Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Back Piece
SERIES: Skin Deep Inc. #1
AUTHOR: L.A. Witt
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 316 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 25th, 2017
Colin Spencer is a tattoo artist with a past he’d prefer to keep a secret. Actually, he has a few secrets that he’d rather people didn’t know about, which is why Colin doesn’t do commitment. But when a shy sailor approaches him at the gym, Colin finds this guy pushing all his buttons.
Growing up in a conservative family, then escaping with the Navy, Daniel Moore is an unsure virgin who feels like he can’t share his true self with anyone. Seeing Colin—and his tattoos—at the gym are the sign Daniel needs to finally get those tattoos he’s always wanted, and maybe try his hand at flirting.
As Colin and Daniel spend more time together, their awkward hesitations turn into a deep passion neither expected. But with both men harboring secrets, will their relationship be able to survive their insecurities and become something beautiful?
Back Piece is a sexy, emotional journey of two people learning to love and finding acceptance for who they really are.
I don’t know why but I feel like I keep saying this in my reviews but I really did not expect this story to be so deep. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing but in this case it was a bit overwhelming, in my opinion. As a fan of this author I never know what to expect and usually for the most part I’m pretty happy with her stories. And this one is no exception. I liked this story. It read well, kept me interested and had some great characters but I will admit that I that it was a bit too long. The internal, emotional dialogue was exhausting and I think it could have been at least 100 pages less than what it was.
Colin has had a troubled past. But he’s overcome a lot to get to where he is today. He owns his own business, physically healthy an relatively happy for the most part. When he sees Daniel for the first time at the gym it’s an instant attraction, when they meet later the attraction ignites and it’s hard for either man to ignore.
Daniel is a 26 year old virgin in the Navy. He’s found acceptance in the Navy and he loves finally being able to live his life out and proud away from his family. Colin seems like the perfect person to start playing around with. The attraction is insane and intense and the feelings that follow leave both men with questions. The only thing they know is they want more of it.
Things come to a head when Daniel’s family visits him and he goes right back in the closet expecting Colin to go in there with him. All of Colin’s personal issues that have been simmering at the surface explode and leave both men at odds. Not to mention the dreaded certainty of Daniel’s possible deployment.
Angsty to the max, and incredibly repetitive this books saving grace was the two main characters. Daniel and Colin are solid and so well developed. Their passion, openness and acceptance was so beautiful.
I like the story just some things I could have done without.