• Title: Skin Game
  • Author: Cara McKenna
  • ISBN: 9781419933691
  • Page: 295
  • Format: ebook
  • Skin Game Seven days seven challenges Twelve strangers Eight thousand cameras Only one winner Welcome to The Ant Farm a social study in the wilds of interior Alaska documenting the dynamics between a dozen c
    Seven days, seven challenges Twelve strangers Eight thousand cameras Only one winner.Welcome to The Ant Farm, a social study in the wilds of interior Alaska, documenting the dynamics between a dozen competitors as they take part in a series of physical and psychological face offs With five hundred grand up for grabs at the end of the battle royal, the stakes are high aSeven days, seven challenges Twelve strangers Eight thousand cameras Only one winner.Welcome to The Ant Farm, a social study in the wilds of interior Alaska, documenting the dynamics between a dozen competitors as they take part in a series of physical and psychological face offs With five hundred grand up for grabs at the end of the battle royal, the stakes are high and the tension blazing.Could the seemingly mild mannered nice guy win it all The cutthroat alpha female The strongest or the smartest, the idealist or the cynic It s anyone s guess as teams are undercut by alliances, loyalties tendered and tested, and passions enflamed by both affection and animosity.In this contest where even knives and guns are fair game, sex may prove the most dangerous weapon of all.Reader Advisory This book features the recreational use of illicit substances, and non explicit references to childhood abuse and trauma It also features an unlikely mix of romance, lust and hate sex, plus a ton of way crazier crap that the author delights in not preparing you for.

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    1. Reminded me too much of the TV show “Survivor.” It’s an average story with a handful of sex scenes. It’s unusually longORY BRIEF:Twelve contestants arrive in Alaska to participate in a series of challenges. One winner will take home $500,000. It’s similar to the “Survivor” TV show. The contestants are put into teams which change with each challenge. At least one person is eliminated after each challenge. Sometimes the contestants vote on whom to eliminate. The first challenge is a [...]

    2. I first read Cara McKenna last year when I picked up Willing Victim. I really loved that book (hello Flynn!) and then read a quick novella by her, Dirty Thirty. It was very different from Willing Victim. Recently I read The Reluctant Nude under her pen name Meg Maguire and again thought how original each of her stories are. Well guess what I thought after I finished Skin Game? Yep – totally original.Twelve people meet in Alaska to participate in The Ant Farm, which is “a social experiment in [...]

    3. The writing was great and I couldn't stop reading until I got to the end! Enjoyable read from an awesome author!

    4. I couldn’t buy Skin Game for ages so when Cara McKenna re-released (with a much cooler cover) I was like ‘hell yeah one click, I will read the ABSOLUTE FUCK out of that book.’ And I did. And it was awesome. Then I got my best friend to read it. Then we had a hour and a half long phone call about the characters and the competition and who we liked and didn’t like. World building man. This book has it down to a fine art.Cara McKenna writes kickarse romance but honestly Skin Game is so much [...]

    5. This is a very hard book to shelve. It's from Ellora's Cave, which publishes erotic romance--but it's definitely not romance, and I certainly wouldn't call it erotica, either. I don't remember where I saw the review, but the premise was intriguing: Twelve strangers are participating in a competition/ science experiment. There are challenges a la reality TV, and the winner gets a bunch of money. We get inside the heads of several of the characters and the challenges are fascinating. There's some [...]

    6. 3.5 stars. 18 plus review. Normally I'd review this book over on my adult account, but this one read less like erotica and more like mainstream fiction. The title and cover are actually sort of misleading, although I didn't mind it this time. This book was like SURVIVOR meets BIG BROTHER, with a bit of a HUNGER GAMES-esque twist at the end. If you've read any of McKenna's other work, you'll find this book to be tame by comparison. There were a couple of hot sex scenes, but I'd say this book was [...]

    7. Omg! this was something else if you like Survivor and have always wanted to add a bit of steamy, conniving and plain romantic elements then this is the book :)

    8. Read Full Review HereThis author has been on my must buy list ever since Fiction Vixen and Dear Author reviewed Willing Victim. So, when I saw this mentioned on Smexybooks May Rec list I immediately pulled up on my work computer and hit my favorite button ‘But with 1 click’.Skin Games is about 12 strangers that agree to a psychological experiment to win half a million dollars. Think Survivor but muy creepier.Chole and Daisy – Cameras 3240,3249Daisy looks up at her as Pike disappears. “G [...]

    9. a really fun, well-developed romp by The Boss, cara mckenna (who also writes romantic fiction under the pseudonym meg maguire). this story was Survivor meets summer camp, with a healthy dose of ee-er-ee-er built in for jollies, filled with mckenna's trademark varied, fully realized, wonderfully interesting casts, this time to the power of eleventy, because it's a hella long novel. the title and cover art are stupid and misleading: it's not a Futuristic Sexcapade, though PG-13 it is neither. rath [...]

    10. As you should already know, Cara McKenna is my all-time favourite amongst the erotic genre authors. But if in my previous review for a book of hers I was having trouble in placing it in the right genre, this book totally confounded me. I was ready for a lot of scorching hot scenes. I was expecting the "smart erotica" ot this writer. I was suspecting that this book would turn out to be a nice porn with a reality-show setting. Well, I was definitely not ready this specific kind of book. It's a bit [...]

    11. See My Review At:nocturnereads/Skin-GamWOW! First off, I would like to point out that this story is more Suspense then Erotica; in my opinion. There are only a few detailed sex scenes (and nothing too kinky); having said that, any more sex scenes would have been in bad taste considering the hygiene issue. This book will have you on the edge of your seat, laughing out loud, cringing, craving, creeping out, angry, and dropping the occasional jaw. The multiple points of view are what made this stor [...]

    12. This was a great book. It didn't have the scorching hot love scenes that I'm used to in some of her other books (Hello FLYNN?! GABRIEL?!) but it was def. a hot little number. The storyline was intriguing and the characters were great. It was a little confusing keeping up with who's who in the beginning (12 players) but not so confusing you lose track of what's going on in the book.There were definetely some twists and turns that I wasn't expecting (which I LOVE) between the characters and plot. [...]

    13. 3.5-4.0 starsThis story was pretty fascinating all the way through, never knowing who might make it to the end, and with no clear lead characters until about 3/4 the way in. I found myself guessing, most times incorrectly, about how the challenges would go and how everyone would react, wondering what I would do in the same situations. It was just plain fun to experience! Although, my only complaint is I didn’t get enough Ian. How can you create someone as enthralling as this man and then leave [...]

    14. SKIN GAME is sort of Survivor meets the Stanford Prison Experiment: twelve characters competing for half a million dollars in the wilds of Alaska while being observed by social psychologists with eight thousand hidden cameras. The jacket copy, cover, and title led me to expect something more like orgies in the wilderness (did I just reveal too much about my lowbrow taste?), but actually, there’s none of that, and that’s good, because what there is is much better. In fact, the book reminds me [...]

    15. this book isn't erotica, and it isn't NOT erotica. i wish there were more books like this - a great storyline, interesting characters, lots of twists and turns and accented by periodic and descriptive sex. we're first met with over 12 characters, which made me a wee bit nervous at first. but that number quickly dwindles to a number that's easy to follow and easy to understand. if you're looking for a smart story, that isn't afraid to get all hot n'bothered - this is the book for you.

    16. I like the author and the writing was good but the story was not for me. Too many characters to keep track of, no definite hero or heroine to root for. The characters I found most fascinating were eliminated. Lots of head hopping and plotting by other characters to win the game.Only saving grace is the cover, it's very pretty.

    17. The sexiest, most thrilling version of Survivor. I love the gender dynamics and ever changing attractions. There is at least one declaration of love that I don't buy, but that didn't decrease my enjoyment at all.

    18. A strange one this book - it was a compelling read but not one I could easily plot ahead !! Was really spewing on Ian being ousted and Pike becoming the hero so to speak - ah well it is what it is !

    19. Good story. Pretty strong plot, got me tossing and turning while reading it. Though did kinda wish Ian got his own novel. Cause he is one heck of a character!

    20. Such a surprise coming from Mckenna. A pleasent one!A good, intruiging story. Great charachters. Smart and witty dialog.Now if only Ian could have been in the finaleOh well.

    21. The premise of this is like an ultra-weird, psycho version of Survivor. I'm actually surprised the rating isn't higher because it's a pretty engrossing premise and I found that the world building was pretty impressive (but maybe my opinion sucks, I don't know).This is one of the few times that multiple POVs really worked for me. We get 3rd person perspectives from multiple players, and I felt like each of the characters were quite dimensional. Even the asshole characters (there were plenty) were [...]

    22. This was an odd read but I was hooked from beginning to end. Not sure what I expected and I’m not sure that I felt the romance but ultimately McKenna’s writing is solid for me every time. She’s a wicked story teller!

    23. If you were to judge this book by it's cover, you may think it is some futuristic erotica. But you would be wrong in that case. There is no relation to what is going on inside this book to it's cover.Having said that, I must agree with other reviewers who state that this book is very difficult to shelve. Cara McKenna writes erotica and romance. But would not classify this book easily as either. There are some sex scenes but while they are hot and graphic, they are not necessarily erotic. The sex [...]

    24. Skin Game is a very unusual book. It wasn’t what I expected after reading the blurb but I enjoyed it. I kinda expected this all out sexfest with a few contested mingled in but it wasn’t like that. It had some substance which surprised me. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t most people’s definition of a romance but it wasn’t justAt first it was hard to keep track of all the characters but that ended after the first objective. I had some characters I liked while others I didn’t. I liked th [...]

    25. LOVED this book!!! 4,5 stars :-) I NEED MORE IAN!!!!!!! 12 people, $500 000 and one crazy psychological reality-show-like experiment in Alaska. Let the games begin! This was very different from Cara´s other books and yet equally good! The POV is changing with each chapter and so we can see the events unfold from several characters´ view. And what a group they were! IAN - my favorite!! OMG, how I loved that crazy SOB! Cara, seriously, you NEED to write a story for him!! He was such a complex ch [...]

    26. Really enjoyed this book. Interesting plot that kept me reading to find out how it was going to end. Spooky, creepy and fascinating. There are a lot of characters to keep track of at the start, but they whittle down quickly and it's not too tough to manage to keep things clear. Not entirely sure why it was an erotica book -- and it wasn't the spicy read I expected under the EC "Exotica" label. The storyline and what happened was interesting enough without the need for the explicit sex and the se [...]

    27. Whoever handled Ms. McKenna's covers, titles and marketing did her a real disservice. I can't help thinking her profile would be much different with thoughtful and appropriate marketing (and by appropriate, I don't mean staid; just something mildly related to the story would be nice.)The good - clearly Ms. McKenna gets way inside her characters' heads and deeply understands their motivations. She is unusually skilled at showing their motivations as well and does not often succumb to infodumps or [...]

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