***ARC provided via Netgalley for the exchange of an honest review***
Author: Charlotte Stein
Release Date: April 19th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Series: Dark Obsession, #2
Sequel to: Never Loved, #1
Followed by: Never Better, #3
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 supposed to be her escape from Tate’s constant ridicule. Now he’s in her classes again, just waiting for his chance to make her life hell. But when Letty and Tate are partnered up for an assignment—on sex in cinema, of all things—she starts to see a kinder, gentler side of him. And when she realizes Tate knows more about sex than she could ever guess at, he soon starts making her blush in a whole new way.
Tate Sullivan is haunted by regret over his cruelty toward Letty. So when she agrees to work with him, he seizes his chance to make amends. He can’t blame her for not believing he’s for real, but soon Tate starts to break down her wall. She wants to know about passion, desire, lust—topics he is well versed in. And in return she offers the one thing he always wanted: the chance to be more than just a jock.
Letty is shocked by how sensitive Tate can be. Still, desiring him feels ludicrous. Loving him is impossible. Craving him is beyond all reason. So why can’t she stop?
Let’s set the record straight: this was not for me.
I enjoy some steamy romance, I even like me some filth as a side-dish, and I am more than just okay with hate-turned-love-lovestories since there’s a very thin line between hate and love and love and hate – ya know, odi et amo – but I really thought Never Sweeter to be, for lack of other words, weird.
I really think that, in real life, if my bully approached me after having had a part in my accident (or attempted murder – ridiculous plot-play, if you ask me) I’d be more angered. If he were to appear point blanc at my college, attending my same classes, I’d scream STALKER! like a banshee, kick him in the balls, rage against him, fuck him and his “I was a douch because I wanted to be a nerd like you but that wouldn’t have been cool and people would have teased me, so I teased you instead, encouraging my buddy to run you over… Now I wanna be your friend and fuck you silly because I’ve always luurved you” – again, I resent I-have-loved-you-forever-plots.
And by fuck him I mean flip him a double bird, kicking him yet again in the balls. Sure, we all mature with age, he might be really sorry for treating that girl like shit, for neatly killing her. I get that she might be a bigger person, I get the whole “other cheek” thing and the forgiving, but come on! how can she just get past everything because of a few, not even good, apologies and compliments and because he’s hot (if he’s anything at all like that sexy hunk on the cover).
This girl in here changes her mind so fast I got whip-lashed while sitting on my couch.
This guuurl stupid.
If you need more evidence just take this for example:
HE: No matter what happens between us, I will never make your life hell again. Mess woth my head, turn me upside down, fuck seventeen guys behind my back, humiliate me in the middle of the cafeteria…it won’t make a difference. I am yours now. And nothing you say or do will ever change that.
SHE: That was a reall cool thing to say.
This is just one of many examples of conversation between the two of them and she more often than not appears more stupid than he, even though she’s described as the nerd and he as the stupid meat-head.
Also, her inner monologue is so repetitive as to result tedious nore often than not.
I mean, why repeat the same sentence twice consecutively and so often?!
I get that when one is insecure the same thoughts keep hold of our mind but it is really annoying when there’s zero growth in the character whose inner being you have to endure.
The only thing thay worked decently was the sex, and that’s not a good thing unless we are talking erotica or straight-up porn.
So, as an exclusive opinion of mine: it was never sweeter as when it ended.
I didn’t DNF it only because a personal principle of mine.
And no, I’m not going to rate it.
*I’d like to remind you guys that this is just a personal, maybe a bit harsh, opinion.*