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 ...more
Good grief. Please, please, please spare me from stupid and immature (view spoiler)[virgins (hide spoiler)] who babble a fuck-ton of redundant and embarrassing gibberish. I felt sorry for Serge who deserved someone better--not some kind of dumb and childish twat. Geez.
My little story is (mostly) told in third person POV. That's why I had to alter some of the quotes.
Once upon a time there was a
“That scare you? It should. It scares me.”
“How could I ever, ever be scared, when you are with me?”
Never Loved is another me vs. the book, actually not the book but our heroine. She drove me batty, I couldn't do it, to say she is ridiculously neurotic is an understatement. The only reason I finished the book was for Serge, he was one big softy with an image to scare people away. I loved him, he was such an utter contradiction, and it made me read on just for him. I ...more
That's it!!! After she called him "love" after just their third encounter I had to DNF this book...I couldn't take it anymore...I'm done!!!
I had so high hopes for this book based on the blurb. I mean...how could I not?
"Perfect for fans of Abbi Glines, the first novel in the Dark Obsession series tells the story of a beautiful wallflower who falls for a chiseled street fighter"
- Abbi Glines fan - check
- Loves story - right up my alley
- chiseled street fighter - Yummy!!!
But what I got ...more
Genre: Romance – Good Girl/Bad Boy
Extra book Details: Heroine POV; 1st person.
Never Loved is a slow and sensual tale of a sheltered college girl, trying to find herself and massive hot-as-fuck punk biker, who hates who he is.
It's no secret that I adore Charlotte Stein. I love the depth she gives to her characters, the really hot sex and the unique writing... ...more
If you're looking for a Charlotte Stein book about an awkward, abused girl, her massively tall, amazingly kind, dirty talking love interest and how she learns to believe in herself through the insertion of his elephant dick, try Sheltered. Looking back it might be just as silly as this one, but it was better done, I think.
I'm almost positive.
Other than that, I have a question for readers of both MM & MF books: is it just me or do you find there's not a lot of clean up after sex in MF books? ...more
Never Loved is about the love story between a shy, virgin college girl and a dark, huge, tattooed fighter. The writing style is really special. You’ll either love or hate it. And, I definitely loved it! The ...more
The story is told exclusively through the first person narrative of the heroine. I hated being inside h ...more
Like all Charlotte Stein’s books I have read so far, this short CR is heavy on the inner dialogue with Bea’s POV. Other than the protagonists are older in Never Loved, the basic framework of story is rather similar to Sheltered . A sheltered college girl trying hard to fit into the real world meet a tattooed, biker punk fighting for a legitimate life.
What to expect:
Not a dark read nor a depressing read
Interestingly, the story starts with Bea’s sens ...more
This book follows Beatrix and Serge. Beatrix, a college student, is finally out from under her abusive father and is trying to help save her wayward brother. In doing so, she runs into Serge. At first she really isn't sure what to make of this huge, tatted, dark and dangerous looking man, but he continually shows her that looks can be deceiving. They develop a relationship until sins of the past take over leaving them to decide if this relationship can withstand the backl ...more
Never Loved by Charlotte Stein is the first book that I have read from this author. I will admit I was looking forward to reading this book since this book was marketed and I quote: "Perfect for fans of Abbi Glines, the first novel in the Dark Obsession series tells the story of a beautiful wallflower who falls for a chiseled street fighter—and learns just how dangerous love can be." Be ...more
DNF after Chapter 1. Honestly I don't know how I got that much done.
First off, does Abbi know she is getting referenced to sell this book??? As a huge AG fan I'm rather offended that this was linked in anyway. Nothing about this bullshit reminded me of AG.
Perfect for fans of Abbi Glines, the first novel in the Dark Obsession series tells the story of a beautiful wallflower who falls for a chiseled street fighter—and learns just how dangerous love can be.
Elements of a good story:
This one was a bit rambly for me, I found Bea's inner monologue a chore to follow at times. And it's definitely a book that would have benefited from dual POV because I feel like I don't really know Serge at all. The bones were all there for it to be really good but it just fell short for me.
So, this wasn't easy for me to rate. I went back and forth several times. I even had to sleep on it. So let's start with a breakdown of what i didn't like so much and what I liked.
1. The inner monologue of Bea, the heroine. The voice is juvenile and gives you an impression that the h is goofy and dense.. It's all over the place and her thoughts are jumping from one subject to another, which almost gave me whiplash.
2. The inner voice takes up too much of th ...more
Published by: Loveswept a Random House imprint
Release Date: 23rd June 2015
My Rating: 1.5-2 Stars
Okay, so in the face of full disclosure, I have to tell you that I struggled with a capital 's' to read this book. It had nothing to do with the story, despite how much doesn't happen, it's all got to do with the way it was written.
It was so convoluted and full of inner monologue that you could've skipped up to 5 pages in some parts without any actual dialogue between the ...more
Beatrix and Serge.
This story was a little bit heartbreaking, a little bit hopeful and a little bit weird.
The writing was so different. Such a different way to describe things and the inner monologue went on and on and on. So long that I had to scroll back 3 pages to remember the last thing that was said.
Beatrix was a bit immature and her feelings flashed from one extreme to the other in an instant.
But, I do remember feeling like she did when I was that age.
I loved the connection be ...more
I love Charlotte Stein's New Adult writing because it captures the ache of love during that time of life and the finding of oneself mixed in with accepting oneself.
The book falls flats with some unneeded drama and some loose threads of story lines but overall I liked it very much.
I was given this book for my honest re ...more
Stein usually excels at building awkward relationships. Never Loved is such a relationship that is built around two people who were each victims of abuse. Told from the heroine’s POV, we learn Beatrix Becker and her brother were horrifically abused until they were able to escape. Beatrix comes to college for a normal life and instead finds herself always on the outside looking in. In her need to be seen as normal, she is una ...more
Beatrix lived a sheltered, strict, and abusive life until her father passed away. Now she's going to college and trying her best to be normal. Because of her upbringing she's extr ...more
The story is told from Beatrix's point of view and her reactions and thoughts make for an interesting read. Beatrix grew up in a home where there was no love, no one to count on for shelter and ...more
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 w...more
Lovely writer with a quirky voice : Ms. Stein is a good writer, whose characters, whether they work for you or not, are singular with distinct voices that stay with you long after you’ve finished her book. That said...I have to say that Never Loved isn’t among her best.
Struggled to connect this : I wanted to love this book, but I struggled with Beatrix or Serge and with general interest in this particular story. It didn’t flow well. While I normally love her character’s stream of consciousnes ...more
I really enjoyed Never Loved but it took a bit to get used to the writing style. We spend most of the time in the mind of our heroine, Beatix.
She was a very interesting character. She was quirky, shy and loved her brother unconditionally.
Beatix and her brother suffered abuse by her father for years until they are able to break free. Bea is trying to fit into society and be "normal" while her brother takes a different path. If it wasn't for ...more
My perfect man is Serge! Big, HUGE, fighter, tattoos, sweet oh so SWEET, NOT a manwhore, fierce, angry, self deprecating, would die for love, plays guitar, HOT, did I mention HUGE!! I love ...more