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Book Review| Under The Skin: Love, Fear, and Destroyed Dreams by @ZaraWestAuthor #bookreview #romant

Title: Under The Skin: Love, Fear, and Destroyed Dreams (The Skin Quartet Series Book 4)

Author: Zara West

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Romantic Thriller

Book Blurb:

Born poor and raised on the streets, celebrated bridge builder and billionaire, Mic Vargas is knee-deep in the construction of a trouble-plagued bridge from Manhattan to New Jersey. He really can't afford to take in a stray thief and fall in love with her. But when a beautiful, snappy-tongued, illegal immigrant literally drops at his feet, he becomes consumed with saving her and her family from poverty. Cat burglar, Lena Correr stopped trusting anyone long ago. Not even a rich, handsome billionaire with good intentions can break through her defenses. At least, not until an East Coast crime boss threatens her family and forces her to steal for him. Mic vows to help her and her family escape the hell they are in. But will the man Lena is coming to love succeed, or will he end up dead at the hands of an old enemy?

My Review:

Mic Vargas once loved tagging bridges and living on the street. Now, he builds bridges instead of tagging them but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t crave the freedom of living on the street. While visiting his construction site at night, a street kid falls at his feet and he sees a chance to give back. Little does he know that saving this kid is going to take more than money and it could cost him his own life.

Lena’s never had an easy life, being an illegal immigrant is hard enough but when her father is taken by ICE, she’s forced to steal more to help her mother and siblings survive. When she first meets Mic, she thinks him an easy target. When he tries to help her, at first she rebels. She’s learned the hard way that trust only leads to heartbreak. When Jax, a crime boss, holds Lena’s family hostage, she knows the only one who can help her family escape is Mic. She just hopes she can make it out alive. Can she and Mic save her family or will she be flayed alive?

Under the Skin the fourth and final book in the Skin Quartet series. I have to admit, this is my favorite book in the series. It’s so much more than a romantic thriller with life and death stakes. . . it’s a stark expose on human nature and how no matter how much money one has, it doesn’t take away the scars underneath. Mic is a clear example of this theory and it plays out well in this story.

What makes this a must-read? The characters are addictive to read and you’ll be whipping through the pages as the plot amps up with suspenseful scenes. The combative dialogue between Mic and Lena is fun, flirty and full of snark. Both know what it takes to trust someone and both are attracted to each other. The plot is filled with intensity and I couldn’t stop reading until I was finished with the book. The ending was sublime.

If you’re looking for a romantic thriller to dive into with unconventional characters and a very bad antagonist, look no further than Under the Skin. This is a standalone but you’ll want to read the other books in the series after you read Under the Skin. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

Award-winning author Zara West loves all things mysterious, adventurous, and heart-stopping as long as they lead to true love. Swept off her feet by her own Indiana Jones, Zara has followed sheep and goats up and down mountainsides in Greece, Crete, and Italy, been stranded on the banks of the Rhine with no money and one chocolate bar, and while she has never been kidnapped, she has been abandoned on an island in the middle of the wilderness for longer than she wants to remember. Now she writes books for the romantic adventurer in us all.

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

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