Author: Charlotte Stein
Series: Under the Skin
Review by: Onnica
Blurb: It was just a prank I didn’t want to be a part of. I never meant to hurt anyone, least of all Johann Weir. You wouldn’t know that he sells literature for a living. He has these wild eyes—eyes that light something up in me—and he must be twice as big as I am, with strong, warm hands. Hands I try not to imagine everywhere.
He scares me. And thrills me.
But now the deed is done, and I have to face the consequences. He says he just wants to hold me here until the police come, but it’s been hours and I’m still here.
Chained to a pipe in his back room like a prisoner.
The only person I have to talk to is Johann, and I tell him dark, shameful secrets—secrets that involve the metal around my wrist and him standing over me. But I can’t stop. I need him to know everything. I need him.
Johann has his own secrets—ones he wants to tell me too. And more than anything, I want to listen. And maybe, before he sends me away, he’ll punish me.
Just a little.
Why you should read it: because it’s Charlotte Stein and you owe it to yourself! Seriously – I look forward to Ms Stein’s releases so much – the stories are always quirky and Taken is no exception. I enjoyed the narrative style – Rosie was such a fun and interesting character. Twenty-something and trying to figure out who she is. Johann was a super-quirky hero. Easily spooked and kind-hearted. Eager to do the ‘right thing’. His trepidation over pursuing a relationship with Rosie really stoked the heat of the story. It was definitely a slow-burn (which I love) and that gratification is well and truly delayed!
What you might hate: if quirky makes your hackles rise, then maybe the couple’s banter won’t work for you. I found it charming and it really made me smile, but hey. For example, Johann is only seven years older than Rosie, but he seems to think that the age difference will be a huge problem – not sure I followed his logic there, but it was maybe just a weak excuse to keep Rosie at bay. If you like books where the characters get down to it within the first 10% of a book, then again, you’ll be disappointed.
Rating: easy-peasy – a clear 5/5 for me. A short, satisfying, classicly-crazy Charlotte Stein read. This is why she remains one of my all-time favourite purveyors of smut!
Taken is out now.