Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Pounding Skin
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Skin Deep Inc. #2
Heroes: Jon Russell/Matt Huffman
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 304 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press/Swerve
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A Skin Deep, Inc. Novel
Fighter pilot Jon Russell never sleeps with the same man twice. Known for his lack of shame when it comes to hooking up, Jon has no interest in commitment—even friends with benefits sounds like too much work.
Matt Huffman has slept with lots of women. He’s had loads of girlfriends. So why does the hot as hell pilot getting a tattoo as the result of a lost bet stop his breath? And how come he can’t stop thinking about him, even after he’s gone?
When Jon returns to Skin Deep the second time, he doesn’t want another tattoo. He wants to hook up with the gorgeous artist he spent hours agonizingly close to, and Matt wants to explore some curiosity about men. Fulfill the desire he can’t stop fantasizing over. And he wants to do it with Jon.
As their casual hook up becomes more than just skin deep, both Matt and Jon are faced with questions they don’t want to answer. Matt understands he’s bi—but are these feelings he has typical of hooking up with a man? Or is it only Jon that can make his heart pound? If Jon wanted nothing more than a fling, why does he find himself needing not just Matt’s body, but all of him? And can their relationship withstand the hardships that makes Jon avoid them in the first place?
The Skin Deep, Inc books can be read in any order—come enter a world where gorgeous tattoo artists and hot Navy men find passion, pleasure, and a happily ever after together.
Review: In this installment, we have Matt, one of the tattoo artists who works at Skin Deep Inc. with Colin and the gang, and Jon, a fighter pilot on the nearby base. The two meet when Jon loses a bet to his friends and squad members and must get a tattoo (his first) of their choice.
Matt is having a bit of a rough time lately. Trying to pay his bills has him stressed out, and threesome with his ex-girlfriend/now bff and her boyfriend turned a switch for Matt that has him questioning his interest in men. He believed it was a fluke until Jon walked into the shop, and he was left with little doubt as two what got his motor running.
Jon is a guy who has no interest in relationships and is quite happy being the single, no-strings-attached man of his crew. When the sparks fly between Jon and Matt, they both agree to see each other under these pretenses and in the name of helping Matt explore man sex. Talk about hot stuff! These guys have crazy chemistry and are perfect for each other. Before they know it, everything they said they weren’t interested in, they found they had basically been doing all along. Neither had any interest in hooking up with anyone else, they spent a lot of time together and even helped each other out “as friends.” But when the realization hits, things are said and they must evaluate what they really want. After some bumps, and what felt like a super quick u-turn, they are back on track.
I love Ms. Witt’s writing. Her stories are full of hot, usually military, men and loaded with steamy sex, but they have a story as well. In short, they are usually dependably delicious. This one fits right in, though there were some little things that kept it from being blown out of the park. One thing, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, is that there were a lot of (possibly too many for me) sex scenes. As much as I loved watching Matt and Jon explore, I found myself wanting to skim towards the end.
It was great that we got to see how Colin and Daniel were doing (from book 1), and meet some new interesting characters as well. There is some set up for the next installment, which looks very promising and will definitely be on my list.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*