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Under His Skin

Under His Skin [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Blackstream
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"She stole his skin . . . can she still win his heart?"

It seems like an eternity since Ana Vulpe returned home to find her lover burning the thing she prized most in the world--the fox skin that was the key to her true form. The consequences of that horrible night plague her even two years later. With her sanity strained to the breaking point and her spirit withering with every day she’s forced to stay in human form, Ana will do anything to escape the prison of her human flesh. Whether she has to beg, borrow . . . or steal.

As the most gifted healer the selkie people have known in over three centuries, Brec knows he should be grateful for his gift. But he isn’t. Every day he dreams of joining his brother’s pod of warriors, of throwing away his bag of healer’s herbs and taking up the weapons of his ferocious kin. When his skin is stolen, no one argues when Brec insists that he be allowed to face the thief himself. Finally, he is going to war with a true enemy, someone who dared to steal a part of him he could never live without. But he’s about to realize that war is never as glorious as it seems . . .

When Ana wakes up tied to her bed with a vengeful selkie standing over her, the only thing that burns hotter than their anger is the desire that thickens the air between them. Using every wile in her repertoire, Ana almost succeeds in convincing the selkie to leave with his skin--until he discovers that his is not the only skin she has stolen. Now the righteous warrior with the dark eyes and searing kiss is determined to stay until she gives up not only the skins, but her secret as well.

Can the selkie cast off his healer’s sensibilities long enough to do what has to be done to force Ana’s hand? Or has the desperate vixen succeeded in getting . . . Under His Skin?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 480 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Skeleton Key Publishing (31 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ZP5NSK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #225,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jennifer Blackstream is a psychology enthusiast with both a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology. Her fascination with the human mind is most appeased through the study of mythology and folklore as well as all of Terry Pratchett's novels.

Jennifer enjoys listening to Alice Cooper, trying new recipes (to which she will add garlic whether it calls for it or not), watching television with her family, and playing with her woefully intelligent three year old son.

Jennifer spends most of her time drinking coffee from her X-Men mug and desperately trying to get all her ideas written down before her toddler can find that all magical button on her laptop to make all her work vanish.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Turning an old story on its head 7 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
What happens when you steal a shape-changer's skin?

Ana is searching for a way to return to her fox shape after her lover tried to bind her to himself by destroying it. The injury has nearly driven her insane, and she'll do anything - including steal the skins of other shapechangers - to get her *self* back. But stealing Brec's skin has changed the game.

Brec can't understand how anyone could do something so terrible as steal the animal lives of shape changers, but he's going to convince Ana that she has to stop.

This is the story of the fallout when trying to cage your love fails and happily ever after isn't just around the corner.

I really enjoyed the turning of the traditional selkie story on its head. I also loved the complex character of Ana, who is continually wounded by Brec and just keeps trying to get through. Brec was a little more damaged than I thought he had any right to be, although it's fair to assume that the recent theft of his skin could have made him more vulnerable.

The resolution felt right, and the general pace of the novel was good.

*I was given a free copy of this book to review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Foxes and Selkies and Pixies, Oh My! 30 Jan 2013
By Amy Foust - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Ana is a lisitsa, a skin walker who takes the form of an arctic fox. After a human lover tried to ensnare her by burning her fox skin, she was trapped in her human form for two years while she desperately sought some kind of healing that would allow her to once again resume her true shape. Alone and in torment, she has resorted to stealing the skins of other skin walkers in a desperate bid to escape the imprisonment of human flesh.

Brec, a selkie healer, finds that his skin has been stolen. Grief and rage drive him to seek out the thief in order to reclaim his skin and exact vengeance for his loss. He never counted on losing his heart in the process. He has a choice, to take the revenge he sought and punish Ana for her crimes or to find it within himself to forgive her and help her heal her damaged skin...and her broken heart.

Jennifer Blackstream's latest Paranormal Romance gives us an interesting immersion into what skinwalker culture might look like. The author has a graduate degree in psychology, and she uses her background in order to place the reader in the minds of what would be a strikingly different culture from our own. Though the book is set in present-day Alaska, none of the main characters are, or ever have been, human, and their values, their culture, their perspectives reflect the very different lives they might live. Though the genre is very popular, in this book Ms. Blackstream has chosen to explore a subset of lore that lies along a lesser used road. She weaves in a bit of Celtic mythology with a deft touch in what I found to be some of the highlights of the book.

I found myself not always liking the protagonists as much as I would have hoped, especially in the earlier part of the book. Ana's actions are impulsive and selfish and she takes a very short-term view with regard to decisions. She comes across as being emotionally immature, as does Brec, who vacillates wildly from violent rage to gentlemanly concern for Ana to suspicion to fear and back around. It is an emotional maelstrom. Brec has the makings of a wonderful romantic hero in many ways. However, he is also ninety-two years old; one might hope he might have gained more perspective on things by now. As the story progresses, we see more and more evidence of just how different the lives of these characters are from our own, and thus to project human expectations and human values onto them may not be realistic. It is the author's world, and we must trust her to guide us faithfully through it. As a human myself, however, I had a difficult time accepting the seemingly incongruent emotional development of the protagonists.

I also had a bit of difficulty with the way some of the various plot elements came together; some things seemed a bit forced, particularly in the early parts of the story. For example, the character of Nu, a Pixy, seemed to function as a device to facilitate the progression of certain plot points. We never learned much detail about him in and of himself, and he showed up at times when the story threatened to stall and injected snippets of helpful dialog to get things back on track. I wanted to like him, but I found him not quite credible as a character. At least the author did have the good sense to dress him in fur, since a Pixy would likely have a tough time surviving in Alaska.

Blackstream certainly does take us for a wild ride. We experience the heat of anger, the tension of fear, the anguish of grief, and the hopelessness of depression, but we also experience the thrill of attraction, the heat of desire, the warmth of love, and the light of hope. There may even be a miracle thrown in for good measure. While the characters got off to a rough start, they do learn and grow from their experiences. At the end of the roller coaster, we find forgiveness and a chance for redemption in the ashes of the past. If you are looking for a story that will give you a bit of heat and leave you with a sigh of contentment, this one fits the bill. I will be interested to see how Ms. Blackstream's future works progress. Some of the writing evidenced here flowed well and was very solid and descriptive with good attention to detail. Fans of the Paranormal Romance genre should keep an eye on her.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Satisfying Reading 11 Mar 2014
By Douglas C. Meeks - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
OK, this story was as much about suffering and recovery as it was about romance. Seeing that the first instinct that Brec had after finding his skin was to kill her, this romance had a long way to go.

This was not a book of insta-love that so many paranormal romances use but it was a bit more slow burn type. The fact that Ana was pretty messed up already and he has a few things to work out make this a much more complex romance than you would think from reading the synopsis.

The world here seems to fall apart under close inspection but that is only if you are one of the anal-retentive readers that want to question everything, this was a story of betrayal, romance and recovery which IMHO was done pretty well.

Bottom Line: I enjoyed the story, it was good, the secondary characters were fleshed out just enough in most instances (Nu the pixie was a really nice touch). The ending was not rushed but did leave you wanting just a bit more of the story but it was closed well with no major questions left unanswered. 4 Stars and recommended reading.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love conquers all! 3 Aug 2013
By Raevon - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I had the honour of receiving a free copy of this book several months ago and because of work and family issues, I was unable to read it until a week ago. I started to read and read until I had finished. The story was intriguing and because I love stories that show good imagination and are well written I simply could not put it down. So what is the story, in short it is a love story but also a story of stolen identity of the worst kind. It is a story of magic, shape shifting, revenge and love. We have all heard that "love conquers all" I am sure, but the author has really shown it. The story is also a good example of how violence is not always the answer to problems. A beautiful tale and well written, though a little more editing would not hurt. Well worth a read and I would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone with an ounce of imagination. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read! 19 Jun 2013
By Faye - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Good Paranormal romance set in modern-day Alaska. Story was fast paced, characters and events were well written. Overall very enjoyable read! Recommended for those that like their romance with shape-shifters, fairies and fantasy mixed in.

I received this book via the member giveaway.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Different 26 May 2013
By jnichols39 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I had a hard time getting into this book. Out of everything I have ever read in this genre, this turned out to be one of the better ones. I am such a push over for paranormal romantic suspense that I would tell anyone to read this one.
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