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10 Books by Charlotte Stein

Romance and Erotica by Charlotte Stein

Past Pleasures
All Other Things
Run to You
Never Loved
Almost Real
Never Sweeter

I have been on a Charlotte Stein kick. I first found her through my public library when I was just figuring out how to use OverDrive five years or so ago. I quickly read everything they had by her and in the past month I’ve had a chance to catch up books that have been added over the years. Some of these titles are older, but I had never read them. Her most recent release on this list is Never Sweeter.

So in general all of these books are fun to read. Most of it is erotic in the traditional sense. Heavy on the sex no matter how short the novel. But what I like about her books is there is always a psychological element, the exception, perhaps, being Past Pleasures. I’ve written a blog post about Never Loved, which you can find here. I re-read Never Loved during my Stein binge, along with Intrusion, which is why it’s listed here again. The Dark Obsessions line of novels is really good and they deal a lot in taboos. It’s important to note that after reading 10 of her books in close succession, I can say without a doubt that Stein is not a formulaic writer.

Never Sweeter

My favorite of all of these books is definitely Never Sweeter. I do not like enemies to lovers stories. Let me be really clear—I don’t even read them if I get a sense of that in the blurb. But for some reason I decided to read this one and I’m so glad I did. It’s kind of a crazy book. And by crazy I mean, it is almost incomprehensible to me how Stein turns Tate into, not only a sympathetic character, but an adorable, vulnerable, sweet character who I love!

Of course the book has really intense sex scenes. That’s kind of a given when you read Stein. More than that, though, the sex really adds depth to the psychological aspects of the book. The confusion, the hesitancy, the vulnerability—they all get highlighted and enhanced by the physical relationship between the characters.

I’ll be continuing to stalk Stein at my public library. I hope they add more of her books to their collection because she’s a prolific writer. As I mentioned briefly, though, she is never boring. None of her books feel similar to me and no matter how short or how long, I am always engrossed in her stories.



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There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn’t know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can’t help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can’t afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can’t refuse.

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All is fair in love and auto maintenance.

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.

Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.

She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words.

Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.

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2017 Book Challenge: Join us!

2017 Book Challenge


My friend Fallon and I thought it would be fun to do a Book Challenge. I’m not sure why we started thinking about it, other than Pinterest. I swear Pinterest inspires you in the weirdest ways. In any case, specifically we thought it might be fun to do the same book challenge, but picking different books. So Fallon can pick any book the meets the challenge requirement, as can I, and then at the end of the month we compare notes.


Obviously, since there are 26 challenges, we’ll need to read more than one book a month to complete it by the end of 2017, but since we both have kids, and jobs, and spouses that we actually like to spend time with, it may be a two year project. But it doesn’t really matter, because I’m looking forward to seeing what books Fallon will pick to fulfill each month’s challenge and reading what she thinks about the book she selected. I’m not sure she’d say the same thing about me, since she’d probably read my opinion in this blog anyway, but it’s fun to share something with a friend, especially since my family and I just moved away from Fallon and her bunch after living near them for over a decade.


We settled on 26 Books with Bringing Up the Burns from burns-familyblog.blogspot. I immediately liked it because of the reference to C.S. Lewis, even though I’ve never read the Chronicles of Narnia. Plus, my son’s favorite color is blue so I figured I can’t go wrong picking a book with a blue cover. It’s from 2015, but these lists never go out of style. To see the full list, click here.


We’d like to invite you to join us in our challenge. We’ll announce the next month’s challenge at the end of each blog post so you have time to select your book and read. Our plan is to post on the last Friday of every month, at the very least. You can post your book in the comment section for that month, or you can send me an email and I’ll add you to our blog post (yes! You, too, can be a blogger like us!). These will be short little summaries and reviews, just meant to be fun and interesting with little to no pressure. We hope you’ll come along on our adventure.


Our first challenge? A book you loved… read it again! (post scheduled for March 31, 2017)

200 Twitters Followers

I want to take a second to celebrate a milestone: @loverserially has 200 followers on Twitter. That means over 200 people receive my blog updates and book reviews. My intention in starting this blog was simply to share my love of books and writing. I am so excited to be sharing those things with you. In honor of this milestone, I’d like to do a giveaway. If you don’t already follow me on Twitter, do so and tag in a tweet with the name of an *ebook you’d like to read. If you already follow me on Twitter, then it’s even easier: just tweet me the name of an *ebook you’d like to have. If you don’t have Twitter, then you can simply comment below this blog post. 

Feel free to share if you have a friend who could use a free book. This giveaway is sponsored by me and is in no way connected to Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Amazon or Barnes & Noble. One entry per platform. 

Once a winner is selected, you have 5 days to respond to my tweet or comment reply. If I don’t hear from you, then I will randomly select another entry. 

*Please make it an ebook I can gift to you via Amazon or Barnes & Nobles. 

The Tiny Threads of Marriage

Snapdragon Series by Jami Denise

Contemporary Romance

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tiny Threads (Book 1)


Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Jenna and Royal Grainger are the couple no one and everyone thought would be together forever. Having met as teenagers, married before they graduated high school, and together for 20 years, they have the fairy tale romance of high school love. However, lately, Jenna can’t help but feel like her dream come true is disappearing slowly. Royal is distant and moody, unapproachable and putting his work before his family. All Jenna has ever wanted was Royal and she is willing to fight for her family and her marriage, but will Royal fight for her back?

It took a long time for me to decide that I like this book. It wasn’t because the beginning was slow; on the contrary, there is a lot of action throughout this novel. And it wasn’t because the writing was weak; although there are some editing issues, it was nothing major that infringed on my understanding and enjoyment of the storyline.

Instead, the first person narration took away much of the demonstration of characteristics and actions—telling rather than showing. Despite feeling this way, I cried when the climax of the novel happened. Obviously, I was much more invested in the characters and story than I recognized. Part of it is because the struggle to maintain a marriage after years of being together resonates with me. Part of it is because the drama is so intense. But mostly I think it’s because I could honestly feel how much Jenna and Royal love each other. Sure, neither one of them is perfect, but no one is and no marriage is immune to problems. It was wonderful to see the two of them love each other so fiercely and totally.

There are some pretty intense sex scenes in this novel, so be prepared for some married sex. But also be prepared for the reality of married sex life where weeks can go by with nothing going on. I did really appreciate, though, the way physical touch and comfort is depicted as such a vital part of staying connected with a partner. I think it’s a very honest portrayal of marriage and the connection between the emotional and the physical is prominent in this novel.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)

If you enjoy dramatic novels with lots of supporting characters and a mature love, then this is a good novel and worth the price. Some people enjoy the moment of falling in love, and some people enjoy the process of fighting for love—if you like the latter rather than the former, then I’d suggest this book.

Something else you might enjoy:

Every Wrong Reason by Rachel Higginson is also about a married couple experiencing difficulties so if that’s a storyline that intrigues you the way it intrigues me, you might enjoy it. You can read my review of the novel here.

Review of Take Me With You

Take Me with You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Literature/Contemporary Fiction


Overall Rating: 4

Quick summary: All year long August saves his money from teaching to spend the entire summer traveling to the National Parks in his RV with his small dog Woody. This year he’s run into a bit of trouble outside of his Southern California home and the cost to repair his old RV may cut his summer short. He’s surprised when Wes, the mechanic taking care of his RV, offers him an unusual deal. Take Wes’ two sons with him on his summer trip and he’ll fix August’s RV at no charge. August isn’t sure what to make of Wes’ offer, especially since August’s reasons for the trip are personal, but after August decides to accept the deal, he finds that he and the young boys may need each other more than he expected.

This is a heart-tugging book. The relationship that develops between August and Seth and Henry is unique. Catherine Hyde has done a great job in balancing the intimacy of strangers thrown together for a summer and the reality of what happens after the summer is over. It is that bit of pragmatism that makes this book so memorable. The rock and the hard spot you find yourself when you develop relationships with people who you never expected to know. I know that is kind of vague and general, but I don’t want to get into specifics because I don’t want to ruin the story for you.

Perhaps my favorite part of this book is how much of a character Woody is in the storyline. Although he’s just a dog, Woody is an integral piece of the relationship built between August and the two young boys. Dogs are often that lynch piece in real life and it’s sweet to see how much the unconditional love and acceptance mean to child and adult.

Hyde’s writing is smooth, the dialogue is great, and the novel moves at an appropriate pace. The backdrop of the national parks the males travel to will make you feel as if the characters have taken you with them. The scenery is vividly evoked and beautifully depicted. I love the title of this book because Hyde really allows the reader to be brought along a journey that isn’t just a coming of age story for Henry and Seth, but also a transformative time for August as well, pointing to a larger lesson that we never really stop growing up.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $4.99)

Yes, absolutely. I read this through Kindle Unlimited so it was free for me, but I think almost anyone who finds the storyline interesting will think the $5 more than well spent. This book is currently on a number of Pinterest list of books to read and it’s a must read for anyone who loves traveling to National Parks.

Something else you might enjoy:

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer is another coming-of-age novel about a young boy on a personal quest who finds adult mentors along the way. This was made into a movie that I did not see, but I loved the book and would definitely recommend it.