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Skin [Kindle Edition]

Nya Rawlyns
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fate and love drive hard bargains…

The death of a 12 year old girl sets off a firestorm and the Mayor promises to clean up NYC’s burgeoning trade in human trafficking.

Rowan Wilkes is an undercover vice cop with a checkered past and a bad habit of losing himself in the web of seductive deceit he’s tasked with blowing wide open. When he insinuates himself into the dangerous underworld of the Russian Mafiya, he must enlist aid from unlikely sources.

Geran’s the handler, the only link keeping Rowan tethered to a world he would rather escape. To prevent Rowan from falling headlong into a maze of addiction, corruption and depravity, he must resort to aid from men who lurk on society’s margins.

Sam is both a friend and an asset. The problem is … Rowan has feelings for this man whose past mirrors his own. Will he find himself caught between this growing friendship and his addiction to the dark forces poised to overwhelm both of them?

And when the Feds get involved, no one is safe.

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From the Author

The M/M Collection:
Bad Boyfriends: Curling Iron, Pumping Iron, Jerking Iron
The Holiday Toast Duo: A Christmas Toast, A Valentine Toast (contemporary)
The Crow Creek Series: Ash & Oak, Pulling Leather, Strapping Ash, Sorting Will, Flankman (contemporary western romance), The Crow Creek Collection and Box Set
The Wrong Side of Right (transgressive, homoerotic literature)
Good Boy Bad (transgressive, homoerotic literature)
The Strigoi Chronicles: Penance, Fane, Michel, Dreu (paranormal, action-adventure)
Acid Jazz Singer (Hunger Hurts), paranormal, dark urban fantasy
Skin (crime-suspense, action-adventure)
Cole in His Stocking (Holiday romance)
Points on a Curve (Sports romance, suspense)
The 90 Day Rule (Sports romance)
The Conference (Contemporary romance, short story)
The Romantic Comedy Collection
Roman (Saints and Sinners): Occult & supernatural, romance
The Shadow of This World (Historical romance)

From the Back Cover

Novel: 89478 words, 262 pages. Adult content.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1232 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PubRight (March 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OM83NS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,004 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written October 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Someone remarked that this is a strange book and I'd have to agree. The main protagonist is a man called Rowan Wilkes, who is an undercover vice cop. His current role is one of playing a high-priced and exclusive male escort. But Rowan definitely seems to both despise and enjoy his role too much.

He's trying to bring down a child trafficking ring, and he's given an assignment to put a US Senator's daughter in a compromising position for blackmail purposes. Be warned that in this book there is both M/F sex and M/M sex, so for die hard purists of either one genre, take this into account.

Of course, Rowan falls for her as well as having deep feelings for his friend Sam, and between these emotions, his disgust at what he's doing in the name of justice makes him realize he needs to get away. With Sam.

This book takes many plot turns and twists, has a myriad of undercurrents, both seedy and desperate and hopeful and fulfilling, and tackles some rather controversial subjects--child sex pornography, the question of just how far does an undercover cop have to go to bring the bad guys to justice, and the use of drugs to make Rowan's cover all that much more real.

I did get a little confused by all the action and plot undercurrents, the history of certain of the characters, and the underlying stories of some of them. I can't say with any real honesty that I got attached to any one of them, except perhaps Sam, who I felt was the true victim in this story. In a lot of ways. I won't spill it by saying anything else about him but I wasn't a fan of how he ended up.

To me, Nya Rawlyns' work is often dark and dangerous, with a miasma of sheer hopelessness in some parts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Odd. April 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Skin" is a strange book. It follows Rowan Wilkes, a high priced male escort who is secretly an undercover vice cop. He's investigating the prostitution ring he's infiltrated in hopes of bringing down its madam along with her partner in the Russian mafia. Rowan is assigned by the madam to compromise the daughter of a United States Senator for the purposes of obtaining blackmail material to hold over her father. He finds himself falling for her instead and enlists the help of his fellow escort, Sam, to destroy the ring. In the process he walks away from his life as a vice cop, the Senator's daughter and the rest of his life.

The book then drops in on Rowan, now involved with Sam, first several months and then several years later. Their attempts at establishing new lives for themselves initially frustrated by a man from Roman's past, eventually they settle down in Maine and are left alone for several years. Rowan and Sam even re-establish contact with a few people from their old lives, including Rowan's sister Beth. Rowan and Sam visit Beth and her family in Colorado, only to sweep them up into an international plot to murder Rowan and Sam and to recover the "insurance policy" they hold to protect them from the Russian mob.

We join the action in media res and the book suffers for it. The flashes we get of Rowan's past fill in some blanks yet tear open other gaps. Sam has a past with the madam but that past is never explained. Rowan describes himself as a sexual dominant and Sam as his ultimate submissive but that aspect of their relationship goes unexplored.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skin - it's a profound metaphor April 9, 2012
By Morgan
Format:Kindle Edition
**contains a spoiler**

Skin - this book is quite a novel. First off I want to talk about the basics. The cover. On the cover is a half naked man, and the title of the book is Skin. Immediately this gives you an impression. And you'd be right, and you'd be wrong. I mulled this over for an hour, just the skin thing... and the cover... and then the genius hit me. This novel is about a man undercover inside the skin trade... but really it's so much deeper than that. What a truly brilliant metaphor this is... because skin is our cover(ing). We are emotional beings deep under cover - inside skin. We disguise what we are with this outer shell. It helps us blend in and look like an ethnic group... but really what we are - is undercover on this mission of life. Life's mission, who knows what it is, the edges and details are blurred, but one thing we know for sure, is this emotional torment we experience living.

While we are deep undercover on our *skin* mission of physicality, the only true thing we know for sure is what our emotions tell us. We long for love, safety, comfort. This metaphor is so profound and so deeply brilliant - you almost miss it.

And it's this that is the starting point for this novel. Rowan is the main character and you are inside his head from the get go. Deep inside his conflict, self loathing, and debasement. The emotions are raw and where the focus lies, even when the details are sketchy (and I think this is deliberate).

Seriously, I think a lot of readers will miss the point of this novel, which is to focus mainly on what emotions *do* to us, how much we are a slave to them, and just how much conflict and confusion they lead us into.
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Writer, editor and hopeless romantic. I've lived on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, ridden more than 1000 miles in trail competitions on horseback, and been owned by two Newfoundlands. I'm staff for a herd of cats and a herd of horses.

I've never met a potato chip I didn't like and I weight lift - which is probably fortuitous as I really like potato chips.

I love happy endings, even when I have to make them up. Optimist by day and by night...

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