Never Sweeter: A Dark Obsession Novel

Never Sweeter: A Dark Obsession Novel

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by Charlotte Stein
     
 
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,

Overview

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 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?

Praise for Never Sweeter
 
“A gorgeous, lush story full of angst and heartbreak with dark, tormented characters and mind-blowing sex. I got blisters from turning the pages so fast.”USA Today bestselling author Jamie K. Schmidt

“A delightfully sweet romance with just the right amount of angst.”—The Good, The Bad, and The Unread

“One of the sweetest romances I’ve read in a long time.”The Romance Reviews

“A beautiful story, with a beautiful message.”—The Jeep Diva
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101882788
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/19/2016
Series:
Dark Obsession , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
262
Sales rank:
7,191
File size:
882 KB

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Meet the Author

Charlotte Stein is the acclaimed author of more than thirty novels, novellas, and short stories. When not writing deeply emotional and intensely sexy books, she can be found eating jelly turtles, watching terrible sitcoms, and occasionally lusting after hunks. She lives in West Yorkshire, England, with her husband and their now totally real and completely nightmarish dog.

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Never Sweeter: A Dark Obsession Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Overall story was good!
Anonymous 7 months ago
I recommend everyone read this book. What a beautiful love story between two insecure people. Letty and Tate have made it to my top three favorite book couple. The best part about this book was that it felt real. Letty was actually very wary of Tate for a long time and he really had to work for her trust. This book is an emotional rollercoaster with such sweet characters. I would love to read more about Tate and Letty and would love to read this book in Tate's POV as well.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Another great read by this author. This is my new fave!
GoddessPhD1 11 months ago
“Never Sweeter” by Charlotte Stein, is the ultimate enemies-to-lovers story. All through high school Letty was bullied and ostracized by a gang of boys on the wrestling squad, but one night things go too far. While walking home along a country road, she stands up to her tormentors driving along in a pickup truck and gets knocked over a cliff. Readers follow Letty as she starts her life again in college, trying to start over as someone new. But the first day of class she finds herself face-to-face with Tate, one of the boys in the truck, and the intensity of her feelings short circuit her brain and she faints. Ms. Stein’s voice and first-person POV took a while for me to get used to, but her story swept me away in waves of fresh and imaginative prose, hot, sexy dialogue/action, and the every growing tension of whether Tate had truly changed from high school. I’ve never had a story grip me in a vice, growing tighter and tighter as the story progressed. There were a few times where I was holding my breath and had to remind myself to breath! I didn’t know how Stein was going to give us HEA, but she did it. I fell in love with Tate (and his Pringles can). I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to be hypnotized by sexual tension. Ms. Stein knows how to plumb the deepest depths of readers’ emotions until you want to surrender.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Suzanne and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog When Letty Carmichael glimpses her high school tormentor, the bully that made her life hell for years culminating in a long hospital stay when he and his friends drive her off a cliff, she thinks she must be having a nightmare. Only she isn’t, Tate Sullivan is on campus and in her classes, but this time he’s…different. Letty expects him to start torturing her immediately, only he doesn’t he seems to want to be friends and when they are assigned to do a project together on sex in the cinema, things start to heat up. I can’t believe I am actually singing the praises of a New Adult book, yet here I am shouting to the rooftops about Never Sweeter, a book that I read cover to cover in one sitting, I wasn’t able to tear my eyes away, I hope Stein is proud of herself! If not, she should be. I love this book, almost as much as I loved the first book in the series Never Loved. I’m lucky enough not to have been bullied, at least not the extent that Letty was tortured, so I can’t really decide if this book is a victim of bullying’s worse nightmare or dream come true. Stein, certainly did a great job of showing Letty’s trust issues due to her bullying, she trusted no one, male or female, didn’t believe anyone would really want to be her friend and she was always tense and waiting for someone reveal the trick they were playing on her. As her relationship with Tate progresses, she builds up more confidence, but it was heart rending to her permanently on survival mode. spacer It was hard to reconcile the cruel bully that Tate had been in high school to the cute, almost goofy guy he was in this book, that’s perhaps why I was able to forgive him for such horrible past misdeeds so early. His clear regret and his deep shame for his actions also helped, as well as the gentle way he treats her. And then there was how damn sexy he was. How sexy Letty and Tate were together, no one quite writes sex like Stein does, this was a very erotic New Adult book. Tate was a dirty talker and maaaaaan that was hot, in fact everything they did together was knicker melting, but also with such an emotional intensity that I couldn’t help but get caught up. I begrudgingly love this book and this series, despite being New Adult, it’s fantastic, emotional and erotic, with some bursts of witty humour from the banter between Letty and Tate. I can’t wait to read more of this series and see what Stein comes up with next.
sj9642 More than 1 year ago
Never Sweeter is a powerful story of over-coming one’s past and believing in the one you love. Written well, I liked the banter and wicked hot chemistry Letty and Tate have. Letty doesn’t trust Tate, nor does she have a reason. He and his friends almost killed her in a prank gone too far. He’s changed though and although it takes a while, she eventually sees it. Tate is cool. He made a lot of mistakes in the past for the wrong reasons, but he’s on the road to redemption and happiness with Letty. A simple conversation would have cleared up the initial misunderstanding, but then there wouldn’t have been a story. I liked this story a lot. I read it all in one day. I didn't even know it was part of a series until writing this review. It reads well, is fast paced and over all just great. Awesome job to the author – keep up the good work!!
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
The prologue will pull you in right away. The premise is all through high school, Letty was bullied by Tate and his friends. It was so bad they caused a serious physical injury, which kept Letty from attending college for two years. She spent all that time recuperating. When she finally makes it to college, who does she run into; Tate. Naturally she is shocked. She begins to panic and runs away. All she can think about is will the bulling start again? Is he going to make her life a living hell again? Tate assures Letty he won’t and that he will stay away from her. He hates how he treated Letty in high school. He is trying to be a better man. But as you know though, best laid plans do not always work. Letty and Tate are paired up together for a project, Sex in cinema, for their movie class. So they find themselves spending a lot of time together. And of course watching those sexy movies for their research, the tension between the two starts to build. But Letty doesn’t know if she can trust Tate. But he has changed. He is sweet, kind, little bit insecure and vulnerable. Their romance built over time. It wasn’t one of those where they fall into bed and had sex right away. It doesn’t mean they didn’t mess around though and it was very descriptive. Their feelings for each other grow over time. Each had to learn to trust the others, especially Letty. While this was a good book, to me the change in Tate seemed a little unrealistic. I couldn’t correlate how/what he did in high school to the man you now see. It just seemed like there was something missing in the story. I didn’t feel like there was a final closure because there was no epilogue. However I do like the writing style of this author. The story flows along easily.
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
This is a story of forgiveness, redemption, and understanding. It really touched me on a deep emotional level. Not only did I feel bad for everything Letty had gone through but I felt sympathetic for Tate who was trying so hard to redeem himself for the pain he caused her. Who could blame Letty for being suspicious of Tate's motives even when he is patiently trying to prove himself to her. It's interesting because there is something sort of fragile about Tate while Letty is surprisingly strong considering the hell she lived through. The love scenes are very sexy and intense. Heck, the entire book is intense but there are a lot of sweet and hopeful moments too. Never Sweeter is an emotional love story, an awesome heartfelt romance, and a really great read. I received an ARC of this book from Random House Loveswept via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Never Sweeter was a good read. The storyline held my interest throughout the book, I enjoyed watching the relationship between Letty and Tate develop and the journey they had to take to get to their happy place. My only small gripe was it took a while for me to connect with Tate and I feel this played a part for me not rating Never Sweeter higher. Overall Never Sweeter was an emotional and heartfelt read.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
The book opens with Letty a high school senior choosing to jump off a cliff to avoid being run over by a carload of her bullies. It picks up again when she enters college two years later and learns she shares a film class with Tate, one of the occupants of the car. He is desperate to earn her forgiveness and she is reluctantly to let him into her life. Will Tate be able to convince Letty to give him a chance? I didn't really like this book because I didn't understand how the heroine thought process, didn't understand why the leading man participated in the past, and how they came together. I would have like them with different people but couldn't accept them as a couple. I wouldn't have finished the book if I purchased it, but did because it was an ARC. This book wasn't my cup of tea.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Letty was in film theory class when she heard a voice from her past and was terrified. The voice of a bully who had made her life hell with 2 of his friends for all of HS.He had been in the truck that pushed her over a cliff onto rocks she could have died. She ran from the class yet somehow Tate had beat her to the exit. She thought he had purposely let her fall after he grabbed her but then let her go. The Letty told tate if he really cared just to leave her alone. So far it had been three days and she hadn’t seen him again. Then she finds him outside the class on the stairs writing notes he had borrowed. Tate was a big man a wrestling champ. Letty told Tate she didn’t mean he couldn’t come in the class because they were both in the same one. Then the professor assigns them a project that will last for the rest of the year together. Could Letty honestly be his partner. Tate asked her to try that he was totally different now. That he doesn’t even know why he acted they way he did in HS and he was sorry. I just don’t really see Letty forgiving Tate, she was too traumatized from what I understood of her character. Also why didn't the story go into why Tate and his friends treated Letty the way they did especially when she hadn’t done anything to them. I just didn’t believe this story and to really enjoy a story i have to have an element of belief or that it was right the way it was portrayed . I . Didn’t feel that way about this story. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. This is book two in the "Dark Obsession" series. This was a nice modern romance that is just right. Letty Carmichael was tormented by Tate Sullivan through most of High School and now she finds him at her College. Letty had thought to be free of him here at least but no such luck. Tate is changed and regrets how he treated Letty and would like to make it up to her. They end up having to work on a assignment together for school.. this could be Tate chance to make things better.
booklover0813 More than 1 year ago
A Definite Must Read story about regrets, forgiveness, second chances and love Letty Carmichaels high school memories are terrible reminders of being bullied and brutally attacked by the popular school jocks. she's attending college a few years later trying desperately to move on but it's short lived when the very bully that haunts her dreams is at the same campus and in her classes and all the old fears return and she waits for him to attack but she is surprised to witness a side of him that he has never exposed to her before and the friendliness that he shows her is slowing tearing down her walls. Tate Sullivan has secretly crushed on Letty Carmichael for years but was always afraid to show her his true feelings in fear of what his friends would think of him and after some details from the past are revealed and they confess their love for one another he is never letting go!
NadineHunter More than 1 year ago
I have to say this book had me laughing one minute, crying the next, and mixed in with all of that the dirty talk was so HOT I had to keep filling up my water bottle with ice to cool me off. While I enjoyed Never Loved (the first book in the series) I LOVED Never Sweeter. Tate was one of Letty's tormentors in High School and she had hoped that college would be different but when Letty sees Tate in one of her classes she doesn't understand what is going on. Why is Tate there? It's been two years since the brutal incident and she never expected to see him again, let alone be paired up with him on an assignment on sex in the cinema. There are a lot of things that Letty doesn't know about Tate and as they work together she starts to unravel the puzzle that has her second guessing everything. I enjoyed that this wasn't instal-love, they both had to work at things to get to the same place with their feelings and as they worked on everything it wasn't smooth sailing they did have their stumbles. They went from enemies to friends to lovers, a true progression of their feelings and it was a great ride to be a part of. ***I have received this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept through netgalley in exchange for my honest review***
Wishfull_Miss More than 1 year ago
Going into this I was curious to see how the author would reveal Tate’s real character and redeem him. The prologue was definitely a defining moment and I wasn’t sure there was anything redeemable about someone that could participate in something so awful. I mean I was pretty much 100% team Letty from the very beginning. It broke my heart a little every time she had to look over her shoulder or hunch over in fear whenever she even caught a glimpse of Tate. Her story is a raw emotional one and I really felt for her. It made total sense to me that Letty would be scared, doubtful, protective and on the defensive when it came to Tate. But Tate really put everything on the line for her and showed us he was a completely different person than the Tate that Letty remembers. I didn’t think I would change my opinion of Tate so quickly but at the 21% mark I was already softening towards this guy. Then there's the notes these two exchange! It really opened up a whole new intimate dialogue that connected them on a deeper level. it allowed them to share things they couldn't have said out loud. It was honest and vulnerable but I loved it. There were real reactions from both Tate and Letty, about their past, their present and their future. Theirs is not a smooth easy going love story. Never Sweeter is the intense emotional exploration of forgiveness and self-discovery. Tate really ended up winning me over. I think the author did an awesome job of redeeming his character. His respect and affection for Letty bleeds through every word and action and it melted my heart. He made it his mission to make Letty happy and I think he succeeded pretty damn well! The only thing that tripped me up was the style of writing. It was different for me and at times it was confusing as to who was talking (it wasn't always real clear and sometimes you had to decipher who said what) but I got used to it. The flow was good and the pace was easy to follow so it didn't detract too much from my overall enjoyment. I did stay glued to this one once I started and I was totaly invested in the MCs so it was definitely a good read. *** ARC provided in exchange for an honest review ***
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this one! It's a fantastic story of redemption and forgiveness. Letty finally feels free. After living through horrible bullying in high school she's now in college with a clean slate and a fresh start. That is until one of her bullies shows up in a class she's taking. She can't believe fate would be so cruel as to put her in Tate's path again. Making matters even worse, Letty and Tate are paired up to work on a term project which means spending hours with him until it's done. The more time she spends with him the more she realizes he's not the cruel jerk she remembers. Part is this part of his plan, can she trust him? Can she put what happened in the past in the past and leave it there? And what about this undeniable attraction she has for him? I adored Tate and as bad as his actions in the past where, he doesn't try to deny or justify them. He accepts responsibility and and wants to be a better man. Can he teach Letty about passion and desire in exchange for the redemption he so desperately craves? Will he lose his heart in the process? A very good sizzling hot read I would definitely recommend.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Wow. Just, wow. I loved this book. I have a tendency to let just enough time elapse between reading Charlotte Stein's books to forget how absolutely amazing they are, so reading a new one manages to blow me away all over again like it's the first one. But I haven't read one yet I haven't loved, and Never Sweeter has everything I love about her books--witty banter; relatable characters; dirty, dirty, dirty sex; and an emotional rollercoaster. Because that relationship black moment? Gah! I thought it just might kill me. I wasn't sure going in--the tormentor of her high school existence becomes her boyfriend in college? Tate has to convince the reader, right along with Letty--and he does a decent job of it for 80% of the book. Stein shows us Letty's hesitance to trust him (or anyone, really--Lydia had almost as much work to do on the getting-Letty-to-trust-me-front, which she did like a champ) and letting us see that gradual, oh-so-slow building up of trust and friendship between them. And then more. Holy schmoly, do we get to see more. And let me just say--Tate Sullivan is full of surprises. In the absolute best way possible. And then that darn black moment comes in all its horrible glory...at first I thought, Letty's just overreacting, it's... but it got even worse. Which unfortunately is exactly what we (and Letty!) needed (how does Stein do that? It's like her evil genius superpower or something) to really, truly believe in Tate's redemption. And oh, I do believe. And now I'm going to go back and read over all those highlighted bits yet again and glory in their awesomeness. And then I think I'll pick up a copy of book 1 in the series ( Never Loved ) to have on hand when I need another reminder of Ms. Stein's awesomeness. I'm thinking it'll be the perfect end-of-the-semester reward... :) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't normally write reviews but I loved this book so much. I really liked the hero and the heroine. I was both anticipating and dreading the end. I wish it could have gone on and on and on......
Anonymous 12 months ago
Please don't waste your money. I forced myself to finish it although I knew fairly soon it wasn't worth what I paid for this garbage. Possible the worst book I've ever read and I read about 4 books a week.