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Deep Desires [Kindle Edition]

Charlotte Stein
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Abbie has done her best to escape her violent past. But in the process, she’s avoided love, life and desire. So when she sees her equally closed off neighbour, Ivan, performing for her one night through his window, she can’t stop looking…

‘Deep Desires’ is an intense, sensual read perfect for anyone lusting after more than ‘Fifty Shades’.

Voyeuristic pleasures become Abbie Gough’s lifeline. But as she comes alive and craves more, Ivan backs away.

Ivan has his own secrets, the kind that draw Abbie into kinky games and her own shameful desires, while also preventing the bond of real intimacy between them.

Now she’s found someone so special, she’s not about to give up easily. And Abbie is willing to do whatever it takes to melt Ivan’s dark and cool exterior.

Even if captivating him means pushing through her limits to whatever lies beyond.



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Praise for Charlotte Stein "You can always count on Charlotte Stein to put you in the mood, for just about anything." Coffee Time Romance "A shy heroine comes into her own erotically by spying on her sexy neighbour, and being spied back on. Their dance of pleasure and seduction is drawn out perfectly." Rachel Kramer Bussel "...one of the most highly erotic and sexual books I've ever read." Book Binge on 'Telling Tales'

About the Author

Charlotte Stein has written over thirty short stories, novellas and novels. 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1041 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Mischief (September 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009GJLY4C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,323 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep Desires September 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I think Charlotte Stein has one of the best voices in erotic romance. I always find her heroines so intriguing, so sexually curious, teasing and flirty, and many times they take the reins and show the hero what can be between them.

This book is darker though and I really like it. Abbie works as a grocery store clerk and lives in an apartment building called The Courtyard. She wears big frumpy clothes as she hides her body with low self esteem which resulted from a previous physically abusive relationship. As she looks out her window late one night, which overlooks a courtyard, she can see into one of her neighbor's apartment windows. This night, his apartment is all lit up, and what she sees makes her take pause. She knows nothing about her neighbor, he is actually so mysterious some of her neighbors have nicknamed him The Serial Killer. No one knows where he works or what he does. When Abbie sees him undressing and then masturbating, she can't pull herself away from the window. What lies beneath his usual heavy wardrobe is a body that turns her on like nothing else. What she watches this night affects Abbie, and she can't get it out of her mind the next day.

QUOTE: I see him in the hallway getting his mail, but shamefully pretend I don't. I go as far as to pretend we're actually strangers, and have never so much as exchanged a nod of the head. Instead of the truth, which is still utmost in my mind:

I watched you masturbate last night.

I think the words at his back, as he turns and begins to sift through whatever letters he's received. Probably bills, I'm sure. Maybe a leaflet from a charity he donates to. Possibly a subscription to a really innocent and normal magazine.

Like Horny Voyeurs Monthly.

Because that's what I am, isn't it?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deeply intriguing January 8, 2013
By Ally
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wanted to give this four stars but I just didn't quite enjoy this as much as her other work, Doubled.

Don't get me wrong. This was an intriguing read. Abbie is an abused woman who has basically gone into hiding. She forms a fascination with a man in an apartment facing hers, and they fall into an odd, detached kind of romance, often conducted via notes, phone calls, weird sexy gifts and through their body language at the window.

The thing I couldn't quite connect with was, WHY Ivan was the man that Abbie could trust after her horrific past relationship (which is alluded to in frequent detached asides in the heroines inner monologue, which somehow kind of takes some of the power away from it... It's like a distant nightmare and I never quite *FEEL* the terror until right at the end).

I think it could have done with a couple more chapters in the middle. We are to understand that Abbie and Ivan have long telephone conversations. They bond over the phone and learn so much about each other, that apparently they can declare love almost instantly when they finally get together face to face. A bridging section of just a few more scenes would have cemented their bond and made me understand why they're perfect for each other.

Ivan's past is relayed to the reader but I don't feel the impact of it is fully explored. He explains it's made him the way he is, but I still can't figure out HOW he is- is he suffering from OCD? Chronic social shyness? He's still half in shadows for me at the end of the book.

I love Charlotte for always being able to write men who aren't 'alpha' but are still so full of compassion, sexuality and humour. They have insecurities and genuinely seek to make the woman feel desired and understood. They're real men, for me, rather than all the BDSM control freaks that have been plaguing erotica for far too long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fear and love and finding one another October 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This story gripped me by the heart. Yes, it`s labeled as erotica and is highly erotic, but it`s so much more too. This is the story about the narrator, Abbie, and her neighbor Ivan. He keeps to himself but so does she and with little side-notes we learn that Abbie has escaped from a violent and abusive husband. Charlotte Stein does not delve on that but it`s Abbie`s back story.

Ivan also hides something but when we first "meet" him, he hides nothing. He is masturbating in his living room in the middle of the night with Abbie as his audience. When he asks her to reciprocate, she first can`t, but since Ivan knows why she`s being skittish and does all the right things, she slowly lets herself get closer to him. They have phone sex and they get to know each other.

But as I said, Ivan has his secrets too and, combined with Abbie`s problems, this turns into a relationship out of the ordinary.

I must say that I am incredibly impressed with Charlotte Stein. This novel will live in my heart for a very long time because she made Abbie and Ivan come alive without resorting to any cheap storyline tricks. She gives us two raw characters who deserve so much more than they had before this story began - and then they get each other, which seems so perfect. The sex in this book is so incredibly well written and never gratuitous even if there is a lot of it. It`s always there to tell the story, to bring us further into the heads of Abbie and Ivan, and to bring them closer to one another.

I can`t recommend this story enough. Buy it! Read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mentor, she is.
I like to write. To say I dabble is generous. But after immersing myself in a Stein novel, novella, or short story (hell, a recipe on a post-it would do it), the most curious thing... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Becky_sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars Best erotic book ever
The best erotic book I've ever read. I mean it ! Fantastic ! I want to read more of this author.
Published 2 months ago by Paulina Bumbul
4.0 out of 5 stars ... than I expected it too which made for a sweet and sexy story
It had more heart than I expected it too which made for a sweet and sexy story.
Published 3 months ago by BookNerd45
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
expected more from this book when I purchased it.. too dark for me
Published 3 months ago by ada
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
All I have to say about this book is the author inspired me. Her style, the characters, everything was just so intense. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Still haunts me
It has been over a year since I read this book and it still finds its way into my thoughts from time to time. Very interesting characters. Deeply troubling pasts. Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex
Sex,sex,from beginning to end. if you are looking for a quick exciting read , this will do the trick. Short and sweet.
Published 9 months ago by Jorie
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I can't even explain how I couldn't put this down. I love the characters and I am going to be rereading this soon. Read more
Published 10 months ago by L. Martinez
1.0 out of 5 stars bad story
I did not like the way this story was written. It was written in first person. And in bad grammer. Also, I didn't care for the way she started the story. Read more
Published 11 months ago by vivian1786
4.0 out of 5 stars A kinky and unique read!
I've read this twice. The first time I loved it. It's kinky and unique. I mean, the whole voyeur aspect... it's just hot. There is some pretty great tension building here. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Christina Marie
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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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