Never Loved: A Dark Obsession Novel

Never Loved: A Dark Obsession Novel

by Charlotte Stein

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Never Loved: A Dark Obsession Novel by Charlotte Stein

Perfect for fans of Katy Evans, 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.

Praise for Never Loved
“Sizzling heat and a unique writing style drew me in immediately and kept me riveted. I could not put this book down!”USA Today bestselling author Jamie K. Schmidt
Never Loved will keep you reading way past your bedtime and leave you tingling in all the right places. Charlotte Stein delivers a sinfully sexy read. I couldn’t put it down.”—Gina Gordon, author of Rush

“I really enjoyed this one and I cannot wait until the next book, Never Sweeter. I’m quite intrigued by it and I’m really looking forward to reading it.”—Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews
“An enjoyable read with a wonderful hero who I will remember every night in my dreams.”—Words of Wisdom from the Scarf Princess

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101882771
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Series: Dark Obsession , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 69,029
File size: 697 KB

About the Author

Charlotte Stein is the acclaimed author of more than thirty novels, novellas, and short stories. When not writing deeply emotional and intensely sexy books, she can be found eating jelly turtles, watching terrible sitcoms, and occasionally lusting after hunks. She lives in West Yorkshire, England, with her husband and their now totally real and completely nightmarish dog.

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Never Loved: A Dark Obsession Novel 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. Not my favorite of her but still a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is endless rambling from pg 1, don't waste your time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made no sense. Cannot even finish. There is no actual story line. So angry to waste money on this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Became so annoyed with the way it is written I couldn't even finish. Could have been good.
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GoddessPhD1 More than 1 year ago
After reading “Never Sweeter”, I expected to fall into a Charlotte Stein cave and tell my family I’d never see them again, but “Never Loved” did had me rethink that plan. Beatrix Becker and her brother are both recovering from years of abuse by their father. While Beatrix pretends to be normal as a college co-ed, her brother attempts every form of rebellion he was denied growing up. After her brother goes missing, Beatrix searches for him, but ends up discovering Serge Sorenson, a tattooed illegal street-fighter. Serge tries to teach Beatrix that ‘good girls don’t’ end up on the wrong side of town, but (of course) she ignores him and pursues him. I wasn’t convinced by the Beatrix and Serge connection. Why was she interested in him? I think Serge was interested in Beatrix because she wasn’t scared of him. Serge had created a persona to help him win and make money from illegal fights, but she seemed like the first person who could ‘see’ who he really was inside. But, returning to my original problem, why was Beatrix interested in Serge? She seemed to be taking these baby steps to learning who she was and what she wanted out of life. I wasn’t convinced as a reader that Serge was the man for her and that she should be that quick to jump into bed with him. My main problem was that I didn’t read any conflict within the romantic story. Without conflict – something/someone keeping the lovers apart- the story falls flat for me. Without that basic tension driving the story forward, everything feels one-dimensional and I struggle to finish the story. I really enjoyed the premise, but there was definitely a lack of execution with this story. “Never Loved” taught me to never underestimate how the hero/heroine help the other grow as a character and make sure to ‘show’ their gradual relationship deepen as the story unfolds.
MariaEH More than 1 year ago
Not a fan of this book.....Found story hard to follow. Had to re-read a few times thinking that I missed something. Serge & Beatrix could have been a great love story if not for Ms. Stein's band-aid writing.
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KYBookmama More than 1 year ago
What an amazing, emotional story> Two people who are so messed up from their father's think they aren't worth loving.. Serge is like a walking tree, tall with muscles on top of muscles. He's huge and scary looking. Despite being petrified of him, Beatrix sees something in him...a side he has hidden deep inside for no one else to see....a sweet, caring man. This book ended much to soon! *I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
JeriTRyan More than 1 year ago
When I choose this book to read and review, I expected something along the lines of Raze by Tillie Cole but this book is not really dark in that meaning. Bea and Serge have a troubled past and I heard what both of them said, but as a reader I could not really feel that past. That maybe due to the fact that the reader is stuck in Bea’s mind for the complete story. AND her mind is a really confusing one. She often misunderstands stuff she sees or simply sees stuff that is not there. Somewhere along the story, my mind rather gave up trying to find out if what she saw or thought was right and I just went along with the pages to finish the book. I guess the focus of the story was supposed to be on her past and the problems that came with trying to fill the holes that past left in her life. She tried to be normal because - she thought she wanted to be normal - because it was expected to be normal. In addition, the reader was supposed to believe she had absolutely no experience in love – meaning not even on the base of a KISS – but the way she suddenly acts is so aggressive that I had a real hard time to still follow her course of actions as her thinking is sometime so “scrambled”. I had to turn the pages forward and backward several times to re-read some lines to try and figure out what is going on. Serge might have been an interesting character, but he got lost in the maze of thoughts that Bea presented the reader. In total – I finished the book because until the end I hoped that there would still be something in there but sorry I could not connect to the story at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, I purchased this book and every page is blank. What a waste.
CrisConquers More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Charlotte Stein and the darker, all-consuming edge which she brings to her romances. Much like her other novels that I've read. NEVER LOVED is told from the heroine's perspective which allows you to have a nice, deep look at the quirky and often neurotic mind of her heroine. Beatrix had an absolutely awful childhood, being locked in the basement and emotionally abused by a controlling father whose rules were rigorous and ever-changing. All she wants is to learn how to be normal and blend in with everyone else at her college, but when her brother is in trouble, she finds herself drawn to the most remarkable and different man she's ever met. Serge is motorcycle-riding giant of a man, with tattoos, a mohawk and a fighter's body that do a whole lot of talking. People usually look at him and run the other way, and although Beatrix runs at first, it's for a whole different reason. She has never felt the spark and heat for a man that she does for Serge and because of the taunts she's lived with, she doesn't think a corduroy-wearing girl like her could ever be his type. But Serge has a protective streak a mile long and, much like Beatrix, just can't help being drawn to her and seeking her out. Both Serge and Beatrix have a ton of scars and traumas that they're trying to overcome and don't necessarily have the best opinion of their own self-worth. It's with each other that they find who they really want to be and are both made so much stronger and happier by their connection. Although as a reader it takes a little time to really connect with Beatrix's neurotic thought pattern, once you do the connection to the emotions and struggles in the book are so much deeper for it. I loved how amazed and turned on Serge gets by witnessing Beatrix's overwhelming attraction to him and her lack of fear. Serge is so concerned with making sure Bea doesn't feel rushed and that she isn't afraid of his violent side, and that concern makes him all the sexier. Speaking of sexy, the way the heat builds in this book is intense and extremely satisfying. Although there's a good amount of plain-speaking dirty talk, there's such a profound level of eroticism throughout the novel as well. It's as if, because Beatrix and Serge are experiencing this kind of connection for the first time, the smallest details catch their attention, making the sex all the more passionate. The emotional bubble in which they spend the novel serves as a pressure cooker for all that delicious heat. Just the descriptions of Serge's body...I've never climbed a tree but I'd like to take a shot at that Redwood. NEVER LOVED brings to the table all of my favorite things about Charlotte Stein's writing - quirky, neurotic, scarred characters, intensely hot sex, and a dark, mysterious edge. Though it took a little time for me to become fully immersed in Bea's mind and the ending seemed a bit abrupt, I thoroughly enjoyed her characters and their struggle to figure out who they really are despite how others see them. This wallflower/street-fighter combo is everything and I really hope to see more of it. I can't wait for the next book in the series and will most likely be rereading this one in a couple of months. If tattooed bikers with big hearts and sexy mouths are your thing (duh) and if you like a heroine who's quirky and a bit emotionally scarred, NEVER LOVED belongs on your TBR pile. Disclaimer - Received free in exchange for review. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
jmhoward07 More than 1 year ago
WOW, AMAZED!! That about some's up my review, Just kidding I wish I really know what to say; I guess this one has truly left me speechless and left in awe. This type of Bad boy biker mixed with MMA is wonderful I couldn't get enough of it. From start to finish I was hooked without a chance of becoming free again. Once I did reach the end I wanted more and craved more. Serge and Bea are my favorite couples of all time. ***I received this story for free in exchange for an honest review, see more of my review @ ***
Maisie-D More than 1 year ago
Beatrix wants to find her brother, she goes to an abandoned convenience store, knowing his friends sometime hang out there, What she does find is a big scary biker. The biker is huge with a Mohawk and loads of tattoos. He scares her out of her mind and she bolts. Later that night he shows at her apartment with her brother thrown over his shoulder and dumps him on her couch. This story kinda threw me. Beatrix has a lot of inner dialogue. Drove me crazy to tell the truth. Plus for being an introvert, she said f#*k like a lot! I really didn’t like her. One minute she’s all shy, and then the next minute sex starved. Serge was a great alpha. He’s hot and sexy. He always thinks Bea’s too good for him, and although he wants her, he keeps pushing her away. I wish I could say more positive things, I know how authors work on their books to make them perfect. I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley for an honest review.
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2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Beatrix and Serge meet under odd circumstances. She goes looking for her brother, who suffers from addiction and finds Serge sitting on his motorcycle. She has been sheltered and abused growing up and is not sure how to talk to a man, much less be normal with one. His reaction to her with kindness moves her to want to be friends. Beatrix was under her father's thumb when he was alive. He controlled and abused her and her brother. Now that he is gone and she is at college, she is slowly learning to adapt to the American college kid way of life. She hides her accent, her likes and her fears from others due to fear of rejection. Serge had a rough time growing up as well. He is proud that he has made a better life for himself. He knows he is a good fighter and now wants to move on and fight professionally instead of underground. Only catch is he has to live long enough to get out. When thugs try to hurt Beatrix and her brother, Serge rescues them both. She learns the kind and gentle side to him. She reminds him that life can be better with someone by your side. Trust is hard to come by and it takes time ... but soon they are more than friends. Such an amazingly complex story! I was nervous to read it at first - I was not sure what I would find. Turns out it is an amazing coming of age story where two hearts heal by reaching out to another. I found it to be heartwarming and fun! ***This ARC copy was given free from and the publisher, for review purposes. My honest opinion does not reflect Netgalley, nor its affiliates.
disneytothemax More than 1 year ago
I've never read a book by this author, so I had no idea what to expect. This is a story about Beatrix and Serge. He's a tattooed fighter (not by choice on the fighting) that is trying to pay off a debt his father made. Beatrix is out from under her abusive father and apparently wants to lose her virginity to Serge, really bad. I just could not get into this book and had a hard time reading the whole thing. To me, it just went on and on about nothing.
Bookeroo More than 1 year ago
Beatrix and her brother Tommy were finally free from their abusive dad, but now Tommy's getting into trouble with his newfound freedom. As Beatrix tries to track Tommy down and keep him out of trouble, she comes into contact with a really big motorcycle guy she thinks may lead her into trouble…or even get her killed. Now she can see him waiting for her outside her dorm room window. What will her roommate think and should she be worried? Never Loved is my first Charlotte Stein book, and although it seemed a little unusual at first, I quickly got involved in the uncommon characters and the unique plot. Serge is a tortured hero, but honest, protective, and adorably introverted when it comes to the heroine. He knows he needs to stay away from Beatrix, but he feels the need to protect her and just be around her. The interaction between them keeps you glued to each page and the romance is subtle, but makes the reader want more. Ms. Stein keeps us teetering on the edge, aching for their romantic, emotional, and sexual awakening. The hero and heroine were equally frustrating in their slow trek to each other, but ultimately, it was altogether worth it. To wrap it all up, I would have to say... I loved it! 5 Stars!
MeganSmith More than 1 year ago
***This ARC was received from Random House Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review*** I love the back and forth between the two main characters. It was a little stilted, I had hard time keeping up and had to re-read back a few pages every so often, great story even so.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Overall I loved the concept of this story. Bad boy doing whatever it takes to survive meets good girl finally free of an abusive father and able to really live her life on her terms. What I struggled with was all the inner dialogue, lack of the hero's POV, and the jumpiness in the story. I also had a hard time believing that Bea could so quickly go from a never been kissed virgin to the highly erotic woman portrayed int the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is boring it takes to long to get stared and then it is just blah