Curve Ball

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A new erotic romance novella by bestselling author Charlotte Stein.

When Judy Myers is offered a relaxing vacation to get away from her latest heartbreak, she can’t say no. A cruise on her brother’s yacht sounds like heaven...until she realises her brother’s best friend has been invited along for the ride. Steven Stark is big, he’s loud, and he’s obviously not interested in the plump, plain little sister he used to tease unmercifully. In fact, he’s still quite happy to tease ...

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Overview

A new erotic romance novella by bestselling author Charlotte Stein.

When Judy Myers is offered a relaxing vacation to get away from her latest heartbreak, she can’t say no. A cruise on her brother’s yacht sounds like heaven...until she realises her brother’s best friend has been invited along for the ride. Steven Stark is big, he’s loud, and he’s obviously not interested in the plump, plain little sister he used to tease unmercifully. In fact, he’s still quite happy to tease her – until she turns the tables on him. Now Steven can’t seem to keep his thoughts, or his hands, to himself. And worse, Judy’s not sure she can resist the attraction she’s kept buried for so many years. Being trapped on a boat isn’t the best place to be, when you’re suddenly thrown a hunky curveball.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909840041
  • Publisher: Accent Press
  • Publication date: 6/13/2013
  • Series: Xcite Romance
  • Pages: 86
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlotte Stein has written 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, and can be found here: www.themightycharlottestein.blogspot.com

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And naturally, it’s only after the words are out that I realise the mistake I’ve made. In fact, I realise several of the mistakes I’ve made. For a start, I just yelled while on a yacht, in the middle of the ocean. The silence out here is so total and dream-like that anything above a whisper sounds loud.

So this … This sounds really loud.

And then of course there’s the fact that I said all of this to Steven. Steven, who was my brother’s best man. Steven, who once fixed my scooter for me when I rode it right off the kerb and into my Dad’s car, at the age of 13. Steven, who’s now looking at me with a face like a deflated balloon.

Oh God, why is he looking at me with a face like a deflated balloon? Isn’t he meant to be massive and impervious to all attacks? I was certain he was. At the very least, I was certain that nothing I could ever say would make the slightest bit of difference to him. He’s like a glorious golden god, and I’m like …

Well.

I’m a flesh avalanche. I’m a nothing. I’ve long since accepted that the kid he used to pay attention to grew up into the kind of person he looks right through, now, and that he grew up into the kind of person that no one can look right through, ever. A mole would mysteriously find its eyeballs drawn to his presence.

He’s magnetic.

So why does he seem so horrified, now? Was the thing I said really so bad? I mean, true. I implied that he has gonorrhoea, and that no sane person would want to chase after him. But everyone in the world knows that this cannot be true. Just look at that mouth of his – I’ve seen Angelina Jolie look less pouty than that. And of course it’s even more pronounced, now, because he’s so deeply saddened by my terrible words.

Plus, he keeps slicking the thing with some kind of sunblock stuff. I could slip and slide across the surface of his lower lip no problems at all, and worse … I think I’d like it. Anyone would like it. His mouth suggests so many sinful, sensuous possibilities – as do those sleepy blue eyes of his.

The ones that rival the ocean, on any normal day.

But now best it, in this slightly wounded state. It’s like someone has pulled a skein of smoke over them, and for a second I’m actually hypnotised. I’m completely drawn in, to the point where I almost apologise. In fact, the words are on the tip of my tongue, when he finally breaks the silence.

With a laugh.

A big, booming, careless laugh, as though none of this matters at all. It was just me imagining that he had things like feelings, when really he wouldn’t know one if it punched him in the face. I don’t why I let myself feel guilty, if this is all he’s got to say about it.

‘Well, you’re probably right,’ he tells me, and that’s the end of that.

Only it’s not the end of that. I see the look he gives me, and I know what it means. I’ve seen the same look in the eyes of all kinds of arseholes, as they plot their slow and silent revenge. Then, just as I think I’m safe, they pounce.

But I’m not going to let that happen. There will be no pouncing, between Steven and me. I’m going to avoid him with all the ruthless efficiency of a piece of cotton, avoiding the eye of a needle – or at least, that’s what I bank on, before I realise two very important things:

a)         I am not very good at being a piece of cotton.

and

b)        It’s almost impossible to avoid anyone on a yacht the size of a shoebox.

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    ~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    ~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    Judy knew coming on a boating holiday with her brother and his wife was a mistake as soon as Steven, her brother’s best friend, stepped on board. He has always teased her, killing the secret love she had for him since she was teenager. But something has changed, was Steven actually flirting with her?

    This was my second read by Charlotte Stein, my first being Sheltered and I am pleased to say that I enjoyed this book just as much. Curve Ball immediately drew me in with the POV of Judy, she was my kind of heroine, curvy and teensy bit insecure about it and reading through her crazy-paranoid, yet hilarious POV made me laugh and yet I could also identify with her.

    The romance itself was kind of sweet as Steven tries to flirt with the clueless Judy, but the sexy times between them were pretty damn hot. It was a shame we didn’t see anything from Steven’s POV as although we got to know Judy very well I didn’t feel we got to know Steven at all, apart from the very skewed perspective of Judy.

    But this was a hilarious and sexy short story and I am now definitely a fan of Charlotte Ste

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  • Posted May 23, 2013

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    I don't always love Stein's books but this one (like Sheltered)

    I don't always love Stein's books but this one (like Sheltered) really works for me. Her characters are always a bit emotionally
    stunted and well clueless but they end up being just painfully human instead of TSTL. 

    In this book is a sweet and hot friends to lovers, in love with his BF sisters, big and tall man, big and beautiful woman on a boat fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Ok

    I was a little confused as to where this bbw story was going. Less than a hundred pages. This one should have been free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

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