Control

Control

by Charlotte Stein

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ISBN-13: 9781402289569
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 720,120
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charlotte Stein has contributed to numerous erotic anthologies, and her own collection of short stories, The Things That Make Me Give In, is out now in Black Lace. She lives in West Yorkshire.

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THE FIRST APPLICANT FOR the assistant job is very promising indeed. He puts his head between my thighs with minimal supervision and almost no prompting.

The only problem is - I don't recall creating an oral presentation portion of the interview. Or, for that matter, a portion that requires the answer: you know you want it. To a question I don't remember asking.

But I guess I must have asked for something, or none of it would have happened. Maybe it was all the staring I did, at the curling many-coloured tattoos all over his heavy-looking arms. Or the way I bristled beneath the weight of his deep blue gaze. I must have leant forward, and asked about his previous job experience in a way that suggested an underlying code.

Job meant sex. Experience meant now.

It was sharp of him, really, to understand. He got a cross in the interview attire column - such a thin, barely-there T-shirt! - but he got a big tick in the "takes initiative” and the "understands subtle instructions” columns.

I don't think I got any ticks, in the "cool, calm, controlling boss” columns, unfortunately. But can't I be forgiven? He looked like liquid sex and I can't remember the last time I had anything even remotely resembling a drink. Or resembling a hard, solid body over mine. Or resembling the scent of someone besides myself, all over me - the slick slide of a tongue against my skin.

It's probable that some of these needs showed on my face. And though I'm sure that some people are of the mind that women who wear neat little pleated skirts and boxy corduroy jackets - the uniform of bookstore owners and librarians everywhere - are bookish and quiet and quite dull, there's probably an equal amount who view said women as repressed cauldrons of lust.

I'm pretty sure he sensed my boiling cauldron.

I think he felt I was a certain type - the type who won't admit they want it, not even to themselves. But when he pressed me up against the door to the back and then shoved me through, I didn't deny anything. My insides shimmied to think of this big handsome man, having me up against something. Just doing it, without columns or questions or things neatly arranged.

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Control 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
BookLoverAE More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite eroticas of all time. The characters are so well fleshed out you can't help but be pulled into their little bookstore world. I laughed and cried and got hot and bothered. This is a very kinky story with tons of heart. Charlotte Stein is one of my new go-to authors and this is one of her best (so far!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There wasn't enough of a description to know that one of the guys is the submissive. That's not my thing.
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northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
This love story is simply Smuttastic! And mixed into all this filthy sex is a very tender love story about two people who somehow mange to find the perfect match.  Though not for the faint of the heart (think XXX), this romance told through the lens of erotic love first and romantic love second presents a tale of the vulnerable connection that is essenical to life long passion and companionship.  They like as well as really love each other. This is mark of a superior Romance novel in my opinion.  I adored our hero.  I love anyone who is just very much themselves. Raw and real in the world.  He is a shy, well hung, big and tall, mechanically inclined, obsessively neat, bookworm. King of the Beta heroes in all the best ways. I would push up his glasses any day.  I feel like I really get to know him as well. I love his wry humor.  Madison, despite the book being told in the first person, is much less knowable. This is part of the truth of her character. She is guarded even in her own thoughts and spirals around her emotions. She is funny, gutsy, and grand even so. She has a wonderful arc in the book. I just wish we got more time with the HEA so I could see her fully come into herself.  I dislike the menage in the book even though I admit it is true to this world and gave conflict to the plot. I just wish there was another conflict or that the purely character driven ones were enough for more readers.  If you like erotic romance with excellent word smithing, compelling characters, and a moving love story, this is a not to be missed read for you.  I was given this book for my honest review. So there you have it. 
lucieparis2011 More than 1 year ago
Pretty intense! After a job ad, Madison meets Andi and Gabriel. One likes to dominate, the other being dominated. Madison satisfies her desires, her fantasies by exploring her sexuality with these two men in a very hot threesome. Very sexual and very direct, this erotic story is well written. Of course, it is a read for adults with an open mind because the heroine is in a relationships with multiple partners. Sensual and sexual, the interest of this story reside in the words, desire and graphic scenes. An exciting book! Lucie newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr
These-Pretty-Words More than 1 year ago
Deliciously filthy and perfect Deliciously filthy and emotional, Control drops the reader immediately into the deep end of sex, sex and more sex. But before the book falls into the category of PWP, Charlotte yanks on every heartstring you have and opens up a floodgate of emotional prose so beautiful, you won’t be able to stop reading. I could tell you all about Madison – shop owner, single gal, seems to like bossing people around yet being bossed around as well. I could tell you about Gabriel – sweet, shy, adorable, sweet, big…yeah. Andy, the third wheel in their fragile little relationship. I could tell you everything about this book and the characters, how hard and fast I fell in love with them, how steamy the sex was or how much feeling Charlotte was able to write into this lovely little book. I could…but instead I’m just going to leave this here. The first applicant for the assistant job is very promising indeed. He puts his head between my thighs with minimal supervision and almost no prompting. The only problem is – I don’t recall creating an oral presentation portion of the interview. That, my friends, is the very first paragraph. And it only gets better and dirtier and funnier and just plain hotter from there. Five stars. I adore Charlotte’s sweet and dirty words and recommend Control to anyone who doesn’t mind a little threesome action.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
Don’t let the name Madison Monroe fool you. She’s one part Wicked Words bookstore owner, and nearly three parts baddy. She’s into dominance, subservience, and just about anything in between. She has CONTROL issues and monogamy ones too, with a body built for sin, and an active imagination to boot. But if you can capture her attention, you may die butt naked with a smile on your face after emptying your spunk tank. Putting theory into practice and with a file cabinet full of erotica tales, Madison’s one wicked lady, but neither of her male counterparts utter a single word of protest. In fact, once the action reached the bedroom, or the backroom, there were more than a few incoherent utterances, most of which would have been accentuated with exclamation points. And I couldn’t help doing the wave every time the sexual acrobatics stepped onto the printed page. Sure, this novel was filthy and raunchy and messy and grubby, and I may have needed to spray myself down with a garden hose after finishing this tale, but that was why it had such strong appeal. If you like it when the female cracks the whip and dominates you in ways you never thought possible, you might find yourself enjoying a wet dream or two at the end of this tale. Once the sex train ended, I wanted to hop right back on, and enjoy this fantasy ride all over again. I received this book for free through NetGalley. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting read. The character develope with each turn of the page and u can't help not wanting to know where it will all end up. The sexual scences... Charlotte Stein is so detailed your bound to fall into the fantasy of that little book store. Great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very steamy and I enjoyed the how the author took the characters on a path of discovery.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
First Impression .... A naughty bookshop owner. Two hot guys. Sounds like fun! The Story... Madison needs an assistant in her bookshop. One applicant, the dominant Andy, gets her going at the interview. And by going, I mean they bone. Hard. Fellow applicant Gabe, quiet and possibly submissive, spies them in the act, then runs away before he can be interviewed. Not to be deterred, Madison can see that Gabe needs to be brought around. And by brought around, I mean that Madison hires him, teases him, and helps Gabe uncover all his dark desires. Andy definitely wants Madison. Gabe seems to want her too. Madison isn't sure exactly what she wants, but is quickly becoming addicted to Gabe and his fantasies. Gabe, though, can't believe she can actually want him when she can have Andy. This story is all about Control. Who will take it and who will give it completely. The Characters ... Madison is a wicked little chick and I loved it. It's rare to come across a heroine who is so unapologetically brave and confident in her sexuality. Madison was fun, determined, accepting, and sweet. I was moved by her unflinching acceptance of the shy and tormented Gabe. So, Gabe. He was repressed and closeted. Ashamed of the desires that drive him. And when I say desires, I mean that this dude gets off on some serious kink. He was a fascinating character, very complex and endearing. Andy was Andy. If you've read Control, you know what that means. For those who haven't read Control, Andy was an arrogant, dominating, assuming, and fun guy. He seemed like a thorn in the relationship, but served as a dynamic part of the story. And I actually liked him. The Writing .... Was both quirky and gorgeous. Control is told in a first person point-of-view, strictly from Madison's perspective. She was a great narrator. Control gets off to a wicked, shockingly naughty start. That definitely got and held my attention. There was a lot of sex in Control. What made it unputdownable, though, was how beautifully thoughtful and insightful Stein's characterization of her characters, particularly Gabe. This is the first of Stein's books I've read, and I really enjoy her voice. And what made it so great was that Madison almost seemed to be speaking to the reader, through her acceptance of Gabe, her openness with Andy, her friendship with her neighbor. And the message was, Don't wait. It is okay to have what you want. (see the second quote below) The Heat ... Oh good gawd, be prepared for your undies to burst into flames. Control was easily one of the naughtiest, hottest books I have ever read. And guys, I'm kind of an expert on hot books. In the End... Control is a delicious complicated and sexy read. I wont soon forget Madison, Gabe, and their twisty and endearing relationship. .