I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Blank Canvas #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on February 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
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Her Body is His Canvas
A darkly possessive relationship has left Uma alone and on the run. Beneath her drab clothing, she hides a terrible secret—proof of her abuse, tattooed onto her skin in a lurid reminder of everything she’s survived.
Caught between a brutal past and an uncertain future, Uma’s reluctant to bare herself to anyone…much less a rough ex-con whose rage drives him in ways she will never understand. But beneath his frightening exterior, Ivan is gentle. Warm. Compassionate. And just as determined to heal Uma’s broken heart as he is to destroy the monster who left his mark scrawled across the delicate tapestry of her skin.
Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders is a great debut novel in her Blank Canvas series!
Reasons to read Under Her Skin
- Ivan – bearded, blacksmith neighbor who looks dangerous but has a heart of gold
- Uma – on the run from abusive ex but stays strong through her road to recovery
- Ms. Loyd – old hag that needs love and friendship
- Romance novel wrapped in mystery, suspense and the dark and light sides of love
Uma’s past wouldn’t have allowed for an instant hook up and I’m really like how the romance element was the main focus until about half way through the story. The romance between Ivan and Uma was a slow burn something both of them needed. These characters were hunted and tormented by their pasts and they really needed each other. Their connection was so beautiful.
The suspense of what could, would, should happen with surrounding the events of Uma’s past kept me on the edge of my seat. I wondered when the shit would hit the fan. Would someone get hurt, die or kill someone. (You’ll have to read to find out!)
Ms. Loyd is a perfect old hag that turned out to be an enigma wrapped in a mystery. She helped deliver some much needed humor (although dark) to Uma’s life. She also worked as a safe place for Uma even when she didn’t want to be in her house.
Ivan is all the things that Uma needed in her life after Joey. Kind, gentle, strong, sexy, protector (when she needed it) and allowed her to be strong for herself. A man who knows when his woman needed him to be a caveman and when she needed he to stand be side her and let her lead.
Under Her Skin was a great read and had me up way past my bed time to see how the story ended.
I’ve already requested the next novel in the Blank Canvas series, By Her Touch from Netgalley. It will release April 4th from Sourcebooks. It features Dr. George (Georgette Hadley) who helps Uma in Under Her Skin.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
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