Monday, June 13, 2016

ARC Netgalley Review for Under Your Skin by Shannyn Schroeder

Title: Under Your Skin
Series: For Your Love #1
Author: Shannyn Schroeder
Publisher: Zebra Shout
Published Date: June 28, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction
Page Count: 320


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 . . . 


When I started reading Under Your Skin, I wasn't a huge fan at first.  Kai isn't looking for love. He has a lot on his plate with his mom, his business, and his friends. Norah wants a relationship with Kai. This is where I start not being crazy about the book. Norah has enough in her life to deal with. Her pregnancy, telling the father (btw she's 7 months pregnant), deciding if she's going to keep the baby, finding steady work, going back to school, the list goes on. She doesn't need to complicate things by sleeping with Kai and on top of that she's practically begging him to sleep with her. I'm all for you having sex but the way the story is written, it's not practical and the female comes off as desperate. 

Things started to look up about midway through the book. The setting seemed to shift and you see the characters a little differently. Mainly because the story becomes a little more emotional. Now the reader has something to grasp onto and carry them through the rest of the book. The characters appear more vulnerable and the becomes relatable to the readers.

There are some parts i liked, such as the banter between Norah and Kai's mom. Since Norah lost her mom, she has found a friend and confidant in Kai's mom. I also liked the relationship between Norah and her brothers. You can tell they care about each other and the way they acted seemed natural. 

Overall the book was okay. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it. I was just hung up on the way the characters were written at the beginning. Would I read other books in this series? Probably. There is a 50/50 chance I would. 

3 out of 5 Stars

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