I believed I would never be able to trust any man again. That kindness was only for fools and would lead me down that same terrible path into darkness. I thought so with every fiber of my being-and then I met Noah Gideon Grant.
The day Beth knocks on her neighbor’s door is the day her life changes. She is there to accuse him of stealing her dog; the man who never leaves his house or is seen by neighbors. She is terrified but convinced he has the dog. When she sees his heartbreaking reaction to her accusation she knows she was in the wrong and must fix what she has done.
She is given that chance when she finds him sleepwalking one night. Soon it becomes a thing for them to be together until the day Noah tells her he is not interested in sex. Thinking it was her, she does her best to avoid him. Noah doesn’t let her think that for long though and tells her he cannot have sex because he equates it with violence. He tells her of a time he was connected with a serial killer and how he now sees everything through the lens of death, including sex.
Beth says that is ok and she agrees to continue their relationship without any sexual contact. Beth is not without her own issue and past full of vicious events, she is ok with minimal contact. But the tension between them is ratcheted up with each encounter and eventually something will have to give. Will it be Beth giving up their relationship, Noah giving up his vow to never have sexual contact for fear of violence or will they find a way to work past the obstacles they both face?
Charlotte Stein has a very unique voice. If you’ve ever read one of her books you know they are full of tension and sexual innuendo. Intrusion follows the same vein and is dark and graphic. Though the story takes place in a normal setting it is almost like you can see a dark pall over each scene. Sex has a deeper, dirtier place in a Stein book, there is something taboo and forbidden about it. Noah and Beth want to have sex and you can feel their connection with every fiber of your being, however they can’t. It is wrong and bad for them.
He smiles at that- but dear Lord, it’s the most deathly one I think I’ve ever seen. It looks like the kind of thing you see frozen onto the face of a corpse. Nothing in the world could be bitterer, except maybe his eyes. He won’t look directly at me, but I can see them anyway. They seem lost, and as flat as he once told me they are to anyone else.
If there was ever a horror/romance novel category, this book would fit right in. With each turn of my page I was waiting for something evil to happen and that made the sexual tension so much more delicious and gripping. If you are looking for a book which would have you hanging on the edge of your seat but reaching for that ice water at the same time you should try this one, or really any Charlotte Stein. Her writing will stick with you for a long time. Final grade- B
Can he see all of that deep down inside me somewhere? Does he know that I am also broken? I think he does. I think he would probably fix me, if he only knew where to start. Shame he doesn’t realize he’s already begun.