In Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders, Uma Crane is on the run from her abusive ex-boyfriend, who tortured her one night by tattooing her body against her will. When she learns of a doctor offering free tattoo removal, Uma settles in rural Virginia and accepts a job as a housekeeper for the reclusive Mrs. Lloyd. The job puts her in contact with the neighbor, Ivan, a convicted felon, who is trying to get his life back on track. When Ivan sees Uma outside of Mrs. Lloyd’s house, something about her peaks his interest. Ivan has his work cut out for him because Uma is scared to form any relationships, much less a romantic one as she hides from her ex. Can Ivan convince Uma that not only is she beautiful but that he loves her?
There is just something about Ivan that had me adding him to my book boyfriend collection as soon an Anders introduced him. Underneath his dark, brooding exterior is a man who deeply cares for the people in his life (and the animals that he has taken in). Ivan has accepted the punishment that the justice system gave him and is working to put his life back together.
Uma’s story was just heartbreaking. There were a few times when she was recalling what her ex did to her that I had to stop reading due to the intensity of the scene. I loved watching this broken woman slowly blossom under Ivan’s friendship/romance and become whole again.
The chemistry between the two characters is palpable from the moment they meet. It really becomes a question of when they will get together verses if. And when they finally have a love scene? Holy cow! I was feeling a little warm reading it and it wasn’t because of the hot summer weather.
Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders is the first book in the Blank Canvas series. Anders has written a dark and gritty romance that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster. If you enjoy darker contemporary romances, this would be a good book for you.
Title: Under Her Skin
Author: Adriana Anders
Category: Contemporary Romance
Source: Borrowed from Library