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Never Sweeter: A Dark Obsession Novel Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00SPVZBL4
- Publisher : Loveswept (19 April 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 2050 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 237 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 134,747 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I've found a new author to love!
From a great opening chapter that I felt really set the scene for the tone of this book and the story that would unfold, this book just flowed for me and I read it over two days. Truly great emotional writing, definitely a case study in 'show don't tell'... I found no flat spots, and even though the story came entirely from the POV of lead character, Letty, I felt I had a pretty darn good grip on Tate's motivations and emotions throughout.
Although it's set in a college setting, the two main characters really do pretty much have this show all to themselves. Only Letty's flatmate Lydia gets much time on the page, and as a secondary character to Letty and Tate's story, she's perfect.
I can get really picky (really picky) about New Adult reads. So many that I've tried in recent years have been DNFs for me. I usually blame myself, not the writing - and would say I'm too old for college-set stories and college issues (bullying, partying, study, lectures etc) - but not this time. Letty's trauma was real and heart-breaking throughout, and her warming to Tate and to her eventual love for him unfurled at a perfect pace.
My only negative note in what was a great read was the introduction of 'mobsters' into the wrestling. I really don't know why this was needed or included, and it felt very tacked on. It also meant that for me, the ending fell ever so flat.
This was 5 stars the whole way for me, until that last 5%, but at a hugely strong 4.5 stars, I'll be reading more Charlotte Stein.
Tate royally messed up. He tormented and hurt one of the nicest girls he once knew. Letting peer pressure and stupidity guide his actions he ruined the only chance he had. Completely remorseful, how does he regain the trust that he once burned to the ground?
So, with his first act of kindness, Letty starts to see Tate in a new light.
"You don’t have to be grateful. In fact, maybe don’t ever be grateful because I don’t know how to deal with it. Let’s just say I’m really in the red, and it’s going to take me like twenty good deeds before I get anywhere close to the black. Then you can say thank you."
When paired together for a class project, Letty is horrified where Tate sees this as an opportunity to redeem himself. For every step they take forward, Letty takes two steps back until the truth is told. The truth where Tate has always liked the girl, admired the girl, lusted after the girl. And that actions cannot be forgotten but forgiveness can be earned.
Never Sweeter is an erotic tale of second chances, forgiveness and love so sexy that it burns up the pages….
Ahhhhh. I don't even know where to begin. This book... it's the sort of book that destroyed me and then put me right back together again. The entire concept of this book (bully/victim love story) should have had me shaking my head at the cliche of it all but Charlotte Stein, of course, is the sort of writer who is just so good at what she does that nothing ever feels cliche. These characters aren't romance stereotypes, they're people you've met before, they're people who rarely turn up in romance novels -- a (for real) chubby girl who isn't portrayed as the most desired, talented, magical being on the planet, just a witty, intelligent, perceptive woman who is sometimes awkward but always charming; and a sort of-virgin jock who is even more awkward than Letty and an unabashed feminist without a whiff of insufferable alpha-male around him. Both of whom suffer their own types of self-doubt. And I am so happy that we have Stein in this genre to champion these sorts of characters. The fact that it would've been so easy to forgive Tate for all he's done to Letty, to explain it away on a bad childhood and an unrequited crush, makes this book all the more wonderful. Those are actually given as the reasons (much more complex in the book than I have written out here) he tormented her all those years but it's never excused -- not by Tate, not by Letty and not by Stein herself and that means everything in a society where male characters (and real people) have their bad behaviour constantly justified by everyone around them. Letty carries her scars from those years and Tate acknowledges that he was wrong. He does better. He and Letty learn from each other and they heal each other. It's a moving, hilarious, painful, sexy, beautiful, powerful story. And I am so thankful for this book and for Charlotte Stein.
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Apart from that, this was probably the sexiest book I've ever read. Wow. The chemistry was off the charts. Read it for that alone if you must! lol
However, the intimacy is brilliantly described. And hot. So, so hot. I really enjoyed this one. The redemption probably is handled as well as it could be, with only hints of his story.
Quite a novel. Finished in one, well into the early hours. *yawn*
Go ahead and treat yourself to this truly lovely, and super sexy Tate and Letty love story, Tate is swoon worthy and Letty is cool and funny. FIVE STARS
Being tortured at school is never going to be a base for love, even if the bully has undergone a personality transplant.
On the plus side the writing is excellent with extra hotness.