Stories Beneath Our Skin by Veronica Sloane ~ Review by Caroline

I had no idea what to expect with this book.  I had seen another reviewer raving about it on Facebook and requested it from Brandilyn. Anyone that knows me knows I have a thing for tattoos!!

21887834Title: Stories Beneath Our Skin

Author: Veronica Sloane

Publisher: Torquere Press

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Tattooing might have once been Liam’s passion, but he left it all behind along with ugly memories when he went to college. When his uncle’s health fails, Liam must come home at last to say his goodbyes. His days are spent at the hospice, leaving his nights to rake over the past. To fill those empty hours, he takes a job at Great Sin Ink. The close knit friendship of the workers there both intrigues and shakes Liam, who has spent the last four years keeping everyone at arm’s length. Neither Deb, the no-nonsense piercer, nor Goose, a manic tattoo artist, will let Liam get away with his isolationist ways for long.

If it were just those two, Liam might have stood a chance — but there’s also Ace, the owner of Great Sin. He hires Liam despite a thin resume, and that is a kindness Liam can’t forget. The two start up a tentative friendship, learning about each other as the summer days melt into each other. Slowly, Liam reveals a tender heart underneath the wall of quotes he uses to keep everyone out. Unfortunately, life doesn’t stand still, and both Liam and Ace have hard struggles before them that might break them up before they can even get together.

My View

This is a very gentle story that draws you in by making you fall in love with the characters. It is not fast paced, dangerous or full of plot twists, but more a story of love and healing. It really is all about the characters.

Liam has put up with a lot in his life starting from a very young age. The one constant in his life has been in his Uncle Gene. The man that has always been there for him is now dying so Liam returns to his hometown to be with him one last time. Having past experience as a tattoo artist leads him to applying for a job at Great Sin Ink, but being back in this environment brings up everything he has tried burying for the last few years.

Liam, at 16 thought he had fallen in love with an older man. Brandon was the guy who introduced Liam to tattooing and who left a lasting mark on him, literally. When the relationship turned abusive Liam was too naive to break away before the damage was done. He hasn’t had a relationship now for three years nor has he recovered.

The eclectic group of people that work at Great Sin Ink slowly get under Liams skin and he not only finds himself with a new group of friends but surprisingly he finds himself enjoying it. They don’t ask questions about why he doesn’t smile much but there is a camaraderie that makes him feel involved, all that is except for Ace.

Ace owns the tattoo shop and soon sees through the evasive way Liam answers questions and calls him on it. Liam has a quote available to answer anything but soon finds himself being honest with Ace as their friendship builds. Ace is calming and makes Liam feel safe.  This is a first for Liam and although sometimes it leaves him feeling raw and exposed it also offers him a release and a feeling of freedom from some of his demons.

As the weeks pass Gene dies and life goes slowly on. There is no drama just a steady shift from friends to lovers. Secrets and stories are shared, trust is built and friendships are solidified. There was a bit of a gap as far as the epilogue was concerned but it all worked well. The secondary characters were fantastic and helped make the story what it was especially Goose, Deb and Frankie.

 

Buy Links:

Torquere Press
Amazon
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank [THE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER] for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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