Book Review – Skin Deep by J.M. Stone (Skin Deep #1)

Oh, who was she kidding? Emma knew that going to the tattoo shop with her best friend, Allie, would result in getting badgered until she ended up with some sort of needle piercing her flesh in one way or another. What she didn’t plan on was ending up face-first on the floor of the shop with a busted lip. Or doing it in front of the hottest guy she’d seen since…well, ever.

Mortified, Emma never thought she’d ever step foot back in Skin Deep again. But fate, with a little help from Emma’s flighty best friend and a chance encounter with a fudge bar, steps in. Now Emma’s torn between taking a chance on getting her heart broken by the enigmatic, gorgeous Lucas, and playing it safe with good ol’ trusty B.O.B.

Lucas lets Emma know that he gets what he wants, and what he wants is her. When Emma gives in and quits pushing him away, she’s surprised at how quickly the walls around her heart crumble. She’s even more surprised that her unconventional, zany family just endears her even more to him.

But no one knows there’s someone that wants her more, and they’ll stop at nothing to get her.

3 1/2 stars

I liked this book.  I LOVED the hero, Luke.  A lot. I liked Emma too, but what I really didn’t like was the ending of this book.  I won’t give it away and spoil it, but it just really made no sense to me.  At all.  The why of what happened was very vague, and unnecessary.  I think the ending could have gone a much different way and been better.

Luke and his brother Brandon are the only family each other has.  They own Skin Deep tattoo shop, and Emma and her best friend Allie go in so Allie can get a piercing.  Emma winds up literally tumbling into Luke.  She figures she will never see him again, but she is wrong.  Allie has an issue with her piercing and they have to go back.  Luke asks her out (well, really demands it, since he in an alpha) and so it goes.

I really liked Luke and Brandon, and how they made something from nothing.  Emma’s family was hilarious.  But the ending…ugh.  It was not enough to prevent me from reading on; in fact, I’m looking forward to the next book.  I just hope it ends better…..

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