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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  5,444 ratings  ·  485 reviews
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
ebook, 162 pages
Published March 9th 2012 by Ellora's Cave
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves poignant, sensual, erotic, coming of age stories.

Sheltered is a poignant tale. Erotic, every bit as sensual as sexual, and one of the most romantic stories I've read in a very long time.
Sheltered is -

Rude, lewd, filthy.
Caring, pure, innocent.

Greedy, needy, demanding.
Generous, desperate, giving.

Wrong, never wrong.
Thank you, Angela, for Kindle lending me this book. It's one of the best 'coming of age' stories I've ever read, and it'll stay with me for a very long time.
Isabella. R
5 Sensual Stars ⭐️
Sheltered happens to be one of my favourite coming of age romances ever.  The writing never gets old and it captures the eroticism of first love and intimacy between two misfits who couldn’t be more compatible.  Oh god, their moments together were tender, sweet and so romantic that I almost felt like a voyeur reading their story.
When a young and innocent Evie encounters a punk kid buying pot from her next-door neighbour, she never dreamed that he would unlock the girl she al
3 1/2 to 4 stars
There are many things about Sheltered that I loved. It's sensual, emotional, heartbreaking, touching, erotic, and humorous, all wrapped together in a tender and passionate love story. However, there were a few things about this book that bothered me and, unfortunately, I just wasn't able to look past them. 

My main gripe with this story, frankly, is my own personal issue. I do not enjoy books that concentrate on character narrative more than character dialogue. I love stories ful
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jill by: Kaylea Cross

This short, contemporary romance is delightful, pairing a sheltered, naive nineteen year-old girl with a rough, tattooed, pierced, biker punk. Their romance is one I love best - slowly simmering. The sexual tension was almost off the charts.

Beautifully written with tender, sensual love scenes between two really lovely protagonists. Evie, is almost completely ignorant of the real world, cloistered inside her father's home when she's not attending Bible school. She observes the punk with the dyed
I have a confession to make.

Wait for it…

I read a lot of smut. A lot. Good smut, bad smut, mediocre smut that I forget about the next day. Like, there are actual books on my kindle that I look at and say to myself, “What the fuck was this book about?”

With that being said, I have to say that when I saw this book on Amazon, I thought the premise looked interesting. Bad boy, good girl and all that implies. But I didn’t really expect much from it. In fact, I didn’t really even tell anyone that I was
Tyler “Van” Vandervoort is a dream come true. A knight in shining armor, only his armor is body art, piercings, funky hair, and his ride of choice is a motorcycle…what could be better?! Oh, maybe that he’s the sweetest boy you could ever meet, all wrapped up in a big brawny delicious package! Van is the angel who will be Evie’s salvation. Living behind the walls and beliefs of her strict parents, Van gently coaxes her out of her sheltered life offering her kindness and friendship. When she final ...more
I've sat on this review for four days. And in that time, I re-read this book. I'm ashamed to say that I haven't done that since I read Twilight the first time, but I absolutely loved this book. And I knew that if I could go back and re-read and actually savor the book rather than devouring it like I'm known to do, I'd enjoy it even more. I was right. I was able to pick up details of the book that I hadn't the first time. And I found that there were entire passages I didn't even remember reading ...more
Jennifer Leighton


I am so twisted up inside, I don't know if I can even get the words out. This is seriously one of the best books I've ever read. Probably because it speaks so strongly to me on a personal level.

I, too, was sheltered. I'm not going to go into all the details because that's way too raw and personal for goodreads, (although this review already feels like it's headed in that direction), but let's just say I was sheltered to the extreme and leave it at that. ;-) So when I star
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Okay story but completely from her point of view and way too much time spent mostly in her thoughts instead of just showing scenes. The story premise was interesting but the writing seemed so vague because the girl's thoughts were so disjointed. So just okay and kind of disappointing execution. ...more
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
First of all, before you go any further, pay no attention to the WTF cover. Seriously, cover your eyes, and just read this review – or just go straight to the book because it is that good.

Evie is nineteen years old and has lived a very sheltered life. Her father is very abusive, not only pulling out his belt, but oppressing her to intense degrees. She is not allowed to listen to music, she must go to Bible College and she is really quite naive about the world. She understands this but she sees n
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. When I heard there was going to be a sexually repressed heroine and punk hero from Charlotte Stein (thank you, Twitter), it was pretty much an auto-buy. And thank goodness EC decided to put this one up on Amazon right away instead of that annoying waiting period!

This book hit all my angst-loving erogenous zones. As soon as I started reading it I knew it would be great. It seems to happen that way more and more for me, where the first page can portend my enjoyment of the whole thing. It make
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting a gentle story with a bit of angst
Recommended to Michelle by: High reviews by people I trust
What the hell .. 5 Stars. I debated, 4.5, or 5, and you know what -- this was just that good.

A new author for me, and a really nice story. You have a psuedo bad boy, and the good girl. They each come from abusive homes and their meeting is pure chance, but they have a connection. The author draws out the story, elicits really strong emotion in the connection between these two. The story wasn't terribly detailed. One of the primary characters was the relationship and the interaction between these
Kaylea Cross
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Huge, huge five stars from me. One of the best books I've read in the past year.

What an amazing read this was! At first I thought the heroine being 19 would really bother me, but the story unfolds in such a tender and poignant way it worked extremely well. Ms. Stein has a truly unique, vivid voice, and I was hooked from the opening scene.

The sex scenes were so vividly and emotionally done I couldn't put the book down. The characters are so unique and three dimensional they all but leap off the
Abbi Glines
Okay… so this is different. BUT I couldn't put it down so it's a good different. Told completely from the heroine's POV. It's one of those you think about long after you've read the last page. ...more
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: Jill
What a great book this was! It had me swooning like a teenager, I just adored it!

Charlotte Stein's writing is witty and wonderful and guaranteed to leave a smile on your face. Ms Stein you've won a fan here.
Alexis *Reality Bites*
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3.5 STARS out of 5
Genre: New Adult/College

"How come you know so much and so little at the same time?" -Van in Sheltered

Ok do not let my 3 stars fool you i very much liked this book and i loved Eve and Van. However i felt as though this book could have been 100 pages longer i really need more time with these characters.
Sheltered is about a 19yr old girl Eve(Evie) who lives life under a strict religious up bringing. One day unbeknownst to Evie she catches the eye
Lindsey Rae
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Yes, you see that right. FIVE STARS PEOPLE. I'm giving a romance/erotica five stars. That doesn't come easy (heh)for me. I am so picky about my smut writing. I hate cliches. I hate corny names and phrases related to female genitalia. I want it realistic. I hate when the characters say things to each other like "I don't know if you noticed, but we have a lot of chemistry." Don't tell me it. SHOW ME IT. This is the point of reading after all, I want to feel what the characters feel. Oh my god di ...more
Katie Reus
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up late to finish this last night because I couldn’t put it down. Charlotte Stein captured Evie’s innocence when it came to the opposite sex, even though she was no stranger to violence in her own household (abusive father). There was something so real and almost raw about this story that I'm finding it difficult to completely put into words why I enjoyed it so much.

Evie, the heroine, has led a sheltered life and has been forced to attend the college of her father’s choosing, wear the c
4.5 stars

Short, sexy, and sweet are what come to my mind when trying to describe 'Sheltered'. I really enjoyed this book about an abused, socially awkward young woman who, after her initial reluctance, goes out on a limb to explore a relationship with a tattooed, pot-smoking "bad-boy".

Although, the abuse Evie suffers at the hands of her father (and the negligence by her mother) is mostly alluded to in this story, the bits we are fed are tragic and horrifying and shed light on the self-esteem iss
Aestas Book Blog
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Almost 4 stars

Big, tall, tattooed badboy, Van, meets Evie, a 19 year old virgin from an abusive, strict, religious home and the sparks fly in this pretty freaking hot, very sweet and tender read about breaking free and following your heart.

The beginning was a little slow, with a little too much inner monologue from the heroine, Eve, but about 20% of the way in, I was hooked once she and her hot, tattooed, sweet and adorable badboy started to get serious.

I loved how tender and patient Van was wit
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Evie leads a very sheltered life. She lives under the abusive and conservative ruling hand of her father. One afternoon Evie sees Van in the next door garden buying pot. Van is a "bad boy" - a punk as she calls him, with all his tattoos and piercings, but Evie finds him fascinating and they begin a tentative relationship.

I have to say that yes I loved the premise of the story, it was raw and beautiful and I LOVED Van!! I also wanted more....

However, I did not get on with the writing style. The
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me more than three weeks to finish this 165-pages book. Two factors stopped me from dnfing it:

#1 I liked Intrusion, my first book by this author. Something unique about her writing captivates me.
#2 So far, all my gr friends rated Sheltered no less than 3-stars!

Evie’s long-winded inner dialogue really challenged my patience:/ The last 30% of the book won me over. Evie’s bravery and Van’s awesomeness convince me that their story isn’t a fairy-tale, but as real as it gets.
Mar 22, 2012 rated it liked it
This was ok. Van was super sweet and very sexy, Evie was a little bit odd and awkward but i did like them together as a was just too short and it really could have used a good epilogue...i want to know what happens to them! :/

**and i must point out...the cover for this book is AWFUL..absolutely AWFUL! The man looks like he's been scalped, it's kind of creeeepy! There is nothing, except maybe the yummy body, that remotely resembles what Van is supposed to look like...not quite sure wh
Jacqueline J
3-1/2 stars. Interesting story of a very sheltered naive girl who meets and falls in love with a bad boy. The story was told in a sort of vague through a vaseline smeared lense way. There was a definite lack of concrete detail and the story was told mostly in the heroine's head. There wasn't a lot of action but what there was was well done. I think the writing style added to the sense and believability of the heroine being so ignorant of the outside world. ...more
Jane Stewart
I wanted it to be over. I skimmed a lot, including sex scenes.

Evie is 19. Her father physically abuses Evie and her mother. He forces Evie to go to bible school. She is not allowed to go anywhere else or do most normal things. Van sees Evie when he visits her neighbor. On future visits, he and Evie kiss and do a little more toward sex.

Odd and mysterious writing. Not enough normal action. Not enough description of what’s going on. Several times a fear or conflict is described,
The cover and summary of this book are misleading.

I was expecting a very different hero.

Van turned out to be a Knight in shining armor. Even though the armor was tattoos and a funky haircut and pot smoke.

Heroine Evie... I probably liked her more than any other heroine I've read lately. She was real to me for the simple fact that she was just like me. Her internal dialogue, her thought processes... and other things. It was so easy for me to relate to her.

I want more of this. So sweet. Such an
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The language of this book is sex and there's a fair bit of it, but it's not a book about sex. I really think this book is much deeper than just the physical. It's about a young emotionally stunted and physically abused woman who learns to value herself when she sees adoration in her lovers eyes.

Many thanks to Michelle who lent me this book.
I'm such a fan of Charlotte Stein. She creates such vivid internal worlds for her remarkable characters to inhabit. Yes, there's fewer lines of dialogue, but the beauty of her images can cause goosebumps. ...more
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Thank you for the many friends who suggested I try a Charlotte Stein book! I never knew what I was missing out on! And now, I definitely want to pass on their recommendations because Stein has a very compelling voice that I think fans of Cara Mckenna will enjoy!

SHELTERED is an emotional book where a young woman’s abusive father has really hindered the growth of a character. Evie has been sheltered her entire life by her controlling father and because of that, Evie is of
4 stars!

Sheltered by Charlotte Stein is a short, sweet, and smok'in hot read. If I could encapsulate this book in one sentence, it would be this: Looks can be deceiving!

Evie's first impression of Van is less than perfect. Van is involved in a drug deal where he is buying marijuana from Evie's next door neighbor. Van is heavily tattooed and his head is partially shaved. Evie describes him as "punk", and while all her ingrained rules tell her to stay far away from him, she is intrigued.

Evie and V
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Charlotte Stein is the RT and DABWAHA nominated author of over fifty short stories, novellas and novels. When not writing deeply emotional and intensely sexy books, she can be found eating jelly turtles, watching terrible sitcoms and occasionally lusting after hunks. For more on Charlotte, visit: ...more

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