Sheltered by Charlotte Stein

Sheltered (Deeper Than Desire) by Charlotte Stein
on March 9, 2012
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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 things she’s been craving. She wants to explore this new world of arousal and desire, but Van is only too aware of how fragile she is, how innocent...
And how much is at stake, when their love is forbidden.

5 Sensual Stars ⭐️

Sheltered happens to be one of my favourite coming of age romances of all time.  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 & innocent Evie encounters a punk kid buying pot from her next-door neighbour, she never anticipated that he would unlock the girl she always wanted to be.  With a sheltered life forced upon her, Evie never imagined that a boy like Van could teach her to embrace her innocence, awkwardness and sexuality that’s been desperate to bloom.

“She was a nineteen-year-old woman still living with her parents, still obeying their crazy rules and doing the crazy things they wanted her to do, like biking every day to Bible college. And now, the cool punk with his earrings and his tattoos and his dyed hair knew it.”

Van is misunderstood, perceived as a delinquent based on his appearance yet he’s delightfully perfect .  He’s drawn to Evie from his first meeting and neither can resist spending time together, even if it must be done in secret.  Evie never thought that she could capture the eye of such a big hulk of a man like Van.  And here begins a wondrous journey of exploration and loving that will implode once they are found out.

“Oh God, please. Please. Van. Please.”

“She had to shove his hand away. Any second, and he’d know about the wetness all over her thighs, about the state of her soaked panties and that little swollen thing that felt about as big as a truck— 

“Ohhhhh Je-sus, you’re wet. Oh fuck, you’re so wet, baby. Are you serious with this? It’s all over your legs.”

I can’t put in words how magical I find Charlotte Stein’s writing.  In fact, I’d read anything she writes.  Her voice is unique, she’s not afraid to push the boundaries, has a knack for making her characters come to life and you’re always guaranteed a flustering hot read.  Spare panties required!