Title: Skin Deep
Author: Pamela Sparkman
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 20, 2015
Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen with Okay Creations
She hates me.
I’m in love with her.
Her life is a masquerade.
Mine is cloaked in secrets.
She thinks I can’t see her.
But she’s the only thing I can see.
he thinks we have nothing in common.
We have everything in common.
And I’m done being patient.
You think you know us.
The things you know about us are only Skin Deep.
*Warning - This book contains instances of self harm in the form of an eating disorder and may be a trigger to some readers.*
Beth had been good at pretending to be this happy carefree girl – bubbly and energetic. Looking at her now, I saw a girl who was anything but carefree. She obviously had demons that haunted her, and I knew from experience that fighting certain demons can be almost impossible.
I listened through the door, making sure Lily had gone. “This isn’t over. Me keeping your secret from Lily is not a sign I’m letting this go. It’s a sign that I’m going to be a thorn in your side until you let me help you.”
Beth prickled at my comment and unfurled herself from the protective ball she had curled into. “I don’t need your help!”
“Yes, you do.” I took another step towards her. Beth took a step back. “And the way I see it, you don’t have much of a choice.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Do you want Lily to know what you’ve been doing?”
Beth’s eyes pooled with unshed tears. She looked hurt by my words. “Please don’t tell Lily,” she pleaded in a whisper.
“I’ll tell her everything unless you let me help you.” The look of fear and disbelief on Beth’s face made me feel like a total jackass.
Her expression changed again. She glowered at me like she wanted to set me on fire. “I hate you so much right now.”
Her words, she meant them. And hearing her tell me she hated me… it hurt, because somewhere along the way I had fallen in love with her.
“I know you do. But I’d rather you hate me for the right reasons, than like me for the wrong ones. I guess we’ll both have to figure out how to fucking live with that.”
"She was no longer alone in her agony. And I was no longer beating down her walls to get in. She opened the door, and I walked through."
I just finished reading this story and as I write this review, I continue to have tears falling down my face. I wanted to write this review as soon as I finished reading because I wanted to write it while the emotions that this story created in me were still fresh. I am really happy to say that I LOVED this book. I haven't read a book recently that has made me cry as much this did. I loved that Pamela took something that I'm sure many people struggle with and turned it into a beautiful story about struggles, self improvement, and love. Hayden was everything. I fell in love with Hayden, and I can honestly say through the whole book, I took his words right out of his mouth...
"I'm still falling.
Yes! I fell in love over and over with Hayden. Every roll he played was perfect. Skin Deep is so much more than just a love story. It's about family, friends, and two people who never knew they had so much in common and needed each other to complete their lives. I really loved everything about it. I would have to say that for me, Skin Deep, is my favorite in the series! If you read this, I highly recommend you grab a box of tissues!