ARC Review: Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein

Posted April 18, 2016 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein
Never Sweeter
by Charlotte Stein

4 Stars


Released: April 19th 2016
Series: Dark Obsession #2
Published by Loveswept
Pages: 240
Format: eARC

Recommended Read!

“…it’s fantastic, emotional and erotic, with some bursts of witty humour…”
~ Under the Covers

When Letty Carmichael glimpses her high school tormentor, the bully that made her life hell for years culminating in a long hospital stay when he and his friends drive her off a cliff, she thinks she must be having a nightmare. Only she isn’t, Tate Sullivan is on campus and in her classes, but this time he’s…different. Letty expects him to start torturing her immediately, only he doesn’t he seems to want to be friends  and when they are assigned to do a project together on sex in the cinema, things start to heat up.

I can’t believe I am actually singing the praises of a New Adult book, yet here I am shouting to the rooftops about Never Sweeter, a book that I read cover to cover in one sitting, I wasn’t able to tear my eyes away, I hope Stein is proud of herself! If not, she should be. I love this book, almost as much as I loved the first book in the series Never Loved. 

I’m lucky enough not to have been bullied, at least not the extent that Letty was tortured, so I can’t really decide if this book is a victim of bullying’s worse nightmare or dream come true. Stein, certainly did a great job of showing Letty’s trust issues due to her bullying, she trusted no one, male or female, didn’t believe anyone would really want to be her friend and she was always tense and waiting for someone reveal the trick they were playing on her. As her relationship with Tate progresses, she builds up more confidence, but it was heart rending to her permanently on survival mode. spacer

It was hard to reconcile the cruel bully that Tate had been in high school to the cute, almost goofy guy he was in this book, that’s perhaps why I was able to forgive him for such horrible past misdeeds so early. His clear regret and his deep shame for his actions also helped, as well as the gentle way he treats her. And then there was how damn sexy he was. How sexy Letty and Tate were together, no one quite writes sex like Stein does, this was a very erotic New Adult book. Tate was a dirty talker and maaaaaan that was hot, in fact everything they did together was knicker melting, but also with such an emotional intensity that I couldn’t help but get caught up.

I begrudgingly love this book and this series, despite being New Adult, it’s fantastic, emotional and erotic, with some bursts of witty humour from the banter between Letty and Tate. I can’t wait to read more of this series and see what Stein comes up with next.

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About Charlotte Stein

Charlotte Stein has published over thirty short stories, novellas and novels, including entries in The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance and Best New Erotica 10. Her collection of short stories was named one of the best erotic romances of 2009 by Michelle Buonfiglio, and her first novel, Control, was recently called “…a non-stop crazy hot sex book”.When not writing non-stop crazy hot sex books, she can be found eating jelly turtles, watching terrible sitcoms and occasionally lusting after hunks. She lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and their imaginary dog.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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I like the sound of this…Thanks Suzanne for the review


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