Forbidden by Charlotte Stein

forbiddenBook: Forbidden

Series: An Under the Skin Novel #2

Author: Charlotte Stein

Format: ARC

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: As far back as she can remember, Dorothy has been told she’s evil, possessed by the devil and in need of correction. She’s used to the daily beatings at the hands of her mother and the priests who help with her ‘treatment’. When she wakes and sees a man freeing her from her prison, she believes it’s another form of hallucination. Her saviour is Killian: a soon-to-be priest who is disgusted with what Dot has been subjected to.

He offers to take her to a safe place in Boston, run by the church where she can recover and get back on her feet. The pair gradually get acquainted and find that they have a lot to learn about each other. The more time they spend in each other’s company, the clearer it becomes that Killian may be unable to take his vows…

Why you should read it: Anyone who is a fan of Charlotte Stein should take a look at this novella. It’s touching, a little bit sad, but also very optimistic too. It’s also as hot as hell – the chemistry and the journey of discovery Killian and Dot embark on is so perfect and so sexy! It really did it for me. Dot is a likeable character, who’s had a lot of bad things happen to her. Despite this, she’s determined to live life and not let her past hold her back. She wants that future to include Killian.

What you might hate: Well, organised religion doesn’t come out too well in this particular story but I don’t think there’s a lot to hate on here! I loved the characters, but as it was short I only got a glimpse of who these two were and who they could be together. I wanted more, but that’s always a good place to end a story, no? For a quick read that you can enjoy in one sitting, this is one to add to the tar list.

Rating: 4/5 for a satisfyingly sexy story about self-discovery and finding love against the odds.

Forbidden is out now.

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