Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How can I ask a man to choose between me … and God? - Forbidden (Under the Skin #2) by Charlotte Stein

18+ How can you really get absolution for being possessed by the devil? I could say ten thousand Hail Marys and recite the Bible backward, and it wouldn’t make no difference. The demon she sees in me is invisible, and never seems to do nothing, so it’s not like I can just scrub him out or act like he’s not there. I can’t stop spinning the room around like in that movie with the girl who has no eyebrows.


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?

Hot. Intense. Emotional. Sexy. Charlotte Stein writes provocative erotic romance so deliciously you never want her books to end! - New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy

Stein’s surreal storytelling is elevated to a whole new level of madness with Intrusion…Stein has a delightfully peculiar voice and makes colorful use of stream of consciousness with Beth’s first person point of view. Readers won’t want to wait to see what she does next.” - Romantic Times BOOKclub, 4.5 stars Top Pick for INTRUSION

Charlotte Stein put me inside the heroine’s mind and it was an amazing place to be. I never wanted to leave.” - New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tessa Bailey


I've always enjoyed writing about the forbidden. I like to think it's because it gives great conflict and tension, which always makes developing a story way more fun. Somehow my fingers fly over the keyboard when the stakes are super high, and of course the sexy times are usually more intense and exciting. 

But to be honest, I think I like writing the forbidden for reasons other than oh my god this scene is just gushing out of me. I think I like it because I am a secret rebel, just under the surface. My own life is nice and neat and secure, and I wouldn't want it any other way. I love my life. I just also love the idea of exploring what it means to break the rules in my stories and in the stuff I like.

Most of my favorite films and books have an element of busting out of something. Of railing against systems of oppression. One of my all time favorite novels is Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, and that's basically just one long silent scream against things they're not allowed to have and do. 

It's why I adore the recent trend of YA dystopian fiction. I don't even care if one of them reads like another one of them. I love them all. Delirium is a particular favorite of mine because holy wow do I love forbidden love. Actually illegal love had got to be up there as one of my favorite dystopian tropes. I could read that all day every day for the rest of my life, I tell you what.

Though what I really crave, I think, is the forbidden in a contemporary. It's often difficult, that forbidden in a contemporary. It gets a little harder to throw up those boundaries. But I like to see people try, and I love to explore them myself. 

Hence my latest book - oh there's barely anything more out of bounds than a Priest. It's why I greedily devoured The Thorn Birds. It's why I think everyone on the planet greedily devoured The Thorn Birds. It can't just be explained by Richard Chamberlain's face. His face isn't even that amazing! Nah, it's definitely the fact that being together probably invoked the wrath of God. Or at the very least the wrath of everyone. 

And I just love seeing two soulmates fight back against the wrath of everyone. I love seeing them wrestle with themselves and try to deny it then slowly accept it before falling into an all consuming passion...oh don't mind me I'll just be swooning over here. I swooned every five seconds writing this book. It's a miracle it got done - but I know why it did.

Because I love forbidden love.

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.
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