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Once Upon A

(The Stained Duet #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Alana Williams is three published authors. She has been for years, but now she wants to add another voice to her whirlwind of deadlines and unachievable targets. Trouble is, she knows nothing of her latest literary undertaking - KINK.


It began as research. Just research. The technical approach. One that delivers the content necessary for a hidden culture to seem
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 365 pages
Published June 11th 2017
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Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
Arc Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm


Bloody Hell, What an experience that was, I have absolutely no idea where to start with this review, I have so much white noise running through my head at the mo, this page-turning addictive read has short-wired my ability to well, frankly articulate, I'm like a goldfish gasping unable to convey much at all.


All my concepts and thoughts are ping ponging around my brain as I try to analyse and dissect what I have just indulged in.
Charlotte Hart
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

"So why am I confused?
I'm becoming lost.
Falling apart."

Blaine's coming ...
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon A (Stained Duet #1) by Charlotte E Hart

5 stars!!!!

Every now and then you find a new author to love and that’s what has happened to me! Once Upon A was a fantastic introduction to Charlotte as an author! My attention was captured from the very beginning of this book and it didn’t waiver even after finishing the book – I cannot wait to see what happens next!

For me there is always a part in a book where I think – oh yes this book just got good and it was when I read this part I got that f
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really dont know how to describe how I feel about this book! I was totally lost for words and it's taken me a whole day after reading it to mull it over and digest it. I had to take the story apart bit by bit to analyze it and then slowly piece it back together so that I can make some kind of sense of the chaos and madness that it caused in my head. This is not just your average dark and dirty BDSM romance it's a total mind f*ck so you have been warned!

Alana Williams comes across as a self ass
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read every word Charlotte has written. Some of them more than once and maybe even more than twice. They never get any less captivating.
Admittedly I was worried for Charlotte with this book.
Male involved in the scene who comes across as a right erm, handful... she's done that before.

Female who is particularly vanilla...yup, met her before.

Introduction to the scene and relations ensue...yup and yup.

I hoped to hell that i wasnt going to get THAT story again, despite the sound of things going
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Reviewed on behalf of 3 Girls Who Love Books*

So to start, a frank warning: this book will most certainly not be for everyone.

If you don't enjoy a book about BDSM this won't be for you, if you don't enjoy dark erotic romance this will not be for you - because imagine both together and then go to the darkest, most extreme ends of both and this book will be residing there!

This book is DARK, it is dirty, and it is psychologically twisted! This is not your average romance by any stretch of the imag
Tasha Williams
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
::..Reviewed for Red's Midnight Readers..::

I was very kindly provided with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have given it 5 stars but it deserves so much more!!

Finally!!! A story to feed the deviant inside me that is always wanting stories to be darker, dirtier and quite frankly Charlotte has pretty much hit the nail on the head with Once Upon A, I have been left begging for more and it's not fair.

This story was everything a great book should be and so much more. It was deliciously dar
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte E Hart writes Alpha Males that are drop dead gorgeous and deeply flawed. She takes you into their world of depravity and sin, and no one does it better! Blaine Jacobs was a Professor of Psychology, who due to circumstances with a student, relinquishes his position to teach Dominants proper technique. Alana Williams is a writer, who has three pen names. She is on overload with deadlines and marketing, and a creeper of a Publisher. Alana wants to write a boo
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes we are scared of the dark, it stretches in to realms we cannot see, the unknown entombs us in fear.

For Alana and Blaine they are entombed by the light, blinded by the sparkle, enraptured by the glare of reality and enlightenment.

He, trapped in a world of torment, a past that haunts his life. Chained to his destiny by his "needs", the same needs that cry to set him free.

She, caught in his web, his web of feeling, expression, trust, release. A life she didn't know she craved until he set
Jay Williams
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW what a read I am sad that I have finished this book. Charlotte has knocked it out of the park with this one. This is not your typical boy meets girl fairytale, it is dark, dirty & debauched & I loved it.

Alana is an author who has decided to write a bdsm book, after meeting with a Dom he sends her to meet a Dom called Blain Jacobs. Who she is informed can help her to understand the sadistic side of bdsm.

Blaine teaches new doms & subs though he himself has not had sex since his sub died, you w
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Speechless and breathless

Oh my good god...
I can't breathe let alone think right now so if this is a jumbled mess of words that make no sense please forgive me.
Charlotte is the queen of alpha men, if you've met Alexander White and Pascal Van Der Braak then you will know what I mean (telling you if Pascal was real I would be running away with him but I digress). But Blaine... Blaine is something else, something so bloody good he has left me breathless, shaking and in dire need of the next book. He
Jodie Scott
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a….. by Charlotte E Hart
This is book 1 in a duet
Oh Charlotte you floored me again with your words. I’m not sure what it is I just connect with your writing and its amazing!! I wont lie when I first knew about this book I was worried.. would it live up to expectations after previous works? Well I’m pleased to say that it did and I loved every word you have written in these pages!!!
The descriptive writing is as awesome as ever and not a stone goes by without us knowing about it! As usua
Melissa Ann
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book to read of Charlotte E Harts and WOW! This book is super interesting and very unique. I love how Charlotte describes each scene and character and get into her mind. I thought it would be confusing with the main character being a author and having different pen names. But I wasn't confused at all, I was deeply intrigued on the way the story unfolded and I loved her best friend. Alana lives a busy life a author and doesn't have time to stop and smell the roses. Until Blaine ...more
Ally Vance
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I went into this somewhat blindly and didnt know what I would be in for. I will say that this is definitely not for the faint of heart.

I found this to be quite a dark book and for me the element of BDSM was slight with a heavier focus on the S&M side of things. I'm not complaining at all! For the sexual side of things some of the sadism content was a bit on the extreme side for my taste, I wouldnt be trying them at home thats for sure! While thats the case I think it built on Blain
Esther Alayeto
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by this author and I loved it! Incredible storyline that is very well written and developed, flows seamlessly, and kept me hooked from beginning to end. Master Blaine and Alana are amazing characters that come together for research but together they are explosive, incredibly hot, and intense! It's a wonderfully twisted book that leaves me wanting so much more and anxiously awaiting the next one!
I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book.
philomena mitchell
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Words totally fail me, I started reading the book but was asked to stop laughing at 2am, so I carried on reading the next day, Alana you beautiful young woman, what beautiful gift you've been given, the magnificent, strong, disturbed, beautiful Blane, my god what a man, he had me smiling with him, my panties set and pulse rocketing, I LOVED this book and would recommend it to everyone ( except my dad ), I can't wait to see were book 2 takes us,all, Charlotte you are a genius xxxxx
Vickie Brown
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte Hart's writing reminds me of the late Pat Conroy. Her words set a scene that allows you to imagine exactly what is happening, the emotions, of fear, anxiety, anger, pain and love. I took my time reading this book because I didn't want to miss any of it. Alana is an author needing to research kink, Blaine is a master who will push her boundaries in both kink and love. This book is a roller coaster ride and you need to hang onto your panties, Blaine will for sure melt them. I post no spo ...more
Polly Ross
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having read and truly loved every book written by this author and I was beyond excited to start this new book and meet the new characters this book is wonderful it sucked me completely into the story written in a way that makes you feel you are there in the book at times I actually held my own breath and had tears in eyes. I hate spoilers in reviews so will not tell you what happens in this book all I will say is if you haven't started this book yet then you need too. I can not wait for the seco ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this and I, like Alana, am without words. Dirty. Dark. Decadent. Full of debauchery. Blaine's intensity had me stopping several times just so I could processs what I had just read. I felt as if I was there. I felt what Alana felt and I fell for Blaine and his bloodstained sadistic ways. My thoughts are an absolute jumbled mess. I honestly don't know what else to say, and that is definitely a good thing! Thanks to Charlotte for the opportunity to read this ARC and be one of the firs ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
this wasn't my book. i can read a lot of different things, but this was not worth my time, i labored to the end, with a never say quit attitude. i don't have much to offer. if you enjoy it, you are better suited for it than I was.
Felicity Brandon
Strong, dark and torrid. I devoured this book, and revelled in the irresistable chemistry between Blaine and Alana. Contrary to my initial reading of his character, I think that it could be Blaine - rather than Alana - who needs this romance to grow, but no doubt we will learn more in the book two. For now, it's a fabulous five stars from me. Bravo, Ms. Hart!
Charley Moore
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I honestly haven't read a book that I have connected with so much in a very long time. Something that instantly turned me off because of my obvious ignorance of it has proved that yes, although it's not for me I now have a greater and empathetic understanding and respect of.

Blaine - I have many emotions of this man but I think I have fallen in love with him and want to know his back story
Alana - I want to see how this affects her

In other words I can't wait to read book 2
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not for the faint hearted

Sweet holy hell. This book is hotter than Satan's Mistress. I knew this book was going to be dark. I had no idea it was going to be this DARK. I learned a couple of things reading this; I love dark, I loved this book, and I need therapy (apparently) either that, or all the nuns were right about me being a deviant. There is a high probability of that being true. No wonder I rebelled at Catholic school and am no longer Catholic .

Alana was a fireball. Struggling with identi
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book kept me hooked, loved the characters. Can't wait for the next one.
Heather Ross
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this latest offering from the brilliantly dark Charlotte E. Hart. Her books never fail to entertain while dragging you down into the very depths of the human condition. I love the battles her characters go through between light and dark. These are truly deep people, given whole lives off the page that the reader can only guess at, making them seem more alive and real within the story Charlotte gives them.

This was my favourite of her books so far. (Shh, don't tell Mr. VDB. Actually... ma
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Tina's Book Review - 5 Stars for Once Upon A

Having just finished this book, I'm ready to dive into book two of the series to see just how deviant Blaine's type of love is.

Alana is a writer in search of knowledge for her next book so she immerses herself into the lifestyle of a sadistic man. Along the way, she begins to find herself as she's fallen in love.

Dual POV's, the internal struggle of both of them keep you turning the pages. And when you think it cannot get any darker, Charlotte's writin
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The complexity behind Blaine's character was so deep and intriguing and darkly sexy. I loved how dark his mind operated, and he was really what Alana needed, even if she didn't realize it. Alana is caught up in the technicalities of the kinky BDSM world, that is, until Blaine opens up her eyes, and her mind, to her deep-seated desires. I loved how the hustle and bustle of the first part of the book contrasted with the slower, more deliberate scenes with Blaine. It made me really sit up and pay m ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon A is book 1 in a duet by Charlotte E Hart. This book is an erotic, dark, twisted psychological romance, with BDSM thrown in. And it's not for everyone. It's definitely not your run of the mill romance. But for me I LOVED the dark and twisty!! I LOVE when an author can push me out of my comfort zone so to speak, and Charlotte does this with Once Upon A.

I have to say my only complaint a about the book is it's a bit wordy at times. So sometimes I was confused by all that. But other then t
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alana: stubborn, bratty, indecisive, and judgmental
Blaine: controlled, crude, dark, and sadistic

I want more.. Who would have thought I would want Blaine's form of torture. The tension between Alana and Blaine is utterly explosive. They were both fighting what they were feeling. The feelings weren't just sexual. It was about truly knowing yourself and being okay with it. Blaine knew who he was and most of time he was okay with practicing out his dominance. Still he felt quite empty and guilt rid
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
48% DNF
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