by Simone Stark
Released: July 6th 2017
“I loved this book. It was short and it was sexy and I adored every second of it.”
~ Under the Covers
I picked this book up as it was recommended on one of my favourite podcasts, Fated Mates in their epistolary romances episode. And, for those of you, who like me, wasn’t exactly sure what an epistolary romance was until you googled it, it means a book where the hero and heroine fall in love or the relationship develops via writing. This could be in the form of an old fashioned letter, or perhaps an email and even IMs, text messages…and sometimes a combination of all of those things. Think Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata or Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas.
But, back to Written on his Skin. This book spoke directly to my id, completely bypassing my brain and I mean this in the BEST way. Our sexy, bearded hero is in the military and falls in love with our curvy heroine when she sends him a letter. He has a very physical, primal reaction to seeing her words set forth on paper and guys….from that point I was a goner. I loved this book. It was short and it was sexy and I adored every second of it.
This is a fairly short novella that I devoured in one sitting and I feel 100% certain that I will reread again and again. I haven’t seen Simone Stark release anything else since this book in 2017, but if she does I am all over it!
p.s. If you haven’t listened to the Fated Mates podcast, give it a try! It is mainly focused on the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. But, if you haven’t read that series – although guys…why wouldn’t you have? It’s the best! – their interstitial episodes give you trope recommendations.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?