Author :Charlotte Stein
Series:Dark Obsession #2
Release date:19 Apr 2016
Rating : 4 Stars
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 assignmentâon sex in cinema, of all thingsâshe 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, lustâtopics 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?
What an unusual bookâ¦
I guess that is the first thing that comes to my mind about âNever Sweeterâ (Dark Obsession #2) by Charlotte Stein. When I read the first book of this series âNever Lovedâ – I am almost afraid to say that – I did not like it that much.
As that had also been my first book by that author I could not be sure if it was her writing style or just the plotline of the book that went wrong for me. So when now this second book came along and itâs plotline âtalkedâ to me I simply had to give it a try.
Now I feel more safe to voice my thoughts about the writing style of this author. I get now that I simply could not connect to the characters in the first book. That happens â It even happens with my favorite authors â so â¦ I got over itâ¦
But I realized that this author is not writing in a common way. She is using a kind of exaggerated style to bring her characters to life. It is difficult to explain â so reading for yourself would be best.
I would not be surprised to find that I will really like some of her books and totally dislike others in the future â I believe there will not be any middle way in-between â it will always be 2 or 4 stars â¦ Which I consider an interesting fact.
This book captured me from page 1. I felt like Letty when she considered âthey are not really going to do thisâ â¦ At first I was kind of annoyed that it was only told from Lettyâs PoV â but at about 50% I started to understand the reason.
Because the reader never saw or heard anything from Tateâs PoV I really started to wonder. And more often than not the âCarrieâ subject crossed my mind.
It felt real â but was it really ? What if?
So â where in the first book of this series I could totally not get into the Mind of the Main characters â here I had the problem that I was in her mind constantly. I was trying to figure out Tate.
Then the writing changed a little and the focus of the story became different â more intense. I liked the writing then too, but it kind of lost a little on the original subject and I was irritated about this switch. (while I was still laughing at some really great quotes) There really have been some intense lines below the waistband (literally).
Yes I admit to fanning myself at some of the stuff I read. And on my list of stuff like âBest Kissâ âBest Pick-up lineâ this also makes a BEST of â¦ just I am not sure HOW exactly to title it.
And finally I liked the way the author solved the problem that the reader can not be sure about Tate (not going to say more #spoiler reasons)
If you consider Lettyâs thoughts on Tate on page 1 and compare it to the end of the book â this is by far one of the most interesting developments I read so far.
And In case you did not like the first book â you should still try this one if the blurb appeals to you â you might be as surprised as me.