Skins & Scars by Laura Rossi

✫.•° Skins by Laura Rossi °•.✫

✫.•° Blurb °•.✫

My name is Sebastian, but they call me the Killer. I have never lost a fight; never let anyone touch me without regretting it. I am a fighter, that’s how I survive in the gutter that is The Market, a neighborhood in the outskirts of Rome.

Rome, the city of eternal beauty. But also the city of lost souls. When gangster Alejandro de la Crux wanted to have a word with me, I had no idea what was coming. He wanted me- the Killer- to protect his ex-wife and his son, while he went into hiding. Someone wanted him dead, wanted all of them dead. I had no idea it was Andrea, the woman I had met years before, the woman I had lost my head for.

It was her. She needed help. And I wasn’t going to let anyone touch her, not even her ex-husband Alejandro de la Crux.

Excerpt:
“He’s going to kill us if he finds out” she told me. “I am going to hell anyway” I whispered in her ear, before moving down to kiss her again. “I am coming with you” she murmured against my mouth.

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

This is the first book by Laura Rossi I have read, let me say now it won’t be the last.

I was completely captivated by the story and characters, Sebastian and Angela both grew on me, making me feel as though I was part of their story. Sebastian and Angela experience so much in this book, but no matter what they face they seem to continue to meet it head on and continue to fight for what they believe in.

Laura has written an epic rollercoaster of emotions, her talented words are like a fishing rod loaded with bait, I was the fish that took the bait and was then reeled in hook line and sinker! I was pulled into this story alongside Sebastian and Angela, I felt their emotions as if they were my own.

Laura’s writing style captivated my attention in kept me hooked until the very end, even then I still wanted more. As the story unfolded I was kept trying to guess just what was coming next, each time I thought I knew I was met by another twist that I did not see coming.

Skins is a story that I won’t forget easily it safe to say that Skins made it onto my list of 2018 top reads. I’m looking forward to reading Scars.

✫.•° Scars: Sequel to Skins °•.✫

✫.•° Blurb °•.✫

I gasped for air and counted my last breaths.

One, pain shot up my stomach.

Two, my throat burned.

I kept looking at the sky, as I lost any will to move.

Before my eyes closed, my last thoughts were for Andrea.

They thought prison would change me, that isolation would make me weak, maybe break me. But I wasn’t alone, I always had the darkness with me.

My name is Alejandro De la Crux and I never let anyone cross me without paying the price, their lives for my honour.

I was left to rot in prison by my ex wife and her lover, The Killer. That Rat.

They thought they could run away from me, that they could live happily ever after. No one can fool the devil, no one can fool Alejandro De la Crux.

“Patience, revenge takes time. But it will come, my time will come.

Note to reader: Scars is the sequel to Skins. Although the book can be read as a standalone, reading the prequel Skins is highly recommended to fully understand the characters and the series of events described in the story.

✫.•° Book Links °•.✫

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

Firstly, let me start by saying wow!!

This is the sequel to Skins; which not only did I rate 5 stars but also was one of my top reads of 2018 so far; I did not expect Scars to rival that position, but it does.

I’m going to try so hard to write this review without giving anything away.

Scars is written in 3 different POV’s; Andrea, Sebastian and Alejandro; it’s perfectly clear who’s POV you’re reading and when. The 3-person POV works extremely well in the book as it allows us into the mind of each character. It allows us to understand the thoughts and feelings of each of them. Scars gives us an insight into the mind of an obsessive monster; Alejandro, as well as the intelligent and protective minds of Andrea and Sebastian.

These characters have grown and developed so much they are so intense and complex, just when you think you know them they show yet another side or layer. With each of these new layers, I found myself loving or hating them more.

The emotion in this book is palpable, and it’s not just the emotion from the characters but the emotion that Laura has put into her writing. More than once I found I was either holding my breath or my heart was pounding, I also found myself extremely close to tears.

Laura’s writing style is incredibly clear and shows her natural talent for writing a darker more twisted story, although I haven’t yet read her other work. The way Laura switches from one POV to the other seems effortless and seamless. The characters had already worked their way under my skin after reading Skins, now they are firmly in my heart.

Overall this book is amazing, however, you MUST read Skins first!!

If you want an intricately woven web of intense, gripping, gut-wrenching, breathtaking suspense, with action and an epic tale of love then this is the book; well 2 books for you!

Well done Laura!!

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