Review: By Her Touch (Blank Canvas #2) by Adriana Anders

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He Will Always Bear the Scars

Undercover cop Clay Navarro left the Sultans biker gang a changed man. Its ringleaders may be awaiting trial, but he wears the memory of every brutal act he was forced to commit tattooed across his skin. He doesn't have space in his messed-up life for anything gentle--not now, maybe not ever.
Dr. Georgette Hadley is drawn to the damaged stranger's pain, intimidated but intrigued by the warmth that lies beneath Clay's frightening exterior. But when the Sultans return looking for revenge, she finds herself drawn into the dirty underbelly of a life forged in violence...that not even her touch may be able to heal.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Clay Navarro is in hiding.  He survived his last undercover assignment, barely.  The leaders of the Sultans MC are going to prison with Clay’s testimony.  However there is a leak and he goes off the grid to stay safe.  He assumes the identity of Andrew Blane. 
He heads toward Virginia looking for a doctor who will remove the tattoos on his eyelids.  His search leads him to Dr. Georgette Hadley.  George sees a desperate, broken man who needs her help when she looks at Andrew Blane.  Her interest is peaked as is an attraction that shocks her.  She is drawn to him.  He thinks she is too good for him and fights the attraction he has for her.
She is conflicted over him and tries to understand him.  She accidentally gets pulled into his past life as the Sultans’ remaining members close in.
I really liked the plot of this story.  Both main characters are pretty messed up.  Clay is after losing his sister and his undercover work with the Sultans.  George is closed off and stuck after losing her husband Tom.
As I read this the author revealed how broken both were.  I liked George with her kind heart and understanding.  Her ability to see past the tattoos that Clay had was not the norm.  I found it refreshing.  I also liked how the author gave a positive view on the small town life.  It was fun to read as Clay was confronted with the “friendliness” of small town people.  Everyone looking at him and wanting to know about him. 

He was a great character.  I like how the lines were blurred for him and he was fighting his way back.  George was hiding for a different reason and I’m glad she realized what she was doing by the end.  Nothing like a heavy dose of guilt to keep both characters from moving on.  This was a great read.  Lots of suspense and troubled characters.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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