Review: Cover Up by L.A. Witt (Skin Deep Inc. #3)


Note: This ARC was provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It feels as if L.A. Witt saved the best for last with her Skin Deep Inc. series ender, Cover Up, which is the story of Nate Chandler, a navy pilot with the rank of lieutenant commander and in the middle of a divorce with his cheater of a husband of ten years, and Lucas Brandt, an apprentice at the Skin Deep Inc. tattoo studio whose expertise is cover-ups. The last thing Nate wants is to be reminded of his soon-to-be ex's betrayal every single time he had to glimpse the matching tiger tattoo he had on his skin. The solution was to get it covered up and Lucas came highly recommended. While Nate took note of just how intent Lucas was in doing a good job, he also couldn't help but notice exactly how gorgeous the younger man was, and the attraction was every bit as mutual as he'd hoped it would be. Didn't his closest friend say that the best way to get over his ex would be to hook up? Lucas was more than up for it, and it proved to be an unforgettable one for both, to the point that one time wasn't going to suffice. But when the line blurs between a casual, friends-with-benefits setup to something far more intimate, will the two men who've three failed marriages between them want something more permanent or will it remain a cover-up?

Sigh. I loved Nate and Lucas. These two men were done with committed relationships for the foreseeable future. Now, you pretty much know where the whole "this is nothing serious" thing is going to go, and yet, I was fully invested in everything that was going between them. Sure, a happily-ever-after was pretty much guaranteed because that's how it was in the first two novels, but I didn't want to skim pages just to get to the end. I devoured every single chapter, wanting to see how long it would take Lucas and Nate to realize their feelings for one another had evolved, and what challenges they would have to hurdle along the way. There was such a fantastic amount of honesty between them, especially when it came to where Nate was in terms of his divorce. There's no denying that these guys were hot together, but they were also so freaking sweet, and I lost count of the number of times I grinned over the random romantic thoughts they had flitting around their heads. We do get to see where the first two couples in the series--Colin Spencer and Daniel Moore and Matt Huffman and Jon Russell--were at in their respective relationships, and I loved that, but it also reinforced the fact that this was, indeed, the end of a series I've enjoyed reading. As bittersweet as the end is, I'm glad it ended on the five-starred high note that is Cover Up. ♥

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Read my reviews for the Skin Deep Inc. series:


Back Piece (book one) - four stars - My Review

Pounding Skin (book two) - 4.5 stars - My Review

Cover Up (book three) - five stars - My Review (posted above)

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Release Date: 03 October 2017

Date Read: 02 October 2017

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