Evie is a young college student who has spent the better part of her life trying to keep her abusive father appeased. When she spots Van, a young man with tattoos, piercings, and a punk hairstyle, cavorting with the neighborhood pothead, she battles between conflicting emotions of intrigue and disapproval. When Van begins to chat her up they find themselves hooked to each other. Thus begins a strange and terrifying awakening for Evie. When it comes time for her to make some serious decisions about her life, she finds herself, for the first time, able to take a stand.
This was a very enjoyable read. Evie’s naivete is an interesting combination with Van’s own unique vulnerability. In other words, it’s damn near impossible to predict what, exactly, these two are going to do or how they’re going to react. You’d expect the punk to be, well, a punk, and the virginal, sheltered uber-Christian to be an uptight judgmental freak. In fact, these two are anything but, and it’s really quite lovely.
I very much enjoyed this story. It’s a dark tale, but it has a hopeful foundation.
Sheltered by Charlotte Stein
Romance: 3/5 Raunch: 5/5