Under His Skin – Stacey O’Neale

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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.

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***I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***

We meet Annabelle as she’s baking in her bakery and Kaden as he’s running past. These two are so bothered for one another but neither one is making a definitive first move. Until the day Kaden felt his heartbeat for the first time. And for Kaden this means only one thing. But Annabelle doesn’t even have a clue that the man she’s into and who’s heart is finally beating for her, isn’t even human, he’s from another planet altogether.

Rarely do I give a stars rating on my blog. This one I will because it’ll explain why I’m doing what I’m doing. This book is only going to get 2.5 stars from me. On GR and AMZ it’ll be three based on rounding. Here’s the thing, the story is worthy of at the very least a three. It’s interesting, unique and has such great potential. The execution of it though is definitely a two. The saying of “the devil’s in the details” is woefully accurate. The story’s pace is rushed feeling, and the smaller details that flesh out the characters and the environment weren’t really there. There was some, but I’m less worried about her being covered in flour than I am about details about Kaden’s past. I’m less concerned about how to make guacamole and more concerned with his inner turmoil. This isn’t to say that it’s a BAD story. It isn’t. I WANTED to like it more. I LOVED the premise of the story, but I felt more like I was reading an early draft of an amazing book, rather than the amazing book this could be.

Ms. O’Neale’s world with the Chance brothers has real potential. It’s rough right now, but I have faith that this could really build into something stronger and more polished and defined.


Award-winning author, Stacey O’Neale, lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/


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