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?
Dot was forced to endure abuse at the hands of her strictly religious mother. Bound and tied to a filthy bed, she has never known what it is to be really loved. But by some miracle, she is saved by a mysterious young man who promises her a brand new life.
She struggles to come to grips with feelings that she is sure will damn her soul when she learns that her savior is weeks away from taking his sacred vows to enter the priesthood. Because not only has he delivered her from a living hell, he has also awakened her to passion.
“I would ask that you find someone worthy of your attention and your desire. That you find someone who can give you all the things that you so sorely deserve because believe me, Dot, you deserve them. Lord knows if I had the power to give them to you I would,” he says, and though I know he intends it to soothe me no soothing happens because of it. The opposite happens. A fever happens, in my soul.”
Killian remembers what it was like to suffer at the hands of another. That’s one of the reasons why saving Dot was so essential to him. Her unabashed honesty and beauty are gifts more precious than gold. But when they are together, fighting the attraction that they feel is becoming impossible and he is forced to make his choice – a life without Dot or a life without God.
“I love that he can hardly accept it. It thrills me to know that this was not what he thought it would be, either. Maybe somewhere inside him he had decided it was a sin, but if so all of that is gone now. He tells me it is gone. He whispers in my ear as he rocks, about how he never knew and never realized. “I just didn’t see that this was what I always wanted,” he says. “I just didn’t understand that all I needed was to love and be loved in return.” And I believe him. He makes it so easy to. The pleasure makes it so easy to. How am I supposed to know that he’s lying?”
Forbidden is more than just an unconventional romance. Charlotte Stein bravely asks age-old questions about religion and sex and proves that they can both exist with equal fervor.
Each of her characters is intensely unique. What Dot lacks in education, she makes up for with her natural intelligence. She is unapologetically curious and without pretense and the story is that much more heart wrenching and pure because of it. Killian is by far more mysterious - adding the perfect compliment to her.
I loved Forbidden for its realistic idealism and the beauty at its heart…
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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.
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