By Her Touch

By Her Touch

by Adriana Anders

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"Anders has created wonderful variations on the beauty and the beast theme and the damsel-in-distress trope, a greatly tormented hero, and a powerful mix of menace and romance." —Booklist

He thought he was beyond saving. A cop turned undercover gang member turned...whatever he is now.
He thought no one would ever see him as anything but a beast.
Until he found her. Until she changed everything.

Undercover cop Clay Navarro left the Sultans biker gang a changed man. Its ringleaders may be awaiting trial, but he wears the memory of his time in that hell tattooed across his skin. He figures he doesn't have space in his messed-up life for anything gentle?not now, maybe not ever.

Besides, what woman could possibly want the man he's become?

Dr. Georgette Hadley is drawn to the damaged stranger's pain, intimidated but intrigued by the warmth that lies beneath Clay's frightening exterior. She thrills at the way he gentles at her touch...and under his rough hands, she burns with a passion she never thought she'd know.

But when the Sultans return looking for revenge, Georgette finds herself drawn into the dirty underbelly of a life forged in violence...that not even her touch may be able to heal.

Blank Canvas series:
Under Her Skin (Book 1)
By Her Touch (Book 2)
In His Hands (Book 3)

Praise for the Blank Canvas dark romance series:
"A dark and emotional tale that will make your spine tingle as well as your heart."—SARINA BOWEN, USA Today bestselling author of Bittersweet for Under Her Skin
"The perfect romance...a hint of danger, a whole lot of spice, and an HEA you believe in."—ANNE CALHOUN, award-winning author of Under the Surface for Under Her Skin
"Emotionally riveting page-turner."—Publishers Weekly STARRED for Under Her Skin
"Incredibly sexy, heartbreaking, and intense."—Kirkus STARRED for Under Her Skin
"Gripping [and] emotionally satisfying."—Publishers Weekly STARRED for By Her Touch

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492633884
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: Blank Canvas , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 18,028
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Adriana Anders is the award-winning author of the Blank Canvas series. Under Her Skin, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017, and winner of two 2018 Holt Medallions, has been featured in Bustle, USA Today Happy Ever After, and Book Riot. Today, she resides with her tall French husband and two small children in France, where she writes the gritty, emotional love stories of her heart.

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By Her Touch 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
Much of Clay Navarro’s story is written on his tattooed and scarred body. As undercover ATF agent in a violent criminal biker gang, he has seen and done things that haunt his waking and sleeping memory. Hiding out in a small, rural town while waiting to testify against the gang and recovering from wounds sustained during their takedown, Clay meets Dr. Georgette Hadley, a dermatologist who removes tattoos. Forced on him by a brutally evil Sultans’ member, Clay has some tattoos he is desperate to be rid of as they identify his undercover status as well as the gang badges. In a way, the removal of these inked emblems is a metaphor for getting his life back. As he endures the pain under Georgette’s skilled and compassionate hands, they both are intensely drawn to one another when they are seemingly opposites. Clay’s undercover life became a part of his psyche almost as indelibly as the ink on his skin. His reason for going in with this particular gang was personal as well as professional which adds an even darker dimension. Georgette has been a widow for ten years having lost her husband to cancer while still quite young. Her own emotional scars from that trauma, and bad decisions in her teen years, have led Georgette to savor the quiet, safe life of her rural home; but is she really living or just surviving? Clay’s obviously violent past written on his body should scare her, but their souls seem to recognize each other, so she takes a risk to be with a man who may be too damaged to have a normal life. Not all of the biker gang members were caught; some of the ones left are out for revenge on Clay as someone blew his cover. This story is very intense in all aspects including the romance, violence, and emotional baggage of both Clay and Georgette. I was very drawn into each of their stories and hard fought for lives. It’s much more than just a good girl falls for an undercover bad boy, tattooed alpha male trope. While ostensibly a romance, this tale is a reminder that people from all levels of social strata make bad and good choices, but ultimately what defines and sometimes saves them is how they overcome tough odds to be better than their circumstances. Love gives this couple a second chance at living instead of just existing; they have to ability heal one another in a profound way despite their individual losses and the darkness in the world. Adriana Anders has a fine hand at drawing out a reader’s emotions both the sensual and deeply moved kind. This story is one of those fasten your seat belts kind of ride, but it’s a journey well worth undertaking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Some wear large and often ugly scars on the outside, others hide the ugliness that they feel on the inside with complex artwork on their bodies, visible reminders of moments they will never forget. Oh sure, a tattoo can celebrate something good and wonderful, a cherished memory, or even a ‘what the heck’ moment, but for Clay, these tattoos mark every bad and evil moment in his life. Evil that he sees every day, reliving it, feelings of guilt that override the pride he should feel in being a key element to removing several evildoers from the streets. But his time as an undercover operative in the Sultan’s MC have taught him to eschew softness and gentleness – how could he not destroy that with all that he is, was and did? Dr. Georgette Hadley specializes in tattoo removal, and is quite good at her job. When Clay appears for a consult, looking to remove much of the visible reminders (and marks) ‘earned’ in his time with the Sultans. Arriving and presenting a solid face of intimidation, George is intrigued, for deep within she sees something of the man deep within…. Whether it’s his eyes that don’t quite hide the hurt, or his proper manners and the way something deep within him cries out to her. Poor Clay has really had a hard time of it – he wasn’t entirely ‘together’ before going deep under in the Sultans, and as often happens, there are a few who escaped capture still out there, vowing to hunt him down. And, in some ways, Clay actually believes that he deserves it – discounting the fact that as part of his job, the tasks he did ALLOWED him to stay and achieve success. And then there’s Georgette. Talented, funny, sweet Georgette with an aura he wants to absorb, but is afraid he too, will hurt her. Widowed very young, she’s not taken another chance with her heart, and the attraction to Clay has her willing to risk it again. But, there are dangers and threats, and some Sultans still out there….. Anders drags the reader in, and you can feel the character’s pain with the honest and raw way they bare their souls. No one is all good or bad, and we can often find those nuggets of qualities unexplored, and grab to those, hoping that the character will grow and heal enough to find their own worth. Like the first in this series, both characters have issues, but Clay is far more broken and in need of kindness and gentleness, while Georgette’s concerns, until the threats from the gang appear, are far more common to us all and are based in the fear of being hurt. A deft ability to see her characters and make them speak and be vulnerable when it is most important characterizes Anders’ writing in this series, certain to make her a favorite to watch for many. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
S_Leca More than 1 year ago
What an addictive read. Right out of the gate the book starts out with an intense battle of wills, pain, and betrayal. The first page pulls you in and this book never releases you. I started it before bed which is a mistake you will not want to make unless you don't have plans in the morning. Indian AKA Andrew Blane AKA Clay Navarro is a undercover agent who has started to lose sight on the mission. His biker's are like family, and although they have done some terrible stuff he still loves them. Of course a lot of that changes when they end up torturing him and a lot of the crew get arrested. Now he needs to disappear and await trial so that he can put the lot of them away. But first things first get rid of the reminders of them that was permanently inked onto his skin. And don't tell anyone from his work where he has gone..... because one of them is a traitor. George Hadley is a dermatologist who does a heck of a lot pro-bono. She is trying to finally move on with the life she thought she always wanted. Starting with having the baby of her late husband. But when Andrew Blane comes into her life she is paralyzed by the explosion of sensations that he evokes in her. He makes her feel alive again for the first time since her husband died 10 years ago. He makes her want to take risks and get out of her perfectly made "granny" house. This was a great suspenseful romance with a heck of a lot of action. A lot of a great characters and twists. There is some great sensual scenes, and a great fight scene. Overall this was a beyond fantastic read. I would highly recommend this read. ~A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author spends a lot of words on character development and motivation. I liked this series. The novel is well written and easy to read.
13835877 More than 1 year ago
By Her Touch is a lovely small town romance with a dark side. Clay Navarro and George both have their own troubled pasts and were good people. I was so happy to see George find someone who could potentially be the one to help her heal after being a such a self-less and caring person and losing her husband. Adriana Anders does an amazing job at combining small town romance and suspenseful mysteries.  I also loved the little glimpses of characters from the first Blank Canvas book 1, Under Her Skin and I'm hoping the trend will continue in book 3, In Her Hands. I voluntarily received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. **This is book 2 in the Blank Canvas series, but it can be read as a standalone**
krissysbookshelf More than 1 year ago
By Her Touch was a decent read but I just couldn't seem to invest in the plot or the cast, it had potential however the situation in which Clay and Hadley meet just felt odd and disjointed to me. I couldn't really engage in their relationship or the reasons behind them nor the on off push pull between them. I liked them as characters but the mixture of the three didn't quite mesh as well as I'd hoped. I don't know if this is because I haven't read the first book and I'm missing something but I'll take responsibility for the low rating this time around.
teetee1968 More than 1 year ago
"Give me a kiss," he demanded, and as she watched, he softened, his gaze running a tender path from her lips to her eyes and back again. "Please kiss me." Clay Navarro, rough and sweet, and very damaged. Working deep undercover has scarred him inside and out. When he seeks out Dr. George Hadley for tattoo removal, he has no idea the connection he will have with her. George has her own heartbreak that she has lived with. Her life may not be where she thought it would be, but she has convinced herself she is content. Until she meets Clay. She doesn't understand why someone would mark themselves the way she thinks Clay has. She wants to help him, but didn't expect she would be so drawn to him. She tries to resist crossing the Dr/patient line, and she is only holding on by a thread. Just as George & Clay start to explore what their feelings are for each other, Clay's past comes back to haunt them. And his past could be deadly. This is a great second book in this series. I enjoyed the first, but Clay and George's is my favorite! I am so looking forward to the next installment!
MBurton More than 1 year ago
By Her Touch is the second book in the series, however, it can be read as a standalone. I have read book 1 and since it's based on a small town, you do see the characters from that book into this one but you will not be confused if you skip it. However, I would recommend reading both books, just because I really like this authors style and enjoyed both stories. They may have some triggers for readers. Main characters, as well as some of the side characters, have lived through abuse and real life tragedies. Our main characters in By Her Touch have both seen their own heartbreak and violence. Dr. Georgette Hadley is a dermatologist but also specializes in removing tattoo's. We got to see a glimpse of her in the first book when Uma sought her out to remove tattoos that were forced on her by her abusive ex. George has known tragedy in her life as well. Her husband died of cancer 10 years prior and she has lived a pretty solitaire existence since. She meets our hero, special agent Clay Navarro when he seeks her out to remove tattoos forced on him while he was undercover. Clay went undercover to become a Sultan MC in hopes to take down the men who killed his little sister. When the club finds out Clay is a cop, they tattoo his eye lids and knuckles branding him as a cop and a dead man. He barely makes it out alive and now he is in hiding until he can testify. Clay seeks George out to get the tattoos removed. Like a lot of cops coming out of undercover work, he's struggling with the things he did while undercover and becoming the cop he once was. This is a beautiful series by Adriana Anders. I always want to see people overcome tragedy in their lives and have that happy ever after they so deserve. It's one of the things I'm enjoying about this series. She's providing real life characters and situations in these books and I love how the author is taking us step by step in these peoples lives, from hopelessness to awareness to happiness. Arc provided by Netgalley
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read by Ms Anders. I liked the plot , but have mixed feelings about the writing style. At times I found it a little choppy. That said, the stories about the lives of Clay, the undercover ATF agent, and Dr Georgette Hadley, are heartfelt and complex. Ethics are questioned, the effects of undercover work is eye opening, and in the end, if one overcomes the past and the bad in our lives, their is redemption , hope and love in our future. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.