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Curve Ball

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  638 ratings  ·  93 reviews
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 fa
ebook, 86 pages
Published January 21st 2013 by Xcite Books
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UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

Full review now posted:

I grabbed this one while it was free, and I did enjoy it, but not as much as I did Doubled and Sheltered. It was funny and sexy, but I've come to expect a bit more steam from Charlotte Stein, and heroes I love, right from the start.

Steve was kind of an ass - no, I take it back, he was definitely an ass, but I did appreciate his explanation towards the end of the story... I guess I would have liked more of an explanation, more redemption, though.

Again, funny, sexy... defini
This is a short little novella so there's not a ton to discuss. It's a girl-carries-a-flame-for-her-older-brother's-friend story featuring a curvy heroine and a muscular hero, but the story is almost inconsequential. The beauty of this book is in the telling.

It's told in first-person present tense from the heroine's point of view, which I typically loathe. Stein, however puts on a clinic for How It Should Be Done. The heroine's personality is front and center, pouring from the little asides and
A woman goes on vacation with a couple and the guy she hates is invited along... I was afraid at first this was going to be a replay of Stein's Restraint. As it turned out, it kind of is, but in reverse. Here, the narrator Judy is the insecure one whose contempt for her old friend Steve is a mask for her intense attraction. When she blows up at him for making digs at her weight (she thinks), the relationship between them shifts dramatically.

Judy, who lies somewhere in the ill-defined land of thi

Lendle loan.

Every time I commit to clearing my Kindle I get multiple Lendle loans :-)

Well this was typical Stein: hot, visceral sex; lots of imaginative internal dialogue; wonderful 1st person POV; humour. Oh yeah, and the visceral sex, did I mention that, which always ensures I enjoy her work.

This was cute but I took off points for a little of the fat girl low self esteem gambit. (Do all big women have confidence issues?) And I took off for the balance tipping toward interiority a bit too muc
The story consisted of neurotic stream-of-consciousness ramblings and sex fantasies with characters who were neither interesting nor particularly likeable. The narrator certainly had a sense of humor, but her complete lack of self-esteem too often tipped her from self-deprecating but relatable to simply pathetic. The other characters, including Steven and the brother, were poorly developed and off-putting. Really, what kind of guys talk about previous conquests, describing body attributes, in fr ...more
Feb 18, 2013 Bri rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: erotica
This one didn't hit it out of the park for me. I'm generally a huge fan of Charlotte's work, but this one missed the mark. Between the heroine's lack of self-esteem and abundance of inner thoughts to the hero coming off as a jackass in the beginning, I just didn't fall in love with these characters like I normally do with her work.

However, it was short, ended on a sweet note, and the sex scenes were as good as I've come to expect from her work.
uh no...a bad storyline and I don't like the way it's written..I will not read this author again...

this is labeled as an erotic novella..but there is nothing erotic about this, there is hardly any sex in this and the sex there is aren't good..
Lisa (Fic Talk)

This book is just one example of why I love Charlotte Stein's work. Her writing - especially in this book - has that great blend of super-quirky-hilarious and super-hot.

Sunshiny Me
so basically ms stein needs to just write me all the bks. plz & ty. (and I got this free on amazon yesterday!!!)
Suzanne the Mighty (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
Beth Thomas
4.5 stars. I need to say I just love Charlotte Stein. Her writing is just so real and honest. Her characters are awesomely flawed and vulnerable. There are some books I read and I feel so bad about myself thinking the characters are so perfect in looks and actions. When I read Charlotte's book I feel connected to the characters. I only gave this a 4.5 because I wish it were longer. Charlotte you are a 5 in my book.
Anesha †Curious & Obsessive Bookworm†
Mmmm, it's a good, funny read tbh..and I love opposite attract scenarios.

One thing I disliked was the repetitive feel, the lack of dialogue (I love interactions so sue me for hating on reading first POV pages upon pages)

Completely wacky novella. Charlotte Stein warned us on her blog that this book was very "her." Totally bonkers narrative voice: check. Lots of inner monologue: check. Not quite enough dialogue: check. She understands and readily admits that this type of thing isn't for everyone.

While I did really wish that these two characters did a lot more communicating, my main issue with the story came in the form of the love interest, Steven Stark. I didn't get the attraction at all, he seemed like an arseh
Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
I'm still giggling from this one.

Judy's bother, Jason, invites her on a vacation with his wife and his best friend, Steven.
As it turns out, Judy's had a crush on Steven for the better part of the last 10 years, and Steven has been a revolving door for floozies for the same amount of time, give or take.
So it only makes sense that Judy gets annoyed with Steven when he talks about past conquests, and it makes sense that when she's trying to avoid him, Steven pretty much attacks her. But attacks he
Love Amazon freebies and love that it was not half bad.
The sex scenes were well written and I really enjoyed the premise of Judy and Steves story I just wished the converesed more. Most of the book is Judys POV via her inner dialouge.
A couple things that were a miss for me.
Although I appreciated that this heroine is a curvy girl I just wished she evolved into her skin, she was so down on her body. I found I liked her most when her cheeky side came out around Steven.
In addition, something was
Ana Trofin
aaawww people that have known all their lives suddenly discover they actually want to be with each other :) such a cute little story that made my Friday fun :)
Amanda Sheila
Not sure if I enjoyed this book.

I do liked the major plot, it's simple and I just look forward to read it. But, the way Charlotte Stein wrote, to me, is a bit confusing. Almost like I have to read another book before I read this one. Not to mention, there are too many inner talk from heroine's side and lack of real conversation between characters. What a shame.

I wish it could be better.
Cyn Mistress Kitty
2.5 Stars
This story was just ehhh for me which is unusual for me since I love CS's books.
Judy the heroine was just too neurotic and had zero self esteem. All her in her head ramblings made me lost to the point that I was thinking, what was I just reading and now who is talking? Very confusing. I just couldn't really care about any of the characters. Very strange story.
I won't harass you again about how great Ms Stein is (she's the best writer [as in her writing is magic] & a favorite author, damn I did it anyway!!), so just read this book. You know you want to! It's really hot and fun, read it for the yummy ride this book is!

That's it, seriously read it!
Michele Adams
I feel so bad giving this only 2 stars. I know authors put their heart and soul into writing a book and could only imagine the courage it takes to release it to the public to be critiqued for their work. I tip a hat to the author for having that courage.

The story has such potential and in itself I liked it. I mean it's nice having a main character that is not perfect and beautiful; The average girl, which most of us are wins the hot boy. What I didn't like is that it felt as though the story was
Liz B
I read this for free through Kindle Owner's Lending Library and enjoyed it so much I later bought it. Stein often gives us first person point-of-view romance, which means we are subject to the same misunderstandings and misinterpretations of the heroine. The reason this book works so beautifully in short format is because of the backstory between the characters--it's fraught with sexual tension and hurtful words and plausible misunderstandings. Watching them figure things out is really, really f ...more
Why I read it: I've had this on my TBR for some time - I can't remember exactly when I picked it up (Goodreads tells me I got it for free so there must have been a promotion), but it came up in a Twitter discussion recently so I decided to open it up.

What worked for me (and what didn't): I usually like Charlotte Stein's authorial voice and this was no exception but there wasn't enough of the hero to really satisfy me. Judy is a plus-sized girl - a self described "fat chick". (On Twitter, the aut
A sigh-worthy, quick read that satisfies in every way.

No one writes charming heroines riddled with insecurity like Charlotte Stein. I can't get enough of the sweet, self-depreciating, horny ladies Charolotte keeps delivering. They always suck me in right from the first paragraph, and Judy in Curve Ball was no exception.

Judy is a curvy girl (no, her curves are not the reason for the title; you'll have to wait for the last page to get the reference). She's had a crush on her brother's best frien
Lady Aeval
Like many others who have reviewed this book, I thought it was ok. Not great, not terrible just ok. The whole long-time-crush on brother's best friend theme is one of my absolutely favorites, and is what hooked me in to this. I was disappointed by how little development there was of that element. What was there was explained awkwardly and just didn't seem to fit. Neither character was really likable for me either. So, by now you are probably betting that there must be amazing sex scenes since I ...more
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
This is a cute little story about the baby sister and the older brothers best friend, and how they finally manage to get together. When Judy's older brother invites her on his boat on the Med, along comes Steven, her brother's best man and friend. Judy's had feeling for him, and well, you know the story.

I love sarcastic, witty humor and Curve Ball has it. It's what makes this story sweet and at times incredibly funny. (I say at times, cause the sex is hot, not funny!) Here's a sample...

"He proba
Brunette Librarian
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I saw Curve Ball featured a chunky heroine and I couldn’t help myself so I picked it up. Being somewhat of a zaftig lady myself, its nice to find books featuring the bigger ladies. Free and with a unique heroine I was excited, but sadly I disliked this book so much it almost turned into a DNF.

The whole novella is filled with Judy feeling bad about herself. Lots of internal dialogue but its almost
oh HOW MUCH I enjoyed this one..

I'm (still) on vocation, having time to read almost as I please but today started annoying continued to impossible and "ended" with wanting to be left alone. If only I could have done what I did today everytime THAT happens! :D I put on my bathing suit, took other swimming acessories, my kindle and a bottle of water. 3 hours later. I'm totally relaxed having swam a little but mostly comsumed this short novella. Came to my room feeling absolute bliss. Even had an
Erin Kyle
This book is hilarious. The narrator is wonderfully sarcastic and brilliant, and I found myself laughing more while reading this book than have while reading...any other book (and lemme tell ya, I've read and re-read upwards of 40 books in the last month and a half. I've read a lot of books in my adult tenure...) and this one has been, by far, the funniest.

I would befriend this narrator in a heartbeat. If I knew nothing else about this book, I would recommend it purely because of its brilliant h
Petra Grayson
So far, this is my favorite shorter story by Charlotte Stein. I think I've read this one five or more times since I got it. This book is my first thought when I need a Charlotte Stein hit. It's just so wonderful and cooky and heart-felt.

It doesn't hold to ideals of body image perfection. Some people might say that Judy had a lot of insecurities, but I felt like she was fine with who she was, she just felt that other people were judging her for her weight. She gets upset because of the comments S
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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 latest work, Run To You, was recently a DABWAHA finalist. When not writing deeply emotional and intensely sexy books, she can be found eating jelly turtles, watching terrible sitcoms and occasionally lusting after hunks. For more on Charlotte ...more
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“It’s just … You know. You drive me crazy. You’ve always driven me crazy."

I think my mind is now all over the floor.

"And you don’t think it might have been a good idea to maybe tell me this? I’ve spent the last ten years pining for you like an idiot, you idiot.”
“Not to mention the effect of Steven Stark, and his ability to be absolutely everywhere, all at once. I turn around and he’s right there, like the Incredible Hulk. Only bigger. Oh God, he’s so big that his presence everywhere is practically a law of physics. He has to be in ten places at once, just to cram in his massive pecs.” 0 likes
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