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.

Titles in the Blank Canvas series include:  Under Her Skin – By Her Touch – In His Hands

Title:  Under Her Skin
Series:  Blank Canvas #1
Author:  Adriana Anders
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 7, 2017
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4.5 stars

I strongly feel that this review needs to start with a warning:  If you have been abused, in any fashion, parts of this story may be trigger points for you.  Although this review is merely my opinion of a story, I never want to bring harm to anyone…. so, should you feel that the events in this story could bring back painful memories for you – please, pass it by.  I and I believe the author would totally understand.

I’m going to keep my review of Under Her Skin rather brief and vague for two compelling reasons.  The first is as stated above.  I don’t want someone who has experienced abuse to come across this review and be emotionally harmed by my words.  The second may seen an odd phrasing but I really believe that this is a story that should be experienced first hand and not through the words of someone else.  Under Her Skin is a beautifully haunting romance between a woman who has been horribly abused, and carries those memories on her body – and a man who understands from second hand knowledge what abuse can do to a woman.

I was drawn into Uma and Ivan’s story from the opening and was caught up in events until the very ending.  I know there are two other stories planned for this series, perhaps more, and I honestly cannot wait to dive into them.  Ms Anders approaches a very sensitive subject with respect, empathy and hope for the future.  Two wounded people, drawn to each other make healing possible for both.  It’s a timeless love story told well.

I would definitely recommend this story to any Romance reader – with the warning for those who may find triggers within it.  Under Her Skin sets the series off to a great start and lays some of the groundwork for the future stories.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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