Monday, 27 June 2016

Review: Under Your Skin by Shannyn Schroeder

***3 Stars***

Norah comes home for the first time in 10 years since her Mothers death. Her Dad and Brothers sent her off to her aunts to live as they weren't sure they could protect her from all that's bad in the world. However her aunt didn't get that job right either since Norah comes home 7 months pregnant and her Aunt kicks her out. Norah hasn't told the baby's father yet and shes stuck in a rutt with no job and no money to pay for her fee's if she continues her nursing degree after the baby is born. The baby situation isn't all straight forward though because the Father was more of a f*** buddy rather than a boyfriend so Nora doesn't even love him and she has doubts about going it alone.
Norah's brother Tommy works in a tattoo store and this is where she meets Kai the owner of the shop and it's a bit of a mutual attraction. Kai is a bit of a closed book with a bit of a bad boy past, he doesn't know what he wants in life so tends to separate parts of his life from the real world. After Kai hires Norah to look after his Mum following her hip surgery he can't ignore the attraction that's brewing between them. Can Norah and Kai come together and work it out?
I kinda felt agitated whilst reading this and I hated feeling so because I loved this story line and it has great potential. The first 20% of the book was so confusing in terms of to many characters speaking and being introduced at once kind of thing. POV is a killer for me when it's not split into chapters and the first 20% there was several character switches on the same pages which made it very confusing as to who's pov it was. The author has repeatedly through this book switched POV in the space of a paragraph with no warning. Although wasn't so bad after 20% as we mostly had it switching between Norah and Kai which was easier to work out, however I think it could have been better executed if it had been split by chapter POV.
The ending was really abrupt as well so I would liked to have saw some sort of epilogue or longer ending since I noticed the next book is a different character. I gave this 3 stars because I did love the story though and Norah and Kai are both lovable characters.
Reviewed by Claire Lamb

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 . . .

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