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Willing Skin (Space Grit) (Volume 4) Paperback – October 19, 2016
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As a child Ella read every book she could get her hands on, which meant most of her dad's science fiction and fantasy collection. There she found a special love of elves, dragons and knights. Ella has worked as a waitress, cashier, and receptionist to a U.S. Senator, network admin, web developer and an all-around card-carrying geek. But she really found her stride when she found a way to combine her first love, Romance, with those fantasy worlds in her own writing. Ella is always happy to hear from readers. Links to all the usual spots can be found on her site: http://www.elladrake.com To hear about new releases, sign up for Ella’s new release announcements: http://www.elladrake.com/announce
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I wasn't sure if I would like this but I decided to take a leap of faith, and I'm glad I did. Take a deep breath because the tension and action never let up for a second! It didn't feel at all like 95K, in a good way because of the seat of your pants pacing. The tech elements were intriguing and appealed hugely to my SF side without being overwhelming for anyone who isn't that into SciFi - the concept of the skin suit for the heroine and all the mental and physical conflict it involved was hugely original and completely fascinating to me. Plus the author excels at writing explicit sex scenes but in a way that doesn't set me cringing at the words used. I was also fascinated by the cyborg bounty hunter.
What I didn't like:
Some of the phrasing got a bit repetitive toward the end, and the constant to-ing and fro-ing to the same places got a bit wearing. Also the amount of time the central couple spent snogging, fondling, and/or more involved pushed my believeability limit considering how much danger Sylla was supposedly in. These were very minor niggles overall though.
While a bit heavy on the sex scenes for my personal taste, this is one hot, exciting, tense, and all-round fun romp on a space station, with some uber fascinating tech including the heroine's ability to gender-flip. I'm still thinking about the story and the characters weeks after reading. If you find the idea of switched gender sex offensive, this is not for you. About the closest comparison I can make is maybe an X-rated version of Farscape where the Scarrans are more human and sexy rather than scary, and with a Terminator-style assassin. Although book four of this series, it reads perfectly fine as a standalone so you can jump in mid-series without feeling lost.
(But that's another story for another time. Or just later this evening.)
Sylla is in a tough spot. The only way to escape the hunter after her is to change herself as radically as possible. It's bad luck she runs into the only species in space who can tell she's not what is. On the plus side, Echtei turns out to like what he sees--both her male Scoriah disguise and her very female self--and things get hot and heavy pretty quickly.
I liked Echtei and Sylla. I liked Echtei's brothers. I even liked surly Tee, who was looks like he's going to have a very rough time when his book rolls around. Basically, this book hit all my happy sexy sci-fi buttons. I'm going in for more.
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal