Sahara H Review: Skin by Kylie Scott

Skin_Kylie_Scott (2)Six months since the zombie plague struck, former librarian Roslyn Stewart has been holed up in a school with eight other survivors. But now the shelves in the school canteen are bare. The stranger at the gate has supplies that will ensure the group’s ongoing survival, but at a cost. He wants a woman

Nick is a man with a plan. He’ll treat Roslyn like a Queen, devoting the rest of his life to protecting and providing for her. In exchange, of course, for sexual favours. It’s the deal of the century given the state of the world. But Roslyn doesn’t see it that way. The first chance she gets she attacks the ex-army man and attempts to escape, forcing Nick to contain her. And so begins his awkward courtship of the woman, with her chained to the bed for security reasons.

Chained like a dog and forced to spend her every waking moment with a creep, albeit a good looking one, Ros is determined to escape. When circumstances force them to band together against a common enemy their very survival depends on their ability to learn to trust each other. An uneasy partnership develops, but can a relationship with such a difficult beginning ever have a future?

  • File Size: 513 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Momentum (February 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Buy at Amazon

In a post-zombie outbreak world, Roslyn, a school librarian is generously offered up by her fellow survivors to Nick, an ex-military social outcast looking for a woman (Roslyn) in exchange for the supplies he has. Nick basically holds Roslyn captive after she refuses to go along with Nick’s well-intentioned plan of caring and providing for her, in exchange for (consensual) sex. Somehow Roslyn became Nick’s reason for living and going on after a long period of surviving alone in the zombie-filled wilderness. I received Skin in exchange for an honest review. As the sequel to Kylie Scott’s first zombie-filled work, Flesh, Skin takes two new characters and places them in the grim world found in the previous novel. I was eager to review Skin after loving Flesh and the great romantic storyline..The biggest problem I have with the work, however, is the forced seduction.

Somehow the reader is supposed to suspend his or her disbelief that after being held captive and bartered away, Roslyn can fall in love with Nick. Yes, Nick does take care of Roslyn and provides for her while never hurting her, but he also withholds her freedom on a number of occasions choosing her supposed well being over her freedom of choice. Kylie Scott did a great blog post on forced seduction that can be found here,  but ultimately I don’t see Nick as a redemptive hero despite the  risks he takes to protect Roslyn. It’s only after Roslyn falls head over heels with him that he gives way to her having a clearer voice in the relationship about things such as where the pair should settle and should they trust previous characters from Flesh including the trio Dan, Finn, and Ally.

What Scott does incredibly well in this book is showing Roslyn’s initial resistance to Nick’s attempts at seduction. In additon, she captures the mistrust and suspicions people form in enclosed communities such at a civilized outpost, where Nick has been previously exiled from. She also does a fine job of placing her characters in a position where the novel becomes more than a stand-alone, but looks to be the beginning of a series. I do enjoy her world-building and will be eagerly awaiting the next novel, Bone, out later this year. However, the romance aspect wasn’t plausible to me.

3 Stars

  • Tara SG (25 Hour Books) February 15, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I have to admit that I’m really interested in the plot and even the concept of the forced seduction. However, hearing that it didn’t really work makes me nervous to pick this up.

  • Sahara H February 15, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    It doesn’t ruin the book, the book is still enjoyable, and the romantic scenes were great, the whole forced seduction isn’t my cup of tea, but if you read Flesh, this is a good follow-up and seems to shape the world into more of a series

    • Tara SG (25 Hour Books) February 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Oh I didn’t realize this was the second in a series! I’ll have to look up Flesh and add them to my TBR. Thanks!

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