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 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?
This is my first book by Stein and the reason I decided to read it because it had to do with finding a second chance.
The first thing that really jumped out at me was the plot. It was definitely different but I wasn't so sure if it would be executed like Stein was hoping for. The story starts off with Letty in high school and being bullied by a bunch of boys but one boy is the ring leader, Tate. Now the prologue didn't go into many details of why and how Letty was actually bullied but I really would have liked more on the background.
Then the book jumps to two years later and Letty is finally attending college after the night that changed her life. But to her shock Tate is attending the same college but he is acting like a different person. Tate actually wants to make amends with Letty but she is reluctant to let her guard down.
Okay so people really get over being bullied only to fall in love with the one who bullied them? I have no idea but I did like how Stein wrote Tate with a vulnerable and insecure side. Letty finally found his weakness but she decided to give him a chance. They become friends and work on a project together. The more time they spend together the closer these two become. Stein brings witty dialogue along with some deep emotional ones.
I thought these two had great sexual tension but honestly it took them forever to do the deed I remember thinking okay now is this moment? But no the sex was dragged out in areas of masturbation and oral until these two finally hit the sheets. It was dragged out because Tate was actually a virgin! Yup finally things start to make sense but it took awhile to get to that point.
I didn't really fall in love with this book like I thought I would but I did like the changes in both their behaviors and how they surprised me along the way. At times the story felt a little young to me but overall it was just okay for me.