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Her Body is His Canvas

A darkly possessive relationship has left Uma alone and on the run. Beneath her drab clothing, she hides a terrible secret—proof of her abuse, tattooed onto her skin in a lurid reminder of everything she’s survived.

Caught between a brutal past and an uncertain future, Uma’s reluctant to bare herself to anyone…much less a rough ex-con whose rage drives him in ways she will never understand. But beneath his frightening exterior, Ivan is gentle. Warm. Compassionate. And just as determined to heal Uma’s broken heart as he is to destroy the monster who left his mark scrawled across the delicate tapestry of her skin.

4.5 stars I loved this story. Uma was in a terribly abusive relationship. So abusive it frightened me to death. We met her after she left, but the haunting was vivid. This is her story of healing, but it’s also Ive’s story of allowing himself to be happy. The synopsis gives you enough detail to know the basic outline of the plot. Most of this story is the journey of healing, and that is always a storyline that I can’t get enough of.

Ive (Ivan) was sexy as f*ck. Am I allowed to say that? I kind of have to simply because he really was all that and a bag of chips. His physical description is as manly as it gets: beardy, big, strong and brooding. All of that = off the charts sexy. But beyond his exterior, his quiet isolation, hard work and loyalty was just hot as his body appearance. His life became so full and colorful when he met Uma.

Uma was gloriously strong. I loved her with my whole being. She was broken, but this was her story about her healing, which is my favorite. It felt real. There had been a lot of pain, and there are references to what her ex did to her (big trigger warning, FYI), but this was truly about the hope.

The romance was divine. It felt like a slow burn, but it wasn’t. It actually happened quickly, but there was some level of first love that had me hooked. The sexy scenes were hot, yet they felt very tame at the same time. I think because so much romance was incorporated into every touch. It all meant something, which made me so vested in their relationship. Don’t worry though, my naughty friends….there was still plenty of dirty talk to keep us all happy.

I can’t end this review without mentioning the secondary characters, who were so good. Mrs. Lloyd and Jessie, especially. They added a depth and richness to the story without being fluff. They were secondary characters done right.

However….I wish, wish, wish the story had not been written in 3rd person. Yes, it could easily flip between Uma and Ive during a scene, but to me, I need to be in the character’s head, and the fact that it was not 1st person definitely held the story back a little for me. I still loved it, but written from a more personal perspective would have made me ecstatic.

The ending was good, but I’d say the last 10% of the story was pretty stressful. I’m a huge baby though, and while I loved it, I was biting my nails and sweating bullets. Yes, I got my HEA, but I had to work for it at the end. I wish I got an epilogue, just so I could roll around a little more in the happiness that Ive and Uma found. However, I’m hoping they show up in the next installments and I can see where they are today.

Rec it? YES. YES. YES. If you love the journey of healing, along with a swoony romance and smexy manly lumberjack type man, this is an absolute must for your TBR. I can’t wait to read more of this series!

Happy reading!

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