Review: Under Your Skin by Shannyn Schroeder

Under Your Skin
For Your Love #1
Shannyn Schroeder 
June 28th
Zebra Shout

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 . . .

I would have to say that this has to be by far, the hardest review I've ever written. I really wish I was better at locking down my thoughts and could find the words to express just how I felt while reading this story. 

I want to start off with the fact that I really enjoy this authors writing. Her books are always easy to get into and I usually love her characters. 

After reading Under Your Skin I'm not really sure how I feel about Norah or Kai. At times I liked or hated them equally. 

For me this book was more about Norah being pregnant and getting rid of the baby then a romance between Kia and her. They didn't really even get together until almost half the way through the book and even then you don't really think they mesh. 

As a mom who had her child at 19 and was alone I personally couldn't think of giving her away. Now I'm not saying that parents who do giveaway their child are bad, or that it's wrong, I just couldn't do it. And I have to say I'm so glad that I didn't. I was lucky enough to raise a wonder, thoughtful kid that without her, there would have been a big whole in my heart. 

I kind of wish the author had Norah putting her daughter up for adoption before the story started. With it not being as fresh it also wouldn't have been the focus of the story either. It would have also made it easier when Norah talks about wanting to go out and have a good time now that she's no longer pregnant. 

Now don't get me wrong, Kia is no charmer either. When he fights with his sister to take in his mom after his surgery was a real shit move. It didn't bug me as much as I'm sure it will others. I get how it feels to have another person in your home that you need to be there for. It's not always easy. He did man up, even if it was grudgingly. I loved his mom and want to be invited to her book club! 

Now as much as I had some issues with the book, (I know, it really seems like I had a lot) there is much that I did like. I'm glad that Norah felt more a part of her family. It must have been hard to be ripped away from those you love and given to someone who thinks of raising you more as a job then a joy. 

I'm really hoping that the next book in the series is more to my taste. I have high hopes for it. 

If you've reading Under Your Skin or any other book by Shannyn Schroeder I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for visiting with me and happy reading! 


  1. Oh they sound like they would be difficult to totally love :/ I've read some with adoption and they could be hard to read but none in the process of the actual adoption.

    1. I love this author and will read more but by far this isn't my favorite book of hers. It was so hard to read!


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