Book Review: Second Skin by Alex Whitehall

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SYNOPSIS:

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.

Second Skin Book Cover Second Skin
Alex Whitehall
Sci-fi, Romance
Riptide Publishing
April 11, 2016
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REVIEW:

I am stuck between giving it three and a half stars and giving it four starts.
Interesting premise, some parts made me do a double take; the sudden sci-fi introduction gave me a whiplash, and Jay's reaction to it made me drop my tablet. Up until about 44% (introduction of sci-fi stuff), I was curious about Roswell.
After reading the book description, I was curious about Roswell, it was a bit of a letdown that the Author decided to take the sci-fi route.
PLOT: The concept of this book is original. The author incorporated Sci-fi elements, romance, and a low-key journey of accepting oneself. Thumbs up for the creativity! The prose was fluid, except for the parts where the sci-fi elements came in. I wish there was some preparation, some foreshadowing before that big revelation. Okay to some point, it was foreshadowed, but it was still a big surprise. I felt like I was smacked in the face.
CHARACTER: Jay is a transgender man who’s last relationship was rather awful, that made him somewhat insecure about himself and relationships. Then comes Roswell- sweet perfect Roswell. He's the epitome of the perfect man -handsome, geeky and a great cook.
I would kill for a female version of him.
The attraction between Jay and Roswell was well written, I loved the banter and the easy going vibe they had.
Jay's insecurity and flaws were visible from the get-go, and that made him easy for me to connect to, I’m also glad that he was unlike other trans character I’ve had the misfortune of reading -they are so whiny, so self-depreciating and forever the victim! I love Connor, he's a good bro.
Roswell is also an interesting character, on the surface he seems like the perfect guy, with just enough quirks to make him less overwhelming, but on the inside is a guy kinda afraid of what people would think of him.
Overall, it's a good book. I wish the sci-fi elements was thoroughly foreshadowed, though, it made the flow a bit choppy.

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