Review: Christian Baines – Skin

Author: Christian Baines
Reviewer: Wendy
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 


Kyle, a young newcomer to New Orleans, is haunted by the memory of his first lover, brutally murdered just outside the French Quarter.

Marc, a young Quarter hustler, is haunted by an eccentric spirit that shares his dreams, and by the handsome but vicious lover who shares his bed.

When the barrier between these men comes down, it will prove thinner than the veil between the living and the dead…or between justice and revenge.


The single biggest thing I adored about this book was the portrayal of New Orleans and the uniqueness of its culture that came through in a very big way. A piece of this included the reference to voodoo that provided a combination of intrigue and a hint of evil as the story progressed. It’s not the light hearted party atmosphere of Mardi Gras on display in this story; no, it’s the seedy underbelly that takes center stage.

I wouldn’t call this a romance, but there are m/m characters and they do get busy doing what boys do best. This is a bit more of a mystery with some darker elements. Until the ending provides more clarity, I’d say that the journey through the story was a bit confusing and the characters are a little hard to distinguish from one another for quite a while. Some of them are also downright hard to like.

This book definitely pushes some thought boundaries. Be prepared for violence, death, homophobia, and paranormal/otherworldly elements. If anything, this story emphasizes that we all need to be careful what we wish for. This book represents something a little “out there” with interesting, unusual and unexpected twists for adventurous readers.


Bold Strokes Books 

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