Book Review: Stories Beneath Our Skin – Veronica Sloane

via Goodreads

via Goodreads

Tattooing might have once been Liam’s passion, but he left it all behind along with ugly memories when he went to college. When his uncle’s health fails, Liam must come home at last to say his goodbyes. His days are spent at the hospice, leaving his nights to rake over the past. To fill those empty hours, he takes a job at Great Sin Ink. The close knit friendship of the workers there both intrigues and shakes Liam, who has spent the last four years keeping everyone at arm’s length. Neither Deb, the no-nonsense piercer, nor Goose, a manic tattoo artist, will let Liam get away with his isolationist ways for long.

If it were just those two, Liam might have stood a chance — but there’s also Ace, the owner of Great Sin. He hires Liam despite a thin resume, and that is a kindness Liam can’t forget. The two start up a tentative friendship, learning about each other as the summer days melt into each other. Slowly, Liam reveals a tender heart underneath the wall of quotes he uses to keep everyone out. Unfortunately, life doesn’t stand still, and both Liam and Ace have hard struggles before them that might break them up before they can even get together. via Goodreads

I find the premise quite intriguing and thought that it’d remain that way through the end but sadly, it went a bit sluggish midway with a rather gloomy vibe. I was hoping for the plot to thicken but it remained almost placid that it almost felt like reading a long narrative despite of the enormous amount of dialogues thrown in. I almost wished that there’s something more to Liam’s emotional baggage and Ace isn’t all chill like that. Nevertheless, the book was pleasant enough despite of all those literary quotes that made me like, “whoa! stop right there – what was that?”

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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