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1 Oct 2009 Black Lace

Erotica collection from smoking hot new writer

Girls who go after what they want no matter what the cost, boys who like to flash their dark sides, voyeurism for beginners and cheating lovers ... Charlotte Stein takes you on a journey through all the facets of female desire in this contemporary collection of explicit and ever intriguing short stories.

Be seduced by obsessions that go one step too far and dark desires that remove all inhibitions. Each story takes you on a journey into all the things that make a girl give in.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Black Lace (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 035234542X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0352345424
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 686,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlotte Stein has written over thirty short stories, novellas and novels, including entries in The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance and Best New Erotica 10. Her collection of short stories was named one of the best erotic romances of 2009 by Michelle Buonfiglio, and her first novel, Control, was recently called "...a non-stop crazy hot sex book". When not writing non-stop crazy hot sex books, she can be found eating jelly turtles, watching terrible sitcoms and occasionally lusting after hunks. She lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and their imaginary dog, and can be found here: www.themightycharlottestein.blogspot.com

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Black Lace: erotic fiction for women

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A university professor doles out lessons that one student won't forget ...

A nurse can't get enough of her patient's steamy stories, but is on the brink of going one step too far ...

Friends trapped in mundane conversations find that giving in to something dirtier can lead to unexpected places ...

Girls who go after what they want despite the risk of shame, boys who like to flash their dark sides, voyeurism for beginners, and cheating lovers ... In this collection of explicit and intriguing short stories, Charlotte Stein takes you on a journey through the things that make a girl give in.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Give In 6 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Charlotte Stein's first collection of stories contains all of the ingredients that make me give in.

The first is fine writing. The simplest of details can open up a different view on a situation, or illuminate a character's deepest motivations. Her writing is subtle but precise; it gets under your skin. You find yourself thinking about a story long after you have finished reading, realising things that might not have occurred to you.

The second - total absence of anything tired or formulaic. Her characters find eroticism in some startling situations - in 'For You', one of the protagonists is terminally ill; in 'Phoned In' we assume the long-distance telephone lovers are agoraphobic, or at least suffering from some form of mental illness. Even when some of the better-known and loved erotic set-ups are invoked, there is an element of defying convention - in 'Just Be Good' the arresting cop is not macho or dominant, but teased into reaction by a minxy heroine and her friend.

The opening story is, in this sense, a statement of intent. In 'Because I Made You So', a professor and his student engage in some meta-analysis of the tropes of romantic fiction - before finally indulging in them. It is deliciously arch in a way that betrays the writer's own love of the genre, and we know straight away that we are with somebody who loves erotic romance, but is determined to approach it in her own way.

Which brings me to the third ingredient - the sex scenes take no prisoners (except the ones that do). There is something here for the fan of slow-burning sensuality, as well as no-holds-barred filthy hardcore deviant fornication. Whatever turns you on - or makes you give in - can be found within these covers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Titillating tales galore! 31 Dec 2009
By Lucy Felthouse TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Single-author collections seem to be hot right now; and let's just say, following on from Justine Elyot's On Demand, I was already sold on the idea. Charlotte Stein has simply steeled my opinion on this matter: give a fab author a book of short stories to him/herself, and you are pretty much guaranteed an excellent read.

Charlotte's collection, published by the late, great Black Lace, entitled The Things That Make Me Give In contains fifteen stories. Though centred around one theme, they're all very different. Ranging from sex with a university lecturer and perving on a man living in an apartment across the street to a modern and sexy take on a fairy tale; this anthology has it all. The titillating tales are heavily fantasy driven and their variance will definitely appeal to a wide variety of women, whatever their tastes.

A fairly constant thing throughout the book is the type of men featuring in the stories. Charlotte clearly has a certain flavour of fella she likes to seduce in her smut, and well, they're all hot! Strong, sexy men, that inspire deep desire in the female lead in each story, which of course makes it all the better.

I devoured this book like a chocolate bar. That is; I couldn't resist taking another bite, and suddenly, it was gone and I was sad. But no matter, this is a book I feel I will read over again and probably discover things I didn't pick up on the first time round. All I know for sure is that Charlotte should be proud of this excellent collection, and that I highly recommend it to erotica fans. Can't wait for her next release.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Things That Make the Reader Say "Wow"! 19 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
In The Things That Make Me Give In, Charlotte Stein tells fifteen stories that no one else could tell. Only she has the right voice for these quirky, super-compelling erogenous tales; only she holds the key to these inhibited but bold, self-conscious but passionate characters.

Who are these people? They are nervous, tender, lust-crazed, lovable outsiders who appear more real than the people of real life--and whose introverted erotic intensity might make rock stars, glamour models, and other outgoing types a little envious. They sometimes see their world in remarkable ways. But thanks to the author's narrative persuasiveness, we have no trouble understanding their outlook: their outlook instantly becomes ours.

Their affections are wrapped up in idiosyncratic, subjective near-antagonisms that often give a deliciously madcap, gamelike tint to the libidinous proceedings, as the author shapes their wary mating dances into previously undiscovered types of erotic tension. Their magical interdependencies are unfurled by relentlessly present narrators, who glide seamlessly back and forth from the engagingly goofy to the searingly sexy. Paragraphs reinvent themselves brilliantly, making sudden sideways turns from desperate to rebellious and earnest to flippant and back. Each story's evolution takes us confidently past its peculiar milestones, progressing rhythmically through the deeply involving long sentences and the tersely witty, off-the-wall short ones--all in Stein's unflaggingly distinctive voice. Every surprising step rings true, and it all works beautifully.

It isn't that Stein's characters are sexually captivating despite the weight of their personal awkwardness; it's that they're captivating because of it. In this collection, the author celebrates their insecurity as an avenue to erotic depth. And she does it differently each time--making this book, though blessed by its strong unifying elements, a richly varied assortment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devastatingly Erotic 12 Feb 2010
By S. de Freitas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've never read anything by Charlotte Stein before, but after this collection of short stories I'll be enthusiastically looking for her name.

These short stories were, in a word, Fantastic. I'm a huge fan of the romantic genre and I occasionally make forays into the Erotica category. My biggest criticism of many offerings in the Erotic genre is that too many authors liberally pour on the crude buzz words [y'all know what they are] in a lame attempt to hype up the heat and distract the reader from the lack of plot and character development.

In Ms. Stein's capable hands, crudity is employed as a quiver of erogenous tipped barbs that are expertly placed in ways that only enhance the perfection of her storytelling.

Ms. Stein beautifully builds on the hearts, minds and core desires of her characters that explode into exquisitely rendered scenes of gritty and imaginative passion that are HOT, HOT, HOT. Best of all, many of the stories [though not all - and that's okay] weave in strong elements of affection and love between the protagonists which take these tales to a level above pornographic.

From an artistic standpoint, I was highly impressed by Ms. Stein's ability to offer so many different voices and points of view and land you into the heads of these odd, but normal people.

From a lecherous standpoint... this book is like a compilation of my absolute favorite sexy scenes all under one cover. Frankly, I was amazed that the exploits of all her characters [even the ones engaged in activities I tend to be conservative about] warmed my blood. I really never had an "Eew" moment [okay, maybe once] and I think this is due to the fact that she made her characters so engaging their motivations became understandable.

The bottom line: This collection is a keeper. The common thread, as suggested by the title, throughout all the stories is that lovely buckling in to Temptation. What people *give in to* are themselves: their most secret wants and lusts actually acted upon. The result is ... well, devastatingly erotic.

I totally hope this Brit keeps on writing.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exquisite work, highly recommended 16 Feb 2010
By Emerald - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I feel unsure how to do justice here to how impressed I was by The Things That Make Me Give In. That said, I would certainly like to do my best.

This short story collection by Charlotte Stein seems to me the epitome of beautiful, literary writing that happens to encompass sex and sexuality (making it simply reflective of life/reality--not that all literary writing has to have sex in it, but an ardent attempt to avoid such subject matter because of externally postulated standards about "literary" writing to me seems less realistic and respectful of authentic artistic endeavor). There is really a story in each of these stories, a journey with a character or characters that leaves someone changed or shows a connection or demonstrates an internal exploration brought out or at least demonstrated by the sexual endeavor, connection, or behavior of a character or characters. It is simply a breathtaking work.

There were some stories I loved especially for the heat/arousal factor, that turned me on the most, and there were some I loved for the connection or beauty of relationship or character(s). In the former category my favorites included "Because I Made You So," "Her Father Disapproves," "Sometime Soon," and "Different on the Inside." In the latter category they included "For You" (which I found so moving that after reading it I felt compelled to put the book down for a while to let the story soak in), "Dirty Disgusting You," and "All Ways."

There was, of course, overlap between these two elements (indeed, in most of the stories I experienced both of them; the list above simply encompasses those I found to be my particular favorites), and the story that was possibly my overall favorite in the collection was the one in which for me, both of these modes of appeal were at their climax: the utterly sexually arousing as well as intensely moving "Just Be Good."

Shortly into reading The Things That Make Me Give In, I found myself thinking upon finishing a story, "That one was one of my favorites," only to find that I loved the next story as much or even more. I truly, highly recommend this book, and I commend the author on a beautifully executed erotic work of art.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Things That Make the Reader Say "Wow"! 11 Dec 2009
By Erotic Elf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In The Things That Make Me Give In, Charlotte Stein tells fifteen stories that no one else could tell. Only she has the right voice for these quirky, super-compelling erogenous tales; only she holds the key to these inhibited but bold, self-conscious but passionate characters.

Who are these people? They are nervous, tender, lust-crazed, lovable outsiders who appear more real than the people of real life--and whose introverted erotic intensity might make rock stars, glamour models, and other outgoing types a little envious. They sometimes see their world in remarkable ways. But thanks to the author's narrative persuasiveness, we have no trouble understanding their outlook: their outlook instantly becomes ours.

Their affections are wrapped up in idiosyncratic, subjective near-antagonisms that often give a deliciously madcap, gamelike tint to the libidinous proceedings, as the author shapes their wary mating dances into previously undiscovered types of erotic tension. Their magical interdependencies are unfurled by relentlessly present narrators, who glide seamlessly back and forth from the engagingly goofy to the searingly sexy. Paragraphs reinvent themselves brilliantly, making sudden sideways turns from desperate to rebellious and earnest to flippant and back. Each story's evolution takes us confidently past its peculiar milestones, progressing rhythmically through the deeply involving long sentences and the tersely witty, off-the-wall short ones--all in Stein's unflaggingly distinctive voice. Every surprising step rings true, and it all works beautifully.

It isn't that Stein's characters are sexually captivating despite the weight of their personal awkwardness; it's that they're captivating because of it. In this collection, the author celebrates their insecurity as an avenue to erotic depth. And she does it differently each time--making this book, though blessed by its strong unifying elements, a richly varied assortment.
3.0 out of 5 stars Very short short stories 23 Feb 2014
By Willread - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Charlotte Stein has become my go-to author when it comes to erotica or erotic-romance. As opposed to most authors of erotica she gives her characters depth and they always seem like very credible people with real people problems and thoughts.

This is probably why this book was a bit of a disappointment. The short stories are very short. They are hot, yes, but you never get to know the characters before each story is over and a new one has begun. The short stories are really just scenes from untold stories and that's a bit frustrating.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved. It. From Beginning to End. 16 Oct 2013
By Paige - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a collection of little vignettes that suggest so much more to the story and leave you aching for more. I would be embarrassed to admit how many times I've gone back and re-read one here, one there, choosing depending on my mood. It's amazing to me the way Charlotte Stein creates such rich characters and engrossing stories in such a short space. If you are looking for perfectly wrapped up plot lines and happy endings, this may not be the book for you. But if you want realistic characters, lip-biting anticipation, sex that will melt you in your seat (or bed or bath or wherever you like to read...let me suggest somewhere private at least for your first read-through), this book is well worth your money. I loved every second of it.
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