I must warn you, give you a heads up, pronounce to the world and the great beyond….this story is N.O.T. a romance. Skin is a general fiction piece of literature with queer lead characters. There are sexual acts on many of the pages, just for the purpose of having sex, nothing more, possibly less.
Skin follows the lives of three humans and a flamboyantly charming but deadly voodoo spirit. There really isn’t a lot to be said without giving the story away or accidentally throwing out a hint. Just know that you’re mind is going to be thoroughly tricked. Christian takes it for a wild ride of guesses, assumptions, pain, hurt, awe, amazement, and very tumultuous feelings.
We also get to see humanity at it’s most basic. There is no glitz or glamour. We’re walking the back streets of New Orleans. Hearing slang worlds/phrases, vulgarity at every turn, racism, bigotry, homophobia, lewd/crude/brash behavior, raw, humanity.
Christian writes, orchestrates, and conducts this story brilliantly.
This is a non-shifter/Alpha-Beta-Omega/m-preg lite story
Phoenix Harcourt is the CEO of a multi-million dollar empire, a single father, and also an omega. Him being an omega has caused a lot of issues in his life. His parents kicked him out of his house after they realized he was an Omega and many at work don’t like the idea of him being in charge.
He’s worked hard. From being a kid on the streets to now CEO. He started to get idle threats but didn’t take them seriously until they targeted his daughter Jasmine.
Lucius Payne is a military veteran who now runs his own security company. He’s asked to come help out a colleagues friend. The moment Lucius steps foot inside of Phoenix’s house, their eyes meet, they deeply inhale, they both know: they’re mates. Phoenix takes the news rather hard. After his disastrous relationship with Jasmine’s father Corey, his accidental mate who died in the line of duty, Phoenix is hard to win over. Plus with someone bound and determined to take everything from Phoenix both men have a lot on their hands.
Can they mate and have a happily ever after? Or will they fall victim to the taunts?
Zoe is an only child and her parent’s are now retired and constantly galavanting across the world. She’s very close to her best friend Laura and Laura’s kids, they even call her Aunt Zoe, but she’s never let herself feel apart of the family. She always holds herself back.
TJ is Laura’s brother. He had no ambition to follow in his father’s footsteps and the moment he could leave their small town and make something of himself he did just that; and more.
Zoe decides she’s ready to meet Mr. Right and joins a dating app. This is where she meets Tom. He’s smart, sophisticated, funny, and as a bonus, wealthy. They haven’t exchanged pictures of each other because they wanted to make sure their personalities worked together first.
Come the day of the big reveal Tom is in town after his sister begs him to come back for a visit. Plus now he gets to meet Zoe. Win-Win. When Zoe opens her apartment door looking all sorts of sexy she’s greeted by TJ, Laura’s obnoxious brother, not realizing that’s her Tom.
The road from there only gets more bumpy and hilarious as the two try to tread water and remember the connection they had through conversations over the app.
Something drastic occurs that must pull them together for the sake of Laura’s children. From here the true capability test begins.
Edgar is the pure definition of introvert. He wakes up, eats breakfast, showers, puts on a clean pair of pajamas, sets up his work station in the living room and gets to it. Day in and day out . He hardly leaves his NYC apartment. His guilty pleasure in life is following the handsome, funny, and talented Walter; a gamer extraordinaire.
Walter sends out a tweet asking who is going to be at the gamer convention in NYC right before Christmas and Edgar can’t help himself but to respond. Then his phone makes an unfamiliar noise and he realizes that Walter has responded to his tweet!! Soon they find themselves having daily conversations and making plans to meet up when Walter arrives in NYC.
All could come crushing down thanks to a delayed subway, lack of cell service, and Edgar behind on work.
Brad is in a holiday funk, well, maybe a life funk. Many might say he’s experiencing a mid life crisis. He’s just won a big case and leaves the law firm early to go home. Celebrating isn’t on his agenda. He’s about to pass a bar when he hears tapping on the glass and see Michael on the other side. Michael filmed a few of the video depositions for the law firm and Brad had noticed him.
Michael is in love with everything Christmas. He plans and schedules many events for himself and his housemates. Now he’s dragging Brad along with them and Brad finds himself having more fun than he’s had in years. He’s finally letting things go.
Until a big misunderstanding pulls these two apart and Brad takes the time to just look at the world he’s created for himself and see if it’s really what he wants or if he’d rather have the spice of Michael in his life too.
Grant owns a craft store and for the holidays he’s running series for the kids that sold out almost immediately. When a young girl and the hottest guy in the world come in inquiring about classes Grant doesn’t have the heart to tell them no so before his brain can stop his mouth he informs them that they do private lessons on Sunday. Grants only day off.
As time passes Grant’s friends keep telling him to roll in his feelings because he doesn’t even know how Josh, hot guy, fits into the little girls life. Grant tries, he really does, but every Sunday Josh does something that pulls at his heart.
It takes Aubrey, the girl, to meddle into their affairs before things really get going.
Former Navy Doctor Laurance Payne is on a train on his way home in December of 1946 when the train is stopped due to snow. Eventually he disembarks and heads into town to find out that the local establishment has no vacancy. So instead of waiting for a ride, he attempts an adventure, and tries to find the place on his own.
Laurence suffered a brain injury in the war and has difficulty deciphering his right from left and finds himself far from civilization and on the door step of a cabin. When a man opens the door Laurence realizes there might be someone out there more eccentric as himself. Especially when the man, Avery, begins to talk, and flick on candles by magic.
As the days go by Laurence starts to believe Avery’s tale of being centuries old and cursed by fairies. Then he wakes up on the 13th day of staying in the cabin to find himself alone and the cabin in disrepair. Did he hallucinate everything or was Avery right and now Laurence must find a way to break the curse?
Stokely absolutely loathes Christmas. He wants nothing to do with the holiday and can’t wait for the blasted thing to be over. He even has to turn his one indulgence away; listening to Asher on the radio. Asher has a beautiful voice and Stokely could listen to him ramble about nothing, except at Christmas.
Asher over books himself for all sorts of charities during the holidays to ensure that no child is left behind for the season, and for good reasons. When he meets Stokely he’s shocked someone could hate such a holiday, but as the two bond Asher realizes they have more in common and understands Stokely’s disdain, even if Asher doesn’t share the sentiment.
Zane and his sister inherited a house 4 years ago when their closest relative died. After a bad breakup Zane has decided to pick up his life and move. See how this house works out for him. Per the pictures it’s going to need a lot of work.
Kit is the resident of the house. He’s lived on the estate for centuries. He’s the guardian of the gate that is housed there and has bonded with all the human keepers. Only when Zane shows up Kit realizes Zan knows nothing of his heritage and Kit doesn’t know if he wants to be the one to tell him.
Kit’s magic starts to wane and spirit’s are getting through the gate. Something has to be done, and quick.
**CORRECTION….I say this is the first in the Dreamspun Beyond series. I meant to say fourth in the series; first book of Shira’s I’d read. Didn’t catch that slip up until too late….carry on….**
Jaime is away at healer’s academy when he hears that his father has fallen ill. Against the advice of his advisors Jaime rushes home. He quickly learns two things upon arrival; his father has passed and they were badly in debt from sending Jaime to school. All their possessions are being sold off, including Jaime himself.
Thanks to a storm the pirates taking Jaime away must harbor their ship for repairs and the slaves are rescued. Jaime has no inkling of where he might be or the people he’s now surrounded by. He given a job in the kitchens and keeps his head low. He’s seen what humanity can do and trusts no one.
After an accidental healing of a burn Jaime gave the Captain of the guard Jaime runs. He’s scared that they’ll send him back with the pirates or worse.
Quickly Jaime learns that he’s in a safe place and has caught the eye of the youngest prince.
From here Jaime must decide if he wants to stay or go back home.