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Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein

I want to share some GIFs that combined, express everything I felt throughout reading this book:

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Yup. That’s about it. Sounds good, right? So since these can summarize my review, here are the buy links. Hehe…

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Trying to keep this spoiler free, but it might be giving some things away. If you want to be sure to remain 100% free… don’t read the review. I can tell you right now – the book is worth your time reading. And then some.

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Never fails to amaze me how precise Charlotte Stein is in her writing style. Never Sweeter isn’t a story about bullying, though it’s packed with instances that would make your skin crawl. It isn’t a love story, though it’s filled with the sweetest, most romantic moments of innocent young love. It’s not even a story about emotional recovery.

It’s a story of second chances and how, when you open yourself to the possibility that there’s another side to every story, good or bad, there’s a whole other world there.

The story is told by Letty Carmichael. A 20 year old college student recovering from a two year rehabilitation after a near death experience.

Letty suffered at the hands of Tate Sullivan and his friends. They bullied her all through high-school, through running her over with a car, through her recovery – and never even punished for it.

Then Letty sees him around campus and in her class, and things happen and she needs to learn to deal with his presence in her life again. More so when they’re teamed up for a class project.

From here on out everything that happens is basically what you’d think, but the difference is in the small details. The topic of the project. Letty’s friend. Tate’s predicament. Their growing romance. The insecurities accompanying Letty and everything that helps her let go of her inhibitions, everything that happens to help her trust again.

Another thing about this book is that it’s filthy. Both Letty and Tate really know how to voice their thoughts and wants and while they’re shy, they’re honest and open with each other. And that goes for their sexual experiences. It might be construed as verbal diarrhea, but it’s an incredibly honest one, a filthy one. Filthy hot one!!

Stein’s style of telling thoughts, of wording out on paper the characters’ fears, of being so blunt yet subtle and incredibly articulate is what’s making this story amazing.

4.5 Stars

~ Eleanor

* Thanks Loveswept and NetGalley for this title in exchange for my honest review.

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24683237Second 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 more 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 more 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?

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