Series: Black Canvas #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on February 7, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Length: 10 Hours and 40 Mins
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.
Under Her Skin is the first book in her Black Canvas trilogy. I have had this trilogy on my TBR for the longest time, and even have books 2 and 3 on my kindle but realized when wanting to read this trilogy this year, that I didn’t have book 1 but my library had it so I just grabbed this up in Audio. Lately, I have been obsessed with Audiobooks and I had a fun time with this treasure trove. I am not sure what exactly I was expecting, but I knew that I was in for a treat since I have heard so many good things about these books over the past couple of years. And first I want to mention that this book was fantastic and I had a fun time with this story.
Uma, our heroine, is on the run from her ex. She is hiding some secrets, and all she dreams of is to be free but knowing that she might be on the run most of her life. She has come to this town to hide in for a time when she hears of a clinic that can help erase the painful scars of her past, scars that haunt her to the point where she covers her body up and hides from herself. Uma finds a job as a companion for an elderly woman who may be bitter and crotchety at times, but she is endearing at times and a champion when Uma needs one. But when Uma meets her next door neighbor, she wishes that she could be free from her past and live as she wishes but she knows that she will have to move on after she finishes what she came there to do.
Ivan has his own demons that he battles with. He is a honed fighter, helps teach MMA and self-defense classes for women and runs a wood and blacksmith shop. He grew up poor and had to learn to survive with only the essentials. Ivan, spent time in prison when trying to protect his sister from her abusive husband. Now, he lives a quiet life, working in his shop and taking care of his menagerie of animals. But he is intrigued by Uma, she is so different and he knows that she is haunted and only wishes to protect her but once he learns the truth, Ivan will need to prove his trust and love to Uma, one that fights his instincts to protect.
Under Her Skin is a provocative romance that stuns you with powerful emotions and depicts some trauma that Uma deals with that you normally don’t see in characters that have suffered abuse. Your heart will ache for Uma though, she is a fighter and she has such courage and resilience and I love her determination to not let what her ex has done to her keep her from living her life. But her ex is powerful so she has some fears and wants to make a life away from him. We see how she hides in the shadows at the beginning of the story though and even tries to hide from herself. Now when you find out what her ex does to her, then you begin to understand her goals and what she is wanting. There is powerful chemistry that we see form between Uma and Ivan and the intimacy that we see build between these two is electric.
Seeing these two overcome their pasts and open their hearts to each other has an almost cleansing feel for the reader/listener, we see what drives these two people and the dynamics of their characters and their relationship is heartfelt in all the right ways. These two really come together when its right for them both and we find that they are so right for each other, they truly understand pain in different ways but their different outlooks on their pasts are what connects them.
Under Her Skin is a powerful read, that makes you think and feel some powerful emotions….a romance that provokes the readers in an endearing manner and makes you want more from this stunning author….BRILLIANTLY DONE!