- Title: Restraint
- Author: Charlotte Stein
- ISBN: null
- Page: 284
- Format: Kindle Edition
A new erotic romance novella by bestselling author Charlotte Stein.Mallory is certain that one of her friends handsome but awkward Artie hates her guts The last thing she wants to do is go on a luscious weekend away with him and a few other buddies, to a cabin in the woods But when she catches Artie doing something very dirty after a night spent listening to her relaA new erotic romance novella by bestselling author Charlotte Stein.Mallory is certain that one of her friends handsome but awkward Artie hates her guts The last thing she wants to do is go on a luscious weekend away with him and a few other buddies, to a cabin in the woods But when she catches Artie doing something very dirty after a night spent listening to her relate some of her sexcapades to everyone, she can t resist pushing his buttons a little harder He might seem like a prude, but Mallory suspects he likes a little dirty talk And Mallory has no problems inciting his long dormant desires.
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Oh this was cute and fun!I loved this to be honest, I thought it was so funny. Quite boldly written too, in a really great way. It was nice to find the main character stays exactly who she is all the way through. She is very full on, in a way that could be annoying in a full size book. But here it's peeeerfect.Mallory, her 2 friends and Artie are going on holiday, Artie really doesn't like Mallory at all and so Mallory decides to try and sort it out.d then.you know.x happens.I looooved the writi [...]
4.5 SQUIRMING STARSEver since reading Control, I'm a huge fan of Charlotte Stein. Naturally, I had a high hopes for Restraint and it didn't disappoint me. I only wish the story was a bit longer, because it was really short and I had a feeling that something was missing, it just wasn't enough for me. I needed more of Mallory and Artie. In that case this would be a five stars book for me. When her best friend James informed Mallory that his friend Artie would join them on their vacation, she knew [...]
Here's the quick of it: Restraint was intriguing, dirty, and smart novella that had me flying through the pages, flushed. I loved how main characters Mallory and Artie were portrayed, with Mallory being unabashed and take-charge and Artie, with his dignity and barely repressed sexuality. The best way I can describe them is as very Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy-esque. Just brilliant. Damn, Charlotte Stein. How l love your filthy-mouthed HEROINES. Many, many authors write dirty-talking bad boys. An [...]
This is the second Charlotte Stein book in a row I've given a five star rating, but it's very different from Deep Desires -- probably the only thing they have in common is they're both narrated in the first person by women. Our narrator here is Mallory, a sharp, funny young woman who had me laughing, as she tells the story of how her friend James ruined their vacation plans by inviting her worst enemy Artie. For some unknown reason, Artie just seems to loath her."'He looked at you weird one time [...]
Oooh, all the sweetness and cheesiness is making me want to simply hug somebody. Although that could lead to a more strange outcome. ;)I loved how their story developed from enemies to lovers. In the first few pages it's made clear why Mallory thinks Artie disliked her so much. But after he tells her the real reason behind his behaviour, he instantly became one of my favourite male characters. I loved his awkwardness and shyness around her and thankfully she really pushed his buttons and brought [...]
I couldn't get into the characters or story at all. The writing is just stream of consciousness vomited onto the page, in present tense to boot, and almost infantile. Whether this is affected, planned or happenstance, I don't care. It gives me a headache. Written in a way as if the 1st POV character still is childish. If I made an educated guess, then I'd suppose this author roots in post-2010 fanfic. Not my sort of thing, I'm afraid.
I really liked this short by Charlotte Stein (who has the most amazing voice.) The hero is fantastically different, and I wasn't sure how well she'd redeem the really awful thing he says to the heroine early in the story (because it is, after all, a short) but it worked perfectly well for me.
I don't know where Charlotte Stein has been all of my erotic reading life, but damn.I think I'm in love. Mallory is going on holiday with friends when she finds out Artie is tagging along. Since Artie seems to loathe her existence (and she has no clue why), she's not exactly overjoyed to find out he's been invited along. What happens next shocks her to the core.I've been whining a bit (OK, a lot) lately about how all erotica is reading the same to me - and this story was EXACTLY what I needed. A [...]
I tagged this friends-to-lovers, but it's really frenemies-to-lovers. Mallory is going away with her two best friends for three weeks: male and female. The male friend is finally ready to make a play for the other female. (And sorry, I can't remember friends' names because they really weren't a big part of the story at all.) Male friend invites one of his male friends, Artie, along. By all accounts, Artie can't stand Mallory. She doesn't understand why, and she's not happy about Artie going alon [...]
A really short, really cute, steamy read. Mallory thinks nerd Artie hates her because of her foul mouth. Forced into going on a three week vacation together with Mal's brother and his girlfriend, Mal and Artie are forced to come to grips with what their real feelings are. Apparently, Mal's foul mouth stirs things "up" in Artie that Artie doesn't quite know how to handle and that's why he gives Mal the cold shoulder.As Artie does learn to deal with what's "up," this is a very enjoyable and entert [...]
Holla! That was one scorching hot hook-up story. Loved the sexually repressed hero and the dirty-talking, sexually aggressive heroine. Stein's stream of consciousness style of first person narration really seals the deal, though. It shows how Mallory seems to be figuring all of this out as she goes along, drawing the reader into the delightful insanity that is a new romance.
Big guy. Shame. Dirty talk. Humor. Achingly honest sex. Irresistible voice. Classic Charlotte SteinW, ignore the weird 1980s cover. I think the publisher sat down and said, "How can we create a cover that feels exactly the opposite of what's going on inside the book?"
Great erotica about a burgeoning romance between a repressed man and a sexually aggressive woman. I loved Mallory's narrative, the way she described her relationship with Artie and the way their romantic relationship began. Charlotte Stein writes hot hot stories. LOVE!
A short cute, sexy and surprisingly funny read.A little something to read before bed.
This was somewhat PWP but, what can I say, Stein is the master [mistress?] of well written, quick, entertaining, dirty, erotica. It totally and completely worked for me.
horrible mumbled writing style
It was funny and hot and even a bit awkward but I really liked it. Though I could have done with more.
I LOVED THIS. Mallory, the MC, is not a typical Stein heroine--she's more of who they are 60% into a book when they discover they really don't have any fucks to give. There's a bit when she talks about a phone book being read into her vajay that had me laughing at the dentist's office. And when she comes up against repressed Artie while on vacation with her friends? Sparks just start flying. Take this novella as a good intro into Charlotte Stein's particular voice AND as a primer on dirty talk-- [...]
Rate : 5Heat : 4When I first read Charlotte Stein last year (Deep desires), she went straight into my "best authors" category. I downloaded several of her books but then, there are so many books to read and so little time to read them all.So I dived into Restraint after a full year gap, then, and had almost forgotten what drew me to her at first. The collection, X-cite, the cover and the short format made me expect a quick steamy romp in the sack.Then I quickly remembered that Charlotte Stein wa [...]
I know me and Ms Stein haven't gotten along in the past, but I am glad I decided to give her books another shot. The blurb to this one was just too yummy to pass up on. My one issue was that it was written in 1st person from Mallory's POV, and we never really got to get under the skin of Artie.I love that Artie was innocent enough to get turned on by boobs and a potty mouth. Though how innocent he really is we never really find out, hence why I wish this had been written in 3rd person so that we [...]
Update 12/17: Re-read this during a bout of insomnia. Absolute perfectionexactly what a romantic novella should be. Also, insomnia sucks.Original review:What a great little novella this was. For me, this goes to show that you don't need whips and contracts and controlling billionaire alpha males (not that there's anything wrong with that, if that's what floats your boat!) to make erotica powerful. Malory and Artie (Artie!) have never gotten along. Malory is about to find out why.
A very sexy and sweet erotic romance. I thought Mallory was a refreshing heroine with her sexual confidence that never went overboard. Artie as the repressed hero with quite the desirable.twas a wonderful combination of hot and awkward. I liked how Ms. Stein provided the reader with both plot and sex while still acknowledging the genre. I'm not a huge fan of erotica, but I really enjoyed Ms. Stein's writing so I'll definitely look more of her work up.
This was pretty good! I enjoyed it, but it was too short. I think it needed more depth - and an editor. Overall, I liked reading this! I will definitely being trying out Ms. Stein's other works.I may be giving this an extra star because it was free on . I'm a sucker for free things.
That was insanely fantastic, totally adorable at the end, and had some wickedly sardonic lines which made me snort with laughter. I do adore Charlotte Stein's voice.
Short but fun & hot. It was cool to have the hero be a prude at the start of the story. They were cute together.
Cheeky little read.
I need more! such a beautifully crafted short story
When I saw there was another book in a series with Curveball, I dropped everything to read it. I was hoping for some angst, and it was delivered deliciously well in one scene, but after that, it was smooth sailing. It's a testament to Stein that I loved this despite the theme not being one I prefer (girl chases guy). This was great, I want more in this series!!
*****Thought I should put something here instead of just a rating because 5 stars is not enough to explain how much I loved this book. I can't recall the last time I became so invested in two characters, I am simply in love. And the fact that this happened considering the book was so short ( *cries a lot*) blows me away. I really wish there was more and I wish so badly that I could read more about Mallory and Artie cause while this book was Hot Hot Hot, it was also so sweet!
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