Review: Under Her Skin

Title:  Under Her Skin
Author: Adriana Anders
Published: February 7, 2017,  Sourcebook Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary 

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.

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4 Hearts

This author put up a pretty good story for her debut work.  The characters are interesting.  There is some mystery and suspense.  And of course some romance!

Uma is a woman on the run from an abusive ex.  She has been at a woman's shelter for 6 months when she hears about a Dr who can help with the damage he caused her body.  Uma is a woman still coming to terms with what happened to her yet is so desperate to erase the past, she will do just about anything to make that happen.  She takes a job after a cryptic want ad leads her to a crabby, ungrateful older woman with her own secret past.

Ivan is the burly neighbor to Uma's new charge.  He has his own secrets to hide from.  They have a bit of insta lust but develop a friendship along the way as well.  I loved that Ivan was able to love Uma as she came and helped her to see she was still herself and not how the marks on her body defined her.

Overall, and interesting read.  It will be worth checking out the next in the series as it comes out.  Not sure where else the author is going with this story.

*Complimentary copy received via Netgalley for an honest review.

Adriana Anders has acted and sung, slung cocktails and corrected copy. She’s worked for start-ups, multinationals and small nonprofits, but it wasn’t until she returned to her first love—writing romance—that she finally felt like she’d come home. Today, she resides with her tall French husband, two small children and fat French cat in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she writes the dark, gritty, emotional love stories of her heart.

Her debut novel, Under Her Skin, will be out from Sourcebooks Casablanca in February 2017.


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