Second Skin by Alex Whitehall ~ Book Review by Mel

SecondSkin_500x750Title: Second Skin

Author: Alex Whitehall

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Rating: 3.50 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/11/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Trans*


When Jay heads to the university’s learning center for help with his math class, he doesn’t expect his tutor to be tall, dark, and handsome. But Roswell is all that and more, and their instant connection over cult movies, books, and TV shows quickly evolves into dating.

That’s when things get tricky.

Roswell might claim he doesn’t have issues with Jay being trans, but when he’s constantly insisting they “take it slow,” Jay’s not so sure. He’s been hurt before, and he’s not going to let it happen again.

But then Roswell reveals that he, too, has a few secrets under his skin.

My View:

This was a very sweet and romantic story that I kinda devoured within a day—which is quite unusual for me. Jay is a math student who needs tutoring—by a geeky, hot older student, Roswell.

There’s insta-attraction—geez, that’s for sure—and I think I do prefer some more build-up, but I could go with it here, especially since they take their time afterwards. This actually confuses Jay, since he fears it’s because he is trans, but Ros keeps insisting it’s not and the reader realises that Ros is keeping some secrets, or has some baggage in his past that might prevent him from moving too fast and opening up completely.

I think this was well-done. The secrecy, Jay’s reaction when he finds out, the suspense afterwards. I fear that I can’t go into more detail because Ros’s secret is something you really don’t want to know beforehand. The whole story is built around it and that would awfully spoil the whole reading experience.

I really liked how Jay being trans wasn’t a huge issue on the one hand but also how it played into his reaction to Ros’s secret. That was pretty cool.

I think this book would have been better had it been longer. It felt a bit rushed in parts, though not massively.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this. It’s a book for some light and charming reading, and readers looking for trans characters, should definitely check it out.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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