Review: Cover Up by L.A. Witt

Friday, October 6, 2017

Title: Cover Up
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Skin Deep, Inc., #3
Genre: MM Romance
Publisher: Swerve
Publication date: October 3rd 2017

 After ten years of blissful marriage, Navy Pilot Nate Chandler is divorcing his cheating husband. Single for the first time in years, Nate is numb to all emotion and kisses any chance of another relationship goodbye.

Not only is Nate struggling to get through this divorce, but his body is branded with a permanent reminder of his failed marriage: a matching tattoo with his ex. Searching for a place to cover up his old tattoo, Nate finds himself at the Skin Deep, Inc., where he meets the young and charming cover-up tattoo apprentice, Lucas Brandt.

From just flirty glances to steamy hot encounters, Nate and Lucas dive headfirst into a fling of hookups. But worried that he’ll forever be Nate’s “cover up” rebound relationship, Lucas fears that their love won’t be anything more than just skin deep. What was once just a casual attraction, Lucas now hopes to turn into a real relationship. But will he be able to convince the still tender-hearted Nate to fall in love again?

This is the third book in L.A. Witt's Skin Deep Inc. series, however all books can be read as standalones.  That being said, I feel as though you will get more satisfaction out of this one if you read the previous books first because you do see the couple from the first two books.  I've said it before but I'll say it again, L.A. Witt is one of my auto-buy authors in the MM romance genre because she writes chemistry so well!!  I love her steamy reads, and this one didn't disappoint.  This one is probably my favorite of the series so far because I thought the chemistry/plot ratio was a little bit better in this story.  The previous books seemed to be a little TOO focused on the steamy moments and this one I felt had a better balance.  There were still plenty of those sizzling moments tho.

Nate was a happily married man for ten years until he discovered his husband Caleb cheating and now he's in the process of an ugly divorce.  He hasn't taken a moment to really stop and deal with the emotions of his long term relationship dissolving.  He keeps pushing those feeling aside, but he is now trying to take his first step: he's decided to get the tattoo that he got with his soon-to-be ex-husband covered up.  They have matching tattoos and he can't stand looking at it because it just brings all of the hurt and anger to the surface again. His best friend Jon is dating a man that works at  Skin Deep Inc. so they go there to discuss a cover-up tattoo and the cover up artist is a man named Lucas.  Lucas is younger than Nate but has already been divorced twice so he has an idea of what Nate is going through. When they meet, there is an instant attraction.  They decide on a no-strings-attached arrangement but it isn't long before things start to get more serious between them.

I really loved Nate's character from the previous book, so I couldn't wait for him to get his HEA.  We read about the moment he found his ex cheating on him in the previous book, so my heart was hurting for him.  He had so much baggage that he wasn't quite ready to deal with so he kept pushing it aside to deal with later.  The only problem was that he never ended up dealing with it until Lucas brought it to his attention.  At the beginning of their relationship, they are both pretty aware that Nate is sort of using Lucas as a way to get over his ex and forget things for a while, but when things get more serious between them, Lucas wasn't comfortable being used anymore.  I liked the way the situation was handled in the end.

Lucas is younger than Nate but wise for his age.  He's working 3 jobs to pay back his student loans, and he's also been divorced twice before.  Their age gap is mentioned but it was never a big deal between them.  Same thing with Lucas' sexual orientation, he's bisexual but it was never an issue.  They have a conversation about how his previous marriages were to women, but it was handled well.  I've read a lot of MM romances when there is a huge issue with one of the character being bisexual and those drive me crazy, so it was nice seeing one that it was barely mentioned.

The chemistry between these two was explosive.  They couldn't keep their hands off of each other but there were also a lot of tender moments.  This one is pretty much the complete opposite of a slow burn. lol. I still thought their attraction to each other felt natural though. As I said earlier, L.A. Witt definitely knows how to write those steamy moments that just burn up the pages.  There were quite a few intimate scenes between them but with a casual rebound/no-strings-attached relationship I feel like that makes sense.

* I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. *


  1. I know you were really excited to read this one, so I'm thrilled that the book delivered, Julie! The chemistry between the two sound so good. I do love a good slow-burn, but I enjoy insta-lust if it's written well. Great review!

  2. I keep seeing this one everywhere and I haven't read this author yet so I'm very tempted. I like the sound of both these guys.

    For What It's Worth

  3. Glad to hear you enjoyed this and that the bisexual part didn't take away from their romance. I'm definitely curious as I've never read this author before. Wonderful review, Julie! :)

  4. I love romances with characters that have great chemisty. This sounds like a series worth checking out. Great review!


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