Friday, June 19, 2015

REVIEW: Never Loved by Charlotte Stein


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.

Mentioning Abbi Glines might have been the first clue that I might have a love/hate with this one. I usually like Charlotte's work but this one while extremely entertaining, just felt like there was too many things happening all at once.

Now I must say I loved the characters of Bea and Serge. There's something innocent and sweet about them even as they got filthy. 

Bea and her naivete had me in stitches at times because it made me remember some of my not so sexy times.

Serge, for being this massive tattooed fighting bad-ass has such a vulnerability and almost childlike quality to him. I blame the Tetris tattoo lol.

I will say that they are quite the adorable awkward duo that made me say aww a few times.

The ending to Never Loved is where it kind of unravels for me. It seemed like it was just slapped on to tie a few loose ends.

Never Loved: A Dark Obsession Novel by Charlotte Stein via @amazon