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Friday, September 25, 2015

#Review: Under His Skin by Stacey O'Neale - 5 Wine Glasses






26206383Title: Under His Skin
Series: Alien Encounters #1
Author: Stacey O'Neale
Format: Kindle Edition, 197 pages
Published: September 21st 2015 by Entangled: Covet
ASINB:014CS5NXE
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviwer: Linda
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

A paranormal category romance from Entangled's Covet imprint...

Earth girls are never easy. But they're worth it.

Bakery owner Annabelle Sparks' business is booming ever since she won reality TV's Cupcake Wars. The one thing deflating her happy soufflé? The extremely sexy Kaden Chance only sees her as a best friend-and Annabelle wants so much more. After waiting a year for him recognize their chemistry, she's giving up and dating other people.

What she doesn't know is Kaden's heart doesn't actually beat. He's not human. Heck, he's not even from Earth. To retain his intergalactic immunity, no one can ever know he is an extraterrestrial. But when Annabelle starts dating, something strange happens to Kaden's unmoved heart: it begins to beat. Now he faces an impossible choice-tell Annabelle the truth and be deported-or lose his last chance at love.


Linda's Thoughts:
Warning: Be aware that reading this book may cause uncontrolled drooling over the yummy pastries and desserts AND wanton lusting for multiple orgasms!
After he left the planet with his brothers, he'd imagined he'd live out his life alone.
That was until he met Annabelle.
His memory lingered back to the day he stepped into her bakery. His brothers were still unpacking when he decided to take a walk into town. The first time he saw her, she was placing muffins into a customer's bag. Even with her messy hair bun and stained pink apron, she was pure perfection. His entire body warmed when he got a backside peek at her pink tank top and itty bitty jean shorts. Before he knew what was happening, he'd gone inside and sat down in the same booth he sat in now. And when she came to the table to take his order, she'd bit down on her bottom lip. He'd known then those lips would complicate his life, but he had no idea just how much.

UNDER HIS SKIN by Stacey O'Neale was freakin' amazing. I started it one morning and absolutely could not stop reading it until I'd read all the way through its most perfect epilogue! The story is set in Germantown, a small suburb of Washington, D.C., and is told in the alternating POVs of the hero and heroine. I would describe this as a delectable contemporary romantic cozy mystery with a fresh sci-fi element. :-)

The "good guy" aliens actually brought back memories for me of some favorite TV series I grew up with - Mork and Mindy and My Favorite Martian  - but with a predominant romantic aspect. Oooh la la! I absolutely loved it! UNDER HIS SKIN is the story of delightfully innocent bakery owner Annabelle Sparks and an ultra cool extraterrestrial, Kaden.

I loved both the hero and the heroine! Annabelle's business is booming. Annabelle still thinks of herself as a small-town girl but, in reality, she has been a celebrity since she won the TV competition, Cutthroat Cupcake.  She's as sweet as her cupcake creations and quite the opposite of her confidante, Hilary, who manages to steal a few scenes. Annabelle has been lusting after her best friend, Kaden for years, but Kaden gives her no inkling that he shares her infatuation nor that he wants to be anything more than friends. Add in some not-nice-at-all aliens, intrigue and Kaden's oh-so-sexy brothers, and you've got a delightful tale that rocked my boat!

Following please find a couple of my favorite quotes from this highly entertaining read:

"It's foolish to fight the bond between you. You'd be better off going with it and letting the panties drop where they may."
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If the lords of the underworld can't bring me out of this funk, no one can.

One of my favorite scenes occurred when Kaden told Annabelle to go read. Here's a short snippet from that scene:

"You should go upstairs and relax a little. Take a nap or read one of those books that make your cheeks burn."
She playfully squinted at him. "How would you know what I look like when I read?"
He leaned forward, crossing his arms on the table. "I like watching you read."
"Really?" she questioned.
"Why?"
"It's sexy the way you react to the stories," he whispered. "Your gestures are usually simple like a giggle or a gasp. But occasionally, your nipples harden."
Their first date was another favorite scene but I'm not going to spoil it for you. You need to read this book to enjoy it!

UNDER HIS SKIN is teeming with laugh-out-loud humor. If you love sexy paranormal romances, this should be on your must-read-soon list!

Please tell me that there will be a sequel as I am dying to read Hilary's and Cam's story! I'll leave you with a short snippet concerning Cam:

"Is mind melting your power?"
"No, mostly I give orgasms." Cam wiggled his eyebrows at her. "Lots and lots of mind-blowing orgasms."

Now you know why there has to be a sequel and why I can't wait! The few highlights I've mentioned are just the tip of the iceberg; There's many more where these came from! While we're all waiting on a sequel that just HAS to be in the works, rush to whatever bookstore you use and buy UNDER HIS SKIN now!

1 comment:

lindalou said...

I have since found out that UNDER HIS SKIN is the first book in a new series by Stacey tentatively entitled “Alien Encounters,” However, this book has an ending all its own and can be read as a stand alone. I'm soooo thrilled it's the beginning of a new series! This kind of awesomeness MUST be continued!