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About the Author
Charlotte Stein has written over thirty short stories, novellas and novels. 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sweet Agony, Charlotte Stein Genre: Erotic Romance, Women’s Fiction Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews I’ve read some cracking novels by Charlotte but to prove what I’m always saying – not all books suit all readers – this one was a fail for me... Its hot, some very spicy and erotic scenes, almost crude at times but within the setting it worked. Sadly though I just couldn’t warm to the characters or the story. Its really just Cyrian and Molly in the whole book, and though we get their backstory released in snippets through the novel, for me it doesn’t add up to the people they’ve become. Their interactions seemed false and forced to me. Molly has some very funny snark remarks, but her actions – nope, I just couldn’t see any of that happening. Likewise Cyrian, I couldn’t add the person he was with the actions he did, and neither seemed to fit with what I knew of him from his past. Usually I can make the connection, see why people act as they do, why they've become a certain way but here I just felt I was lost in a disconnection. I found I just couldn’t involve or interest myself in their story. Sorry – I’m sure this read with be loved by many, as I’ve loved some of Charlotte’s past books but this one just doesn’t work for me. Stars: two, one that didn’t work for me ARC provided by Netgalley and publisher
I didn't know what to expect with this book, but when I read the synopsis, my first thought was Jane Eyre, and then when the author started making references to Eyre, I see that was intentional. Then as I was reading, I thought it was like the movie the Secretary, this was very close to the beginning of the book, and as I read further it really began to resemble the movie. There was promise in the beginning of the book, but as the book went on it just became about sex, and nothing else happened, just a whole lot of sex exploration, and the sex is of the BDSM nature. The descriptions were very graphic, and the word choice was over the top. They talk dirty to each other all the time, and try to use the most vulgar words. It wasn't really to my liking. I gave this a 3 star, rather than less because I like the whole premise of the story. The book was fine, but it definitely needed more story to it, and the ending was pretty blah. All in all, you have Beauty and the Beast/Jane Eyre in the BDSM world, so if you like all sex books then this will be good for you!
This strange, alluring romance is the story of Molly and Cyrian. When Molly takes the job of live-in housekeeper to an eccentric aloof man, she finds herself exposed to him in more ways than one. Cyrian is by all rights someone whom she should stay far away from, a man who makes no effort to reveal any more of himself to her than at all necessary. But as she uncovers him layer by layer, she finds herself more and more attracted to the enigma that he is. And when Cryrian starts to return her feelings, things between them heat up considerably. But is an affair all this is, or is it leading to something deeper? Though I know it's not to everyone's taste, Charlotte's introspective first person point of view found in many of her stories, including this one, really works for me. You know everything that the character of Molly feels, sees, imagines, frets over, lusts for, and despairs about. The romance between her and Cyrian unfolds like the petals of a rose, stripping away Cyrian's standoffish veneer until the heart of him is exposed. I loved how the romance contains elements of suspense to keep you on edge, wondering if they will ever get to be truly together or if that will just be too much for Cyrian. The sex is raw and blunt, sometimes even shocking and yet the romance is sweet, creating a contrast that works well and makes the story unique. For me, it was thoroughly entertaining and I bought into this unlikely couple finding their way to a happy ending. 5 stars.