Sarah Mäkelä lives in North Carolina with her husband and cats. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, computer and console games, and traveling all over the world. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, as well as the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapters.
Skin Deepby Sarah Makela
Angelique had no idea her black panther tattoo would force her to abandon the love of her life--Connor O'Reilly--but she's determined to keep him safe no matter how much it hurts. Her tattoo doubles as her feline familiar: loving, protective, dangerous, and with a life of its own. It's also her/i>
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Passions sizzle even between a feline and a wolf...
Angelique had no idea her black panther tattoo would force her to abandon the love of her life--Connor O'Reilly--but she's determined to keep him safe no matter how much it hurts. Her tattoo doubles as her feline familiar: loving, protective, dangerous, and with a life of its own. It's also her deepest secret and draws enemies who desire its power for themselves.
Connor has no idea why Angelique left him, but he's determined to win her back. As a werewolf, he has secrets of his own. Now his alpha is ready to force him to mate with an ex-girlfriend he can't stand unless he can find Angelique and claim her as his mate. But even as their secrets threaten to keep them apart, hidden enemies seek to destroy their chance at love forever.
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I loved this oh so cute story. It covered such a unique and different world. Sarah's uniquely takes you into a hidden world where not only shifters take forms. This world of inked animals gives you a hope for those stuck as humans. The bond she explores between The two lead characters and the lead characters ink shows a world of depth and affection. The pain and sorrow of not having ones heart felt love is explored as well as the notion of giving up ones love for their protection or to keep them from suffering from ones own imperfections can be turned into any life today. I love how while it is in the paranormal realm it does follow with the action of jealousy and ex's. Wonderful read. Would recommend to anyone looking for a touching and quite amazing read.
This was a pretty well done story. There’s mystery, danger, and of course love, all in a novella package. The plot was interesting, though a little weak in some places for me, with strong conflicts and compelling emotional ties between the main characters. After how bad things got, I think everything was wrapped up a little too easily, and I would have liked a little more in the way of world building. We get enough to understand the context of the situation and the state of the characters, but I wanted more background into the hunters that Angelique references often and the nature of her magic and familiar and such. Ultimately I enjoyed the story and felt for the heroine when things got dire. I also enjoyed the love scene, feeling it was spontaneous, lustful, and oddly romantic. Connor was truthfully a sweet guy and I felt bad that Angelique had to keep pushing him away. I suppose my only real problem was that I thought the book would have benefitted from more length. Overall, Skin Deep is sexy, exciting, and intriguing. It was a quick and engrossing read that will leave you wanting more.
A lot goes on between the pages of this short story as two otherworldly creatures, whose secrets tore them apart before, reunite while others try to keep them apart in a bloody and action-packed series of events that leads to an all out frenzied conclusion. Angelique comes from an ancient group who carry their Familiars on their skin and who have struggled to keep their secrets after being hunted to near extinction. These secrets led her to abandon the love of her life but after a year apart he's back. Connor has secrets of his own as he's a werewolf who's been commanded to find a Mate which leads him back to Angelique, the only woman he wants. Both of them were kept apart because of secrets and fears that the other wouldn't accept them for their uniqueness. These secrets have put them both in jeopardy though as Connor's crazy ex-girlfriend unleashes a Hunter to permanently get rid of Angelique which puts Connor in danger as he has to fight to save her. The sexual tension between Angelique and Connor is palpable with their two sexual interludes being super steamy. In comparison, the action scenes are heartpounding and keep you on the edge of your seat. This brief glimpse into this world is intriguing and the journey from a couple's rocky start to their HEA keeps you eagerly turning the pages as a series of life or death situations arise. From its likable characters to steamy and satisfying sexual interludes this was a story easy to immerse yourself in. Though the crazy ex-girlfriend was stereotypical she still put into play a series of frenetic events that brought the h/h together. This small package showed of Ms. Makela's pleasant writing style and I'm definitely looking forward to her work in longer form.