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Under Her Skin

(Blank Canvas #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,290 ratings  ·  278 reviews

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 driv

Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Roxane Walsh It's about a healthy relationship, and also well written - so not really like FSoG at all.

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Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adriana Anders Fans, Romance
4 Self Healing and Discovery Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
My 2017 has stared out with a bang...I have been reading a diverse group of books and every one of them brought something interesting to my reading table. With Under Her Skin, I was taken on a journey which surprised me. The author was new, the blurb intriguing and my involvement complete.

It was an experience which left me thinking of a number of things...

Of how evil people can be in this world...and how easy it is to wish for something, be
Apr 08, 2017 rated it liked it

Under Her Skin is the story of a damaged woman on the run from her past, and the man that wants nothing more than to discover the secrets she hides. It's full of intrigue, steamy scenes, and a romance that will make you swoon.

For me I really liked the story, but it was the characters that I had a hard time with. I just didn't connect to them for some reason so it brought my rating down some. I would still recommend this book though because it was a very captivating story.
Madeline Iva
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like Megan Hart? You'll love this book. UNDER HER SKIN has a literary feel at times, especially in the beginning. Yet make no mistake--UNDER HER SKIN is clearly a steamy romance, with some great sex. It delivers all the feels we romance readers are addicted to. There's a deeply detailed gritty feel to Anders' book and the trauma the heroine has suffered.

Having gone through some serious abusive sh** in my own life at a young age, I can say with absolute authority that one thing you get really goo
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh wow! Now i regret listening to this book just now. This book has been seating on my to be read list. But i keep put it off. This is a story of survival of young brave woman named Uma. She endured a horrific abuse from her boyfriend and she runs from him. She ends up in a small secluded town and found a nasty job with a old hag ( yes i am putting 'old hag'). Then she met her new secluded handsome brooding ex con living next door. Their first meet is very very cute but also heartbreaking.

The r
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This book was weird, yet good. Messy, not perfect kind of good. When I started it, the characters were very different and not what I was expecting. This story follows Uma who has been abused by her ex. You don't learn right away exactly what he did, but you start to put the pieces together. It's not what you normally read about in abuse victims. It's no less horrific, but it sure made me think about what I would do if it happened to me. I think that's what the author did really well in this stor ...more
Ari Reavis
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
*Arc received from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*

2.5 Stars

Well it started off promising, but went downhill somewhere along the line. Uma is on the run and takes a job with an evil old lady. Now this old lady ended up having a very sad back story, that's revealed towards the end of the book, but to me that didn't excuse the way she treated Uma most of the story. The next door neighbor is Ivan. He was a genuinely nice and considerate guy, even if he had a bit of a temper. He was the
Alleyne Dickens
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant debut novel from a terrific new voice in romance! I don't write spoilery reviews, so look for the plot elsewhere. I'm only going to talk about what I particulary enjoyed about the book.

Everything! I loved the story -- the abused woman who takes her agency back with the help of a giant of a man, who is gentle with the lost and damaged but has a hard time controlling his anger at injustice. I loved the subplots, all of which showed Uma (the heroine) growing stronger and reclaiming her
Marta Cox
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Six months ago Uma ran away from her controlling and abusive boyfriend. Now she's hiding from him, knowing he's looking for her and that he has contacts in law enforcement. This all means Uma's old life is something she has to stay away from. Uma started out as a photographer but that's a far cry from what she's doing now, working as a live in help for a truly cantankerous older lady but some things are worth putting up with because Uma has plans. Her plans don't include a man because what hides ...more
Kate's Corner
I really struggled with this book and as it started off really well and I was enjoying it I don’t know where it went wrong.
Uma left an abusive relationship six months ago and what a horrible, abusive, disgusting relationship it was. She landed in Blackwood to get a treatment so that she could get rid of the marks of her past.
I felt for Uma but I didn’t like her. Yes what she went through was awful but I could connect to her as much as I wanted to. It wasn’t her fault and these things usually h
Aug 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gag-worthy-book
Everything about Under Her Skin (Blank Canvas #1) by Adriana Anders made me want to throw it against the wall. Writing a romance with a hero or heroine who has been through unspeakable abuse at the hands of someone they loved takes extreme care. In this case, Under Her Skin fails in so many ways, especially to those readers who have been in the heroine’s shoes in some way or another. As soon as the first chapter ended, I had a bad feeling Under Her Skin was going to make me rage because of the a ...more
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
On the run, Uma settles in a small town because of two reasons; an unusual help wanted ad which would let her work out of sight, out of mind and completely under the table; and, a tattoo removal clinic that advertised doing free work for those who suffered abuse. When she shows up at the house where she is supposed to work, she runs into ex-convict Ivan Shifflett. Ivan has a bad habit of bringing home stray animals. With Uma he sees in her the same fear that his abused dog had before he rescued ...more
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Umas life is in shambles, now shes on the run, hiding from her ex, when an opportunity she cant refuse has her in close proximity to him again. When her new neighbor shows a talent for making her trust again, Uma will have to make a choice..
Ivan put his life on hold when tragedy struck, but his content. Until Uma comes along and shows him a promise for more. Can he persuade her to stay?
Contemporary romance, feelings, and two broken people finding happiness again. <3 Loved it!
Disclaimer; I wa
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Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

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 k
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders is a great debut novel in her Blank Canvas series!

Reasons to read Under Her Skin

Ivan - bearded, blacksmith neighbor who looks dangerous but has a heart of gold
Uma - on the run from abusive ex but stays strong through her road to recovery
Ms. Loyd - old hag that needs love and friendship
Romance novel wrapped in mystery, suspense and the dark and light sides of love
Uma's past wouldn't have allowed for an instant hook up and I'm really like how the romance element wa
Heather andrews
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really loved Ivan, I thought he was sweet, “I shouldn’t have pushed you.” His next words brought another wave of heat to her face. “You’re so fuckin’ hot, Uma. Got kinda carried away.” Ivan does not hesitate when his woman tells him to do something, “take off your pants, Ivan.” Uma had never seen ivan do anything as quickly as he whipped off those jeans." I liked this book, I loved the patience Ivan had.
Michelle [Helen Geek]
April 2017 -- 4 Stars

So, this will sound silly, but something I find terribly annoying ... I hate when a book includes so much of another book at the end. My Kindle tracks my progress, and so I think the book is so much longer and then, done. Over. And, my progress is at 66%. Ugh.

Okay, over that little miff'd point. I enjoyed this one. I guess what happened to Uma could happen. Seems a bit farfetched, but there are some real assholes in the world, so anything is possible. I really, really liked
Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders is an engaging and heart pinching erotic romance with two very interesting and damaged protagonists. Heavily character driven, I loved the bold sexuality that emerged from within the slow burning romance. The abuse storyline is handled well and I liked how Anders focused on Uma and her journey. I am looking forward to book two in the series which involves the Doctor who helps Uma.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for Under Her Skin. The opening was very promising, but, sadly, the book failed to deliver. The ending, I thought, was quite ridiculous.
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars - 3 Flames


If you have ever been in an abusive relationship and HAVE NOT healed, there may be some triggers in this one. So proceed with caution.

Review -

Wow! This was completely unexpected. In fact, as a reviewer, I didn't even ask to read this (sorry, just being honest). But it fell in to my lap and I have to honestly say that I'm very pleased that it did. I've never read this author before. And from the looks of it, this could be her first one? If that's the case, then bravo.
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
This author put up a pretty good story for her debut work. The characters are interesting. There is some mystery and suspense. And of course some romance!

Uma is a woman on the run from an abusive ex. She has been at a woman's shelter for 6 months when she hears about a Dr who can help with the damage he caused her body. Uma is a woman still coming to terms with what happened to her yet is so desperate to erase the past, she will do just about anything to make that happen. She takes a job after a
Tina Hobbs Payne
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Under Her Skin is a great story of life moving on. Despite our heroine, Uma's, abusive past, she shows how to persevere. Being on the run, no money and desperate to remove the more obvious damage of her abuse, she takes on a job that definitely makes me wonder about her mental stability! The cantankerous old woman that has hired her seems to be as scary as the past Uma is running from. But, as any good story will show you, there is more than meets the eye. When she meets the giant of a man next ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very emotional read. Lots of pain for almost all of the characters. Each one had their own demons and they banded together to help each other. This is a story of healing and loving. It is a journey and it takes time.

Uma was an interesting character and throughout the story she grew and found herself again. I detest men that hurt woman and manipulate those around them to justify themselves. I want to do what Ivan wants to do to those men. Ivan is so wonderful. I can't find the words to say about
Whoa! This book! I am totally blown away by this story!

Uma is running away from a past that has left its mark on her in a way I never could’ve imagined. She’s so broken and alone and searching for just a tiny bit of hope that she can find something to erase that past. When she meets Ivan, despite her initial fear, she also finds a sense of comfort. Soon these two are learning to trust each other with not only their bodies but with their hearts and souls.

I absolutely loved this book! My heart hur
Jan 24, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc-to-read
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Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-received, e-book
The emotional pull between Ive and Uma was portrayed so beautifully, and the romantic scenes were so sexy they were borderline erotic. Anders has a way of building intensity and passion without being extremely explicit or crude. Even though Ive and Uma’s romance happened quickly, the pacing of the book was perfect. Ive is a protector by nature and Uma showing up in his life gives him someone to focus on and care for. Uma needs a calm port in her storm, and she finds that with Ivan. While the sub ...more
Sarah Wayne
A very unique and extraordinary story by a new to me author, Adriana Anders. Under Her Skin was a book that will stick with me for a while. Other reviewers were spot on with the Hero of this story, Ivan. He was the type of guy you can drool over. I'm looking forward to reading the upcoming books in the series, Blank Canvas. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for a honest review.
C bond
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
via netgalley

wow. what a read, loved it.
I ended up really enjoying it

review to come
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The blurb for this book does not do the book justice. The cover of this book is pretty fantastic and captures the essence of this book perfectly. New to me author, Ms. Anders wows me and breaks my heart a little. She is like Megan Hart for me; I can only handle her books once in a while. If I was on steady diet of Ms. Anders and Ms. Hart, I'd probably slit my wrists and end it. I loved this book.

The characters are so well written. Uma is a woman who is frightened and obviously abused by her husb
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Leigh's review:

3.5 stars

For me this story started off as intriguing, right from the start. A woman on the run with a secret to hide. A man with a past that continues to haunt him. A quirky and nasty old woman who you know has a backstory just waiting to be discovered. I was pulled in to the lives of all these people and anxious to see where the story went next.

Until it just started to linger.

Under Her Skin was a mix of emotions for me. I was filled compassion for Uma who experienced abuse that
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Adriana Anders is the award-winning author of the Blank Canvas series. Under Her Skin, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017 and a two-time winner of the Holt-Medallion, has been featured in Bustle, USA Today Happy Ever After, and Book Riot. Today, she resides with her tall French husband and two small children on the coast of France, where she writes the gritty, emotional love stories of her hear ...more

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