Under Your Skin by Shannyn Schroeder
Published by Zebra Shout
Release Date: June 28 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Series: For Your Love - Book One
Source: Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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 . . .
Under Your Skin is not my cup of tea. Nothing stood out and called for my attention at all, in fact the whole novel seemed rather bland.
It seemed like the author was trying to create a "connection" between both Norah and Kai...but it just all seemed too forced. They didn't seem to click, connect, or have any type of real chemistry. Kai was rude, uncaring, selfish, self-centred, conceited, and overall pain in the ass. With all that being said I was supposed to believe that he was the heroine's love interest? Um, no. Not only was he reluctant to love Norah but it seemed that he was reluctant to love any human being considering how he left his sister to take care of his mom. He also seemed to emirate anger and resentment. Seriously, is he made out of it.
Then we have Norah. Sigh. I don't even know what to say about this hot mess. It seemed that the more infuriating Kai became, the more Norah wanted to dress to impress and catch his eye. But it besides the fact that Kai was a total ass, it was a bit strange because she was pregnant. I understand that her hormones are going wacky but she literally just met him. She seemed to be counting down until she gives birth and moves on with her life. It just seems like she wasn't invested in the baby or the outcome in the end. Overall, I am happy with her decision because it definitely shows that the baby is better off.
There was also the fact that the whole matter near the end of novel just left a bad taste. This is not because of the matter [of the adoption] but due to the fact that Nora seemed to lack any emotion over the whole situation. There was a point where she did seem like she would have some emotions but nope. Then there was the ending that felt like it ended so randomly, it was like "here you go, now the end". The dialogue was also weird but at this point I just think that I gave up in caring for this novel.
Overall, I would not read this novel again. Ever.
Shannyn is an occasional English teacher, who also works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.
Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.
After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”
So she did.
That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today. The 6-book O’Leary series has wrapped up, as well as 2 Hot & Nerdy new adult trilogies. She’s currently working on her next series.
She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.
Shannyn is represented by Frances Black of Literary Counsel.