Thursday, December 5, 2013

UNDER MY SKIN by Andra Lake

Publisher: Breathless Press
Date published: September 20th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-77101-171-6
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3.5

Katy Sullivan has the ability to shapeshift into an ordinary black house cat. When her fiancĂ© finds out, he doesn’t take the news well and tries hard to ruin her life. She moves interstate but he follows her, determined to destroy her.

Ethan Verde only hires Katy as his administrative assistant because his father owes Katy’s father a favor. Ethan’s determined to make her life miserable so she’ll leave, even though she’s much hotter than his long-time girlfriend.

This is an interesting plot with plenty of tension and drama. Katy is a nice mixture of brave and timid, determined and overwhelmed. Ethan can be a really unlikeable person at times and this is one of the rare books when I approve the use of “smirk” as a description for the hero’s smile as I could see him meaning to be cruel and nasty.

Some of the minor characters are slightly charicatured but that is acceptable as it’s not a long novel. The missed words and grammatical errors I find less forgivable. The editor should have fixed them. There is one truly brilliant laugh out loud line that kept me smiling for the rest of the chapter.

I’m not sure the book qualifies as erotic romance, though, as there’s only one sex scene and it’s very short and non descriptive. But the growing romance is well handled. The ending is a nice twist that was well done.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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