. He’s now a successf ...more
Bobbie Kirkland
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of UNDER THE SKIN by Zara West through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Lena Correr and her family are illegal immigrants. When Lena’s father was arrested and detained, Lena’s life changed; she dropped out of college for fear of being discovered and ended up becoming a thief to pay back the sleazy attorney who failed to keep Lena’s father from being deported. Mic Vargas is an architect who spent part of his childhood homeless; he’s familiar with the neighborhood ...more
Maria Reynoso
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Growing up as an illegal immigrant, Lena is forced to dropout of college and become a thief when her father is taken by ICE. On the run from the cops, Lena literally crashes into Mic. Mic, formerly known as Hangar, is now a famous architect and engineer who designs and builds bridges. As Lena is coerced to work for a truly evil man, Jax, will she trust Mir with her family and their lives? Will Mir learn to trust Lena and be honest with himself and acknowledge his true feelings or will he let wha ...more
Kathleen Buckley
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked the three previous books of Zara West’s Skin Quartet a lot. The fourth, Under the Skin, is the best of all, in my opinion. I won’t outline the plot: you probably wouldn’t be reading reviews if you hadn’t already read the blurb, or else you’ve probably read someone else’s review and have an idea of what the book is about. I will say that it’s set about ten years after the third book, Within the Skin, and takes up the story of Hanger, Alba/El Toro’s little brother. No longer a difficult te ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An engaging read of hope, Lena is doing what she thinks is the only thing she can to keep her family safe and fed by stealing. She keeps getting deeper and deeper in trouble and gets to the point of no return. She has a hard time trusting anyone so she pushes Mic away when he tries to help. An emotional up and down rollercoaster ride. As much as I do not like someone who resorts to stealing, you can really feel the turmoil within Lena with the choices she had to make to payoff the debt they got ...more
Kelly-Jo Sweeney
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
There was a lot to like about this book. With its look at homelessness, illegal immigrants, the way that women who are vulnerable are treated and the like, there was a great deal to this story. While one part of our couple, Lena, is faced with being at the whim of all kinds of unpleasant people, struggling to keep her families head above water, Mic has been there but managed to escape.

This is the fourth in the series and having not read the other books, I haven't got any knowledge of the charact
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know, I think that the author did a really great job of describing how uncomfortable Mic is in the skin he is currently wearing.  The frustration and the desire to be somewhere or someone else is palpable.  

And that's why I get his fascination with our lady thief.  She is his escape, his chance to find his way back to something that matters to him - a reminder perhaps of who he was.

This is a well written story, with a decent plot line and a heartfelt (albeit frustrating) back and forth betwe
This tale was often sweet and sappy, and at times overly dramatic. But the basic plot was rather intriguing and the main characters fairly agreeable. They were often dumber than a box of rocks, but always trying to protect one another and those they loved.

I won a free eBook copy of this title from the author in a contest hosted by Xpresso Readers Lounge, and have willingly given an honest review.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read. It pulls you in and keeps your interest till the end. It was well written, had great characters and storyline. The chemistry, the past, the future and the romance made a great story. I received it as an arc and this is my voluntary review.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received from Xpresso Book Tours

I was mesmerized by the story... We follow Mic and Lena. Mic grew up poor, he and his sister lived on the streets and tried to survive. Now they are both very rich, living a comfortable life. But Mic still likes to put on a disguise and wander the streets.

Lena is a cat burglar. When her father got deported, she had to quit college and help her family the only way she could. One night she robes Mic's place and he catches her. But instead of getting mad and pressing
Christine Campbell
He used to be. Street rat who tagged bridges. He is now a bridge builder but he is also a prince. She is just a poor illegal immigrant who is a thief. They meet and the sparks fly. It will capture your attention and will have u wanting more. I enjoyed reading this book
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Born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Zara spends winters in New York where the streets hum with life, summers in the Maritimes where the sea can be cruel, and the rest of the year anywhere inspiration for tales of adventure, mystery, and romance are plentiful.

Swept off her feet by her own Indiana Jones, Zara has followed sheep and goats up and down mountainsides in Greece, Crete, and Italy, been stran

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