~ Never Loved by Charlotte Stein ~
(Dark Obsession #1)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date Of Publication: June 23rd, 2015 by Loveswept
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.
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.
~~ My Review ~~
I requested this book on NetGalley because I liked the synopsis and I’m all for street fighters, but I didn’t really like this. I’m sorry.
Beatrix, our main character, was described in the synopsis as a wallflower, but I’ve never thought she would be so naive and afraid of everything. I get why she’s afraid, even though the synopsis spoilered it all and in the actual book we only find out about the reason at 45%, but because of that she really was afraid of everything. Also she is now in college and has absolute zero knowledge about how sex works. She just recently found out how babies were made. (!!)
I didn’t really get warm and cozy feelings regarding Serge either. I just don’t know about any of the characters from this book. They just didn’t do it for me.
Also the first 40% of the book were basically just Beatrix’ thoughts – afraid thoughts of course, and that she is totally turned on by a total stranger with tattoos, even though she has no idea of sex. Yes, I know I’m repeating myself. Just wanted to clarify that again.
And the thoughts and descriptions just keep on going. They never stop. This book is like 80% thoughts and descriptions and 20% dialogue, at least till the part when I stopped.
I just couldn’t take it anymore and I’m really sorry, because I hate to DNF a book, but the writing and story really didn’t do it for me. I quit after the one gigantic make out scene, which was finally over at 70%.
Also I don’t understand the link to Abbi Glines books, her books are nothing like this. I like her books. Not so much this one.