Breaking Skin

Breaking Skin


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Dancing is like magic. It makes me disappear.

When I dance I'm not a sister or a daughter, not a lover or a friend. I exist in the moment, onstage, where I turn pain into art and pretend the illusion is real. My past is an abomination and my future is unwritten, but my present is pure, fluid, and focused. I'm content, or at least I think I am, until the night I meet a man who makes me want more.

He's broken, just like me, but in different ways. He's older and nothing like the men I'm used to. Compared to him, they're all boys, immature and insipid, while he's a force of nature, confident and virile. Virile is a word I've never used before, and I only use it now because he embodies it so completely.

At first, he fights the attraction between us almost as hard as I do. But when words like destiny and soulmate whisper through my thoughts, how can I ignore them? He can have any girl he wants, but he looks at me as if I'm the girl he's waited for his whole life. How can I tell him I'm not that girl?

I wish I were enough for him, wish I were whole. But beneath my facade, I've been falling to pieces for a long time, and I don't know if I'm strong enough to resist the downward momentum.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781533082565
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/08/2016
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she'll run out of words, her response always is, "When I run out of time."

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Breaking Skin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Nikki was a ballerina who’s knee had been giving her problems and pain lately. She had been told she was a good dancer but not a great dancer. Her boyfriend Tag just dumped her. But before they were officially done he was already talking to another girl. Tag worked hard at being a dancer and Nikki also did. They would bump into each other at the studio long after rehearsals were over. They spent hours talking and Nikki was falling for Tag. But Nikki never did open herself up to Tag. But Nikki did face tag at the bar he was at with the other girl and walked up with her head up. Nikki went out with her friend and fellow dancer and Nikki got drunk. Then a man came over to talk to Nikki. The man’s name was Cole She spent the night with him and when she woke up he was gone but had left her a sweet note. Then Cole moves next store to Nikki’s sister Renee and they sleep together a couple times but not as if they are in a relationship. Cole just doesn’t have what Renee needs. Nikki and Renee haven’t gotten along for awhile which means Nikki hasn’t been allowed to see her eight year old niece Langley. Then Nikki gets an invite to spend the weekend with Renee and Langley. When Nikki gets to the bus station she has to find her own way to Renee's home only to find Renee gone and Langley waiting for her. Then she sees a man next store who looks just like Cole. This was an excellent story and I loved it. The plot was great as was the writing. I didn’t want to put this story down. It was wrenching at times but so very sweet at other times. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the twists and turns in the story but also the twists and turns Cole and Nikki went through.I highly recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
CrumbV More than 1 year ago
"Knowing that doesn't change the way I react to her. I felt it for the first time in my life that night at Blackburn's. I've been with my share of women, but I was completely blindsided by it, and I feel it now too. It's hard to explain what Nikki does to me. I'm incredibly attracted to her, although attraction seems like such a bland word for this feeling. It's deeper than that. It's chemical and volatile. It's a spark capable of igniting an inferno. It's undeniable, and it's damn inconvenient." I fell in love with this story from the (very first page) moment I saw the cover. I was instantly drawn in, and with each passing chapter I became more involved with Nikki's life and how it would turn out with her estranged family and... Stuck between her passion for dance and her guilt-stricken heart over her sister and niece, Nikki is forced to face aspects of her life she had long run away from. "I'm the walking wounded, slowly bleeding out, but I'm the only one who can see the deep red stains that color my skin. Making a mends isn't easy, and when she learns that not only has she been left alone but that the one person she thought she'd never see again lives right next door. And he no longer feels the way he did before...or does he? So, take the journey. Find the answers to all of the questions...but mostly, fall in love. That's what this story does, it makes you fall in love. Fall for the man. For the woman. With the little moments that translate into something so much bigger than you could ever imagine. It's heart-wrenching and beautiful. It's about loss, love, and finding everything you ever wanted in the least expected places. "I'll become the bluebird each night and lose myself in the dance so I can find myself again at the end." **5 Dance Away with My Heart, Stars**