Silver Skin by D.L. McDermott

Posted September 19, 2015 by Karen in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Silver Skin by D.L. McDermottSilver Skin (Cold Iron, #2) by D.L. McDermott
Also by this author: Cold Iron, Stone Song, Blade Dance
Series: Cold Iron
Also in this series: Cold Iron, Stone Song
Published by Pocket Star on April 14th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 369
Format: eBook
ISBN: 1476734402

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Helene Whitney has been losing time. Not losing track of time, but missing hours, finding whole blank spaces in her day she can’t account for. A year ago she would have put it down to overwork and exhaustion, but that was before she found out about the Good Neighbors, the Fair Folk, the Beautiful People, the Fae. Ancient, immortal, tricksy and cruel, these creatures out of myth and legend rule the Irish enclaves of South Boston and Charlestown, and one of them has been using magic to abduct and control Helene for hours every day, gaining access to the collection at her museum and searching for ancient objects of Fae power. Now, Helene’s only hope of escaping this unknown assailant lies with the Fae sorcerer, Miach MacCecht, a man she knows she can never trust—and who may prove impossible to resist.

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 ~ Karen’s Two Cents ~

Silver Skin is the second book by D.L. MerDermott in her Cold Iron Series.  The story picks up about a year after the events in Cold Iron. Helene Whitney, best friend and co worker of the heroine Beth Carter from book one is missing time.  Both Beth and her Fae hubby Conn are out of the country, and for Helene is all alone trying to figure out what is happening to her.  She turns to Miach, the Fae sorcerer who she meet in book one.  Helene is attracted to Miach, but being with a fae has strings and Helene does not want to have those strings tangle around her, but she has not other choice as she is scarred.

McDermott writes a spine tingling adventure for both Helene and Miach, which involves fae magic, hot sex, some sexual voyeurism, danger and betrayal.  I did not like this book as well as I liked Cold Iron, which was Beth and Conn’s story.  The plot does revolve around the fae court trying to break through the veil between the worlds, as this is the arc of the series, which I did find interesting.  I just never felt the connection between Miach and Helene, the way I did between Beth and Conn.  Also it is alluded to that Helene was sexually assaulted during her time lapse.  I also didn’t understand why she need to build the solstice gate?  I felt a lot of the points in the book did not make sense except to throw red herrings at me as the reader.  Helene staying with the female fae Deirdre seemed contrived to only give Helene a reason to become a sexual voyeur and titillate the reader with group sex and same gender sexual appreciation.   Plus the book eludes to something that happened in book one, that was not in the copy I read.  Nowhere in book one does the fae Edale try to run Helene and Beth off the road.  Yes, he does pursues them but no car bumping and crashing takes place.

Plus the author brings a lot of plot devices into the book that she does not wrap up in this book.  I still am wondering how Nieve, Miach granddaughter is doing? Why would she fight so long to be with her baby daddy if he was such a horn dog.  A lot of the book though fun to read at times did not make sense.  McDermott tried to encompass too much and expand her world too quickly with this book.


About D.L. McDermott

D. L. McDermott was raised in Bergenfield, New Jersey. She studied Classics and Art History at Yale and after college worked at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, where she managed architecture and interpretation and wrote and produced the Witch City’s most popular Halloween festival, Eerie Events: six nights of ghost stories in historic houses performed by costumed actors. Inspired by Salem’s macabre literary heritage and the words of Hawthorne, Poe, and Lovecraft, the event enjoyed a national audience of thousands, earning mention in David Skaal’s cultural history of Halloween, Death Makes a Holiday. D. L. later studied at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and her short films have been shown internationally and on PBS. D. L. is married with one (black) cat and divides her time between Los Angeles and Salem.

Rating Report
Overall: three-stars

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