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Never Sweeter (Dark Obsession #2)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  1,221 Ratings  ·  262 Reviews
Second chances are sweeter than ever in Charlotte Stein’s steamy Dark Obsession series—perfect for fans of Katy Evans—as a self-reliant college girl falls for a reformed bully who’s desperate to make up for lost time.

Letty Carmichael can’t believe her eyes when she catches a glimpse of her high school tormenter, wrestling champ Tate Sullivan, on campus. College was suppose
ebook, 262 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Loveswept
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NiCoLeTa E.
Feb 25, 2016 NiCoLeTa E. rated it it was amazing
***4,5 "The bully and his victim" stars***

Wow!!! I loved this story in every aspect...
It wasn't too impressive and with very fast pace, but it kept me captivated from the first page to the last...
It was an emotional ride, a unique story about a girl who was victimazed in her high school years and about her tormentor...

It was a unique, intense, emotionally and humanly story...
I liked very much the way that the story line was moving...
The things weren't moving fast and we didn't have insta-love.
Apr 29, 2016 XxTainaxX rated it it was amazing
I found the story absolutely captivating. At first you are appalled and disgusted by the hero and think that there's no way he's going to be able to redeem himself. Tate is a bully. Not in a small way but in a way that tortures a person for the rest of their lives. Letty goes to college two years after a really big incident and finds that Tate is there too. She's far from home so she feels like he's there to continue his bullying and is very afraid. Tate has grown a lot since they last interacte ...more
4.25 Emotional Stars

“And what was yours? How did you think of the shit between us?”
“I don’t know. I think you want me to say a game, but that wasn’t true. It never felt like a game to me. It felt like I was trapped behind glass watching a really shitty version of myself operating my body.”

Letty Carmichael and Tate Sullivan have a history. In high school, and I do mean all of high school, Tate and his friends tormented Letty. The taunts were constant and things got so bad that at one point, Letty
Usually when I read books with covers like this one, I surreptitiously add them to my 'read' list in a way that the updates wouldn't show up on the homepage and quietly move on. But after reading this one, I feel the stirrings of a change within me. I no longer have that urge to hide the fact that I read romance novels, as if it's a shameful, shallow activity and worthy of someone's contempt or ridicule.

I don't think it is, any longer. Not anymore when there are authors like Charlotte Stein, Sa
3 Are You Scared Of It Stars!
Let me just say that I loved the first half of this book! Enemies to lovers is my thing and this started off so good!
So the 3 star rating is for that part because I didn't care for the last 40%.

Letty is being bullied in high school by Tate and his friends. She not skinny and she's a nerd and they never let her forget it. One night they go too far and run her over leaving her to fear everyone. She doesn't trust other people.
Two years later while at college Letty fr
Olga therebelreader
Letty was bullied throughout high school which made her feel hurt, scared, lonely, sick, embarrassed and sad. Tate was one of the boys who bullied her. Now, in college, Tate is her teammate in a film project. He had never realized the trauma he had inflicted by bullying her. Now, he only wants to help her, become her friend and make her like him. Letty is cautious, reluctant to trust him and she’s very afraid of him.

They say there is a fine line between love and hate. Both involve passion and th
Molly O'keefe
Apr 30, 2016 Molly O'keefe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a seriously complicated plot line to pull off and I think if it doesn't work for you - if you don't buy Tate's regret or think Letty should forgive him - this is a no go. BUT IT TOTALLY WORKED FOR ME!!! Within five pages I was crying.

ARC received by Netgalley

Never Sweeter is a NA romance with a hint of erotica and a bunch of angst. It's slow, character driven and witty.

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I'm a huge fan of Stein, so this is totally biased. Well, not totally, I do rate honestly. The problem is, is that I love Steins books. Overall, she doesn't get the best ratings and I can't help but think that's because her style doesn't appeal to the majority, but just to the minority who
I know because when I offered to help you move in you looked at me like you were just waiting for the punch line to a joke I wasn’t telling. And that’s what bullies do to people. They don’t just hurt you or make you feel bad for five minutes in high school . They create the backbone of every friendship you try to have from then on. They change your life forever.

I find bully romances problematic in that they tend to excuse the bully by revealing that he was acting out from some sort of unrequited
Rachel the Book Harlot
"...the metal grille hit the middle of her body hard. Then there was just air underneath her feet. Followed by jagged rocks. And finally, bloody silence."

So apparently I'm supposed to believe that the Hero and his friends commit attempted murder against the Heroine and she forgives and falls in love with him two years later? No seriously, he and his friends literally try to kill her. They run her down with their truck, slamming into her and pushing her off a cliff where she then suffers a frac
Aug 21, 2016 Mariℓina rated it liked it
Shelves: to-be-reviewed
3,5 Stars!
Hmmm, I'm struggling with this review. I loved the sound of the blurb, and the prologue starts the story off with one hella bang and this is more or less where the book lost me, it was just all too vague/ambiguous.

Letty was horrifically bullied through high school by a bunch of abusive little shits, bullied to the point of attempted murder. Yet they all got away with it. Where were her parents, the school, the law enforcement when all this was going on?

Letty is left with PTSD, shit scared of her
Feb 27, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
ARC from Netgalley

I don't think I've ever read any of this authors books but I recognise her name. I liked the synopsis. Tate bullied Letty in High School although we don't get any details other than him calling her fat and then something bad happening in the prologue.

Two years later Letty is shocked to see Tate at her Colllege but it seems he's a different person and wants to make amends and be her friend but can Letty trust him?

Tate may be a 6ft 5" Wrestler but he comes across very vulnerable
Linda Sims
Mar 09, 2016 Linda Sims rated it liked it
Letty was badly bullied in high school, but the past two years away from all that at college have helped her heal. Till her nemesis Tate suddenly turns up one day in her class. She's terrified he's going to start with her again and frantic as to what should she do. When the class professor assigns her and Tate to work on a project together she fully intends to request another partner but Tate begs her to give him a chance.

The prologue to this sets out the worst thing that Tate and his friends di
Apr 25, 2016 Rose rated it liked it
3 stars!

This book is about a girl who goes to college, and one day sees her high school tormenter. This is a love story between the bullied girl, and who used to be her tormenter.

"Tate Sullivan, the guy who'd once made her attempt to cut off her love handles with a pair of scissors."

I fell for this book deeply in the beginning, the way she was bullied as well as the effects it had on her were devastating. Even friendship wise, she would be so surprised when someone was nice to her, waiting
Apr 27, 2016 Sookie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sookie by: Samadrita
Shelves: 2016, genre-fiction

1. I need a protagonist not to be perpetual douchebags. Here, the douchebag grows up, realizes his shitty decisions and actually does something about it. It endearing to read this bad boy teenager working on his redemption. Tate gets that.

2. I want the primary female protagonist to actually get a break for once in the course of the book. I am looking at you Madame Bovary. Juliet finds closure with her high school bully and discovers a redeemed guy in the process.

3. Having the confli
Nadine Bookaholic
I have to say this book had me laughing one minute, crying the next, and mixed in with all of that the dirty talk was so HOT I had to keep filling up my water bottle with ice to cool me off. While I enjoyed Never Loved (the first book in the series) I LOVED Never Sweeter.

Tate was one of Letty's tormentors in High School and she had hoped that college would be different but when Letty sees Tate in one of her classes she doesn't understand what is going on. Why is Tate there? It's been two years
* Free copy received in exchange for a review.

The blurb had me intrigued. A girl would re-meet the guy in college who bullied her in high school and they would fall in love. I was extremely curious how an author would develop the relationship. I'm even a little surprised by how much I hated this. Like really hated it. I can't even count the number of times I said "no" out loud while reading, but it was a lot. Lettie wasn't just bullied. She was almost killed, aka attempted murder. While Tate (th
Dec 09, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2016
4 "Emotional" Stars

Well damn I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. Because on one hand I loved the Letty and Tate together and on the other hand I couldn't stand Tate for what he did and allowed to happen to Letty.

This story was intensely emotional from the backstory to the in the moment your heart breaks and soars for these characters. The flaws and insecurities of humanity uniqly and beautifully portaryed. No matter who you are I feel that you will be able to relate in some aspect
Finished it.
Okay, so I took the book out the freezer (Friends) and I finished it. That emotional roller coaster was just so intense. Anyway, now I'm over my tantrum I'll give this book it's four stars as opposed to my previously annoyed three. This was rich.


DNF at 91%. Yeah, I know. I'm just too annoyed at Letty. I mean, I get residual trauma and all but there's the employ of common sense, too.

This book lost me at
Ines Johnson
This is a bullies to lovers story and it does not start or go where you would expect, and that was the best part(s). Both the bully and the bullied get honest, messy redemptions in this work. Stein will keep you guessing, shaking your head, and clutching your pearls. I swear, in ever single one of her books, this woman 'goes there' sexually to places I can't even dream up. Do men actually do that? Read the book and you'll know exactly what I'm clutching my pearls for!

PS: If you're reading this
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Mar 02, 2016 Sissy's Romance Book Review rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley, trt
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
This is book two in the "Dark Obsession" series.
This was a nice modern romance that is just right.
Letty Carmichael was tormented by Tate Sullivan through most of High School and now she finds him at her College. Letty had thought to be free of him here at least but no such luck. Tate is changed and regrets how he treated Letty and would like to make it up to her. They end up having to work on a assignment tog
Apr 29, 2015 Mandy rated it really liked it

Stein never fails to serve up an interesting story and Never Sweeter is certainly no exception.

I'll have more to say closer to release.
copy for review provided by publisher
Tracie Payne
Feb 21, 2017 Tracie Payne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Cause lord I love Charlotte Stein. You have to approach her books with the intention of suspending reality a wee bit cause her characters are over the top lots of times. But god they're so lovable! I loved Letty so friggin much and and a sweet Tate was swoony. Was he an asshole at the start? Yes he was. Was there backstory and character development left out? Sure. Did I care? Not one bit. Cause these two were awesome together. Sexy as fuck and yowza HOT HOT HOT. Her books always just ...more
Apr 03, 2016 Caro rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
“Never Sweeter” is the story of Letty. She has been bullied all through high-school. Her bullies, 3 popular guys, even harmed her physically in the end. So when she finally has the opportunity to go to a college far away from them, she feels good for the first time. But only until she looks into the eyes of Tate, one of her bullies in her lecture hall…

The plot sounded so appealing to me, that’s why I requested the book on Netgalley. I loved a similar sounding one and thought that I would proba
Feb 25, 2016 Danielle rated it liked it
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OMG! It was an awesome, awesome book! I'll be honest- when I started reading the book I knew it would be a nice book;one that I'd be happy to have read... What I didn't expect though, was Absolutely LOVING the book! The story was sweet and funny and romantic and honestly I kept waiting for something to go terribly wrong because things were going really well; but most of all, IT WAS HOT!! There was 2-3 parts where things didn't seem too realistic but the pleasure-seeking-part of my brain just kep ...more
Angel Hatfield
Apr 20, 2016 Angel Hatfield rated it it was ok
Letty was in film theory class when she heard a voice from her past and was terrified. The voice of a bully who had made her life hell with 2 of his friends for all of HS.He had been in the truck that pushed her over a cliff onto rocks she could have died. She ran from the class yet somehow Tate had beat her to the exit. She thought he had purposely let her fall after he grabbed her but then let her go. The Letty told Tate if he really cared just to leave her alone. So far it had been three days ...more
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Feb 28, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I'm a huge fan of Charlotte Stein familiar with her stream-of-consciousness, dizzying internal monologues, and unbelievable sexual tension, yet Letty and Tate's story totally knocked me for a loop. This was a rollercoaster of feels and sex and ohmygoddidhereallyjustdothat moments. Throw in references to White Palace, The Piano, and The Amber Spyglass and my brain almost exploded before I hit the halfway mark.

I have to admit Never Sweeter took a lot of patience. The beginning is frustratingly sl
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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 know because when I offered to help you move in you looked at me like you were just waiting for the punch line to a joke I wasn’t telling. And that’s what bullies do to people. They don’t just hurt you or make you feel bad for five minutes in high school . They create the backbone of every friendship you try to have from then on. They change your life forever.” 4 likes
“people can be two things at once. They can grow fond of you and think of you as a sweet person and still want to keep treating you like shit.” 1 likes
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