I’ve been sporadically participating in Wendy the Super Librarian‘s monthly #TBRChallenge. Which means that it’s April and I’ve posted once before. Somehow, now that I’m doing more writing, I’m sadly doing less reading. Anyway, I dove in this month to read a contemporary and whew, what a read it was! The book I chose is Under Her Skin (Book #1 in the Blank Canvas series) by Adriana Anders.
I devoured this book. Literally. As in ATE.IT.UP. Finished it in less than 24 hours and that’s saying a lot for a gal with three kids, two dogs, a cat, and a husband to take care of on a holiday weekend. I got totally sucked in and couldn’t wait to see Uma and Ivan get their HEA. Uma was scared but scrappy. Ivan was exactly the right kind of guy she needed, safe despite his violent history. The characters worked for me and I absolutely loved Uma’s boss, Ms. Lloyd.
Here’s the blurb:
This gentle giant’s scarred hands may be the warmest touch she’ll ever know.
…if only life were a fairy tale where Beauty got to keep her Beast
Ivan thought the world was through giving him second chances.
Hell, who was he kidding―he wasn’t good enough for them anyway. And he certainly wasn’t good enough for her.
But the moment Uma walked into his life, Ivan knew he had to put all that crap aside and do everything he could to help. She was like nothing he’d ever known. Beautiful, lost, alone, she had the kind of sad eyes that were just begging for someone to save her…
…and despite his rough exterior, despite the nasty rumors, despite all the bad decisions following him around like the strays he couldn’t help but rescue, Ivan was nothing but willing to be the kind of man she needed.
Yeah, he’d thought the world was through giving him second chances.
Until she came into his life. Until she changed everything.
Until he realized he would do anything, fight anyone, tear the world apart if it only meant saving her.
I’ve already bought the next book in the series, By Her Touch. And the 3rd comes out in August. Don’t blame me if you start reading at bedtime and stay up all night to finish… I warned you!