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Second Skin Mass Market Paperback – March 3, 2009

3.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Nocturne City Series

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Editorial Reviews


“Dark and cutting edge” ―Romantic Times on Night Life

“I loved the mystery and the smart, gutsy heroine.” ―Karen Chance, New York Times bestselling author of Claimed by Shadow, on Night Life

“Don't go to bed with this book--it will keep you up all night. It's that good.” ―Lilith Saintcrow, national bestselling author of Working for the Devil, on Night Life

“Luna is tough, smart, and fierce, hiding a conflicted and insecure nature behind her drive for justice and independence, without falling into cliché. It's also just a lot of fun to read.” ―Kat Richardson, national bestselling author of Greywalker, on Night Life

“Fast-paced, sexy and witty with many more interesting characters than I have time to mention. I'm looking forward to reading more stories in the exciting Nocturne City series.” ―Fresh Fiction on Night Life

“Wow, I am still thinking about this book. The last time I reacted to a book this way, it was the first Mercy Thompson book by Patricia Briggs. If you are looking for a book that seamlessly blends a police procedural with a paranormal, go out and get this book” ―Night Owl Reviews on Night Life

“A tense, gritty urban fantasy that grips the audience from the onset.” ―The Mystery Gazette on Night Life

“NIGHT LIFE dives right into the action, and carried me along for the ride…If the following books are written with the same care and interest as NIGHT LIFE, they will be a welcome addition to this fantasy genre.” ―Arm Chair Interviews

From the Back Cover

When werewolves from Nocturne City's oldest packs start showing up shot through the head execution-style, police officer Luna Wilder must find out what's killing them and why…before she becomes the next victim.


Luna traces the killings to a band of shapeshifters made of smoke and shadow who drink the blood of their victims for strength. Believed to exist only in legend, their race is all too real―and now their leader, Lucas Kennuka, is out to wrest Luna's heart from her beloved Dmitri. To make matters worse, Dmitri is suffering from a mysterious illness brought on by a demon bite, and his condition grows more grave with each passing day. Now Luna must rely on Lucas to defeat an invisible enemy―a serial were-killer bringing death and destruction to all who stand in its path…

Praise for the Nocturne City series:

"Dark and cutting edge." ―Romantic Times

"A winner."―Karen Chance

"Hot, hip, and fast-paced."―Lilith Saintcrow


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031294831X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312948313
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,478,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Caitlin Kittredge is the author of the Nocturne City series, as well as several short stories. She is the proud owner of an English degree, two cats, a morbid imagination, a taste for black clothing, punk rock, and comic books. She's lucky enough to write full time and watches far too many trashy horror movies. Visit her website at www.caitlinkittredge.com to learn more.

Customer Reviews

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wow. Where do I start? There is so much I didn't like about this installment of this series. The general concept of the series is great but, when I dislike the main character it makes it tough for me to have any sympathy or empathy for that character.

Luna's general nasty disposition and rudeness, makes her an unlikeable character. Sure sometimes it can be funny, but mostly she lashes out at people who don't deserve it.

Others have given a synopsis of the story. So I'll just point out the things that really bothered me about this book.


While investigating a case that she was not supposed to, Luna knowingly participates in aiding and abetting a killer. Said killer then tries to kill her on several more occasions and she still does nothing to bring the killer to justice as she swore she would do when she initially got involved in the case.

Her relationship with Dmitri is shakey at best, but she doesn't do anything to make it any better. On several occasions she goes out of her way to humiliate and embarass him. (As a side note: It's been a while since I read that book, but, didn't Dmitri get bitten by the daemon as a result of trying to help Luna in the first place?)

Since the main character doesn't appeal to me on any level I most likely will not continue to follow this series.
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No plot summaries or spoilers, though be warned I do touch upon the romance aspect a bit.

This is BOOK 3.
Book 1: Night Life (Nocturne City, Book 1)
Book 2: Pure Blood (Nocturne City, Book 2)

HIGH LEVEL: This isn't my favorite series, but its gritty, edgy style is sometimes exactly what I'm looking for. The characters are strong, the magic is visceral and the conflicts are desperate. The magic is intense. You'll find werewolves, witches, demons and any manner of cruel, evil beasts. The atmosphere is dark and wretched and hope is sometimes elusive, but always ready for a fight. It isn't the smoothest series and "romance" is closer to a four letter word than anything you might be familiar with. It isn't sexy, but it is tough with equal parts wry humor and grit rooted in a procedural cop mystery with a magical twist.

That said, this book took some real patience to read. I'm one of the most stubborn, contrary women I know- but even I wanted to punch my dear Luna (the heroine) in the jaw more than once. Don't get me wrong- I like her and I still like her, but her thorns grew more than teeth in this installment. Her normally obstinate nature, became completely obnoxious. She just seemed to be picking unnecessary fights constantly and it went beyond humorous. There wasn't much character growth here.

PLOT: was pretty good- brought in some new creatures, new magic. The use of a couple of supporting characters was also good.
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Second Skin is the third book in Kittredge's Nocturne City series, which follows werewolf cop Luna Wilder. When the story opens Luna is no longer with the homicide division but is instead a member of Nocturne Cities SWAT team after being demoted. That is until her "favourite" homicide detective David Bryson, asks for her help on multiple werewolf homicides. What follows is Luna doing what she does best and the introduction of new and bloodthirsty characters.

Luna's relationship with Dimitri which is already rocky becomes more so after she agrees to help on the case. You can also feel the distance building throughout the book as the demon bite slowly takes over. I knew what the end result would be and wasn't surprised in the least when it happened. I'm hoping that Kittredge goes in a new direction in the next book.

Overall this has been my least liked book in the series so far. I'm not sure why. It has the same fast paced action and gritty style, yet I struggled to keep going. It may be because; I would like Luna to progress as a character on a personal level. Lose some of the harshness and start thinking about other people's feelings a little more. I don't want her to do a 180! Just maybe soften her very sharp edges.
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This series started off with a good premise - a hard-as-nails police officer, plenty of paranormal stuff happening. But after a while, I grew to dislike the heroine. She has a nasty temper, which she does little about and feels little remorse for, which makes her a jerk. (Her relationship with her boyfriend is borderline abusive - and like the typical abuser, she cries when he leaves her). The story also became unbelievable -- she is rewarded for her hard-headed, bad behavior by being promoted, in a laughably unlikely plot twist.

I would like to have seen this character grow and develop, but she just doesn't. It's bad when all the supporting characters are so much more interesting than the main one. I wanted to go spend time with her sister and grandmother, who are practicing withces, and leave this heroine to her destructive and self-pitying rampages.
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