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Under Her Skin

(Lone Star Sisters #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  6,362 ratings  ·  268 reviews
Heiress Engaged To Marry Playboy!

Lexi Titan can just see the headlines. All of Titanville will be buzzing. Not that she has any other choice. Faced with exactly thirty days to come up with two million dollars, she is out of options. Marry Cruz Rodriguez or lose everything - the successful day spa she built herself, her tyrant of a father's respect. And the long-standing co

Mass Market Paperback, 328 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by HQN
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Sep 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of contemporary romance
I don't know if it was because I was in a mood for a good, hot contemporary or Susan Mallery's way with a word, but I absolutely loved everything about "Under Her Skin", the first book in her new series. I laughed, I cried, I fretted--and even though the plot has been done before--rich girl trying to win her daddy's love and approval, bad-boy afraid to love--I didn't care! I fell for it like a ton of bricks! I was so engrossed with this fast-paced story and just totally caught up with the charac ...more
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Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a standard Susan Mallery book, which would typically make it a 3 or a 3.5 for me.

That said, I was so ridiculously turned off by the premise that there's no way I could give it anything higher than a 2 star rating.

Basically, this: HI! I'm Lexi and I come from an obscenely wealthy family but my daddy doesn't love me so I left to start my own company and earn his love. Only, I took on a really risky investor without knowing who he is and now he wants his 2 million dollars back. I can't ask
Julie (jjmachshev)
Apr 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
Susan Mallery begins another trilogy with "Under Her Skin". This series is about three sisters who find love while fighting off a malicious unknown person who appears to be trying to destroy their family. Although born of two different mothers, the Titan girls couldn't be closer and they have no intention of going down without a fight!

Lexi has always yearned for her father's approval. He's a cut-throat entrepreneur and businessman who built his inheritance into a kind of mini-kingdom. Lexi's mot
Apr 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: previously read author
Rating: 3.5 / 5

There are a lot of great reviews and ratings for this book. Yet while I liked it, I thought it was good but on a more average level. It took me a little while to get into the story and though I liked it for the most part, I wouldn't say there was anything exceptional about it.

In Titanville, Texas, the Titan family is the most prosperous, most influential, most esteemed family around. Sisters, Lexi, Skye and Izzy have always been close, but now their ice-hearted father has
Jane Stewart
Sep 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
2 stars. Much of it was ok, but nothing new or surprising. Some of the events were too convenient or contrived.

Jed Titan is wealthy with three grown daughters, Lexi, Skye and Izzy. He divorced one wife, and the other died. He told his daughters that only one of them will inherit everything, depending on which daughter is the most successful on her own. Lexi opened a day spa. She borrowed $2 million from an anonymous source through her banker. The source calls the loan demanding she
This book had some good points, but I just really have a hard time with straight up romance lately.

Here is my brief summation of the book.

Lexi: "I am a rich girl trying to make it on my own with some serious Daddy issues. My bank just told me I need to come up with 2 million dollars in three weeks or I lose my whole business. What ever shall I do?!?!"

Cruz: "Hey Lexi. I know I took your virginity and your car and then ran off, but you look mighty fine and I just HAPPENED to overhear you need 2 m
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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May 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
I bought this book while trying to find other books by Susan Mallery. I think I liked this one more than the others I found that day.

Lexi Titan is a woman brought up in a wealthy and priviledged world, but although she has everything material, she wants the love and attention of her Father. When he tries to pit the three Titan sisters against each other Lexi goes out on her own in buisness to prove to her father that she can handle the international corporation that he owns. She gets a loan to e
Lady Allison
Aug 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Lady Allison by: Leah
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I remembering wondering, when this series came out, why it wasn’t getting the media buzz of Mallory’s previous “Sweet” series. (And later, the “Fools Gold” series.) Perhaps it’s because it doesn’t have a cute hook, like a family bakery or an all-female small town: in fact, the premise is rather off-putting. Texas tycoon Jed Titan has promised his entire inheritance to whichever of his three daughters is the most successful, pitting them against each other; meanwhile, a stranger with a grudge is ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Fake relationship turns real in this story starring Lexi, day spa owner and daughter of one of the wealthiest, most influential people in town, and Cruz, a man much like her father who is not a member of the high class Texas society.

Lexi, who took a loan from a private investor to start her business, is in a bind since she must repay the whole sum in a month. She can't go to her sisters or father for help, since they're competing for the family business, so she ends up accepting an unconventiona
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Under Her Skin" by Susan Mallery is the first in her Lone Star Sisters series. There are 3 sisters and 1 very good friend and they will all get their own book. This first book is about the oldest sister, Lexi Titan. She is the daughter of Jed Titan and she has had a very affluent upbringing, but has always felt unloved. Her mother left when she was a toddler and her father either doesn't know how, or doesn't care enough to show any love. She builds her own business, a successful day spa, but in ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
well 3.5 stars.

The story is not bad, it's like a helongated version of a Harlequin story. Lexi is the first of three sisters, they had a strange father, always ready to put his daughters against one other :(
In order to gain her father respect and love, Lexi decided to fly on her own and opened a spa. Some time after the opening she received a financial help from an anonymous person. Now she has 2 weeks to get back with 2 millions. The father discarded, she goes to an old lover, Cruz and he tell
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
I absolutely adored this book! Lexi and Cruz were so good together and the bond between sisters was so real. It read just like a real family would interact with each other. The HEA? Awesome.

Off to find the rest of this series!
Vikki Vaught
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this emotionally charged romance from beginning to end. Lexie turned so strong and determined, just loved her. The narrator added a great deal to the story. Happy reading/listening!
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great book, it's filled with romance, business troubles, and family issues. Very enjoyable read!
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, 2013-books
This was one of those books where the truth was obvious to everyone but the main characters.

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UNDER HER SKIN had a twinge of irritation with it because the characters wouldn’t see what was right in front of their faces.

The Titan sisters long for their father’s love, but Jed Titan is not a man who allows himself to love. He’s pitted the sisters against each other in an all-out war in order for only one of them to inherit his fortune.

As the oldest, Lexi seemed to have the most lo
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, favorites
I dunno what happened since I usually like reading Susan Mallery's books but they aren't entertain me that much. But this one was sooo different since I enjoyed it from page 1. It was funny, had a lot of romance, wit, drama and some kind of mystery. Which I can't wait to find out more about. Book 2 is sooo waiting for me. :)

This is book 1 of Mallery's "Lone Star Sisters" series and I can't wait to read the other ones since I fell in love with all the characters from the beginning. Every one is u
Barbara ★
Mar 31, 2009 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this story at all. Cruz Rodriguez is a social-climbing asshole whose only using Lexi to get into her circle of friends. Poor Lexi was devastated after their one-night stand ten years previously and reluctantly agreed to his scheme because she desperately needed the money offered. Her father, the bazillionaire, is a controlling freak who doesn't love his three daughters and pits them against one another for their inheritance. All in all, a rather depressing story. I have the other t ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This is a first in a very riveting series of which surprisingly had a great storyline. I look forward to reading the other books. I couldn't put it down! The author brings such a depth of feeling and a different look at love. Breathtaking love scenes.
Dec 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Just too silly for me to engage with the characters at all. The absurd plot is played out by cliched characters spouting unnatural-sounding dialog.

Maybe I'll finish it some day when I'm in the mood for a Silhouette Desire-style read.
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I liked it a lot. It was an interesting story and I can't wait to see Gare's problem! He is a bastard in my opinion... (sorry for the language) :)
Two-haiku review:

She needs two million
He wants her social status
Thus fake engagement

Shallow characters
Felt like author phoned it in
Should borrow, not buy
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lexi Titan can just see the headlines. All of Titanville will be buzzing. Not that she has any other choice. Faced with exactly thirty days to come up with two million dollars, she is out of options. Marry Cruz Rodriguez or lose everything - the successful day spa she built herself, her tyrant of a father's respect. And the long-standing competition with her sisters for the family business.

Cruz has money, success, smoldering good looks - everything but the blue blood needed to become a true memb
Pam Nelson
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unexpected in all the best ways. I loved how these characters come together, and the tone of the whole book it is interesting and now I want and need to listen to the rest of the series!

Cruz was awesome and infuriating all at the same time the way he is with his daughter I wanted to shake the man and how Lexi showed him that there is more to being a father than just writing a cheque. I liked that.

The father-daughter relationship between Jed and all his daughters is another man I wanted to shak
Marcy Cordova
Very cliche book. There were times I thought she was setting it up for interesting twists, but instead they were either predictable or unbelievable. Lexi's interactions with her sisters became increasingly annoying and repetitive as the book went on; I'm sure in part to set up the rest of the series but you don't need to hit the readers with a sledgehammer to get the point across. I didn't even really want Lexi and Cruz to get together. They seemed like they were just in lust and wouldn't really ...more
While this was totally predictable, I thought it was really good. I liked getting to know the sisters. I think it should be interesting as they each get their story. I would also like to know what the end game is for Gavin and why he's taking it out on the sisters when they didn't do anything.

I was happy with the romance but it truly wasn't the main focus for me.

I will definitely continue on with this series.
Janet Robel
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was so good! Cruz and Lexi's story is first. These two already have a history so the attraction is no surprise. The chemistry is off the charts, but it won't be easy getting these two to their happy ending. We are introduced to Lexi's sisters in here, and I enjoyed all of them. If you're looking for good contemporary romance for the summer, this author is the perfect choice.
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