They say I need help. Another exorcism. This is not new. This is my life. Today, I expect to suffer at the hands of a man as warped by superstition and fear as my mother. A man who will torture me in order to save me from things that don't exist.
But the man who actually comes to me is different.
Killian is good and decent and he sees what’s good and decent in me. And I don't mean for it to happen, but every time he looks at me his gaze sets me on fire. He brings me to the light, gives me back my life. For the first time, I see a future for myself.
A future with him.
I burn for Killian—a man who’s intent on protecting me. On healing me.
He doesn’t get it. The only thing that can heal me is him. But Killian will soon be a priest. Untouchable. Forbidden.
How can I ask a man to choose between me . . . and God?
About the Author
Charlotte Stein is the acclaimed author of over thirty short stories, novellas, and novels, including the recently DABWAHA-nominated Run to You. When not writing deeply emotional and intensely sexy books, she can be found eating jelly turtles, watching terrible sitcoms, and occasionally lusting after hunks.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Annie and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog FORBIDDEN took me by surprise. Charlotte Stein is an autobuy author for me so I didn’t really go reading the blurb before starting this book. I have total faith that Stein will once again write a story that is erotically charged and sensual in a very unique way. And she did. However, I don’t think I quite expected this. The story starts off quite dark with Dot being chained up and abused by her crazed mother. Her beliefs have totally taken over her life and she believes that Dorothy is possessed by the devil. It isn’t until her savior arrives that Dot sees a new light and gets a chance at finally living away. Dot recovers quite quickly and with the help of this priest in training named Killian, she becomes acquainted with the outside world again. Her time in captivity hasn’t made her an idiot. She still had morals and a great understanding of the world. Killian and her are a great match together, but what stays in their way is this potent lust they feel for one another. As someone working to being a man of God, Killian must resist those temptations, but it is hard to do when Dot’s curiosity continues to tempt him. Overall, this book was enjoyable but the conflict towards the end and the abrupt resolution did feel quite rushed. Yet it’s hard to dislike it when Stein spends so much time building the romance expertly. *ARC provided by publisher
The mistress of erotic poetry, Charlotte Stein, writes with such an openness and deep point of view that I immediately get drawn into her stories. Forbidden is about a priest-in-training, Killian, rescuing a young woman, Dot, from her mother’s religious zeal. Stein creates Dot’s character as someone who’s been shaped by her mother’s abuse, but is still capable of seeing the new and freshness in life. Every experience is new to her and she finds an unfiltered joy in the simplest of things. While her mother may have punished/beaten Dot’s budding sexuality, Killian (being the hero that he is) shows her that feelings are natural and nothing to be ashamed of. I love this about him. Ultimately, I enjoy Stein’s stories because she writes from a place of love as healing. That misfits who misfitted all their lives are capable of finding other misfitted people and finding love.
I've learned to expect the unexpected from Charlotte Stein and this is another example of the quality of her imagination in creating a romance between an abused woman and the priest-in-training who saves her, a story unique in premise and plot. I confess (ha! appropriate for the priest hero) that I had some trouble with the first chapter, only because I am sensitive to issues of abuse in stories, and without giving away any spoilers this may also trouble other readers. But I persevered and found that once that was out of the way, the rest of the story was actually very sweet (with the requisite sexy of course). I liked both characters in the story. Dot is trying to find her way again out in the world, learning to change her perception of herself from what she's always known. The story is told entirely from her point of view and while Killian is her savior, she also develops real romantic feelings for him. Killian is tender and caring, horrified at Dot's situation and determined to make it better. He has issues with her feelings for him in that he believes they are not true - that they stem from him rescuing her and that this has coloured any thoughts of him in her mind. But he can't resist her either and between the two of them the chemistry ignites. Overall I quite enjoyed this story for it's uniqueness and sweet love affair. 4 stars.