Restraint by Charlotte Stein

November 6, 2013 3.0 Stars, contemporary, ebook, erotica, Free Read - Kindle Copy, friends to lovers, insta-lust, novella, prickly pear heroine, Romance, short story/Vignette 0


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.

This was a really weird and uncomfortable story. It details the beginnings of a relationship between Malory and Artie.

Artie is repressed. No, Artie has a red hot poker shoved directly up his ass…where it’s had a chance to marinate. Malory comes across as rather crude and foul mouthed – and being around Artie just brings even more outrageous behavior to the forefront.

Obviously the two don’t get along very well (understatement). Artie and Mallory are forced to spend some extended time together when they go on a group trip with another couple.

And somehow, some way they end up in a budding relationship.

The story is uncomfortable for me because Artie is uncomfortable. And Malory is really aggressive – both sexually and verbally.

I’m not really sure how I feel about this one… I can say that the discomfort I felt was directly related to the amount of discomfort Artie felt. Which means the author did a wonderful job of putting me inside Artie’s mind. But man! O_o Calling Artie “anally repressed” would be giving the impression that he’s more relaxed than he was at the beginning (and throughout) of this story.

Another thing that I *think* made me a little uncomfortable is that Mallory gives the definite impression – to me – of a budding Domme (a woman who takes the dominant role in BDSM). Which is fine…but if I’m being totally honest I’m probably closer to the submissive end of the spectrum. So this makes me think that a lot of what made me uncomfortable about Mallory’s sexual aggression is that it is so very opposite of mine.

Don’t let the “meh” grade fool you – It’s a pretty good short and a lot of people enjoyed it quite a bit more than I.

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