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Home Within Skin

4.78  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A homeless trans man and an alien sex worker ruin each other's nights, film a porno, and fall in love.


Jax, a disabled trans man with more hangups than belongings, has survived two years of homelessness by keeping his head down and refusing to trust. The intergalactic Rrhi immigration reshaping life on Earth seems irrelevant until Jax sneaks into a hotel hoping for a res
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Skye Kilaen
I was one of the final beta readers on this alien M/M romance with a bi trans man protagonist by a transmasc author. IT. IS. SO. GOOD. If you're at all interested in alien romance, trans writers, or snarky main characters, give this a try. One of the things I always love about jem's work is zir commitment to reflecting the lives of characters who live on the edge economically - not as hopeless or noble suffering, but as just *life*. The bad and the good. That is in full display here.

It's in seco
A.L. Lester
Nov 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I came upon this book from a GR rec and it didn’t disappoint. I loved the premise…here’s our world…but aliens turned up in 2004. Humans don’t like them much and treat them as second class citizens. I liked the way the alien Rrhi culture was drip-fed into the story rather than info-dumped. And I think the stab at depicting how humanity would treat an alien species who had to leave their home planet and turn up on Earth asking for help is pretty accurate. Humans are so disappointing, generally.

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Dec 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
"If you won't be nice to yourself, I'm obligated to do it for you."

Sci-fi romance between Jax, a transmasc homeless man, and Sei-ves, an alien hooker. Jax deals with gender dysphoria, PTSD from abuse and epilepsy. While Sei-ves deals with hate and prejudice from being an alien and his profession.

The is told in second person POV so you really experience how Jax feels within his own body and life. If you don't mind that type of POV I really recommend giving this a chance. The intimacy scenes betw
Maryann Kafka
Oct 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an unbelievably, fantastic story from Jem Zero. Sei-vesz and Jax are two absolutely unforgettable and wonderful characters! Their story is funny at times but it’s also sad as they face adversity from society.

Aliens have come to Detroit in 2004. Rrhi are aliens that have escaped their planet and come to earth. Michigan Law protects and has given Rrhi the ability to
integrate in the communities. They have the right to make a new and safe start in a new world. They gain education to find a
Well, this was an unexpected delight despite the heavy subject matters.

The story is entirely written in 2nd person but it fits the story very nicely and did not stop me at all from getting attached.
Jax is a unique character to follow. When we meet him, he has been living on the streets for two years. He is unwilling to let any of his friends help, he suffers from dysphoria and past trauma from his abusive family, he has little money and only his car as far as possessions go. His struggle between
Quenby Harley
Sep 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of Jem Zero's new book "A Home Within Skin" and I have THOUGHTS. It feels a little weird writing this, given that I've already recorded a full podcast episode where I fangirl about the book with Jem zirself!

The story explores the relationship between a homeless disabled trans man and a snarky alien sex worker. Throughout the book the dynamic between Jax and Sei-vész is beautifully written and feels incredibly real. Despite the
Jaecyn Bone
Oct 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was honored to receive an ARC of Jem Zero’s novel, Home Within Skin.

Home Within Skin is a precarious journey through the life of a homeless trans man, Jackson (Jax) Gale. Haunted by PTSD, life isn’t easy for Jax but relying on people for help isn’t something he’s willing to do, no matter how much they say they love and care for him. Surviving takes everything, so when he finds himself enamored by the stunning Rrhi sex worker, Sei-vész, a man as tantalizing as he is frustrating, things start t
E.M. Hamill
Oct 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Jem Zero's writing for a couple of years now, and Home Within Skin is one of zir best books to date.
Jax's story is often uncomfortable, and rightly so. His own choices and fears keep him on the streets, something which seems alien to those of us lucky enough to have a full-time roof over our heads. Sei-vesz's choice to be a sex worker is another glimpse into a world most people do not understand.
The relationship between Jax and Sei-vesz--the whole story, in fact--is unconvent
Katharine Blair
Sep 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
There's a beautiful tenderness given here to the trans experience. Jackson's anxieties around trust and acceptance are handled with care while never taking away from what is, at its core, a truly sexy story about two men pushing through cultural expectation to find each other and fight for the love they want most. Great writing, innovative world building, and a nod to a better lens on our world, Home Within Skin made my weekend. Let it make yours. ...more
Jan 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This may be the first time I've ever stuck with a 2nd-person POV, and then only because I'd read somewhere an explanation of why ze made that choice (can't remember the reasoning now). But it worked. This whole book made me think and made me feel (and was sexy too) and I suspect I'll be mulling over it for a while (so I bought another copy in print). Looking forward to zir next work. ...more
Mindi Briar
Dec 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was amazing! The characters felt so real and vivid in their flaws and personal baggage, but still easy to empathize with. Honestly this book's romance felt more like a real-life relationship than a lot of romances I've read lately. It was messy but tender and honest. And the descriptions of alien anatomy in the sex scenes were super creative! A well deserved 5 stars. ...more
Julie Bedwell
Sep 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love the characters in this book. I think they are well written and relatable. My heart hurts for Jackson and the body dysphoria he faces and for the discrimination Sei-vész faces. Their relationship is not one that is easily forged. I like seeing both of them learn how to be with the other. This is a new to me author that I would like to read more from in the future.
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