Saturday, 9 July 2016

Review: Under Your Skin (For Your Love #1) by Shannyn Schroeder

Blood Is Thicker Than Ink. . .

Norah O'Malley has been alone for a long time. It's been ten years since her father and four brothers shipped her off to be raised by her aunt. Seven months since she's seen the guy who got her pregnant--who still doesn't know. And it's two weeks since she came home to Chicago and discovered none of her family wants to talk--or listen.

She never expected to walk into a tattoo shop seven months pregnant and get her socks knocked off by instant attraction. She can't even see her socks. But Kai Ellis is big and gruff and sexy as hell, and if he has a past, well, so does she. Even more, Kai knows how to listen so that Norah feels just a little less alone . . .

All the chemistry in the world can't help Norah make her decisions. And no sizzle of desire will make Kai believe in happy endings. But a little time with someone who understands might just change everything . . .

Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: June 28th 2016 by Zebra Shout

Terri's Thoughts

I had received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  The book has since been released.

I will start with the elephant in the room.  This is a story that may not resonate with some as it deals with pregnancy and the decisions that need to be made when someone is not ready to be a mother.  While this can make a very deep and controversial storyline, it is somewhat glossed over in the story in favor of the romance aspect.  This may be hard to digest for some as the story does not dig too far beneath the surface on this topic.  In my opinion this is a shame as it would have offered unlimited emotional directions to the story.

For the romance aspect it does deliver.  Two people who are drawn together by an instant attraction but a million reasons to stay apart.  This part of the story was good as the connection is instant and obvious.  There is also a little bit of humour mixed in with Kai's mother.

The physical chemistry is also evident.  Where I struggled is how Norah was so eager to explore this aspect so soon after going through what she did.  I felt like she did not learn anything from her previous mistakes and was all to eager to jump in to what could have been her next mistake without thinking of the consequences.  This left her feeling a little bit immature in my mind.  Others may not think so.

At the end of the day I am torn in my opinion.  I really liked the romance aspect of the story yet I felt the emotional aspect was under developed.  I will have to stay on the fence on this one.

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