Thursday, August 18, 2011

Skin Deep by Kenna White

Publisher:              Bella Books

Jordan Griffin is the assistant editor of Northwest Living Magazine and a reporter known for getting the tough story. No story is tougher than Reece McAlister. McAlister was once famous as a beautiful, intelligent broadcast journalist who reported some of the most high profile and dangerous stories in the world. Reece mysteriously left journalism and began a new career as a nature photographer with a reputation for avoiding interviews. When Jordan confronts Reece at her latest showing, the reason for at least part of this becomes clear because Reece is horribly disfigured on one side of her body. How this happened and what motivates Reece fascinates Jordan and she is more determined than ever to get the story, to the point that she follows Reece into the wilderness on a camping trip although Jordan's only camping experience was in her grandmother's living room. Reece makes it clear that she doesn't want Jordan along and she spares her no pain in the early days of the trip.

As time passes though and they get to know each other, a fragile trust develops between them and a mutual attraction. Jordan returns with her story and then a dilemma. Her research turns up certain facts that Reece doesn't want made public. To reveal them could destroy their relationship, but not revealing them could violate her sense of professionalism. When a jealous co-worker betrays both women, Jordan is finally able to see what her priorities should be. The question is whether or not Reece will forgive her and allow their relationship to continue. A life and death situation develops as Jordan follows Reece into the wilderness again and survival becomes more important than forgiveness.

Skin Deep is another Kenna White romance, but there is more to this story than just two women meeting and developing an attraction for each other. And this isn't just a story about not judging someone by appearances. The scars that Reece wears in her soul are much deeper and worse than the ones in her skin. The book's title indicates that there is more to a person than what is on the suface, but going deeper than that often reveals complexities beyond imagination.  

Skin Deep deals with issues of trust, honor and loyalty. However, all of this is woven into a story that never becomes pedantic. This is a case where you may learn something without having to work at it. That alone makes it worth reading.

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