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I found the story absolutely captivating At first you are appalled and disgusted by the hero and think that there s no way he s going to be able to redeem himself Tate is a bully Not in a small way but in a way that tortures a person for the rest of their lives Letty goes to college two years after a really big incident and finds that Tate is there too She s far from home so she feels like he s there to continue his bullying and is very afraid Tate has grown a lot since they last interacted but it s all lip service if he can t show her Somehow, they end up working on a project together and a very tentative truce forms Things between them build into eventually and let me tell you that process is hot as hell But it s not the super sexy that wins me here It s the emotional component There is no magical excuse to make everything Tate did ok It wasn t ok in any way There is a piece that explains his thoughts, feelings, and drivers at the time He really is repentant and is willing to do what it takes to see Letty happy Some of the things he says and does will absolutely melt you Like the heroine, you spend your reading time on high alert waiting for the other shoe to drop The story was written well and the plot grabbed a hold and never let go You feel her anxiety and anguish You feel his regret and eventual love You feel her changing heart You feel their passion There s this particular scene at 60% that will have you begging your honey to take you to the library lol p I really enjoyed this read If you can keep an open mind after reading the beginning, you might discover you enjoy it as well Safety No OW OM after they get together h pushes H away once Condoms used No rape sexual abuse view spoiler H and his friends emotionally abused h H s friend hits h with his car H is a V though he s done other stuff with women hide spoiler
[[ Ebook ]] ☠ Never Sweeter ⇱ Second Chances Are Sweeter Than Ever In Charlotte Stein S Steamy Dark Obsession Series Perfect For Fans Of Katy Evans As A Self Reliant College Girl Falls For A Reformed Bully Who S Desperate To Make Up For Lost Time Letty Carmichael Can T Believe Her Eyes When She Catches A Glimpse Of Her High School Tormenter, Wrestling Champ Tate Sullivan, On Campus College Was Supposed To Be Her Escape From Tate S Constant Ridicule Now He S In Her Classes Again, Just Waiting For His Chance To Make Her Life Hell But When Letty And Tate Are Partnered Up For An Assignment On Sex In Cinema, Of All Things She Starts To See A Kinder, Gentler Side Of Him And When She Realizes Tate Knows About Sex Than She Could Ever Guess At, He Soon Starts Making Her Blush In A Whole New Way Tate Sullivan Is Haunted By Regret Over His Cruelty Toward Letty So When She Agrees To Work With Him, He Seizes His Chance To Make Amends He Can T Blame Her For Not Believing He S For Real, But Soon Tate Starts To Break Down Her Wall She Wants To Know About Passion, Desire, Lust Topics He Is Well Versed In And In Return She Offers The One Thing He Always Wanted The Chance To Be Than Just A Jock Letty Is Shocked By How Sensitive Tate Can Be Still, Desiring Him Feels Ludicrous Loving Him Is Impossible Craving Him Is Beyond All Reason So Why Can T She Stop Includes A Special Message From The Editor, As Well As An Excerpt From Another Loveswept Title 4.25 Emotional StarsAnd what was yours How did you think of the shit between us I don t know I think you want me to say a game, but that wasn t true It never felt like a game to me It felt like I was trapped behind glass watching a really shitty version of myself operating my body Letty Carmichael and Tate Sullivan have a history In high school, and I do mean all of high school, Tate and his friends tormented Letty The taunts were constant and things got so bad that at one point, Letty ended up in the hospital and spent what was supposed to be her first two years of college recuperating So what happens when, looking to put the past behind you, you see your tormentor for the very first time in two years What happens when you find yourself not only sharing a class but assigned to work together on a project The first 5% of Never Sweeter had me convinced there was no possible way Tate had a chance in hell of redeeming himself I mean, come on There are just some things you can t come back from The uncertainty Letty felt, not only with herself but from people as a rule, was truly heartbreaking and I m not gonna lie, I was rooting for a junk punch from the very beginning.As the story rolled on, Tate began to prove that the boy who made Letty s life a living hell no longer existed In his place was a man who not only wanted to make amends but maybe wanted a little from Letty as well The way he never shirked the fact he spent years being a major douchebag to her and did his best to apologize and reassure her that his intentions were genuine endeared him to me as a reader.Letty s trust didn t come easy, as it realistically shouldn t, and even when her distrust was obvious, Tate never gave upI know there s nothing I can do to erase this I wouldn t want to erase it, or act like it never happened, or pretend that it s not in your heart as well as right here under my hand I get that this is always going to be there, saying you should doubt me But I m gonna work every day on making it easier for you to ignore I want you to believe in me, and I got all the hours in the world to help that happenGoing into this, I knew Charlotte Stein writes a decently hot sex scene and this book proved to be no exception She found a way to realistically weave Letty s insecurities, as well as some unexpected insecurities on Tate s part, into some smokin hot sexy times There was an unexpected sweetness to the physical relationship between these two and it managed to deepen the story.As much as I enjoyed this, I had a few minor issues This story needed an epilogue in the worst way and I felt the ending was waaaaay too abrupt I m not saying things aren t wrapped up, it just seemed to happen at the speed of light A little personal background on the characters, pre bullying, would ve been appreciated as well Never Sweeter is an angsty, sweet read that I can highly recommend Those looking for a truly dark romance may by a little disappointed, but Letty and Tate s story left me with a smile in the end ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Usually when I read books with covers like this one, I surreptitiously add them to my read list in a way that the updates wouldn t show up on the homepage and quietly move on But after reading this one, I feel the stirrings of a change within me I no longer have that urge to hide the fact that I read romance novels, as if it s a shameful, shallow activity and worthy of someone s contempt or ridicule I don t think it is, any longer Not any when there are authors like Charlotte Stein, Sarina Bowen, Tamara Morgan, Jill Sorenson, Elle Kennedy and the likes writing to counter those precise stereotypes, taboos, cliches, and egregious sexual politics that have dominated the landscape of romance novels erotica NA YA lit for too long So take my advice and don t go by that ripped guy posing like an Abercrombie Fitch model I know the cover does not exactly inspire confidence especially when similar archetypal covers featuring unrealistically attractive Caucasian men with implausibly sculpted pectoral muscles have only added to the bulk of garbage being published these days validating rape culture But this is not one of them In fact, if I had a romance feministy style which is a terrible name btw but I ll think of something better shelf, I would have tagged this one with that labeling One of those few good romance novels out there thoroughly deserving of a much larger readership than it has to throw in issues like bullying, body shaming, sexual double standards in movies and not solely for the purpose of creating a situation ripe for romance between our hero and heroine but to treat them as serious issues that are cause for concern in any society.Another reason behind writing this half baked review is to thank Jackie C Horn of Romance Novels for Feminists And to let the uninitiated romance readers know, that if you are sick and tired of books recycling all sorts of blasted gender stereotypes, click on that link above If not for her incredible blog, I would have given up on romance novels a long time ago And it is solely because of her, that I have come across some great authors of contemporary historical romance who are responsible for a much needed paradigm shift in the romance novel industry Thank you, Jackie You are fighting the good fight. 3 Are You Scared Of It Stars Let me just say that I loved the first half of this book Enemies to lovers is my thing and this started off so good So the 3 star rating is for that part because I didn t care for the last 40% Letty is being bullied in high school by Tate and his friends She not skinny and she s a nerd and they never let her forget it One night they go too far and run her over leaving her to fear everyone She doesn t trust other people Two years later while at college Letty freaks out when she sees Tate in her class She s scared of him She defiantly doesn t trust him when he s trying to be nice These two get paired up on a project and slowly become friends Letty slowly becomes to trust Tate Tate was one dirty talker Whew But after a while to me it became too much and was kind of cheesy Lordy then there was soooooooo much masturbating going on between them I had to skim and skim and skim All because he had this in his pants YES people a fucking Pringles can All the girls ran from it I mean who wouldn t I kept picturing this Or this And it had me cringing when this happened So you see I couldn t get past the whole Pringles can in the pants and then the fucking Mob Ugh I should of stopped at 60% So if you like them HUGE and it comes with one dirty talker then you might like this one Me I found it too OTT I also didn t realize this was the second book in a series I will not be reading book one or continuing though. 5 5I fucking loved this book Holy shit.When starting this, I was really worried I would hate it I mean, guys That prologue Jesus I m usually not a fan at all of a bully and their victim falling in love, but I think this story was really well done Charlotte Stein accurately and sensitively explores the trauma and ramifications of years of bullying, which made this absolutely heartbreaking and emotional at times to read Letty s uncertainty about herself and others, and how hard it was for her to trust people was so raw, and I found myself hating Tate at the start However, as the book went on and Stein developed Tate s character, I couldn t help but love him He never shied away from the fact he was a massive fucking dick to Letty, and he tears himself up about it all the time His efforts to apologise and reassure Letty were so genuine, and it was obvious that he had completely changed He never tries to make excuses for his past behaviour and he tries so damn hard to do everything in his power to make it up to Letty now Never Sweeter has some of the hottest and most intimate sex scenes I ve ever read Letty was trying to ignore her attraction towards Tate for part of this book, and it just made everything all the angsty They both had insecurities that were explored through their sex scenes, and I feel this aspect made their scenes passionate and emotional I do have to mention that I feel the ending was a tiny bit rushed But, overall, I adored this book It was angsty, sexy and emotional, and Charlotte Stein has some of the best writing I ve ever had the pleasure of reading Letty and Tate s relationship was well developed and their conflicts and resolutions were totally realistic If you re looking for an intense, passionate romance, look no further Charlotte Stein is a definite new fave and I can t wait to make a dent in her backlist. I really thought I d like this book Well, I guess I was wrong The description promises so much A girl who meets her high school bully two years after she s last seen him when she starts college To be honest, I was thinking of a story like Bully by Penelope Douglas I liked that book and even though the hero was a real asshole, he never really hurt the h Unfortunately, Never Sweeter is different The book starts with a prologue in which the H and his friends run her over in a truck Yeah, you read that right They run her over in a truck which leads to two years of physical therapy for her I should have quit at that point, but sometimes I m just not smart But at least I m not alone with this stupidity Letty I really like the name so unique for NA and Tate are with me in all this dumbness They attend both the same class and it happens what has to happen it s NA after all they are partnered for a projectAnd what does Letty do Tell her professor that the guy tried to kill her two years ago Screaming and running Nope Our dumb Letty doesn t say a thing and they do their little project about sex in cinema I laughed out loud when I read the topic of their project Seriously It couldn t have been obvious Fast forward they re making out, she forgives him and Tate confesses that he had been in love with her all this time even when he and his friends ran her over Yeah Sure The plot was ridiculous None of that made any sense and was weird as fuck.And there was the writing style Oh man That was really bad The dialogues are weird and most of the time you have no clue who is actually speaking Was it Tate Was it Letty Was it an inner monologue Quotation marks can make a book so much better If you want to see an example of how not to write dialogues, read this book. Problematic with the basic theme of boys picking on girls for not liking them but delving deeper in this particular instance with emotional range depth written by the author Or maybe I m just justifying liking the story A bit immature with fairy tale focus on love and how this does, at times, read how I as a sixteen year old could have imagined an angst y love story But also had cuteness, laughter, and heartache that made the writing really compelling reading Also, let me not forget the hot scenes, some fantastic teasing sexual moments that perfectly hit the right tone of beginning desire and sexual feelings.Definitely want to give this author another try but hopefully with a less NA feeling story and the problematic theme. I know because when I offered to help you move in you looked at me like you were just waiting for the punch line to a joke I wasn t telling And that s what bullies do to people They don t just hurt you or make you feel bad for five minutes in high school They create the backbone of every friendship you try to have from then on They change your life forever.I find bully romances problematic in that they tend to excuse the bully by revealing that he was acting out from some sort of unrequited love for his victim It s that whole b.s we tell our daughters, that the boy on the playground who pushed her face in the sand or pulled on her pigtail did it because he likes her, has a crush on her Then those same little girls grow up to date and marry jerks who hurt them and they end up defending them, explaining that the reason he backhanded her in a jealous fit or made her quit her job or whatever is only because he loves her too much Sadly, as nicely written as Charlotte Stein s novel Never Sweeteris, and it really did achieve some poignant and beautiful moments, it does end up following that same fallacy Adding insult to injury, we find out at the end that view spoiler it was in fact the bullied girl who started this whole thing by humiliating the bully who had wanted to ask her out on a date, precipitating five years of bloody warfare between them And it is the magnanimous former bully and now lover who pats her hand and tells her not to blame herself for it hide spoiler the metal grille hit the middle of her body hard Then there was just air underneath her feet Followed by jagged rocks And finally, bloody silenceSo apparently I m supposed to believe that the Hero and his friends commit attempted murder against the Heroine and she forgives and falls in love with him two years later No seriously, he and his friends literally try to kill her They run her down with their truck, slamming into her and pushing her off a cliff where she then suffers a fractured skull The injury was so severe that she is delayed from starting college for two years because she needs to recuperate Because nothing says romance like a fractured skull and several months of rehabilitation Isn t that a lovely message to send out into the ether Hey Boys and Girls, don t worry too much if a person emotionally and mentally abuses you, and causes you physical injury because deep down inside they are really good and capable of change Heartwarming.Look, I read and like dark, gritty romances I can separate fiction from reality much of the time But there are times where I simply cannot This is one of those times By the way, none of this is a spoiler The scene I refer to is in the prologue which is available in the sample on The sample I read because I thought the blurb sounded interesting and because I ve liked the author s work in the past But this one hit all the wrong chords for me so no can do.