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Under His Skin

(So Inked #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  557 ratings  ·  62 reviews
A woman who doesn’t believe she deserves love…

Toe-curling kisses and enough sex to fill a weekend were all Pandora wanted from a fling with her teenage crush. She’s never forgotten how he played the knight in shining armor to her damsel in distress. She’s ready to say thank you in several naughty ways, so long as she can walk away when it’s over with her heart intact.

Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published September 12th 2015 by Inked Press (first published July 20th 2012)
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Mar 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
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A woman who doesn’t believe she deserves love…

Toe-curling kisses and enough sex to fill a weekend were all Pandora wanted from a fling with her teenage crush. She’s never forgotten how he played the knight in shining armor to her damsel in distress. She’s ready to say thank you in several naughty ways, so long as she can walk away when it’s over with her heart intact.

A man moving on from tragedy…

Brian has no intention of allowing the feisty tattoo artist
I was a bit surprised by this book, but also wished it could be a lot more than what it was. It had a minor suspense element, which was easily figured out. I also enjoyed a revisit to the Rockabilly culture that I had been introduced to in the Undone series by Lila Dubois. Pandora took her fear of love a little too far in my tastes, but I did like how Brian was patient with her and wouldn't let her run away. I'm interested in continuing the series, but only if I can get it from the library or on ...more
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Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it

This was a pretty good story, but the main female character – Pandora – worked my last nerve. I understood that her life wasn’t bonbons and rainbows, but damn…get a clue, dumbass! There were times when she would over-think every damned thing, and other times when she didn’t use her brain at all. In my opinion, she was lucky that Brian was patient, loved her, and put up with her shit. She was tough, but then – she wasn’t. I know that I may come across as a hard ass, but many of

Title: Under His Skin
Author: Sidney Bristol
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Series: So Inked # 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4

"Under His Skin" by Sidney Bristol

What is this novel all about?

A woman who doesn’t believe she deserves love…

Toe-curling kisses and enough sex to fill a weekend were all Pandora wanted from a fling with her teenage crush. She’s never forgotten how he played the knight in shining armor to her damsel in distress. She’s ready to say thank you in several naughty ways, so
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Entering the conventions contest was difficult enough for Pandora. The pressure is intense as she is the only woman artist who has entered. Her ass of an ex doing what he does best is not helping her fried nerves. The fact that the man she is supposed to tattoo happens to be her knight in shining armor crush from her teens just adds more stress to her tension. She knows she is good. If she knew the reason Brian picked her to ink something very dear to him it would ease some of the unwanted ...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Pandora Hatley has forever remembered her crush and lived in her fantasies for years. Pandora is out to prove herself as a tattoo artist by entering a contest in a male dominated field. Pandora's ex fiance Robert doesn't know how to take no for an answer. Little did Pandora know her world is about to be turned upside down. Brian Adler isn't the same person he was before the plane crashed killed his three best friends leaving him the sole survivor. Brian is after a tattoo to commemorate his ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Girl with a history of abuse meets boy with physical disability due to injury. Both have mental illness because of their trauma.

This is a raw, intelligently written romance that doesn’t hold back. Sidney Bristol creates a colourful, diverse cast of characters, all with their own baggage.

The way these two characters interact… Sidney Bristol either knows chronic pain & disability personally, or she’s close to someone who does. People who aren’t familiar with Disability, especially chronic
Stephanie Bolen
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Twitch, ugh, twitch

These people needed therapy more than they needed romance. And the author needed to research bipolar before throwing that word around. Someone severely bipolar is on meds that make them sleep, stabilize their mood, and antidepressants. They have an effect on their sex drive, how they function, and even how they talk and walk. Most describe it as living in cotton or going around with a bowl on your head. So points for actually describing an abusive relationship, but that's it
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This is my first book by Sidney Bristol. I decided to read UNDER HIS SKIN for a couple of reasons; first and foremost being that I have read some very good books from Ellora’s Cave lately. When I had the chance to feature this book on the blog, I jumped on the chance. I also wanted to read this book because it explored some unfamiliar territory for me. I don’t know a lot about
Marc F Evans
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good story, but...

I liked the main characters in the story. I liked the idea of an all women owned & run tattoo shop. The story stayed on a pretty superficial level for me, which was a bit of a distraction. There were several ‘moments’ in the story—big events or big realizations, but the writing is such that these big moments seemed to be given same weight as minor events or characters. The story ended too abruptly for my taste, without as satisfying an ending as I hoped. I am not tempted to
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really do love the push and pull of both main characters struggling with heavy stuff from their past.

Characters felt so real in that they were outwardly strong but internally struggling with so much. While not all of us are tattoo artists or popular musicians - we can all relate to that feeling of putting on a brave face and acting like there is nothing going on in our lives.

This books shows the pure strength in vulnerability. It was refreshing.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

WOW...what a ride. The characters are so relatable and real. Brian unable to move on from the guilt of his band mates death has placed his life on hold and unable to move forward. That is until Pandora, a blast from his past, gives him a new reason to live. Except Pandora doesn’t believe she is worthy of his love. Add a crazy ex, great friends and characters and WOW.
Sherry Vitaniemi
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Needs more

This is one of those stories that give stars are not enough. It has heart and feelings. That make you see why the story is so powerful. To Brian and Pandy. No amount of pain and hurt. Can replace what they deserve . And that is having someone except them. For who they are.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This book would have been better if Pandora wasn’t fighting herself and making everything complicated EVERY CHAPTER. Omg Pandy, staaaaaaahp.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
she has lived a life filled with a distant father and then an abusive relationship; he is a former rock star recovering from a plane accident that killed his band mates
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed Pandora and Brian's story. These two were so good together always supporting each other. Pandora and her co-workers were really close. This was a really good book!
Donna Van Name
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So inked book 1

Loved this book can’t wait to read the next ones in the series. Couldn’t put it down love intrigue suspense. It has it all
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Undo me

This is yet again why I read Sidney Bristol books they bring you in and won't let go. This is yet another example of great reading
Well that was boring.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book. I won this book as a freebie and I would have paid money for them. The story is good, sexy times are good, some good surprises carry you through to a wonderful ending. Enjoy!
Angel Graham
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this read.
Laura Cozicar
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute but quirky read.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I did like the story line and felt is was worth the read.
Beth Ostrosky
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was really good!

A very good story! The characters were so likable and I truly fell in love with them! Plot was good and well thought out. Try it!
The Book Tart
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It’s like Sidney got into my head! One of my fav dream guys is a rock star… I want a guy who can sing. I wanted Brian! I loved how he loved Pandora. *melt* Under His Skin is the story of two damaged people, Pandora and Brian. Some of the scars are on the outside and some are emotional wounds.

I adored Pandora. She likes cheesy musicals and zombies. She’s funny and smart… But she doesn’t see that. She is recovering from a really
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is a great book to read
The last book I read from Bristol was a novella. In that review I pointed out that I would have liked a bit more suspense in the lead up to the climax of the story. I had also stated that the climax should have been a bit more drawn out. Under His Skin made some steps toward what I was looking for but I still think there could be room for improvement.

Pandora is a physically and emotionally abused woman who has found her calling in being a tattoo artist. Breaking away from her past she has found
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Under His Skin by Sidney Bristol presents us with two physically and emotionally scarred individuals in order to help them find happiness and move on from their pain. I loved both of these characters and applaud the author for bringing such a unique and memorable couple to the forefront. They may not be what every reader pictures as the perfect couple, but for me I found much to like in their pairing.

Pandora has been treated badly by most men her whole life. From a father who ignored her to a
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