Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein #Review

Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein #ReviewNever Sweeter by Charlotte Stein

Series: Dark Obsession #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
Published by Love Swept on April 19, 2016
Pages: 262
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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This was not the book for me. It deals with bullying even if you don’t get to see it first hand except for a bit at the beginning. You don’t get to see much of what happens after the incident and it leaves you really hating the hero of this story.

Letty Carmichael has finally recovered from the brutal accident that was brought on by bullying in high school. She’s in college now hoping to make a new start when she spies one of her bullies in class. It’s not coincidence but she immediately starts to panic when she feels he is cornering her.

Tate Sullivan is haunted by what he did to Letty during high school. He knows why he did it, but can’t fathom really why that reason was good enough any more. He’s attracted to Letty, but he tries hard to break down the protecting walls she has built around herself. He goes about proving she is attractive and desirable, but it isn’t easy.

The two dance around each other for quite some time. Tate being honest about how he feels for her and Letty trying to come to terms with what he did to her and learning to trust again. It was painful to watch unfold in the story. At times you felt bad for Tate, but really why? He was an asshole. The things they did to her was just criminal.

Tate is a big guy. Really big in all places. Letty is a little voluptuous but I wouldn’t say overly big. The two are paired for a project on sex in movies. As they research, they grow a little closer and learn how to please each other. Tate looks away when needed, rubs the right places and learns to please Letty. For Letty’s part, she starts off feeling nothing but anger towards Tate. With every little gentle thing Tate does, Letty’s walls come down. With the help of a new friend, she has what she has always wanted and needed to deal with the emotions she is in turmoil over.

So while the two have some sexy moments, the story fell flat from the beginning with how it all began. What also threw me was they were so young. Tate acts extremely immature in high school and Letty lived in terror. In college, we see Letty trying to grow out of the cage she has lived. Tate learns the error of his ways. Between the two it felt like two people going from teenage years into young adults and I really don’t find romance in that. Nope, I didn’t enjoy this story.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • I don’t think I’ve read many stories like this, but I have watched the occasional movie/TV show where this sort of plot is used. I hate bullies, so this story would probably piss me off. I’m not sure, because people grow up and see the error of their ways. I’ll have to think about this one. Great review!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I didn’t realize when I started it just how bad the bullying had been. I mean these boys hit her with a car and send her down a cliff. For God’s sake, why would the author think we would like a guy like that. He also writes letters he never mails. Those pissed me off as well. I am so glad he finally figured out the Hell he created in Letty’s life, but let’s get this straight, I don’t want to read about it. I don’t want to see the bullying and I don’t want to see them get redemption after some of the most horrible things are done. I know we are all young and dumb at times, but come one. We all should have decent human being senses that he lacked.

  • Another bully one… I’m curious after reading Penelope Douglas’ one, but not sure I’m curious after how hard that one made me feel. My curiosity might get the better of me. 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I wasn’t crazy about the writing and they were way to young for me to read about. They are in college, but just not my cup of tea. I should have guessed it would be a bully story, but I don’t think I read the blurb close enough.

  • Yeah, I really don’t this is a book I would like. I can’t imagine falling in love with someone who tormented me in high school.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Me neither even if he was doing all the right things now.

  • I wonder why I’ve seen an uptight in bullying stories in books lately. Sure, it happens quite a lot. I was bullied but by the time I got in high school I took weight lifting and ROTC and beat the crap out of my bully and there was no more bullying. I can see why this wasn’t really the book for you though.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I really don’t like NA books and this is one reason why. My daughter has dealt with some bullying over the years and she has learned recently how to deal with it, but I never want her befriending those kids. So this book hit on some things that I don’t agree with not tolerate.

  • Yeah I am not sure this would work for me either. I might accept they both grew from it and he is repentful..but a romance nope.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I like the fact that he grew up, but I couldn’t actually forgive him and have the heroine becoming his lover.

  • I guess seeing that change would be interesting, but the set-up with how he bullied her in high school and then that now changes into romance years later doesn’t really sound like one I would enjoy. I just can’t imagine how you can became friends or even fall in love with someone who bullied you, sure you might be able to get over it, but it still seems hard to really ever get on comfortable ground after something like that. Sorry to hear this one didn’t work for you! I hope your next read is better.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Exactly. And there is something that happens that makes her regress and I can’t see how she got over it a second time.