Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Sheltered by Charlotte Stein


Evie has lived her entire life under her abusive father’s thumb. He controls everything. Where she goes to college, who she sees, what she does. But when she meets Van—a punk who shows her how different life could be—she realizes how much she’s been missing.

Van offers her excitement, protection, love…and most of all, sex—even if he’s at first reluctant to give her all the things she’s been craving. She wants to explore this new world of arousal and desire, but Van is only too aware of how fragile she is, how innocent…

And how much is at stake, when their love is forbidden.

The cover made me read this book and I have to say, I’m so pleased I did. Charlotte Stein is a new author to me and she really does shine with this book.

We start with Evie staring over the fence of her back garden looking for the tattooed punk who intrigues her. From the first initial reading, I got the sense that Evie was trapped and using everything she could to escape mentally. The more you read through the book, the more I felt sympathy at her predicament. She’s kept in place by a very abusive and strict father. Her only salvation is in the guy she sees over the fence. After a time, Van starts to talk to her. He knows what she’s going through and little by little helps her to open up.

He always protects her and soon their encounters turn steamy. The touching is so sweet and tender. Charlotte Stein really gets across to the reader how desperate Evie is to feel anything. Van is her only hope of escaping the volatile world her father has created. There were moments while reading where I had to put the book down. I felt so connected to her and was afraid for her but also happy that she was finding the strength to fight her father’s tight hold.

I really can’t express enough how much I enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it. There is so much more to Sheltered than a simple erotic romance and I praise Charlotte Stein’s ability to bring these two characters to life on the page.

Fantastic stuff.           

Verdict:

A very different type of read but really enjoyable and highly recommend. Charlotte Stein is an author to look out for.

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