Never loved by Charlotte Stein
Dark Obsession #1
Beatrix Becker spent most of her life under the thumb of her controlling, abusive father. And now that she’s free and attending her dream college, she has no idea how to act like the normal crowd: partying, going on dates, even having a conversation. Then she meets Serge Sorensen. Big and surly with a whole host of riotous tattoos, Serge is supposed to scare the hell out of her. But beneath his harsh exterior, Beatrix discovers a kindred spirit who knows what it’s like to be a misfit. Most exhilarating—and terrifying—is what he does for a living: illegal street fighting.
There’s nothing like the rush Serge gets from the intense athleticism and brutal glory of combat—though his chemistry with Beatrix comes close. Slowly at first, he introduces her to his world, where he lives by instinct, passion, and desire. He even helps her out with her equally traumatized brother. But when Serge gets in too deep with the wrong people, he ends up paying in blood. And suddenly, just as Beatrix has been drawn into Serge’s perfectly sculpted arms, she’s thrown once and for all into the fight of his life.
Never loved is book #1 in the Dark Obsession series and the first book I have read by this author.
OK so there’s some definite good in this book and some bad.
The dialogue is at times perhaps best described as verbal diahorrea. Bea’s soliloquys seem to run away with her and become rambling messes that for me were unnecessary.
That being said for the most part the author manages to capture the perfect balance between awkwardly socially stunted and seriously curious about her baser needs.
At times Bea’s sexual desperation is a bit ridiculous and I did laugh out loud in places that were perhaps not intended to be funny.
I loved Serge, he was truly a BFG and an adorably well read one at that!!
The sex was both brilliantly clumsy and quite intensely sexy, I would have loved big bad Serge to go all alpha but that’s just my personal taste.
This story goes from nothing to declarations of love and devotion incredibly quickly and honestly I would have loved a longer ‘courtship’ so to speak. The story then wraps up far too quickly and rushes through leaving a trail of infuriating questions left unanswered.
I don’t understand why the author finished this story how she did and for me I’m afraid it kind of ruined the whole book for me.
I’m dissatisfied and I hate that at the end of a book.
Never Loved gets 3 stars from me.