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Run to You

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  655 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
Alissa Layton leads a dull and ordinary life, safe in routines, with no plans to escape. But when she meets businessman Janos Kovacs, and is introduced to his kinky lifestyle, Alissa's entire world changes…

She uncovers a hidden world of secret assignations and kinky meetings between like-minded high fliers at an exclusive hotel. But the businessman Alissa spies on seems fa
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published July 25th 2013 by Mischief
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Sep 24, 2014 Jill rated it liked it

And Now For Something Completely Different...

After Alissa Layton discovers from her friend's diary that she has been having Assignations she decides to find out for herself what's involved and who her friend's been meeting. When Alissa arrives at the meeting place she chickens out and hides in the closet. From her hiding place she spies a man, and is intrigued when he leaves his business card asking her to call him.

Janos Kovacs is a Hungarian businessman.

Of course he's handsome, in that Hugo Bo
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
When Alissa Layton's roommate decides to up and leave for an extended vacation to the Mediterranean, she finds herself snooping. Alyssa just wants to get a piece of the excitement Lucy lives. She compares Lucy's life to that of technicolor and her's a pale stripe of gray. Everything about Alissa is sensible and responsible...sensible clothing, sensible job, BORING. Lissa stumbles upon Lucy's date diary and can't help but sneak a peak. Every third Friday there's one appointment that seems to ...more
Aug 05, 2016 -Ya rated it really liked it
This is my fifth book by this author and once again, I find myself unsure of how I should rate her book.

Warning: Alissa’s POV/inner dialogue can either put you to sleep or captivate you. It really depends on whether you tune into Stein’s writing style and the uniqueness of her storytelling. It is experimental.

The keywords in the blurb like businessman, dull heroine, and kinky lifestyle sorta turned me off so I was worried this would be one of those typical plotlines with billionaire H/naive h t
The Cat Bastet
Jul 25, 2013 The Cat Bastet rated it it was amazing
Of course this is five stars. It's Charlotte. Fucking. Stein.

Charlotte Stein is for people whose favorite Austen is Persuasion, amirite? I know I'm right.

(view spoiler)
Hope is the thing that keeps you going when everything is awful and dark and you don’t know which way to turn.

This book is different, that it puts a unique twist on the stereotype fictional billionaire mad man lol.
and the hero here is nothing like that.
it seems most contemporary books have this typical wealthy hero that has his fare share of dark past that turns to ruin and intrigue the story isn't it, but Janos is nothing of the sort.
‘I don’t know why I am the way I am.’
‘I was going to gue
I'm going to write an author review for this one.

I think, I’ve read about 80% of Charlotte Stein's books. I loved all of them. Some, I like the storyline more than others, but most have been a 4 star read for me.

Stein writes erotica, and not just any, she deals in kink. All kinds of kink. And each book explores a different one. Anything... the act of storytelling, male twins, male sub, voyeur, strangers on a train... And they never feel like just an erotica, there's always a story, always an in-
C.S. Morgan
Mar 17, 2014 C.S. Morgan rated it it was amazing
Ooo I did like this. Such gorgeous writing, every word hits the mark. The story is a different take on 'the young and gorgeously handsome billionaire chaining up the average-Jane in his dungeon'. There's enough of that to give the Fifty-shades crowd a look-in, but there's also plenty beyond. It's the first Charlotte Stein book I've read and it certainly won't be the last.
Jul 31, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: fv, mf, stein
Janos and Alissa

Another winner by Ms. Stein. I love her voice and tone. And nobody can out dirty Charlotte Stein. It is a gift. Full review on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

Review: Run to You by Charlotte Stein
July 30, 2013 By Jen 1 Comment
Alissa Layton leads a dull and ordinary life, safe in routines, with no plans to escape. But when she meets businessman, Janos Kovacs, and is introduced to his kinky lifestyle, Alissa’s entire world changes…

When Alissa finds the diary of her friend and see the w
Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
Jul 31, 2013 Eleanor (The Book Hammock) rated it it was amazing
First, I'll start by saying, the cover is hot, but is not representing of Janos. Because Janos is a MAN!!!!! Rawr.

I think one of the only authors in existence today can write a book with only 2 characters. Run To You is just that. 95% (plus) of the book is Allison and Janos. The dialogue, the insanely smart and eloquent inner musings, the way the plot just carries itself forward. Sheer brilliance.

Allison's friend disappears on a self imposed vacation/escape/whatever and all is left is her diary.
I think Stein is one of finest erotica writers but I do wish sometimes she would lean into the erotic romance spectrum more as she did in Sheltered. I thought that book was sensational. Run to You had the hallmarks of being just as good but the romance aspect gets fumbled a bit at the end and the book feels stunted and the pay off of the ache of being human that Stien does so well and that the reader experiences viscerally is lost without being able to enjoy the couple once they truly elect to ...more
I can't decide between four and five stars; I'll go with five for now.

My full review at "Dear Author":
Mandi Schreiner
Jul 28, 2013 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I love Charlotte Stein’s voice. I love her heroes. I love her heroines. I love how deep we go into the heroine’s head. I love how filthy her books are and how the characters explore their emotions, insecurities, love and self esteem through sex. In Run to You, Stein gives us a burly, hairy Hungarian hero. Can we just take a moment to let that sink in. Take a long moment, because you will need to absorb this next passage as well…(it’s in regards to his manly bits..)

I still moan excitedly at the s
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Stein came out with a new book and you know I’ll be all over that once it released. I was looking forward to this book since Stein has a very unique voice, so I wanted to see what she would conjure out of the hat this time. Stein takes a relatively overuse trope of a wealthy businessman and a vulnerable, but also strong heroine and makes it her own.

Right from the beginning, I wondered where Stein would take this storyline. Alissa Layton is just a normal girl who doesn’t seem to know how to get
Aug 02, 2013 Melanie♥ rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book
I loved the idea of the hero in this one, but I kept getting lost in all the prose. For me it just seemed to ramble and meander. I found the heroine's long internal musings distracting.
Jul 25, 2013 Susannah rated it it was amazing
Oh, Charlotte Stein, you've done it again. I must admit upfront that I am a huge Stein fangirl. Her writing is unlike any other I've ever read, full of wit and heart and utter, mind-shattering brilliance. And Run to You is no exception.

Hm, what is it about Run to You that works so flawlessly? Believable heroine? Check. Hot Hungarian sex god? Check, check, double check. Panty melting sex? There aren't enough checks in the universe. But there is so much more.

Alissa is accustomed to invisibility. W
Joan (official heroine hater)
3.5 stars
This one has me a little torn. I didn't care much for the first half of the book and almost DNF'd a couple times. I wasn't a fan of the kink going on and was put off by the hero's emotional disconnect. But I finally managed to pick it back up and the second half turned the whole thing around for me. Finally, Janos breaks out of his shell and actually becomes quite swoon worthy. Also, the weird kink kind of goes to the wayside and I could get more invested in the story. Overall, enjoyed
유 Janos Kovacs
웃 Alice Layton

Read 25 July 2014
J.A. Canter
Janos is such a different and unique character when you line him up with Charlotte's other men. (Well, they're all unique in their own way. This is where Stein excels - realism and individuality) Janos is fun, but serious at the same time, without being over-the-top with dramatics or heaviness. He's careful and attentive. . .heck, where does he live, I need to meet him. LOL. Recline on his therapy couch and spill my guts to him. I think he'd listen and give fabulous advice without saying much at ...more
Penelope ✘ that awkward girl that doesn't go here ✘
I had a difficult time rating this book because for the most part, I enjoyed the book, it was just that in a moment of weakness and unneeded drama that the heroine's wild imaginings decided to drum up, this book quickly went from really amazing to really frustrating for me.

Run to You details the curious exploration of Alissa Layton's desires, with the big, burly and ever so rich Janos Kovacs as her more than willing partner. While it started off slow and was somewhat frustrating with hardly any
RomReader *Spoiler Giver*
Aug 28, 2013 RomReader *Spoiler Giver* rated it really liked it
Phone customer-service employee can’t quite believe that wealthy Hungarian businessman Hero is interested in someone so ordinary and nondescript as her.

She saw him the day before at the hotel where her roommate has secret assignations. She didn’t think he noticed her and was surprised he left her a note to call him. Their phone calls transition into personal meetings, where she finds that Hero likes her fumbling & clumsy tendencies. The bondage-domination sex she expected was not what she e
Jaime Arkin
Jul 31, 2013 Jaime Arkin rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of Charlotte Stein for sure. I love her writing style and her story telling.

While I liked this story, I didn't find myself loving it... which is unfortunate. In discussing with my smut BFF cosmo, we both felt like it gave us flashbacks to her last book Deep Desires.

That said, I really loved the premise of this story.

Allison is living her life day to day... waking up, working, going home and starting all over again the next day. She struggles with her insecurities and her doubts and
Aug 01, 2013 Marquetta rated it really liked it
I’m pretty burnt out with 1st person POV in erotic romance especially when it’s the heroine’s POV. But Charlotte Stein has a way of getting inside the heroine’s head that draws you in and won’t let you go.

Alissa is used to being invisible. She lives her life by blending in. When her roommate takes off for a holiday and leaves her diary behind, Alissa does a little snooping and discovers that Lucy has a standing appointment at a fancy hotel. Alissa goes in pretending to be Lucy. While there she l
J *deep in the heart of Texas*
3.5 Stars!

This had a historical romance feel to me for some reason, which is not a genre I prefer. This is also my first book by this author and I think she has a unique writing style. It was kind of hard to get in to. It was almost like the writing was too descriptive and too internal maybe. It's all told from the heroine's POV, Alissa and it felt like it was a lot of her internal thoughts versus actual dialogue and conversation so it made it hard to connect to the characters.

We also don't get
Ria Lize
Nov 02, 2014 Ria Lize rated it it was amazing
"I think you do a lot of dishonest things to get what you want."
"It's true. I have. I do. And yet not with you."
"Why not with me?"
"Because you are already sure everything is a lie. My only defence is the absolute truth. And if I keep telling it, eventually you'll believe."

This book was so beautifully written. It also managed to poke some fun at other billionaire romance books out there, and I loved that. :)

Oh, it wasn't perfect. It may not be for everyone, but every word shot straight to my h
T.A. McKay
Aug 30, 2013 T.A. McKay rated it really liked it
ARC from Netgalley

Ok I am going to be honest here.....I am not quite sure how I felt about this book! And I don't meant this in a bad way so let me explain!
When I started this book I thought it wasn't going to be for me, it felt slow and nothing much really happened apart from Alissa doubting herself about everything!!!! But before I knew it I was engrossed in the story and couldn't put it down! It didn't move at a quick pace and there were times when I wanted to scream at her to pull her big g
Jenn Scranton
Aug 12, 2013 Jenn Scranton rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
God, this was so frustrating!!!!!!!!

This storyline was fantastic! I couldn't wait to find out what happened! I wanted to know all about Mr. Sexy Accent!

Why the low rating? Because of the freakingly annoying amount of fluff!!!! Every bleeping thing that happened had a page of "fluff"! You know, the nonsense shit that people use to fill pages! There was soooooo much! It just didn't stop. Hell, even the sex scenes were boring becuase of the useless crap. I just couldn't take it anymore!

Just get on
Aug 15, 2013 Crystal rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in place for an honest review.

I wasn't sure about the first person POV. It was different and took me a little to get into. After I got into the phone conversations between Alissa and Janos it become like a game and I couldn't seem to put the book down. I liked getting into Alissa's head and seeing what she thought about everything.

I didn't know how to take Janos' at first. He seemed to be untouchable and he screamed I am the boss and don't mess with
Aug 06, 2013 Melinda rated it really liked it
Alyssa has a pretty boring life and a job that's pretty mind numbingly dull. When her friend disappears she's intrigued by mysterious assignations that show up on her calendar. Alyssa chooses to go to one to see what exactly was going on. She discovers it's a kind of club where people meet for some kind of sex.

She meets Janos there and sparks fly as he pushes her limits. She pushes him emotionally as well.

This was written in a different style, which I really enjoyed. Almost the entire books con
May 24, 2016 Dar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you start a story in the middle of someone's thoughts, it can take you back a second, but what follows, oh wow!

I adored these characters, mostly because they were both so lost, to themselves, but not to each other. And chemistry, from their first glance, they sparked, and whenever they were together, they were lost in each other. Keeping up with their thoughts and those being crowded by their feelings, it all combined to make it difficult to put the book down

It was all good, no bad, and I e
Jan 29, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Sigh.....I completely understand and identify with Alissa. She was struggling to maintain her identity and this was the key theme to the book. Author's writing style of more internal monologue was perfect for this. Janos was dreamy and my goodness, smart, perceptive and a bit funny. Would love to see a story involving her friend and flat mate Lucy. Oh and did I mention she lives in London?
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Charlotte Stein is the RT and DABWAHA nominated author of over fifty short stories, novellas and novels. 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, visit:
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“I want to kiss you. I want to so badly I can barely think of anything else. When you enter a room it’s my only thought, and it torments me night and day.” 4 likes
“And yet I feel I have to ask: if this is all the case, and you are so little and so weak … why is it that I could feel your presence through five inches of wood? Can you tell me, invisible Alissa? Why are you – in silence – stronger and stranger than any woman I’ve actually met?” 3 likes
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