Genna Donaghy – Second Skin

second skinAuthor: Genna Donaghy
Reviewer: Lexi
Publisher: Muse Publishing
Genre: MM Mystery
ISBN: 9781619376823

Rating: ★★★★¼ 

Summary: Shane Kalman looked forward to exchanging military life for a civvy job where he could freely be out of the closet, but the position he lands is nothing like he imagined. He didn’t plan to work undercover for a corrupt detective agency, much less gathering dirt on the city’s most dangerous crime boss. And he sure as heck didn’t expect to have his mind temporarily switched with a tabby cat in order to do it.

His fellow agent, Jamison Rees, is a charmer and sometimes a German shepherd, but Shane doesn’t need animal instincts to know that he’s hiding something. When the job goes south and Shane’s brother becomes a target for the crime boss’s wrath, all evidence points to a mole in the detective agency. A dog may be man’s best friend, but is he a cat’s? Can Shane trust Jamison at all?

Review: Shane Kalman hasn’t been able to get a job since leaving the service. A recommendation from a friend leads him to a detective agency that isn’t exactly on the up and up. Never would he have imagined he would be switching bodies with a cat to investigate the city’s most dangerous crime boss.

Jamison Rees works for the detective agency and seems to be hiding something. Shane has a very strict black/white code he believes in and can’t wait to put the agency behind him. When his twin brother becomes involved, Shane will do anything to save him, even changing skins one more time.

Shane’s struggle with what he considers good and bad when Rees, and the agency, introduces a world of gray is palatable. Though I liked this side of Shane, seeing how his unbending ways was cutting him off from certain things, like work, family, and a possible love interest, also caused problems with me feeling the connection between him and Rees.

I really enjoyed this story. It was well crafted with complex characters and a couple of mysteries that wrapped around the plot. The concept of switching skins is unique and should not to be confused with the mechanics with shifter stories. The action is slow building, filled with suspense, and a touch of romance. It’s an excellent beginning to what I hope is a new series and I look forward to the next book. I would love to get to know this world more. Definitely a recommendation.

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