Liam Newman escaped his abusive past to start a new life with the man who saved him. Unfortunately, the old life refuses to stay buried. When a fan of his porn star persona appears, he’s forced to reinvent himself in a surprising new career. Will it give him the rebirth he craves or lead him deeper into the life he’s trying to leave behind?
ARC received for an honest review
Skin Deep is the second book in the Saving Liam series, and you will need to have read the first book, Saving Liam, before reading this one.
Liam is trying so hard to move on from his past as an unwilling porn star. New job, new boyfriend. But his past always seems to be catching up with him, whether it is being recognised and propositioned by "fans", people assuming they know him and what he wants.
It is hard sometimes to forget how young Liam actually is (he's still a teenager) with all that is happening in his life. Every time he thinks he is getting on top of things, something or someone happens to bring him crashing right back down.
Justin is the sweetest, most loving boyfriend a guy could have. He has the heart and patience of a saint, but is Liam's fiercest and most determined defender. Many a lesser man would have cut their losses and not bothered with trying to help Liam, but not our man Justin.
My heart just keeps on breaking for Liam, He is trying to create a normal life for himself - well, whatever normal is anyway - and it just doesn't seem to be happening for him. BUT I love how he never, ever gives up. He is so much stronger than he thinks he can be.
He takes control of his life, instead of letting other people control it (even though he does so unwittingly). LOVED his new career move, even though it would not be something you would think he could ever find comfort in. Go Liam.
There is a slow progression in Liam and Justin's relationship - and you can completely understand why Justin takes it so slow. You could feel his frustration at not being able to help Liam, and I just love him for being able to give Liam such comfort. And Liam is finally able to open up more in his relationship with Justin, and start to take those next steps in being intimate with him.
Skin Deep was a great sequel to Saving Liam. I felt it dealt with Liam's issues compassionately and sensitively, but never truly made him to be the weak victim. He stood up and faced his problems head on.
I am not sure if there will be any more to this series, but Ms Denman, I would love more of Liam and Justin's story. I think there is so much more to say as they move into a relationship without all underlying issues.