Book Review

SKIN GAME
by Ava Gray

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
Sensuality: HOT

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A sexy sizzler of a story about a con girl and an assassin, with just a soupçon of paranormal, this book will cause compulsive reading. If you loved Linda Howard's Death Angel, then lunge for this one. It has the same general form but adds first-rate, emotion-filled love scenes.

Small-time con artist Kyra, who can steal abilities with a touch, is not letting a big-time Vegas casino owner get away with beating her dad to death. She set up the perfect sting, played it like an Oscar winner, took the money and ran. Only trouble is, the Vegas thug has put a hit man on her trail, a guy that always gets his man -- or woman.

Reyes is the ultimate assassin: precise, detailed and emotionally detached. Instructed to get the money back before he kills her, Reyes begins to build a working relationship with Kyra, only to be blindsided by the emotional heat that springs up. But Kyra doesn't forgive deception, especially when she's feeling emotionally vulnerable, and Reyes isn't the only hit man around. Can this tangle yield anything other than tragedy?

(Berkley SENSATION, Nov., 320 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Bunny Callahan

Publisher: BERKLEY SENSATION

Published: November 2009

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2 Stars

Average Rating: 2 Stars
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You won't want to pick this

Submitted by brenda potter on January 10, 2011 - 10:53am.

You won't want to pick this one up!

The two main characters, a hired killer & a con artist thief, condone their careers by preying only on those they feel deserve it.

Reyes, a hired killer, takes a contract to kill Kyra after retrieving the money she stole from the man who hired him. Thinking Kyra cold bloodedly murdered her father for the money from their scam, he sets out to fulfill the contract. Halfway through the book, he knows he was lied to, that Kyra was innocent. Even though he is falling in love with her, he is still planning her death to save his reputation!

Kyra uses her paranormal power of stealing a persons talents to con & steal their money. After discovering Reye's deception, she hires him to help her take out the man who killed her father & hired him to kill her. After being kidnapped by a biker whom they ran a con on, Kyra kills for the first time. Even though this guy was as bad as they come, her easy acceptance of taking a life was disturbing, not to mention the sick way it turned both her & Reyes on. If anyone found the way they got each other off while speeding away from a field of dead bodies, they have to be as deranged as this couple!

Kyra continues to kill with disturbing ease as they find & take out the man who killed her father. The ending was as disappointing as the rest of this book as they eventually get together & instead of giving up their criminal activites, they sail off together to continue as partners.

I, for one, think murder & theft is criminaly & morally wrong & should not be condoned because these two only preyed on bad people!

You won't want to pick this

Submitted by brenda potter on January 10, 2011 - 10:53am.

You won't want to pick this one up!

The two main characters, a hired killer & a con artist thief, condone their careers by preying only on those they feel deserve it.

Reyes, a hired killer, takes a contract to kill Kyra after retrieving the money she stole from the man who hired him. Thinking Kyra cold bloodedly murdered her father for the money from their scam, he sets out to fulfill the contract. Halfway through the book, he knows he was lied to, that Kyra was innocent. Even though he is falling in love with her, he is still planning her death to save his reputation!

Kyra uses her paranormal power of stealing a persons talents to con & steal their money. After discovering Reye's deception, she hires him to help her take out the man who killed her father & hired him to kill her. After being kidnapped by a biker whom they ran a con on, Kyra kills for the first time. Even though this guy was as bad as they come, her easy acceptance of taking a life was disturbing, not to mention the sick way it turned both her & Reyes on. If anyone found the way they got each other off while speeding away from a field of dead bodies, they have to be as deranged as this couple!

Kyra continues to kill with disturbing ease as they find & take out the man who killed her father. The ending was as disappointing as the rest of this book as they eventually get together & instead of giving up their criminal activites, they sail off together to continue as partners.

I, for one, think murder & theft is criminaly & morally wrong & should not be condoned because these two only preyed on bad people!

You Won't Want To Put This One Down

Submitted by Artemis on August 6, 2010 - 3:52pm.

Wow! This one has it all: Contemporary, paranormal, suspense, and romance. All thrown in together, agitated and laid bare for your enjoyment.

Contemporary: Kyra is a top-notch con artist who travels the back road bars plying her skills.
Paranormal: Kyra's special gift is the power to steal the most prominent ability of any person she touches. (It reminds me of Rogue from the X-Men.) Unfortunately, the acquired ability only lasts for a short time and Kyra never knows how long that will be.
Suspense: Reyes (Rey) is a bad-ass, contract assassin who is hired by Las Vegas Casino owner, Gerard Serrano, to find and kill, if necessary, Kyra; after she pulled the ultimate con on Serrano.
Romance: Page 289
"How can I ever trust you?" Kyra gave a shuddery sigh. "I wish - I wish we could turn back the clock. I wish you hadn't lied. I wish you were just that drifter I picked up, who made me feel like the most important person in the world."
"You are," he said quietly. "I came from Thailand for you, because Mia said she could probably get you here. I'd have come from Zimbabwe, Outer Mongolia, or a prison in Central America. In truth, I came through hell getting here. . . because for me that's anywhere you're not."

The cast of characters are brilliant and intense. The sex is hot and spicy. The violence is authentic and not overdone. The fast-moving story is so captivating, I had a very hard time putting this one down.

The next one in the series is Skin Tight: Mia and Foster's Story.