Win an ARC of Skin Game by Ava Gray (Ann Aguirre)

For those who don’t know, Ava Gray is Ann Aguirre so, yes, be excited about this either way. Plus, the ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) is signed. There’s a catch though which I explain at the end of telling you all about this book.

Skin Game, by Ava Gray

Cover of Ava Gray's Skin Games
A Beautiful Fugitive — Wanted Dead or Alive
Kyra is a con woman and a particular kind of thief. She steals with a touch, but she only takes one thing: her target’s strongest skill. Which means she can be a fighter, an athlete, a musician, an artist — anything she wants… for a limited time. Heartbroken, she turns her gift toward avenging her father’s murder. With deadly patience, Kyra works her way into casino owner Gerrard Serrano’s inner circle. After pulling off the ultimate con, she flees with his money and his pride.

A Hit Man Who Never Misses the Mark
Reyes has nothing but his work. Unfortunately for Kyra, he’s the best– and mercy never sways him once he takes a job. He’s been hired to find out where Kyra hid the cash– and bring her back to face Serrano’s "justice." Dead will do if Reyes can’t locate the loot. He’s never failed to complete a contract, but Kyra tempts him with her fierce passion and her outlaw heart. So Reyes faces a hell of a choice: forsake his word or kill the woman he might love.

Purchase Skin Game, read an excerpt

Road Trip!!

This is a great Road Trip book. For anybody who’s longing for a paranormal that’s not the usual supernatural creature, this is the story is for you. If you just like great characters and even better writing, you’ll want to read this book, too.

Skin Game is a wonderful Urban Fantasy Romance. I have no idea if there is such a genre, but this book is it. The world is contemporary, a bit gritty — life isn’t always easy– and features a heroine who breaks every romance stereotype you ever read. I adored Kyra. Gray created a real person, flaws and all, with a life you can’t help but admire.

I loved watching Reyes fall for Kyra, too. The moment when Kyra reveals the truth about her particular talent was beautifully done and never overwhelmed the story at any point. Plus, this book features what must be the best, most romantic, make up scene ever. The hero and heroine are adults and they behave like it, even when things aren’t going well for them. (Yes! Total win!!)

Skin Game put me in mind of John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee series. I loved McGee’s off-the-grid life, his quirky car and boat and the way he kept falling head over heels for a woman who either dumped him or died a tragic death. At the end of every book McGee and his broken heart would sail off in his boat.

Gray’s book reminded me of MacDonald’s series because of some really first-rate writing, its grittier setting and the delicious pairing of two loners who don’t mind being alone, by the way. The difference being, of course, that there’s a happy ending for the couple at the end.

The secondary characters and plotlines are strong and interesting and they never did quite what I expected. I can’t wait for Skin Tight which appears to feature Kyra’s friend Mia. Hoo boy!

So, Carolyn, How can I Possibly Win This Signed ARC of Skin Game?

I’m so glad you asked! It’s easy. There’s 3 things you need to do.

  1. Leave a comment to this post in which you either tell a joke and/or mention why you’d love to read this book
  2. If you win, agree to post an honest, thoughtful review of the book on your own website or here, if you don’t have a website or blog.
  3. Leave me a way to contact you or else check back here on Wednesday August 26th to see if you’ve won

See? Easy! Please keep in mind that I have read this ARC, so it’s as gently used as I could manage.

Go forth and comment!


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41 Responses to “Win an ARC of Skin Game by Ava Gray (Ann Aguirre)”

  1. Blodeuedd says:

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

    Ever since I read Blue Diablo by Ann, I have wanted to try more by her. So when I came across this I jumped at the chance to read this book ๐Ÿ™‚

    If open to the whole world then i would love to participate.

    Oh and promise

  2. Juli says:

    I want to win this book!! I am a squeeing Ann Aguirre fan-girl, eagerly awaiting the sequel to Blue Diablo and the next Sarathna Jax book. Doing this while ALSO waiting impatiently for Indiscreet is killing me — this ARC would help tide me over. And the kid; we'd share.

  3. Jamie D. says:

    Wow, am I the first? Lemme think…jokes, jokes, jokes. Hmmm..

    A penguin walks into a sweat lodge – no, wait.

    Yeah, I suck at jokes. But I do really, really want to read this book, because I've been wanting to read one of Ann's books for awhile now. If I win, I'd be more than happy to post a review on my blog.

    Feel free to email me if I win: Thanks for the opportunity! I'll be back to read more of your blog.

  4. Moira Rogers - Bree says:

    OMG I want to win because I'm such a massive Ann Aguirre fangirl that she made me a button. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Hmmm…jokes. How about a lame overused one? There are only 10 types of people in the world…those who understand binary and those who don't.

    And I'll write a thoughtful (if incoherently fangirly) review. But I'd do that anyway!

  5. Sarah says:

    Oooh I'd love to win a copy of this as I'm new to the paranormal books and I promise to review it on and my blog

  6. Jackie (Literary Escapism) says:

    It's Ann Aguirre, who would not love to read this?

    A joke, huh….Mmm….how about the original lame one: one man walks in a bar. the other man says "bet that hurt."

    Yeah, I'm not great at jokes. At least not my own. But I can guarantee that I'll be posting an honest review up at my site.

    myjaxon at gmail

  7. CheekyGirl says:

    I would love to win this book becuase…I admit that I haven't read Ann YET! I know, I know its a travesty – one you can remedy!

    I super triple promise to do a review at my site!


  8. Pearl says:

    Thanks for this great give away!! Ann/Ava rocks!
    Did I mention I luuuuuuvvvvv the name Ava Gray? Ann Aguirre is not too shabby either but Ava Gray…WOW!

    I would love to read this book. I have to be honest and say that UF is not my favorite genre but UF Romance sounds great! And I would love for Ann Aguirre to be my first foray into the UF genre!

    I'd be happy to write a review of it for the Wednesday Winner feature on my blog.

    email: pearl at realmsonourbookshelves dot com

  9. Wendy says:

    Because I like Ann's writing. Okay, fine. She might – might! – turn me into a fangirl but I'm not admitting anything!

    And oooh, the cover is sexy!

    I will definitely be writing a review of Skin Game on my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Moira Rogers (Donna) says:

    Here's a joke, courtesy of my four-year-old: What's between a cow and a sheep? A cowsheep!

    (I don't know what it means either, but OMG it's cute, isn't it?)

    Anyway, I'm usually more into paranormal romance than urban fantasy, but I'm currently reading Blue Diablo and loving it, so I figure the only thing better than this lady writing UF is this lady writing UF romance.

    And I promise to write a comprehensive, coherent review with no overt fangirliness.

    (Okay, no I don't. It will be fangirly. But I'd still like to win. LOL)

  11. Anonymous says:

    Let's see if the third time's a charm. ๐Ÿ™‚

    So there's this guy – let's call him Guy – who goes downtown one night to party and ends up getting mugged by a thug in a jean jacket and left hurt and bleeding in the gutter.

    Along come two sociologists out for an evening stroll. They spot Guy, and one turns to the other and says, "The man who did this needs our help!"


    I quite enjoyed Blue Diablo and Grimspace, and I'm quietly smiley that there'll soon be another book of Ms. Aguirre's for me to kill an afternoon with. I can be reached via my lj ( or on twitter (@yvomp). Cheers!

  12. ARCyndi/Dr. Cynthia Morgan says:

    I'm fairly new to Ann's work (through Blue Diablo – which I LOVED). I would LOVE to read and write a review for my blog (to be reposted here if you wish)

  13. Soullumination says:

    I read the excerpt for SKIN GAME a while ago at Ava's website and it sounded so good I put it on my TBR list!

    Would love to get my hands on an ARC… *wink*

  14. BreiaB says:

    I won a copy of Blue Diablo from Ann on twitter and have been hunting down stuff from her ever since. I would love to read this book. I would definitely write a review on my blog.

    bbricke AT yahoo DOT com

  15. Kristen says:

    Why I want to read this is easy – I loved both Jax books and Blue Diablo and will read anything Ann Aguirre writes. Plus casino cons? I am so sold on this one now!

    I would certainly be willing to review it on my blog if I won. My email address is fantasycafe (at)

  16. Wanda says:

    I`d like to read the book because the cover is so inviting !!!
    wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. Kayla says:

    A con woman? A heroine that is less-than-innocent?

    Love it, want it, absolutely must read it.

  18. Ashley says:

    I kinda suck at telling jokes lol but I really want to read this book. It sounds so different from what is out there. It looks like a refreshing change and I am always looking for that

  19. Morning Glow says:

    A joke? My nephew just told me a "great" one… How do you make seven even? Take away the S!

    Yeah, lame, I know. Be sure, I would review this book on my still new review blog.

    Morning Glow
    ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com

  20. Kimberly B. says:

    Oh, I am such the Ann Aguirre fangirl! I'm always making people read her (and so far they've all been really grateful!). I'm really bad at remembering jokes, but here's one of my favorites:
    What's the first thing you know? "Ol' Jed's a millionaire."
    Thanks for the great giveaway (and sorry if I got that song stuck in anyone's head)!
    beax0002 (at) umn (dot) edu

  21. bookthingo says:

    I'm here via Ann's retweet. She's one of my auto-buy authors, and I'd love an ARC of Skin Game because when I tried to put an order through for the book at my local independent sff bookshop–which, incidentally, has an entire wall devoted to paranormal romance–it wasn't in their catalogue. (It is now! *g*) So I'd like every excuse to pimp out this book, including being able to say, "I've read it and it was fab." (I'm assuming, based on her previous work.)

    Also, Ann's other books belong in series and the wait is unbearable. We readers suffer so! A standalone romance would be such a relief.

    I can post a review on my blog.

    (My contact details:

  22. Leontine says:

    I have not read anything by this author *ducks away now* but this sure sounds like the book to change that fact *wink*

  23. Simcha says:

    Great! I love a good joke and this is one of my favorites:
    What do you get when you play a country song backwards? You get your wife back, you get your truck back, you get your dog back…
    I'd love to win a copy of Skin Game because I really enjoyed Blue Diablo and would like to read more books by Ann Aguirre/Ava Gray and I'm also focusing right now on adding more book reviews to my website so if I win the book I would get to do both.

  24. Valorie says:

    I would love to read the book because… well, look at the cover!


  25. carolsnotebook says:

    I would love to read this. first, because I love paranormal romance, especially contemporary ones. Also, you hooked me with the idea that it's adults acting like adults, which doesn't always happen in books. I do agree to review it for my blog. Thanks for entering me.

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

  26. Ann Aguirre says:

    Oh, I'm so excited and thrilled by this contest. And the winner will be announced ONE DAY before my birthday. How cool is that?

    Thanks, Carolyn.

  27. bridget3420 says:

    I would love to read this book because I'm always searching for more Urban Fantasy books to get addicted to.

    If I win, I will post a review on my blog


  28. Patricia says:

    I would like to read this book because Blue Diablo is one of the most awesomest books ever (lets hear it for good grammar)… Joke – to continue the earlier theme – A termite walks into a bar and says is the bartender here?

  29. May says:

    I love Ann Aguirre's books. Therefore, I definitely buy Skin Game when it comes out.However when time I read the blurb of this book (and the word "hit man"), I know I want to read it as soon as possible. And since the release date is in November, it means like 4 months away.

    Thank for the contest.

  30. Anonymous says:

    I've wanted to read that book ever since you posted the first line. It was something like, "she had the guy's balls in her hand…"
    That line really grabs your attention on the spot. (I'm sure it grabbed that dude's!) I'm hooked already.

    I would promise to write a review about the book, naturally.

    Thanks for this terrific opportunity!

    Had to post "Anonymous" because my hard drive crashed & I lost my passwords page! Maybe a copy of Skin Game would cheer me up, eh?

  31. ciarcullen says:

    Oooh oooh, I love Ann's writing. Okay,
    Me: knock knock
    You: who's …
    Me: aaaar! Impatient Pirate.

    Please please please!

  32. Scott Romanski says:

    A joke, told to be by my uncle…

    A horse goes into a bar…bartender says.."hey, why the long face?"

    It's bad, but i always loved hearing it….knew he was in good spirits when he told it

    lastrideusa @ yahoo . com

  33. Heather T says:

    I would LOVE to read this and review it!

    I'm horrible at jokes though!

  34. Patricia Altner says:

    Like so many others who have commented I loved Blue Diablo and am anxious to read anything else Ann has written!

  35. Mandy says:

    Honestly, I've not read any books by Ann. That being said, I'd love to read one….why? I love reading bodice rippers. They are my great escape from a day filled with public school teenagers. Plus, from everyone else's comments – I should read her work.

    *holds up hand* I solemnly promise to blog about/review the book on my book blog –

    or @mandyfish on Twitter.

  36. etirv says:

    I have discovered some new favorite authors this summer and since I haven't read Ana/Ava before, this would be a good opportunity to do so!


  37. Mardel says:

    Okay, here is a pretty corny joke.

    How come there's no poker games in the jungle?

    Too many cheetahs.

    I would love to read and review Eva Gray's Skin Game. I love reading her Ann Aguirre books, so this one has to be pretty good, right?

    I'm a blogger So I can be contacted through the blog (rabidreader)

  38. Has says:

    I would love to have the chance to win a copy of Skin Game- I adore anything that Ann has written ๐Ÿ˜€

    Plus this would be a great treat for a crazy week I just had!

  39. The Discriminating Fangirl says:

    Ooh, toss my name into the hat! I love Ann's books!

  40. catie james says:

    A joke? Oh lordy, I'm terrible at those 'cause all I know are blonde jokes. However, I've wanted to read this novel ever since I clicked the Ava link on Ann's website a year and a half ago!

    Okay, here's my best shot at a joke: If you drop a blonde and brunette off the top of the Empire State building, who will reach the bottom first and why?

    A: The brunette, 'cause the blonde has to stop and ask for directions.

    (See, I told you it was bad). ๐Ÿ™‚

    And my email is catie(underdash)james(at)yahoo(dot)com, or you can contact me through blogger.

  41. Lynnette says:

    I would love to win this as I am a big Ann Aguire fan. Yes I would post a review. I don't have a blog but I work for the biggest book store company ion Canada, and would post the review on that site.lynnflagler(at)