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by Charlotte Stein
Released: 23 June 2015
Series: Dark Obsession #1
Published by Loveswept
“Gorgeous tattooed man + painfully awkward girl = Suzanne’s dream book.” ~ Under the Covers
Beatrix Becker finally has freedom from her abusive and controlling father and has used her freedom to go to college. However, fitting in isn’t easy; dating, friends, parties and even conversation feel like she is navigating a deadly sea without a compass or a map. When she meets Serge, she know she shouldn’t be fascinated by him, big, rough and steeped in violence, he terrifies her as much as he thrills her. But as their connection grows Serge surprises her with glimpses under his armour and with the hope that maybe two misfits could fit perfectly together.
This isn’t my first Charlotte Stein book, but so far it has to be my favourite. Gorgeous tattooed man + painfully awkward girl = Suzanne’s dream book. From the first page Never Loved sucked me in, I was thoroughly absorbed and finished the book wanting to read more.
What I really enjoy about Stein’s books are that she really brings you into the moment, you are living whatever the heroine is thinking right alongside her, generating an almost instant connection with the character. Never Loved was no different, I really liked Beatrix, as traumatised, awkward and socially inept as she is, she was also funny, brave and had a smutty mind, which is something I can appreciate!
Then there is Serge. Tattooed, rough, a complete bad ass, and although he is that typical stereotype of bad boy with a soft heart…there is a reason that that stereotype has endured, he is utterly enticing. And I like that right from the start he never tried to be all badass bravado towards Beatrix, but instead showed who he really was…a gooey marshmallow with the added bonus of tattoos and hard muscles.
“The only thing stopping me from laying my hands on you right now is the thought of how bad I would be for you. And it is bad, because honey, if there was anything else between us, I would tear it down with my bare fucking hands. A pit full of demons could open up and I would jump in it to get to you. if there were walls of fire I would burn to be by your side.”
I have to mention the heat this book generates, Beatrix is a virgin and Serge relatively inexperienced, but it is almost this lack of experience that make the sex scenes all the more explosive. Beatrix’s willingness to explore and honest reactions to Serge are HOT. Beneath her prim exterior lies the heart of a vixen. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time drooling and wish I could take Beatrix’s place.
This was a fantastic read, at times sexy, sweet and funny, with a real emotional overtone as Beatrix struggles to fit in and be free after years of being trapped and abused. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?