Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Cover Up
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Skin Deep Inc. #3
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 251 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s/MacMillan/Swerve
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: After ten years of blissful marriage, Navy Pilot Nate Chandler is divorcing his cheating husband. Single for the first time in years, Nate is numb to all emotion and kisses any chance of another relationship goodbye.
Not only is Nate struggling to get through this divorce, but his body is branded with a permanent reminder of his failed marriage: a matching tattoo with his ex. Searching for a place to cover up his old tattoo, Nate finds himself at the Skin Deep, Inc., where he meets the young and charming cover-up tattoo apprentice, Lucas Brandt.
From just flirty glances to steamy hot encounters, Nate and Lucas dive headfirst into a fling of hookups. But worried that he’ll forever be Nate’s “cover up” rebound relationship, Lucas fears that their love won’t be anything more than just skin deep. What was once just a casual attraction, Lucas now hopes to turn into a real relationship. But will he be able to convince the still tender-hearted Nate to fall in love again?
Review: This series is a lot like the Anchor Point series, only the focus is a bit more on the tattoo shop with a side of military, whereas Anchor Point is the military with a side of other. We met Nate in the previous book when he walked in on his husband of ten years having sex with another man. So, he was in need of some positive happenings for sure. Nate is the wingman for pilot Jon, who is now with tattoo artist Matt. Lucas is the apprentice at Skin Deep under Matt (and Colin who we met in book 1).
So, here, Nate is trying to get over his divorce and decides one item on that to do list is to cover up the matching tiger tattoo he and his now ex got together. Lucas is the king of coverup tattoos, and just the man for the job.
Everything else is pretty predictable, but they have great chemistry and decide to just make up their own rules and enjoy each other, which of course, turns to more. They hit a few bumps when Lucas stands up and forces Nate to take a closer look at his life and to actually deal with the emotions of his divorce. But, it doesn’t take too long for them to get back on the same page. They had a very comfortable and easy feel to their relationship – they meshed really well and had quite a few sweet moments when they could find time for them.
Unfortunately, this one didn’t wow me. I think too much time was spent between the sheets and not furthering the story as a whole, until closer to the end when the other players took a more prominent role. It was also great seeing the other guys again. If you are looking for an enjoyable read with lots of hot sex and a sweet happy ending, this story and series totally fits that bill. I’m looking forward to the next one.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*