Series: Dark Obsession #2
Author: Charlotte Stein
Review by: Onni
Release date: 19 April, 2016
Basic story: Letty Carmichael cannot believe it when her high school tormentor starts attending her college. She’d made plans to escape her feelings of inadequacy and really reinvent herself at college, but when Tate Sullivan shows up, she fears he’ll continue his persecution where he left off.
Tate, however seems to have other plans. Desperate to spend time with her, he devises a plan to atone for his past behaviour. Their pairing on a class project is the perfect opportunity. The more time the pair spend together, the more confused Letty becomes. He seems to enjoy her company – no, he craves it. He seeks her out, wants to know everything about her. Letty is shocked to find out that there’s more going on under the hulking facade. Tate isn’t a meathead – he has a brain and displays sensitivity she could never have imagined. Can Letty get past the pain of the past and really forgive Tate? Does he deserve it? Or is it all just an elaborate scheme to yet again torment her?
Why you should read it: Well, it’s no secret how highly I think of Charlotte Stein. She’s the queen of smut. Yet, her characters always have flaws and sensitivity you don’t get in all books. This one was no exception. Tate and Letty are the epitome of the slow burn. His campaign to win her friendship was so sweet. Their unravelling of hostilities was super hot. I mean super duper hot. (Who thought dry-humping could be so sexy?) I devoured the book and didn’t want to reach the end. Letty’s banter was entertaining and the right amount of snark and wit. I loved her. Tate could have been a bit wet – but I think he managed to reign it in. He’s a man on a mission and isn’t going to let anything get in his way.
What you might not like: I totally loved this book so I can’t think of much. It’s tamer than some other Charlotte Stein reads – so maybe there wasn’t enough ‘action’ for you? For me, the slow build and the taking it slow really worked and I was glad it didn’t all happen in the first half of the book. Insta-love is not for me!
Rating: 5/5 for a thoroughly enjoyable, funny, heartwarming and sexy read. This is what Charlotte Stein does best!