In His Hands

In His Hands

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"Anders excels at creating sympathetic characters who will win the reader's heart."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

The rules are simple:
Never speak to outsiders.
Never yearn for something more.
And never, ever seek the pleasure of a stolen kiss...or a whispered promise that with him, she can finally be free.

Abby Merkley has been a member of the Church of the Apocalyptic Faith since she was a child, and there's no way out...until her darkly handsome, brooding neighbor defies the rules and takes her into the safety of his arms.

He should frighten her, but everything inside Abby thrills at Luc Stanek's rough manners and shockingly gentle touch. He excites her, ignites her, leaves her shaken and wanting more. But evil men follow in her footsteps, and it may take more than one fierce beauty to defend her loving beast.

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

Praise for Blank Canvas:
"A dark and emotional tale that will make your spine tingle as well as your heart."-SARINA BOWEN,USA Todaybestselling 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 Surfacefor Under Her Skin
"Emotionally riveting page-turner."-Publishers WeeklySTARRED for Under Her Skin
"Incredibly sexy, heartbreaking, and intense."-Kirkusfor Under Her Skin
"Gripping [and] emotionally satisfying."-Publishers WeeklySTARRED forBy Her Touch
"Anders has created wonderful variations on the beauty and the beast theme [with] a greatly tormented hero, and a powerful mix of menace and romance."-Booklistfor By Her Touch

Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781492633907
Branch Call Number: PB Ander
Characteristics: 411 pages ; 18 cm

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Oct 02, 2017

The Blank Canvas series is my favorite new series of the year. Maybe for several years. In this story about a young woman struggling to escape from a cult with help from the a new neighbor on the adjacent farm and others in the community of Blackwood, Va., Anders delivers another winning novel. It has all the necessary components for romantic suspense combined with excellent character development and a compelling plot. In His Hands may not be quite as steamy as the first two books but it still won't disappoint readers who want heat along with excellent writing and a can't-put-it-down plot. Here's hoping Ms. Anders has lots more stories to tell!

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RosaReads2
Sep 20, 2017

After the first two books in this series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. My only concern was the cult plotline within the book. When reading romantic suspense I shy away from serial killers and cults. I usually draw hard lines at those, but I couldn't turn away from an Anders book. This author is early in her published career, but she has already created a die-hard follower in me.

Although this review is technically for In His Hands, my words encompass the series as a whole. First, Adriana Anders has the most beautiful way with words. It's as if I'm bathing in her words - they flow around me while I ride on their gentle waves. Secondly, I revel in the pacing of these stories. The character development and romantic build-up is perfect. Although this book is labeled as romantic suspense, the romance is never overshadowed by the suspense. In fact, the suspense is so subtle, keeping you on edge until the climactic finale. By the time I am finished, I am so familiar with these characters that I feel I too live in their town, sharing all of their joys and sorrows. I'm not sure if the author is writing any additional stories within this fictional world, but I sure would love seeing more - maybe Jesse's story. If not, I'm sad to see them go, but excited to see what Adriana Anders has next.

A word on the Blank Canvas series audiobooks - I alternately read and listened to the audio with each of the books in this series. Each book had the same narrator and I feel she improved with each subsequent book. While I didn't care for the narration as much in the first book, I loved it in book 3. Although I prefer to read, I would listen to passages in Luc's POV just to hear the narrator's French accent. This was one of the first times I actually enjoyed the narration over my own reading.

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