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After ten years of blissful marriage, Navy Pilot Nate Chandler is divorcing his cheating husband. Single for the first time in years, Nate is numb to all emotion and kisses any chance of another relationship goodbye. Not only is Nate struggling to get through this divorce, but his body is branded with a permanent reminder of his failed marriage: a matching tattoo with his e After ten years of blissful marriage, Navy Pilot Nate Chandler is divorcing his cheating husband. Single for the first time in years, Nate is numb to all emotion and kisses any chance of another relationship goodbye. Not only is Nate struggling to get through this divorce, but his body is branded with a permanent reminder of his failed marriage: a matching tattoo with his ex. Searching for a place to cover up his old tattoo, Nate finds himself at the Skin Deep, Inc., where he meets the young and charming cover-up tattoo apprentice, Lucas Brandt. From just flirty glances to steamy hot encounters, Nate and Lucas dive headfirst into a fling of hookups. But worried that he’ll forever be Nate’s “cover up” rebound relationship, Lucas fears that their love won’t be anything more than just skin deep. What was once just a casual attraction, Lucas now hopes to turn into a real relationship. But will he be able to convince the still tender-hearted Nate to fall in love again?


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After ten years of blissful marriage, Navy Pilot Nate Chandler is divorcing his cheating husband. Single for the first time in years, Nate is numb to all emotion and kisses any chance of another relationship goodbye. Not only is Nate struggling to get through this divorce, but his body is branded with a permanent reminder of his failed marriage: a matching tattoo with his e After ten years of blissful marriage, Navy Pilot Nate Chandler is divorcing his cheating husband. Single for the first time in years, Nate is numb to all emotion and kisses any chance of another relationship goodbye. Not only is Nate struggling to get through this divorce, but his body is branded with a permanent reminder of his failed marriage: a matching tattoo with his ex. Searching for a place to cover up his old tattoo, Nate finds himself at the Skin Deep, Inc., where he meets the young and charming cover-up tattoo apprentice, Lucas Brandt. From just flirty glances to steamy hot encounters, Nate and Lucas dive headfirst into a fling of hookups. But worried that he’ll forever be Nate’s “cover up” rebound relationship, Lucas fears that their love won’t be anything more than just skin deep. What was once just a casual attraction, Lucas now hopes to turn into a real relationship. But will he be able to convince the still tender-hearted Nate to fall in love again?

30 review for Cover Up

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰

    “Uh-huh.” Lucas sounded drunk. “Your cock is awesome.” DNF at 17% This is my second DNF and low rating in a row, and I'm pretty sure - just like Lucas' sex life... I'm cursed. I tried. I really really did ... This wasn't a humor book but I found myself laughing and cringing instead of focusing on the romance. Also, I would just like to note. This book has caused me to create a 'don't think with your dick' shelf. Need I say more? I have a general rule of getting to a 100 pages in a book before I “Uh-huh.” Lucas sounded drunk. “Your cock is awesome.” DNF at 17% This is my second DNF and low rating in a row, and I'm pretty sure - just like Lucas' sex life... I'm cursed. I tried. I really really did ... This wasn't a humor book but I found myself laughing and cringing instead of focusing on the romance. Also, I would just like to note. This book has caused me to create a 'don't think with your dick' shelf. Need I say more? I have a general rule of getting to a 100 pages in a book before I am allowed to put it down if it isn't for me or keep going if I love it. I couldn't with this one. This was the adult representation of a kid being forced to pick a random book because it's 'library time', and going on the computers wasn't allowed. _________ The Chemistry (If there was any...) So I don't know about you, ladies and gentlemen... but if ever, I were to be fresh out of a divorce - I would find it highly unrealistic to be so attracted to the first man you see that you just want to jump their bones. Especially if the marriage was over after a decade and it was due to cheating. I'd be mad and upset and angry... maybe that's just me. Who knows? "It had been so long since he’d entertained any genuine lust for someone who wasn’t Caleb, it was overwhelming. Or maybe Lucas was just that attractive." It had been the first five chapters and they were already fucking... The lack of substance between their relationship really irked me... Did they even know each others second name? Also, the dialogue between both of them was an effort to make things hot and sexy, but personally - I found it to be cringey and way too mushy to be realistic. “You know, this couch is the perfect size for some sixty-nine.” Just a question. Maybe I'm just dumb as fuck but what the hell does this even mean?... “Neither do I. But it’s been a long time since I’ve actually had good sex. So.” He shrugged as the smile turned to a wicked grin. “I’ve got plenty left if you do.” Plenty left of what? - Ability to fuck.. -*whispers* semen? - Energy? Let's go with energy, that seems the least messed up. The Writing The writing to me felt very childish and it lacked the right devices for the story to come alive off the pages. It was a lot of grade -school writing like "this happened and then this, later this happened as well". I find the writing is very essential to me for the story, the sparks, the love to actually bloom as I turn the pages. There was no imagery to the descriptions so I couldn't visualize any of the characters, the setting or the environment and tone that the place gave off. "And did it count if he was blowing off work to, well, blow a client?" I would like to sexy end this sexy short review with a very sexy quote from our very sexy main character. sexy. “Even if I don’t have it in me to get it up again, that doesn’t mean I can’t take care of you.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I've put off this review long enough, but I've been trying to gather my thoughts and they are simply... lackluster. Like this book... I started off really enjoying this series, or as much as I enjoy any L.A. Witt book, but I've been struggling with her writing lately and this book goes along with that trend. I struggled to get through Cover Up. It took me a long time to read it, and I kept skimming the sex scenes that seemed to never stop coming. The biggest problem with this book is that it is r I've put off this review long enough, but I've been trying to gather my thoughts and they are simply... lackluster. Like this book... I started off really enjoying this series, or as much as I enjoy any L.A. Witt book, but I've been struggling with her writing lately and this book goes along with that trend. I struggled to get through Cover Up. It took me a long time to read it, and I kept skimming the sex scenes that seemed to never stop coming. The biggest problem with this book is that it is repetitive. So, so much so. Like many L.A. Witt books, this book lacks direction and a true plot. Nothing every happens. The characters complain about their jobs and have copious amounts of sex. Now, I wish it was hot sex and then maybe I could forgive the book for its constant repetition, but the sex felt rote and almost icky after awhile. The sex was just really bad for me, which lowered my rating a ton. I hate when characters slur from being turned on... is that a thing? I would think my partner was having a stroke. I was really looking forward to this book after the last book ended with Nate's divorce, but the chemistry in Cover Up was nearly nonexistent for me. I nearly cringed at times, the chemistry was so awkward and forced. I don't know what happened with this one. Lots of telling and little showing, sex scenes that kept coming, even when I hoped they would stop, and just a lack of substance. I'm stopping this series at this point. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

  3. 5 out of 5

    ~Mindy Lynn~

    3.75 STARS! I was looking forward to this book considering how the last book ended with Nate a mess after finding his husband with another man in their bed. I wanted his story especially when I found his love interest was going to be Lucas. I was intrigued by both men and thought they would be a hot interesting couple. I was right. Nate is in the middle of a divorce and selling the home he shared with Caleb, his cheating ex. He's in the stage of being angry and just wanting to numb his feelings. 3.75 STARS! I was looking forward to this book considering how the last book ended with Nate a mess after finding his husband with another man in their bed. I wanted his story especially when I found his love interest was going to be Lucas. I was intrigued by both men and thought they would be a hot interesting couple. I was right. Nate is in the middle of a divorce and selling the home he shared with Caleb, his cheating ex. He's in the stage of being angry and just wanting to numb his feelings. So he drinks to cope. But when he mentions his thoughts on wanting to cover up a tattoo that matches the one he and his ex share, Jon takes him to meet Lucas who is known for being brilliant at covering up bad tattoos. When the men meet the attraction is instant. They fumble around for awhile during the consolation but soon express each others attraction with a steamy kiss. Lust is the driving force when they decide to be friends with benefits. But soon they are spending more time together and taking a weekend trip together and things are not feeling as casual as they once were. They both start having strong feelings for one another but there is a problem neither has paid much attention to. Nate and Caleb's divorce and the feelings Nate hasn't dealt with. Lucas my be a decade or more younger than Nate, but he can understand and relate to what Nate is going through with a divorce since he has been divorced twice. Yes, twice. He was young with both marriages and neither lasted very long, but he knows what it is like going through the divorce motions. But once Lucas realizes that he's just been a cover up for Nate's feelings about his divorce and his ex it doesn't settle well with him. He doesn't like that he has been used. He knows there are real feelings between him and Nate but he must make the hard choice to stay or go because his heart is at stake too. I really liked both men and enjoyed reading about them falling in love. I love a romance book that has subtle touches like a kiss on the temple or the forehead. Cuddling. A brush of a hand through the hair. I enjoy these kinds of tender moments. I find them sweet and makes the couple feel more intimate than when they are getting their sexy on and this book had many of those moments which makes my inner romantic gal swoon. They were very sweet together. My problem with the book was just how there wasn't a lot going on besides the lust infused sex. We didn't get into the gritty of the divorce. We didn't spend much time outside of Lucas and Nate where they interacted or hung out with other people. If they did it was short lived. I guess I just wanted a bit more of them with together but around other people as well. It would have made story feel fuller. IMO of course. I enjoyed it and thought it was a great addition to the series. Happy reading dolls! xx **I received an ARC from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wendys Wycked Words

    I have read the first book in this series, but I skipped the second. I will go back to read that one, If you are like me and don't mind reading books out of order, no worries, cause this one can be read as a stand alone ;) Nate's marriage of 10 years has ended, because his husband cheated on him. Now he wants the tattoo, that reminds him of his ex, to be covered. This is where Lucas comes in....tattoo apprentice at Skin Deep Inc. Lucas is quite a bit younger than Nate, and he himself has been thro I have read the first book in this series, but I skipped the second. I will go back to read that one, If you are like me and don't mind reading books out of order, no worries, cause this one can be read as a stand alone ;) Nate's marriage of 10 years has ended, because his husband cheated on him. Now he wants the tattoo, that reminds him of his ex, to be covered. This is where Lucas comes in....tattoo apprentice at Skin Deep Inc. Lucas is quite a bit younger than Nate, and he himself has been through more than one divorce already. He understands how Nate is feeling. Since they are both extremely attracted to each other, and neither is looking for a relationship, they decide to go the "friends with benefits" route. Of course there are these things called "feelings" ... and they can't help but falling for one another. But Nate is not quite over his ex just yet.... I enjoyed this book, and the sexscenes were extremely HOT. It just didn't blow me away. I guess I wanted something more... more story, maybe a bit more angst... My reviews are posted on Dirty Books Obsession

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christelle

    This book is part of the “Skin Deep Inc.” series but can be read as a standalone. It featured 2 MCs that were briefly introduced in the previous book : Nate, a military man, freshly separated from his husband after 10 years of marriage and Lucas, a tattoo apprentice, ten years younger but with already 2 divorces on his belt. Nate is left stunned by the cheating and ending of his marriage. Not one for casual sex, he’s taken by surprise by the instant lust he feels when meeting Lucas, such an easy This book is part of the “Skin Deep Inc.” series but can be read as a standalone. It featured 2 MCs that were briefly introduced in the previous book : Nate, a military man, freshly separated from his husband after 10 years of marriage and Lucas, a tattoo apprentice, ten years younger but with already 2 divorces on his belt. Nate is left stunned by the cheating and ending of his marriage. Not one for casual sex, he’s taken by surprise by the instant lust he feels when meeting Lucas, such an easy-going guy but totally swamped by the 3 jobs he needs to pay the bills and by a lack of confidence in his tattooing skills. They instantly agree to give each other sexual satisfaction and, oh boy, leave it to LA Witt to deliver hot chemistry, good banter and STEAMY sex aplenty. Their relationship is easy and feelings develops in increment as they spend more and more time together, but can they really built something solid or is it just a rebound thing, a “cover up”, for Nate ? Nothing original here but I got exactly what I expected from this author and that I always enjoy : the light read, the easy-going and fun characters, the steady pace towards love, not sought out but not fought against and the hotness of the sex scenes filled with tenderness. ** A copy of “Cover up” was kindly provided to me by the publisher “St Martin’s Press Swerve” via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review**

  6. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    3.5* Navy Pilot Nate Chandler had been happily married for ten years until he discovered his husband Caleb cheating and now he's getting divorced. Ten years is such a long time and he's struggling to come to terms with how his life has changed and why. One constant reminder is the matching tattoo on his arm and so he decides to have it covered and heads to Skin Deep and the cover up artist Lucas. Lucas is younger than Nate but already has two divorces to his name so he understands what Nate is goin 3.5* Navy Pilot Nate Chandler had been happily married for ten years until he discovered his husband Caleb cheating and now he's getting divorced. Ten years is such a long time and he's struggling to come to terms with how his life has changed and why. One constant reminder is the matching tattoo on his arm and so he decides to have it covered and heads to Skin Deep and the cover up artist Lucas. Lucas is younger than Nate but already has two divorces to his name so he understands what Nate is going through. Lucas is instantly attracted to Nate and realises that he's happy to be his rebound guy. So Nate and Lucas start to see each other and it soon becomes obvious it's more than just sex between them but is Nate over Caleb or is he just using Lucas as a distraction? I liked both Nate and Lucas and really wanted it to work out for them, we also get to briefly catch up with the previous guys. It's always difficult to find the right balance when an ex is involved since I hate it when the ex overshadows the current but while I felt the divorce was maybe mentioned a little too much I didn't feel Caleb had a too large part, obviously after ten years he's going to cast a huge shadow over Nate's life anyway. As always with this series there's a lot of sex and in places it felt a little repetitive (divorce and the three jobs that Lucas has) but all in all it's a good read. I voluntarily read a review copy kindly provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

    ***4 Stars*** Favorite of the series! One thing I've loved the most about this series is the ease in which L.A. Witt writes the evolution of the relationships, and that shines brightest for me in this book. Both Lucas and Nate have dealt with divorces in their lives, most recently for Nate, so they were able to understand each other when it came to hesitations about any type of serious commitment. Easy...they both wanted easy. And with the electric connection these two share right from the start, ***4 Stars*** Favorite of the series! One thing I've loved the most about this series is the ease in which L.A. Witt writes the evolution of the relationships, and that shines brightest for me in this book. Both Lucas and Nate have dealt with divorces in their lives, most recently for Nate, so they were able to understand each other when it came to hesitations about any type of serious commitment. Easy...they both wanted easy. And with the electric connection these two share right from the start, they had plenty of activities to keep their minds off of anything beyond their attraction and libido. But you know how it goes...those pesky feelings find a way of creeping in, especially when it's so easy to be around each other. Beyond the bedroom there was a comfort that settled something for both men. However, I understood Lucas's insecurities about being nothing more than a rebound and I sympathized with Nate's turmoil with reconciling his bitter feelings about his divorce and the quickly growing feelings for Lucas. Even though Nate primarily went with an avoidance technique, when everything finally caught up to him, my heart broke. But even with all that, the angst was fairly low in the book...while the heat was notched up to scorching! There were moments of slow and sensual intermixed with frenzied and passionate and all of it just kept building and deepening the connection between the two men. The epilogue was sweet and gave a look into where each of the couples in this series are heading...for some it's wedding bells for others it's building a home. But no matter what, it's clear they are all in love and have a happy future ahead of them. ***ARC courtesy of publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review***

  8. 4 out of 5

    Meags

    4 Stars I’m three for three on the reading satisfaction scale where this series is concerned. In the third book of Witt’s Skin Deep Inc. series, Nate is picking up the pieces of his life in the aftermath of catching his husband of ten years cheating. Desperately needing a tattooed reminder of his ex removed from his body, Nat is sent to Lucas at Skin Deep Inc., who is an apprentice (in name only) and an expert in tattoo alterations and cover-ups. Nat and Lucas are instantly attracted to one anothe 4 Stars I’m three for three on the reading satisfaction scale where this series is concerned. In the third book of Witt’s Skin Deep Inc. series, Nate is picking up the pieces of his life in the aftermath of catching his husband of ten years cheating. Desperately needing a tattooed reminder of his ex removed from his body, Nat is sent to Lucas at Skin Deep Inc., who is an apprentice (in name only) and an expert in tattoo alterations and cover-ups. Nat and Lucas are instantly attracted to one another, and although Nat has lived his entire life as a serial monogamist, he decides maybe the time has come to engage in a little commitment-free fun with the gorgeous, slightly younger, tattoo artist. The themes and dynamics between Nat and Lucas follow along the same paths as those previously trekked by Jon and Matt in Pounding Skin, with each couple initially coming together under the guise of some no-strings-attached sex-filled-fun, while everyone remains adamant that a relationship is off the table, even well past the point that the pairs are very much coupled up and experiencing “deep feelings” for one another. Although annoying, the denial of said feelings and want of a relationship is basically what has kept each of these stories going. Reader reactions to this series seem to be split down the middle, and although I fall squarely in the camp of enjoyment, I do understand many of the responses put forth by my peers who perhaps didn’t enjoy the series as much. I’ve read several times that some readers have found the story arcs and the character dynamics too similar from one story to the next, and many people feel the stories are overly long and redundantly repetitive. I agree with all of these observations, but for some reason I wasn’t as affected by these issues as some of my friends, which is fairly surprising because my personal track record with Witt’s books before this year wasn’t very impressive. For me, my enjoyment of this particular series has to do with the romantic dynamic of tattoo artist and military man. I don’t really care if each couple is the same type of pairing; it’s a combination that works for me and I relished my way through all three sweet and sexy books. Overall, this was a win for me, but I do suggest potential readers browse the reviews and make an informed decision based on their likes and dislikes. I will say though, if you enjoyed books one and two, I’m fairly confident you’ll also enjoy this one. P.S. Fans of Daniel and Colin from Back Piece will delight in their (brief but heart-melting) presence in this story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    ✨ jamieson ✨

    I pretty much only read one smutty romance a year so when I finally choose one out I want it to be something quick and easy to read and entertaining and for me Cover Up was all of those things Cover Up follows Nate, a man who's in the middle of a divorce from his husband of ten years, Caleb. He goes into a tattoo parlour to get a tattoo that's significant to his marriage covered up, and the artist, Lucas, is someone he has an instant connection with. The two start a casual sexual relationship whi I pretty much only read one smutty romance a year so when I finally choose one out I want it to be something quick and easy to read and entertaining and for me Cover Up was all of those things Cover Up follows Nate, a man who's in the middle of a divorce from his husband of ten years, Caleb. He goes into a tattoo parlour to get a tattoo that's significant to his marriage covered up, and the artist, Lucas, is someone he has an instant connection with. The two start a casual sexual relationship which slowly develops into a more serious relationship through the book For me, I thought the chemistry was there enough for me to be on board with the relationship, and I definitely think the author portrayed the 'rebound' part of the relationship, and in contrast, the more emotional serious aspects. I don't think the instantaneous connection was so unbelievable at the start like some reviewers say, because for me it was pretty obvious it was a lust/one night stand kind of thing (or at least was supposed to be) at the start I was actually pleasantly surprised with how well this book developed it's characters, and dealt with themes outside of the immediate romance. Both Lucas and Nate were characters that were pretty well written for such a short book, and you get a good idea of who both of them are outside of the romance. This book also deals with so many other topics - and actually manages to discuss them well without detracting from the romantic elements. I was really pleasantly surprised, and happy, with how Lucas' bisexuality was portrayed. The outright use of the word bisexual and the discussions around how bisexuality is perceived within the queer community was actually really satisfying to read and I was so happy it was there and well represented. I think the slow-burn element does still come through in this book - even though the sex is in like, the third chapter, there is still slow burn as Lucas and Nate become more emotionally invested in eachother and I liked how that played out, especially as it was more seriously intertwined with the discussions around divorce and how Nate especially was dealing with his divorce, and using Lucas as a cover up. Overall I was actually so pleasantly surprised by this book. I expected to just be entertained by something quick and smutty but I ended up so much more invested in the characters and the issues then I expected. It was nice that the discussion around bisexuality was there, and overall I just really did have fun reading this. I'd definitely give the others in the series a go when I feel like smutty romance again some time next year. Be warned though, in case this bothers you, there is aloooot of smut in this book - wayy more sex chapters then I thought there would be to be honest

  10. 4 out of 5

    L.A. Witt

    October 2017.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    3.5 Stars! Salacious, flirty, and ardent! Cover Up, the latest novel in the Skin Deep Inc. series is a passionate, steamy tale involving the betrayed, resentful Nate who is struggling to come to terms with the end of his marriage and Lucas the young, hardworking tattoo artist with little self-confidence but huge talent. The writing is crisp and clear. The characters are handsome, diligent, and likable. And the plot, although a little repetitive, has lots of dirty talk, chemistry, lust, sex, emotion 3.5 Stars! Salacious, flirty, and ardent! Cover Up, the latest novel in the Skin Deep Inc. series is a passionate, steamy tale involving the betrayed, resentful Nate who is struggling to come to terms with the end of his marriage and Lucas the young, hardworking tattoo artist with little self-confidence but huge talent. The writing is crisp and clear. The characters are handsome, diligent, and likable. And the plot, although a little repetitive, has lots of dirty talk, chemistry, lust, sex, emotion, and love.  Cover Up is the third novel in the "Skin Deep Inc." series and even though I was really looking forward to reading Nate's tale, I have to admit I would have liked just a little bit more depth to the storyline. However, saying that, Witt is still one of my favourite authors of this genre and you can be sure that her next release will once again be on my TBR list. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews can be found on my blog at https://whatsbetterthanbooks.com

  12. 4 out of 5

    Trio

    I was so pleased with L.A. Witt’s latest novel, Cover Up! Both Nate and Lucas were adorable from the start and I was rooting for them the whole way through the story. The banter was really sweet, funny, and (best of all) real. That was the overwhelming feeling I got through the whole book - it all felt real. Witt’s wonderful descriptions of what it is like to have a relationship with someone in the military, Nate’s process of dealing with a cheating spouse, and finding love again. It was all done I was so pleased with L.A. Witt’s latest novel, Cover Up! Both Nate and Lucas were adorable from the start and I was rooting for them the whole way through the story. The banter was really sweet, funny, and (best of all) real. That was the overwhelming feeling I got through the whole book - it all felt real. Witt’s wonderful descriptions of what it is like to have a relationship with someone in the military, Nate’s process of dealing with a cheating spouse, and finding love again. It was all done extremely well. This was a terrific book and I’m going back now to read the first two in the series!

  13. 4 out of 5

    True Loveislovereview

    It's al about recovering and not only from a tattoo Lucas works at the tattoo shop. Just one of his three jobs. He covers up tattoos and he is the best.. Nate being in a divorce for months now wants his tattoo covered by something else. When they meet sparks are flying. Lucas and Nate meet outside the shop and the heat is on.... Hookups they are and nothing more... right...! Only they are the best hookups ever! After Lucas understand his own feelings are more than that he breaks up because cover up a It's al about recovering and not only from a tattoo Lucas works at the tattoo shop. Just one of his three jobs. He covers up tattoos and he is the best.. Nate being in a divorce for months now wants his tattoo covered by something else. When they meet sparks are flying. Lucas and Nate meet outside the shop and the heat is on.... Hookups they are and nothing more... right...! Only they are the best hookups ever! After Lucas understand his own feelings are more than that he breaks up because cover up a tattoo is fine but being a cover up for someone's feelings is something different. Nate is hurt and understands he has to do something to convince Lucas about his real feelings. LA Witt knows how to write stories. She has written some great ones. Maybe not fair to say but....The Anchor Point series stands far above this Skin Deep Inc series I can't put my finger on it...it's from the same author... This one was oke....sweet and hot, but a bit flat... Kindly received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    3.5 nautical stars rounded up to 4 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR and Nate...I did love Nate and want him to get some happiness. So things got a little hot at my house for a while because... I've been reading L. A. Witt again...specifically 'Cover Up' which is Nate'and Lucas's story. We first met Nate and Lucas in 'Pounding Skin' book #2 in Ms Witts' 'Skin Deep Inc.' series. Nate and Lucas meet for the first time when Nate goes to Skin Deep at the urging of his friend Jon because he wan 3.5 nautical stars rounded up to 4 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR and Nate...I did love Nate and want him to get some happiness. So things got a little hot at my house for a while because... I've been reading L. A. Witt again...specifically 'Cover Up' which is Nate'and Lucas's story. We first met Nate and Lucas in 'Pounding Skin' book #2 in Ms Witts' 'Skin Deep Inc.' series. Nate and Lucas meet for the first time when Nate goes to Skin Deep at the urging of his friend Jon because he wants to cover the tiger tattoo on his arm that matches the one his now ex-husband has. According to Jon if you need a tattoo covered Lucas is the artist to see. What neither man anticipated was the intense reaction that Nate would have to the incredibly sexy but nearly 10 years younger tattoo artist. Things heat up fairly quickly between these two men but hey, it's just a friends with benefits thing...sex for fun...no strings attached. Nate's still working on getting out of a marriage that ended badly, Lucas has ridden that merry-go-round twice already and has no interest in taking another ride, so nothing serious right?...well, it isn't until it is. I've been looking forward to this one every since I was introduced to Nate in 'Pounding Skin' when he walked in and found his husband in their bed with another man...because damn, he seemed like such a nice guy and no one deserves that...no one, so I really, really wanted to see Nate get a better ending to his story. I was more than a little happy to learn that his story was next and while I did enjoy it. It turned out that I was also a little disappointed as well. This could have been so much more than it was. Nate's story wasn't just about finding love it was about dealing with losing it as well. Learning to let go and move on. Saying good-bye to the future you thought you were going to have an finding something new...something better and while it was about those things there were times that the potential of this got lost in the sex...sure, I admit it was pretty steamy stuff. Ms Witt writes some hella' hot sex when you get right down to it, but for me this was a case of sometimes less is more. I would have loved just a little less when it came to the sex and a little more when it came to the character and relationship development especially towards the end. Nate and Lucas made for an incredibly likable and sexy pairing when it came time to address their issues...because let's face it every could has a point where there are things that need to be worked out and Nate and Lucas are no exception to this. That moment for me felt to rushed to quickly and readily resolved. I wasn't looking for a big dramatic filled with angst event but it just seemed like their issues and in particular Nate's weren't something that could be resolved in less than a day. Overall though this was still an enjoyable read with some really good moments in it and as always I loved getting a peek at what was going on with Matt and Jon from 'Pounding Skin' and I really enjoyed seeing more of Colin and Daniel from 'Back Piece'. Although each of these books have the ability to be read as a stand alone story for myself I found it to be a far more enjoyable reading experience for having read the previous stories but I admit I'm a bit of a dork when it comes to knowing the full background of secondary characters who turn up to add a bit of color to a story. I have to wonder though if this isn't the end of the road for this series since we've been introduced to at least one of the MCs for each book in the previous one. In the first book 'Back Piece' we got Colin and Daniel's story and were introduced to Matt. Then in 'Pounding Skin' we met Nate as Jon's best friend and Lucas as the newest employee of 'Skin Deep Inc' but in 'Cover Up' we've been given no likely candidates for another story but rest assured if there is one I'll be watching for them and if not well then one can only wonder what this author has planned for us next and if you're also wondering what happened to Nate's tattoo...well, you'll just have to read the book to find out. ************************* An ARC of 'Cover Up' was graciously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer☠Pher☠

    2★'s = it was ok I should not request book three in a series when I haven't started the series just because the cover is so pretty. When I got approved I quickly went and grabbed the first two books to get up to speed. Ugh. I didn't like the first book at all and the second was only marginally better. The second book is still the winner out of the three. I think this book had a strike against it just due to the timing. Nate had only just separated from his husband of ten years, separated without war 2★'s = it was ok I should not request book three in a series when I haven't started the series just because the cover is so pretty. When I got approved I quickly went and grabbed the first two books to get up to speed. Ugh. I didn't like the first book at all and the second was only marginally better. The second book is still the winner out of the three. I think this book had a strike against it just due to the timing. Nate had only just separated from his husband of ten years, separated without warning and jumping into what he did with Lucas was just too fast. And man, from the start this was no hook up. Another strike for me is that I’m not a fan of the “I’ve never felt anything like this before” when we are supposed to believe the ten year marriage was perfect or at least worth staying together for ten years and being blindsided when it ends. I dunno, something about that didn’t sit right with me. The same thing with the other books, he actual conversing just doesn’t work for me. I don’t think people talk this way and it comes across weird. It makes it a real struggle for me while reading. And lastly, this is probably over analyzing but I’m sure I'm not the only person who has read a book that takes place somewhere you have been and loved and even more so, somewhere you live and had it done wrong. Anyone who has ever been to the Outer Banks, well, I can’t imaging them describing it in the way the author did. I am sure she has been there but man, she described it like it was anywhere USA and looked just like any other beach in the world. It doesn’t. It is beautiful. And Delaware? Well, I live there. I am assuming the first casino they came to was Harrington, before they hit Dover. They would have hit the base before they hit downtown Dover which isn’t really a park your car and walk around kind of place. I guess it isn’t fair to judge about these things but it is hard not to when you know exactly where they are. So, at the end of the day this series really just wasn’t for me. It seems most everyone else really enjoys the series so it is probably just me. **ARC courtesy of St. Martin's Press - Swerve via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I really enjoyed these guys. It was great that their relationship started so early in the book because it gave me time to get the feel of both Nate & Lucas' personality and their growing chemistry. Of course I was sweating bullets for the "big issue" to occur and I didn't want it !!! I loved that they allowed themselves to simply enjoy and feel without putting a tag on what they were. This was a simple story of coming to a natural conclusion- moving on, reflecting and putting the past to rest. Y I really enjoyed these guys. It was great that their relationship started so early in the book because it gave me time to get the feel of both Nate & Lucas' personality and their growing chemistry. Of course I was sweating bullets for the "big issue" to occur and I didn't want it !!! I loved that they allowed themselves to simply enjoy and feel without putting a tag on what they were. This was a simple story of coming to a natural conclusion- moving on, reflecting and putting the past to rest. Yippee for Nate & Lucas ❤️

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ky

    This is the third book in the Skin Deep Inc series. I liked the first one well enough and I really loved the second one. This one though comes in at a lower position than the first. It was good but I didn't feel like there was a story to be told. Nothing really happened here that couldn't be summed up in one third of the length. Also, like with the first book, there were a lot of sex scenes. They were so many that about half of them could have been edited out and nothing would have been missed fr This is the third book in the Skin Deep Inc series. I liked the first one well enough and I really loved the second one. This one though comes in at a lower position than the first. It was good but I didn't feel like there was a story to be told. Nothing really happened here that couldn't be summed up in one third of the length. Also, like with the first book, there were a lot of sex scenes. They were so many that about half of them could have been edited out and nothing would have been missed from the story. The main characters, Lucas and Nate, were likeable and interesting but my issue remains that nothing happened in this book. They met, started a casual hook-up thing, realised that they fell in love. Everything was smooth sailing and then out of nowhere everything came crashing down. I seemed to be coming out of nowhere as nothing really happened before that except from Nate breaking down about his divorce and realising he should put that behind him once and for all. That shouldn't have caused a split between them but it did. It seemed like unneccessery drama and completely manufactured. None of the things that Lucas said were his cause for splitting up were mentioned before, they just appeared as if from nowhere. They were understandable, but there was no follow up from the rest of the story. The majority of the book was taken up by internal thoughts, Nate trying to make sense of his life and Lucas juggling three jobs. The guys from the previous books make appearances here and Colin and Daniel have a big scene and a lot of page time. I would have liked to see more of Jon and Matt, of course, as they are my favorite, but that's just me. I don't know if there's another book coming in this series as there was no introduction of any new potential main characters and the last person working at the tattoo shop is Pete who is straight and married. If there turns out to be a fourth book I'll be sure to check it out. I may have loved just one out of the three books in this series but there is something about all of them that makes me want to follow this till the end. Just 3 stars from me but I'm staying with this series till the last book so I'll get to know all the stories of the tattoo artists falling in love with military guys. * A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. *

  18. 4 out of 5

    haletostilinski

    4.25 stars! ***ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*** In this third installment to L.A. Witt's Skin Deep series, the main couple is Nate, Jon's best friend from the second book who was cheated on by his husband of ten years, and Lucas, who started as an apprentice in the Skin Deep Inc. tattoo shop in the last book. It's been three months since Nate kicked his husband out, and this starts out while they're in the middle of getting a divorce. Nate, who is mostly numb after wha 4.25 stars! ***ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*** In this third installment to L.A. Witt's Skin Deep series, the main couple is Nate, Jon's best friend from the second book who was cheated on by his husband of ten years, and Lucas, who started as an apprentice in the Skin Deep Inc. tattoo shop in the last book. It's been three months since Nate kicked his husband out, and this starts out while they're in the middle of getting a divorce. Nate, who is mostly numb after what happened, wants to get rid of or cover up *wink wink* the matching tiger tattoo he got with his soon-to-be ex-husband, which leads Jon to suggest he get it covered by Lucas, who is amazing at doing cover ups with old tattoos to make them into better or different ones. I was surprised at how quickly these two went at it. I mean, it was hot as fuck, the sex did not disappoint for me in this one, but it was like a half hour after they met - after they had started the proceedings on what to do with Nate's tattoo - before Nate boldly told Lucas he wanted to kiss him, and Lucas readily agreed, and then they were agreeing to meet at Nate's place an hour or so later and banging it out. Not quite what I expected from Nate, who proclaims to not really be one for casual sex, and that he was one for the dating and romance and such before he had sex with someone. But not with Lucas. It was like these two couldn't keep their hands off each other. These two would sometimes go two, three times a night. It was kind of what Nate needed at the time, but as Jon points out, he kind of trades one thing that covers up his pain and emotions from the divorce for something else. First it was drinking, and then it was Lucas. Because with Lucas, Nate could forget the pain and betrayal of his husband, because of what Lucas made him feel and how he could be happy in their moments together where he wasn't before. Also, Nate's ex-husband? His reasons for what he did? Such bullshit. That annoyed me. (view spoiler)["I don't know why I did it. I should have talked to you about how I felt" YA THINK??? This is why I have no sympathy for people who cheat. UGH (hide spoiler)] I honestly don't know why Nate refused to talk about what happened and how he felt about his ruined marriage to Lucas, but it caused some drama, although thankfully it wasn't dragged out for drama's sake. I think Matt and Jon are still my fave couple in this series, but these two are definitely second. They were fun and sweet and hot together. Plus, I loved how Nate was open to the possibility of marriage again by the end - not that there was any proposal or anything, but he and Lucas talk about one day, maybe getting married - because too many times I read about a character who gets burned - and badly, I won't deny that - and broken hearted and then they ~steel themselves against any further heartbreak out of fear and won't let anyone in and then they realize they're broken hearted again anyway by pushing the one they love away because they were scared of getting hurt - that always bothers me because its like...what's the point of pushing someone away when you're going to get hurt anyway? Anywho, Nate doesn't do that. Just like he said in the last book, he isn't swearing off all relationships once he gets to a better place after his divorce. He's willing to take that chance even though he could get burned again and I loved that, that he wasn't scared to take that chance. Overall this was really enjoyable, I adored these two together, but I didn't get that extra something to make me love them and give this book 5 stars. Still a good book for me, and I definitely think most will enjoy this as much as the second or almost as much, and more than the first (if others didn't enjoy the first one that much like I did, anyway).

  19. 4 out of 5

    BR11

    Almost 3 stars Mehh. If the same things weren't told over and over, this book could have been easily half the pages. I found all these repetitions annoying and I skipped whole paragraphs looking to avoid hearing yet again about Lucas 3 jobs and college debt and about Nate's 10 years of marriage and cheating husband. The story was ok, but nothing original. Also, they cover artists need to stop using this guy's picture for romance books. If I see him one more time, I'm going to scream. There are plen Almost 3 stars Mehh. If the same things weren't told over and over, this book could have been easily half the pages. I found all these repetitions annoying and I skipped whole paragraphs looking to avoid hearing yet again about Lucas 3 jobs and college debt and about Nate's 10 years of marriage and cheating husband. The story was ok, but nothing original. Also, they cover artists need to stop using this guy's picture for romance books. If I see him one more time, I'm going to scream. There are plenty of hot guys out there to grace your book covers, authors. It doesn't have to be always the same old, same old.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Apolishedreader

    This book is off the charts hot. The chemistry is there right off the bat and doesn't taper off at all. Nate is in the middle of a divorce that is not exactly amicable. For a man who usually keeps his emotions bottled up, he is dealing with it the best way he knows how...by self-medicating with numbing alcohol. And avoidance. Of course. Lucas is struggling to regain his confidence after a particularly unfortunate tattoo that he did. Between the botched tattoo and his extremely long run of bad sexu This book is off the charts hot. The chemistry is there right off the bat and doesn't taper off at all. Nate is in the middle of a divorce that is not exactly amicable. For a man who usually keeps his emotions bottled up, he is dealing with it the best way he knows how...by self-medicating with numbing alcohol. And avoidance. Of course. Lucas is struggling to regain his confidence after a particularly unfortunate tattoo that he did. Between the botched tattoo and his extremely long run of bad sexual encounters, he is sure he just doesn't have luck on his side. Until he meets Nate. Aside from the great chemistry, there is also emotion. And self-discovery and self-revelations. Nate really grows emotionally toward the end of the story. At one point, toward the end, the author writes a burning metaphor like a freaking boss. I am still thinking about it. Lucas is strong AF. He is understanding, patient, and kind. Then when he needs to, he does the right thing for himself. He is up front, clear and open about it. There is no big misunderstanding, which I really appreciated. The resolution for Nate just worked. I liked how it wasn't perfect, that things weren't all happy and joy and BFFs because how realistic could that be in this particular circumstance. His pain was real and realistic. His resolutions were also that. I loved both characters individually. They were both working through their own struggles and had life experiences that helped them become who they were today. And neither resented the other's experiences. I do wish the epilogue spent more time on just Lucas and Nate, but I may feel that way because I did not read the other books in this series (this is the first one I have read). If you have read the other books you would probably appreciate the epilogue more than I did as the couples from the other books had prominent page time. I definitely recommend this book, I quite enjoyed it and finished it in pretty much one sitting.

  21. 5 out of 5

    JustJen "Miss Conduct"

    3.5 star review written for The Blogger Girls. This series is a lot like the Anchor Point series, only the focus is a bit more on the tattoo shop with a side of military, whereas Anchor Point is the military with a side of other. We met Nate in the previous book when he walked in on his husband of ten years having sex with another man. So, he was in need of some positive happenings for sure. Nate is the wingman for pilot Jon, who is now with tattoo artist Matt. Lucas is the apprentice at Skin Dee 3.5 star review written for The Blogger Girls. This series is a lot like the Anchor Point series, only the focus is a bit more on the tattoo shop with a side of military, whereas Anchor Point is the military with a side of other. We met Nate in the previous book when he walked in on his husband of ten years having sex with another man. So, he was in need of some positive happenings for sure. Nate is the wingman for pilot Jon, who is now with tattoo artist Matt. Lucas is the apprentice at Skin Deep under Matt (and Colin who we met in book 1). So, here, Nate is trying to get over his divorce and decides one item on that to do list is to cover up the matching tiger tattoo he and his now ex got together. Lucas is the king of coverup tattoos, and just the man for the job. Everything else is pretty predictable, but they have great chemistry and decide to just make up their own rules and enjoy each other, which of course, turns to more. They hit a few bumps when Lucas stands up and forces Nate to take a closer look at his life and to actually deal with the emotions of his divorce. But, it doesn’t take too long for them to get back on the same page. They had a very comfortable and easy feel to their relationship – they meshed really well and had quite a few sweet moments when they could find time for them. Unfortunately, this one didn’t wow me. I think too much time was spent between the sheets and not furthering the story as a whole, until closer to the end when the other players took a more prominent role. It was also great seeing the other guys again. If you are looking for an enjoyable read with lots of hot sex and a sweet happy ending, this story and series totally fits that bill. I’m looking forward to the next one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    So far this series is really working for me. This third book is about Nate (who is Jon from book two's work partner) and Lucas (who is an artist who specializes in cover ups at Skin Deep). Nate's in the middle of a divorce after his spouse cheats on him. He goes in to the tattoo shop to get a cover up on his tattoo and there he meets Lucas. The two men are immediately attracted to each other but neither wants a relationship. They decide to be friends with benefits but that goes awry when they en So far this series is really working for me. This third book is about Nate (who is Jon from book two's work partner) and Lucas (who is an artist who specializes in cover ups at Skin Deep). Nate's in the middle of a divorce after his spouse cheats on him. He goes in to the tattoo shop to get a cover up on his tattoo and there he meets Lucas. The two men are immediately attracted to each other but neither wants a relationship. They decide to be friends with benefits but that goes awry when they end up falling in love. Unfortunately Nate is not done with grieving the loss of his marriage so the road gets a bit complicated for these two. I enjoyed this quite a bit. It deals with the issues Nate has without being OTT on dramatics. The relationship felt very realistic to me. We get to see both couples from the previous books and Colin and Daniel have some important scenes. My only complaint is the same one I had for the first book. I think these are a bit too heavy on the sex scenes. I find myself skimming them by about 60%. Overall though, another solid book in this series. A series which has turned out to by my favorite by this author. **ARC received through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

  23. 5 out of 5

    namericanwordcat

    I read this in one sitting. I am fan of the series and I hope there will be more books though it doesn't look like there is another couple teed up. Lucas is a wonderful hero who is struggling to regain his feet after two divorces and starting his tattooing career. I love the way his bisexuality is presented in the book. Nate is in the process of getting a divorce. This love story pivots on the question of rebound or not rebound. It is a lot about loss inherent in a divorce as well. I really liked I read this in one sitting. I am fan of the series and I hope there will be more books though it doesn't look like there is another couple teed up. Lucas is a wonderful hero who is struggling to regain his feet after two divorces and starting his tattooing career. I love the way his bisexuality is presented in the book. Nate is in the process of getting a divorce. This love story pivots on the question of rebound or not rebound. It is a lot about loss inherent in a divorce as well. I really liked this part of the book. The circle of friends is a real treasure in this book as is the tattooing and Navy aspects. There could have been more depth with the family of the two heroes but overall this is a really nice read from a great series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cadiva

    This is, in my opinion anyway, easily the best in the series with two characters who felt relatable and believable. Nate has been on the periphery of the other two books in this series, he's Jon's best friend, his RIO (Radar Intercept Officer), his wingman, the guy who's always had his back. At the end of book two, the reader was left with Nate's discovery of his husband Caleb's cheating and his 10-year marriage crashing around him. Lucas was the new guy at Skin Deep, an expert at covering up othe This is, in my opinion anyway, easily the best in the series with two characters who felt relatable and believable. Nate has been on the periphery of the other two books in this series, he's Jon's best friend, his RIO (Radar Intercept Officer), his wingman, the guy who's always had his back. At the end of book two, the reader was left with Nate's discovery of his husband Caleb's cheating and his 10-year marriage crashing around him. Lucas was the new guy at Skin Deep, an expert at covering up other tattoos and, at 28, already divorced twice from impulsive relationships both as a teenager and at college. He's struggling running two other jobs and his confidence has been knocked by a mistake he made freehanding a tattoo and he's not looking for anything when his and Nate's worlds collide. Now, a disclaimer here, I think LA Witt is one of the finest proponents of emotionally driven characters and her talent for writing sex scenes which bounce off the page with their chemistry isn't matched by many, so this book was just my cup of tea. The instant attraction between the two is palpable, you can feel it like a lightning strike and it's a no brainer for them to fall into some hot sex. But, as the weeks go on, the hook-ups start to feel a bit more like friends-with-benefits and then the months lengthen out and everything slides a bit more into a relationship. For both men there are unforeseen consequences. Lucas realises, as Nate's tiger tattoo - the one his ex-husband also has - remains uncovered, that he's become the crutch Nate's using to avoid dealing with his pain and grief from the divorce and Caleb's cheating. Nate hurts Lucas, unintentionally, but it's something which needed to happen because he realises he hasn't dealt at all with the the end of his marriage and covering up his tattoo isn't going to help at all. There some real conversation between Nate and his ex which allows him to realise that what he has with Lucas is even more precious to him and leaves him wondering how he's going to fix things. The ending is a sweet conclusion to what has been a slow and steady falling in love of two people who never set out with the intention of doing that. There is an honest expression of emotion and hopes for the future and we also see Colin and Daniel from book one concluding their HEA with a truly sweet proposal and wedding and expectations that both Jon and Matt, and Nate and Lucas, will be following them down their own HEA aisles in the not too distant future. I don't know if there are any other books planned in this series, there's no obvious other characters to pick up the narrative, but I've enjoyed each one for different reasons. #ARC received from the publishers via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

  25. 5 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    The Skin Deep, Inc. series started out on a high note, but has been unable to sustain it over the last two books. In Cover Up (perfect title, btw), Nate meets tattoo artist Lucas when he goes for a consultation to cover up a tattoo he and his soon-to-be ex-husband got together. For the first time in a long time, he finds himself attracted to a man, and he and Lucas embark on a casual, no-strings sexual relationship. Except, Nate has never been a casual, no-strings kind of man. I liked Nate and The Skin Deep, Inc. series started out on a high note, but has been unable to sustain it over the last two books. In Cover Up (perfect title, btw), Nate meets tattoo artist Lucas when he goes for a consultation to cover up a tattoo he and his soon-to-be ex-husband got together. For the first time in a long time, he finds himself attracted to a man, and he and Lucas embark on a casual, no-strings sexual relationship. Except, Nate has never been a casual, no-strings kind of man. I liked Nate and Lucas a lot. They are both very appealing characters, however, Nate’s denial and steadfast refusal to talk about or deal with his emotions regarding the end of his ten-year relationship were frustrating (for me, and Lucas!), and obviously going to lead to trouble. Given the nature of their relationship, a multitude of sex scenes make perfect sense, but I honestly got tired of them after a while. I wanted the two men to spend more time talking and getting to know each other better, to build their relationship beyond sex. The few scenes where they did spend time outside the bedroom, were some of my favorites, but they were much too rare, for me. When the inevitable fallout from Nate’s refusal to deal with his life came to fruition, I totally felt the emotional pain he was going through, but I felt it was too rushed. The speed at which he suddenly recognized what he was burying instead of processing, and the manner in which it was resolved just didn’t work for me. I guess I wanted more from Nate, more of the hard work it takes to get over the end of a long term relationship. For me, Cover Up was a disappointment.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Nope, nope, nope - this didn't work for me practically from page 1. The dialogue was corny and the character byplay was too juvenile and obvious. Nate is supposed to be around 40 but he didn't act like it - hence my "juvenile" comment above. I didn't find much about this story to be realistic and frankly it felt like the book was mostly about the sex. I didn't see what brought these two men together; there was a An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Nope, nope, nope - this didn't work for me practically from page 1. The dialogue was corny and the character byplay was too juvenile and obvious. Nate is supposed to be around 40 but he didn't act like it - hence my "juvenile" comment above. I didn't find much about this story to be realistic and frankly it felt like the book was mostly about the sex. I didn't see what brought these two men together; there was a lot of telling, not showing about their relationship. I skipped most of the sex scenes because there were too many of them and they lasted waaaaay too long. I have not read any of the other books in this series but I have read some reviews about this book and many people say this book is the best of the series. Wow, I really hope that's not true because if it is, there is no way I am going to read the other books. Also, this story could have been much shorter if the characters didn't rehash every little thing they thought about over and over. Nate, for example, would constantly think about the fact that he hasn't been with another man for 10 years, he just couldn't get off that train and I am like, I get it!! Lucas is the first man you've been with for 10 years! OMG, I am able to retain this info so please stop telling me!!!!!! And Lucas - for some reason - couldn't get over the fact that he botched a woman's tattoo. Yes, that can be a real confidence downer, but holy cow! Stop using that as an excuse and move on, please! There were more instances of them thinking about their feelings and jobs, etc, that didn't need to be thought about more than once. Nope, don't recommend. This LA Witt was totally a miss for me, but I will read her again because I love so many of her other stories - Static; Risky Behavior; The Master Will Appear, just to name a few.

  27. 4 out of 5

    ~Mandi~

    Cover Up Skin Deep # 3 L.A. Witt Great continuation to the Skin Deep story. I have read all the books in this series and really love how the author does an amazing job with her characters and their relationships. In the end of book 2 you find out that Nate's husband had been cheating on him. So book 3 was Nate's story of how he moved on from his betrayal and his relationship with sexy tattoo artist Lucas. I loved reading about the continuing relationships between Colin and Daniel, and also Matt a Cover Up Skin Deep # 3 L.A. Witt Great continuation to the Skin Deep story. I have read all the books in this series and really love how the author does an amazing job with her characters and their relationships. In the end of book 2 you find out that Nate's husband had been cheating on him. So book 3 was Nate's story of how he moved on from his betrayal and his relationship with sexy tattoo artist Lucas. I loved reading about the continuing relationships between Colin and Daniel, and also Matt and Jon. I always enjoy series that wind all the characters lives together so we know what happened with their lives. Thanks NetGalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    River

    It pains me to say but this was another ok-ish read from L.A. I have only read book 1 and 3 from this series and I found the same problem in both books, the characters back stories sounded interesting enough but nothing really happened. It's frustrating because given the backgrounds the story could have been good but it wasn't, both characters were pretty much just going trough the motions and it took me weeks to finish this book and I never take that much time on a book. And the ending was bitt It pains me to say but this was another ok-ish read from L.A. I have only read book 1 and 3 from this series and I found the same problem in both books, the characters back stories sounded interesting enough but nothing really happened. It's frustrating because given the backgrounds the story could have been good but it wasn't, both characters were pretty much just going trough the motions and it took me weeks to finish this book and I never take that much time on a book. And the ending was bittersweet because we got to see a nice moment in the lives of the MCs from book 1 but we were only told from Nate's POV how things were going with Lucas's life and that bothered me a lot because his struggles with his jobs was one of the few interesting things in the story. I'm not going to say that I hated the book because I didn't, I liked Nate's story but it was just ok. everything was just ok.

  29. 4 out of 5

    ReadingAllNite

    I always enjoy an L.A. Witt book and I’ve read quite a few recently, including all the Skin Deep, Inc., as well as the Anchor Point series, written to date. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed this one just a little less; too many close together. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always great writing and wonderfully complete characters and settings. I wouldn’t call it formulaic either, just a little too much repetition in the construct and pacing of the narrative. However, even though sex scenes never vary much i I always enjoy an L.A. Witt book and I’ve read quite a few recently, including all the Skin Deep, Inc., as well as the Anchor Point series, written to date. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed this one just a little less; too many close together. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always great writing and wonderfully complete characters and settings. I wouldn’t call it formulaic either, just a little too much repetition in the construct and pacing of the narrative. However, even though sex scenes never vary much in the mechanics, L.A. Witt’s are always hot and passionate, using emotionally evocative dialogue, sensuous descriptions and lots of sexy, sexy kissing. There are Naval officers and enlisted in this series, as in a number of the authors other works and I do love a military man! A favorite thing, for me, that Witt does, is to include bisexual men in many books, without stigmas or stereotypes, and never uses it as a point of contention for the characters. Nate is in the midst of a divorce, after finding his husband cheating in the worst way, in their own bed. Still bitter and wanting to erase his memories, he’s attempting to rid himself of all reminders, including his tattoo. Meeting Lucas shakes him out of the numb state he’s been in, sparks his libido, and he immerses himself in sex and in their burgeoning relationship. Lucas has been through divorce twice, so he’s familiar with the mental processing that should happen with the end of a marriage. It makes him cautious with Nate, even as feelings deepen between them. Having Lucas around, Nate has ignored all his thoughts and emotions about the history of his marriage. That leads to my next favorite thing, when Witt has her characters act like real adults! Nate and Lucas’s crisis point is realistic and reasonable and not an overused cliché, like misunderstandings or lack of communication. Unfortunately, I disagreed with the timeframe for the resolution. It happened way too fast for me, when I think at least a week or two would have made more sense. Nate would need time to face a few more hard truths, in my mind. I would still recommend this to readers of erotic romance who want a steamy read, without heavy themes or angst, with a promising HEA. It can be read easily as a standalone, although the first two books were very good too. *An ARC was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley for Hearts On Fire Reviews, for an honest review*

  30. 4 out of 5

    Santy

    3.5 Stars! I just love this series. The books always leave me with a smile on my face. :) Whenever I see another ARC from this series pop up in my inbox, I just squeal for joy(yes literally) because it's always like a great unexpected gift you know? ^_^ Now to this book! The thing I loved most was the the seamless way the relationship between Nate and Lucas progressed from just physical fulfillment to emotional. It felt very real . The other thing I loved was the sexy smexy times! The chemistry be 3.5 Stars! I just love this series. The books always leave me with a smile on my face. :) Whenever I see another ARC from this series pop up in my inbox, I just squeal for joy(yes literally) because it's always like a great unexpected gift you know? ^_^ Now to this book! The thing I loved most was the the seamless way the relationship between Nate and Lucas progressed from just physical fulfillment to emotional. It felt very real . The other thing I loved was the sexy smexy times! The chemistry between these two was off the chain hotness! Add in the fact that they are both versatile in bed and my mind was blown again and again throughout the story. *fans self furiously * This was fairly low angst with the only drama centering around Nate's ex-husband. Though I thought the story could've done without it, I felt Lucas's points were valid and the way he handled the situation was very mature. I'm also glad that Nate didn't fall on his pride as a buffer but worked on himself. It also spoke to the strength of his character in my opinion. Writing-wise, everything was peachy as usual. We also got some updates on the two previous couples from the first two books which I really loved. I couldn't tell if this was the final book in the series (though I really hope not) , but if there are any more books in the pipeline, you can bet I'll be first in line to get them! ***eARC Graciously Provided By Publisher In Exchange For An Honest, Unbiased, Review *** ********************************** 17-Sept-2017 3.5 Stars! Review to come on release day!! :) ******************************** Woke up to the ARC in my mail! Whoooo! So excited! Please Lord let it be good!

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