When Charlotte bumps into her old friend Anthony she is at her lowest…
Shocked by the revelation of her escape from a controlling and abusive relationship, Anthony enlists the help of Nats and Lloyd to help Charlotte find the confidence she once had. Charlotte is unaware, however, of the darker side of her friends’ lifestyle. And although Lloyd is deeply attracted to her, Charlotte is broken, hurt, and lacks control.
As Lloyd sets to work coming up with unique ideas to bring Charlotte back to life, she is introduced to an intimate world of secret passions and desire.
About the Author
Charlotte Hains left the UK for France after deciding she needed a change, taking on the huge project of renovating a house. In the UK her life consisted of getting up, going to work, coming home, going to bed, and just surviving. She now enjoys French life within the community of the village in which she lives, and feels privileged to be part of it. She describes her French neighbours as fantastic, offering her help in every way they can, and says she might have given up long ago if they hadn’t been so understanding.
With her house nearly finished she found herself with long nights and lots of thumb twiddling, reading anything she could get on her iPad. In honesty, she admits it was here that Fifty Shades of Grey caught her eye. Unbeknownst to her, her sister was reading it as well. Her sister thought that, because Charlotte has such a creative side, maybe she’d be able to write a book too. As a joke, Charlotte emailed her sister her stories, also written on her iPad. She researched blogs and BDSM sites on the internet, and so Introducing Charlotte came alive. Before she knew it, Charlotte had over 150,000 words which she’d sent by email in installments to her sister, and there was more than enough for a book…or maybe even two!
My Review Nikki Mahood
Erotica isn’t my thing, which isn’t to say I don’t like it! I usually read chick-lit and after a brief soujourn into the land of Fifty Shades, I returned to my usual habits. So I was more than happy to read this book as a change!
Introducing Charlotte is a book with variety, it has interesting characters, with interesting lives and it definitely keeps you reading. What was refreshing, for an erotica amateur like me, was how Chrolitte Hains took the time to explain more of the psychological side of a Dom/Sub relationship. Something that was definitely lacking form those other books (now a Major a Motion Picture)
It’s definitely a great set up for a series, I look forward to any sequels!
My view Lynsey Farmer
I have to admit I do have a soft spot for erotic novels I read and enjoyed fifty shades trilogy and the cross fire series. I have to start off by saying I enjoyed introducing charlotte as much as I enjoyed part of the fifty trilogy and in parts this book was a lot better. Introducing Charlotte is a story of sexual awakening, pursuit of love and letting someone else have complete control of you. The book will not suit everyones taste as I know erotic novels is not everybody taste but I do think these book are very hard to write out of the all the genres and charlotte does a brilliant job as the sex scenes was well written and didn’t come across as dirty and seedy and the seduction process of charlotte was both tantalising and arousing and this is what you to want to get out of these books. I think introducing charlotte would be a perfect introduction to a newbie wanting to read erotic fiction. With this debut I can see charlotte going far in this genre and I will definitely look out for book 2.
Review by Brook Cottage
Introducing Charlotte will totally appeal to fans of 50 Shades of Grey with the difference being, it is better written. Introducing Charlotte is Charlotte Hains debut novel and a Bookbzz finalist this year! The book follows Charlotte who has escaped a violent relationship and with the help of her friend Anthony and his friends, help Charlotte gain her confidence again. However, this confidence is gained in the most unexpected of ways. Charlotte is introduced to the world of Dominants and Submissives in a world where control is the key to ultimate pleasure. It seems a strange way for a woman who has experienced violence in her life to be drawn into this world but it works for Charlotte. It is basically the story of a sexual awakening and the pursuit of love, pleasure and taking control of one’s own desires and needs. Obviously this book will cater to specific tastes in the genre of erotic fiction and may not appeal to all tastes. But, for those who wish to explore this area of eroticism then Introducing Charlotte will be perfect. The book has quite a lot of sexual content so readers should bear this in mind. Charlotte Hains is undoubtedly the new name in erotic fiction!
Review by Cressida Doyle
When a book sells 100m copies it is inevitable there will be copycats and EL James’ Fifty Shades of Grey spurred an entire cathouse of commissions from publishers to jobbing writers seeking to turn out sanitised BDSM for the curious.
Publishers always hope the “last big thing” will hang around long enough for them to turn a profit on it and while many of the imitators provided a more attractive and better written reflection of the BDSM scene than the original, people who participate in such practices – or at least the interesting people – are publicity shy and the circles in which they move are (pardon pun) difficult to penetrate. Hence most of the copycat books were turned out in a hurry to turn a buck and while some of them were passable, few (pardon another pun) hit the mark.
A couple of years later the caravan of literary fashion has largely moved on but erotica is still a hot genre and there is clearly a ready market for a bit of light erotic spanking if an author can deliver the right book.
Charlotte Hains is a new writer to the genre and from the publicity one learns that the presumably fortuitously pseudonymed C.Hains had read 50 Shades and began experimenting with writing erotic fiction while picking up what she could through online research. That might be a turn-off fact unless you read Introducing Charlotte which is a highly creditable first novel in a genre in which it is notoriously difficult to write well. The average reader may not be particularly skilled in the sexual arts but they know what they like—and they particularly know when it is written up badly—and if there is one huge plus forIntroducing Charlotte it is that the sex scenes are done particularly well.
Charlotte, the author, has learned a few lessons well from 50 Shades of Grey, most particularly that when writing erotica, the smut not the plot is why people read the book. There is a plot in Introducing Charlotte (and a better one than in Fifty Shades of Grey) but it primarily sets up a transition which sees Charlotte, the character, transit from an abused partner in a “conventional” relationship to a consensual, if wary partner in what “conventional” people might call an “abusive” one.
At the outset Charlotte, beaten and bowed, released from hospital after another battering by The Bastard, encounters Anthony, a childhood friend, now a lawyer. Anthony takes her home to nurture her and we are slowly introduced to his circle, most particularly Nats who owns a chain of upscale beauticians who gives her a job, and Lloyd, a psychiatric counsellor who becomes the male sexual interest of the books.
As with Fifty Shades of Grey the setting is swish rather than seedy and in Book One at least (for this will certainly become a series) the controlled violence is of the light bondage and spanking kind which has previously been titillating English public schoolboys through publications like The Erotic Review for years.
Where EL James moved things on (and where Charlotte Hains surely hopes to pick up the baton) is to take the idea and present it in a format to arouse young women whose real life experience of edginess might be confined to attending The Rocky Horror Picture Show in all the gear.
As a young woman who has no interest whatsover in being spanked in real life I found the elongated process of seduction of Charlotte by Lloyd both tantalising and arousing, which was surely the author’s intent. The scenes are both explicit and effective but reading is a mental exploration rather than a participation activity and I have no more need to be involved in real life than I need to go Sweden to conduct a post mortem of a body on a slab.
If Fifty Shades served any purpose it was to let the genie out of the bottle on female-orientated erotica probably forever, and it seems unlikely it can ever be put back. Bookbzz.com’s publisher Conrad Murray has pointed out that the relatively neutral cover on Fifty Shades and the anonymity of the Kindle was vital to its early sales success. But as time progressed it became perfectly acceptable to discuss the book pretty much anywhere and in probable acknowledgement of this that the cover of Introducing Charlotteis sexual if not explicit.
The great danger for Charlotte Hains (the author) probably lies with the second book. There are hints at the darker side of BDSM in Introducing Charlotte but as another reviewer wrote of Fifty Shades, it is BDSM with “no fire, no faeces, no blood loss, no gynaecological instruments, no children or animals, no permanent disfigurement, no breath control and no direct electricity.”
In the second book in the Fifty Shades trilogy Fifty Shades Darker EL James arguably lost what little plot there already was.
Hains has an opportunity to develop what could be a very effective and profitable franchise in theCharlotte series, but Book Two may not be an easy book to write.
- Marie MARCH 5, 2015 AT 5:52 PM french review on books Je viens de terminer le livre « Introducing Charlotte » de Charlotte Hains. Bien que je sois très fière d’avoir, pour la première fois, lu un roman en anglais, je saurai mieux trouver mes mots pour une critique du livre en langue française. D’abord pour tous ceux qui, comme moi, se demandent si un livre en anglais est une chose dont on peut venir à bout, je pense que c’est un très bon livre pour se lancer. Agréable à lire, le style est accessible facilement et on est très vite plongé dans le cœur de l’histoire. Le besoin de consulter de temps en temps un dictionnaire de langue pour comprendre un mot n’a absolument pas été un frein au plaisir de la lecture. Bref résumé : Charlotte parvient à s’enfuir d’une relation abusive, elle est prise en charge par son meilleur ami Anthony. Elle fait la rencontre de Lloyd, ami et psychologue, une histoire d’amour commence entre Lloyd et Charlotte, et Charlotte est introduite à la vie alternative du BDSM. Et, au travers des yeux de Charlotte, le lecteur l’est également. Lorsque je commence un livre, j’espère toujours pouvoir plonger assez rapidement dans un autre univers, une vraie pause dans mon quotidien. C’est exactement ce que j’ai pu ressentir avec ce livre. Une fois commencé, difficile de mettre l’histoire en attente, j’avais trop envie de savoir ce qui allait se passer ensuite. Le personnage principal, Charlotte, est drôle, spontanée, très attachante. J’ai beaucoup apprécié le sérieux et l’approche très psychologique avec laquelle le sujet est traité, l’auteur n’oublie pas de ponctuer l’histoire par de nombreux passages comiques, ce qui rend la lecture dynamique et agréable. Il n’est absolument pas question ici de faire l’éloge de quelque homme ou femme détraqués ou pervers sexuels, l’accent est mis sur l’enjeu psychologique, le contrôle de soi pour vaincre la manipulation. Un grand merci Charlotte Hains pour ce livre, et maintenant, il me tarde vraiment de lire la suite !!
On the blog today we have the lovely Charlotte Hains here as part of her book tour. I asked Charlotte the question:
Why did you decide to write erotic fiction?
As most people will know I read Fifty Shades of Grey, Whilst chatting with my sister, she asked me if I had read it, well of course I had. Everyone was reading it. She challenged me to write, as she said that I had always been very creative and I should have a go. At first I laughed at her and said don’t be so stupid. I then saw a blog which was saying that Fifty Shades had fallen short of what people thought the book was about, BDSM. I started doing a little research on BDSM and I quickly realised that maybe something had been missed; BDSM is mainly about “The art of control”. Anyone can bully, control or take advantage of someone who has a vulnerable demeanour, be it man and women. A sad fact of life. But being in control equally is a different matter or seems to be, this is what I started to realise when I started getting into what I was reading, and yes, just the same as conventional relationships you have good and bad in both. People taking things to the nth degree, Unfortunately for BDSM, people only seem to hear the real bad press it collates from people that are extremists within the practice, and not the other side of trust, respect, and equal control on both side between consenting adults, which is what I have tried to portray within Introducing Charlotte, (I hope I have done it justice). So if anything the reason for me writing erotic fiction was mainly curiosity and a bit of fun to amuse my sister to while away the longs dark nights of winter.
INHERITANCE BOOKS – CHARLOTTE HAINS
This week’s Inheritance Books are are from Charlotte Hains.
Hi Charlotte, welcome to Inheritance Books. Please, tell us a bit about yourself.
I left the UK for France after deciding I needed a change, taking on the huge project of renovating a house. In the UK my life consisted of getting up, going to work, coming home, going to bed, and just surviving. I now enjoy French life within the community of the village in which I live, and feel privileged to be part of it. My French neighbours are fantastic, offering me help in every way they can. I would probably have given up long ago if they hadn’t been so understanding. With the house nearly finished I found myself facing long nights and lots of thumb twiddling, reading anything that I could get on my iPad. In honesty, I openly admit it was here that Fifty Shades of Grey caught my eye. Unbeknownst to me, my sister was reading it to. My sister thought that, because I had such a creative side, maybe I’d be able to write a book too. As a joke, I started to email my sister stories, also written on my iPad. I researched blogs and BDSM sites on the internet, and so Introducing Charlotte came to life. Before I knew it, I had over 150,000 words from the email instalments I’d been sending to my sister, and there was more than enough for a book…or maybe even two! Which book have you inherited from the generation above? Why is it special?
I don’t think I have ever truly inherited a book, although I have always loved books and if there is one book that stands out it would have to be, the favourite bear of most beloved childhood books; Winnie the Pooh. It just seems to be timeless, never dating or falling out of favour. It was first read to me by a librarian in the local library where I grew up, and it’s the book that opened my mind to a whole new world of imagination, that I still keep to this day. It’s also the first book I read to my children and we spent many hours when they were so tiny looking for Winnie the Pooh and all his friends in Hundred Acre Woods. So this book is special to me on so many levels and one to be shared with children and adults alike.
Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why?
Again I have chosen a children’s book and it has to be Peter Pan. Its so full of adventures to unlock the imagination of any child, especially when listening to Peter Pan being well read. The reason why I choose this book is that it too has stood the test of time, with its make believe play. It symbolises innocence of children around the world.
A lot of people choose children’s books as Inheritance Books, I guess we like to pass on the books that shaped us, and children’s books are more influential than most!
Thank you very much for sharing your Inheritance Books with us, Charlotte. All the best with your book (books!).