Beggars and Choosers by Mia Kerick

Book Blurb :

After a hard life filled with experiences he’d rather not remember but can’t forget, Brett Taylor decides he doesn’t need anyone or anything. He gets a job at a bar in a nothing little town where he can fish and race dirt bikes and hide from the world. So naturally as he’s walking across the parking lot at his new job, reminding himself how self-reliant he is, he meets someone he can’t shove aside.

Brett can’t help but admire Cory Butana, the kid who lives above the bar where his father is the principal bartender. Unwanted by either parent, the sweet, personable Cory grew up neglected and hungry for affection. Now he’s determined to make something of his life, even if he has to work himself ragged to do it.

Cory shouldn’t have to suffer like Brett did, and Brett wants to lend a hand. But when their relationship evolves into something Brett isn’t ready to need, he reacts… and the consequences may destroy their fledgling future. With scars like theirs, forgiveness is never easy.

 

 

 

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Two people starved for attention. One hides behind a sarcastic ‘screw the world’ attitude while the other struggles to get even a smidgen of love and comfort from his own father. A chance meeting at, of all places, a dumpster, leaves an impression on both Cory and Brett. Neither can stop thinking about the other. Brett can’t help but feel protective of Cory and he finds himself going out of the way to do small things for him. I found it both sweet and endearing for Brett’s character, because even though he gives off the tough as nails vibe he’s got this sticky sweet center just waiting to come out and enrobe the right person.

 

Brett’s childhood makes me want to scream and cry for what his mother put him through; no child should ever be subjugated to such evil, twisted, vicious torment that Brett dealt with, never!  It’s no wonder Brett has struggled to make it, but it’s also a testament to how strong his personal character is that he goes out of his way to extend himself to another and be there for Cory.

 

It’s a shame how hard Cory has to struggle with his own father, Roderick; always seeming to go out of his way to do anything for him, only to get grief in return and largely ignored. His father can’t even manage to show an ounce of love towards his only son, more focused on his drinking as he is, and his singing aspirations. He is oblivious to his son’s needs.

 

I’ve gotta say, though, this story sure did a number on my head. It’s written well but also very confusing. With the chapters done month by month, it’s hard to get a true feel for what’s really happening. Before you know it, you’re halfway through the book and 3 years have gone by, yet it only really feels like a few months have elapsed. I honestly wouldn’t have known how much time was transpiring between each chapter if the months and years weren’t defined as they are.

 

As time rolls by, a beautiful friendship blossoms. The love between Cory and Brett is definitely there, just very well hidden. But when Brett gets scared he says something that causes both their worlds to come crashing down.

 

When Steven comes into the picture I hated him on sight. There is just something about this guy that rubs me the wrong way! They way he pursues Cory is just disgusting. Not to mention, the way Cory’s father tries to basically pimp his own son just so he can possibly make some inroads for his music aspirations (Steven is a part of the band called Dirty Laundry).

 

This whole situation with Steven coming in the picture just doesn’t fit! The story was building so well, then Steven is thrown in, and everyone bends over backwards to fill this creep’s every need. I went from enjoyment to utter confusion. Why was this added to the storyline? It does nothing but make all the characters look bad because they don’t lift a finger to stand up for Cory!

 

OMG! I could have killed Roderick! Hell, I could kill all the damn employees at that pub, and seriously smacked Brett. They way they all turned a blind eye to Steve’s unsubtle manipulation while he damned near raped Cory made me furious! GRRR!!! So completely messed up! How could they not see how uncomfortable Cory was around that guy?!

 

At this point I was all ready to have some serious sympathy for Cory, only than he had to turn into this annoying little brat and treat Brett harshly. I mean, I understand that he was almost raped. But after 2 weeks of healing, it’s like he’s just stringing Brett along with mixed signals. One moment Cory is pissed at Brett and telling him to leave, then he’s begging Brett to kiss him only to push him away again.

 

The strength Brett had to take the roller coaster ride Cory is putting him through after the attack showed just how much he truly loves Cory, maybe even feelings bordering on a slight obsession. But you can’t fault Brett for his strong feelings. While he does carry a smidgeon of guilt in not being present to protect Cory, he also doesn’t give up on him.

 

I swear, by the end my emotions were a complete mess! I’m not sure what to think or say but this was just a twisted mess of a bit too much angst! One thing for sure, Brett is a damned angel! Seriously! I don’t know why but he sure as hell worshipped Cory, and I’m not entirely sure Cory deserves it! While I still don’t like Roderick, he does make an attempt to clean up his act, which was nice to finally see.

 

I give this 4 couples. It’s a beautiful story that takes place in the span of roughly 4 years. It’s about a budding relationship that isn’t without its struggles of hardships, yet strives to reach great heights so in the end love will conquer all.

 

 

 

 

Pubisher : Dreamspinner Press

Source :  Publicist Provided for Review

Released : September 21th 2012

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Swing Shift (New Amsterdam #1.3) by H.J. Raine

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Valentine’s Day is just another day in the line of duty for Officer Ed Sorenson: investigate a murder, save a life, file the paperwork. But when Ed has to step out of the closet to help an injured boy and to be a role model for the New Amsterdam Police Department, he finds unexpected solace in a man who understands what it takes to keep the city and its citizens safe.

 

Mystra

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This story is set in the world created in Hearts Under Fire and has links to another Valentine’s Day story, Luck in the Making, by Kelly Wyre.

When he stops a gang of men gay bashing, closet gay detective comes forward to support the battered kid and to give him a good example. This is a nice story that focuses on the struggle for gay people to come out and find acceptance among their peers. I liked the story, it was light and fast paced. As short as it was, I found it easy to understand Ed’s and Anthony’s struggle to come out. Anthony is a competent nurse who can’t keep a relationship because his partners can’t deal with the long hours involved in his work. Ed turns to him to help the injured victim deal with the trauma. Together, they realize there could be something good between them and pursue their relationship.

I wish there could be more characters like Adam in the book who understands and supports Ed and encourages him to come out for the good of the community. Ed is a good man and great cop who is afraid that by coming out and revealing himself to be gay that he will lose the respect he currently has in his division. As the story unfolds, Ed comes to the realization that it’s better for him to come out and that he doesn’t lose by doing so. All in all, it was a nice read. I would love to read more from this author. 4 stars.

 

 

Pubisher : Torquere Press

Source : Manic Readers

Release Date: February 8th 2012

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Freestyle Love by Marcus Styles

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Infinitum Government Code 3.18.21.512: Genetic Experimentation Shall Be Strictly Forbidden

No job is more arduous than that of Rehab Guard—those appointed to guard the many and varied prisoners within the Infinitum Government, the ruling power of a vast interplanetary alliance. To be a Rehab Guard requires very specific qualifications and years of specialized training. It is brutal, dangerous, and often thankless job—and there is nowhere else Sean would rather be. It keeps him safe, his deadly secret safely buried, and gives him a life as close to normal as he will ever come.

Until the day new prisoner arrives, a genetically-engineered Draconis with the ability to ‘match’ to a suitable magics-capable individual and boost his power. Convicted of murder, he is sentenced to Rehab for life, and no one has ever escaped from Rehab. But no one counted on the prisoner matching with Sean, who as a human should not be capable of magics…

 

 

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Malachi was at a crossroad: he felt empty and hollow. Malachi is a professor of English literature and creative writing. In his spare time, Malachi was even a well known writer, but at the moment, Malachi was alone. His thirtieth birthday was approaching and Malachi felt lost. He knew he was in search of something more, something real and permanent, not just a string of one-night stands with uncomplicated sex.

I really don’t understand Malachi at this starting point; he wants something more than simply fast lustful sex, but when Cole, the guy he spends a night with, asks him out, Malachi turns him down really coldly.

I liked what Cole told Malachi before he went:

How long can you wait on happiness before it completely escapes you?”

I found myself disappointed in Malachi, he is blind. Malachi is really a sad kind of a guy. But I do understand his cautious behavior, too. Then Marcus Lopes serves up Cole’s POV, seeing his side of the one-night stand with Malachi. We can see that Cole is in the same boat as Malachi, seeking the right guy. Cole can’t forget Malachi, even as he tries to understand him. Cole is sad that Malachi behaved the same way as he would have in Malachi’s shoes.

I have to admit, that I can understand Malachi’s thinking:

“He was still searching for that something real in his life, waiting for it to let loose within him, stir him, awaken him.”

I believe that everyone, who is alone and single is searching for something real. And it’s funny Malachi goes to talk to Zach, one of his students, and while talking with Zach, he gives him a suggestion because  we can see Zach was in a depressed, dark mood.

“Get outside of your thoughts, and don’t let them determine what’s good or bad or corrupt. Feel that for yourself.”

As a reader and thinker, I love this sentence, because we can get lost in our own small world too easily. But I can’t really understand why then Malachi sleeps with Zach, when his mind is on Cole! And even if Malachi’s talks with Zach netted him positive suggestions, he is the same, lost in his own small depressed mind.

Good God, what depressing characters! Both Malachi and Cole are as depressing as a rainy day, simply horrible. This story was really hard to read, because it was drowning me in its blackness and sadness. Malachi is too tragic for my taste. It’s like he can’t be happy because he is too preoccupied with himself, his tragic self-image, and his past. Gosh Malachi was dead inside and even at the end of the tale he wasn’t sure if he wanted to stay with Cole or not. And then we have the action Malachi had with Chad. I really despised him, he wasn’t worthy of Cole’s love. I’m giving this 2 couples and don’t recommend this book to others.

 

Pubisher : LazyDay Publishing

Source : Manic Readers

Release Date:November 29th 2011

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Big City Vampire (Big City #2) by Cynthia Sax

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Carly doesn’t believe a word men say, and she doesn’t want a relationship built upon their false promises. She takes her sexual pleasure where she finds it, not expecting anything from anyone, especially not from a dark, handsome man who claims he’s a vampire.

Vasile is a vampire. He’s spent centuries searching for his beloved, the woman he is destined to love for all of eternity. When he does find her, she doesn’t believe him. She doesn’t believe he loves her, she doesn’t believe he’s a vampire, and she doesn’t believe there’s a lunatic rival out to kill her.

If Vasile can’t earn Carly’s trust, and soon, their eternity together may become mere minutes.

 

 

 

 

Dolce Amore

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When Carly went to a sex club with her friend Perla, she’s never expected to find out that vampires are real… living among them. All the men in her life starting with her father had lied to her, so she doesn’t believe what they say or their promises.

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“And  it isn’t anything personal. I’ve been disappointed too many times by too many people… friends, lovers.” She waved her hand as though to dismiss the past. “I don’t believe anyone anymore.”

 

However, Vasile is not just anyone. He’s a vampire who’s searched for his mate and now he’s found her. And he will do anything to keep her safe from rival vampires, especially from the one who’d dared to bite her.

 

The author’s sense of humor is quite delightful. I burst into laughter when I read about Carly’s disappointment with the phone Vasile gave her –  she expected his phone to have all kinds of interesting stuff:

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“Vasile  was a vampire. Where was all the supernatural stuff? The blood and gore and wild sex orgies? Her texts had more action than his did”.

When Kerrick and his men attack Vasile’s house trying  to get at Carly,  will he come in time to rescue her? Or will he disappoint her too?

I love the tension Ms. Sax created between the characters, it gives spice to the story – like this:

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“How many times do I have to tell you? Stop reading my mind! It is an invasion of privacy.”

He glared at her, his eyes glowing with burning red embers. “And how many times do I have to tell you? I’m a goddamn vampire. Get used to your privacy being  invaded”.

I must say I really enjoyed this vampire tale. Ms. Sax knows how to keep the reader’s attention, how to make one hold one’s breath or laugh out loud. So 5 couples for the book and I’m definitely looking forward to her next work.

 

Pubisher :  Changeling Press

Source : Manic Readers

Released : 2012

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Begging For A Spanking (Butch Domme, Femme Slut, #1)

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After realizing her burning attraction for other women, beautiful young Jenna is searching for The One. She loves being romanced, but she knows she needs much more from life: a merciless spanking, domination, and a good hard fucking. Will the older butch power-dyke she met online be able to give her what she’s always been craving?

 

 

 

Jasmine

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This short story is a jewel of GBLT. It’s a very hot story. Jenna Bernsson, after realizing her burning attraction for other women, is searching for The One …

She realizes she needs lots of hard sex, severe spankings, and domination. That includes masturbation and strap ons. She goes online to a Domme, Ruby Velasquez and they have an explosive encounter that is very hot.

This is the first time I’ve read Lula Lisbon and I liked her style. This is lesbian erotica with a soft appeal. You have BDSM, erotica and romance all in one hot read. For people who like this kind of a story, I recommend it and give it 3 couples

 

 

Pubisher : Siren Publishing

Source : Manic Readers

Release Date:February 16th 2012

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Learning to Live (Live #1) by Marissa Dobson

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Meg Harper is tired of living in a box created by her overprotective brothers because of her ability to see guardian angels…

Jay Wilder a lion shifter so wrapped up in the guilt of not being able to save his friend that he might lose everything…

Can Meg and Jay save each other or are they destined to live half a life?

It isn’t until he meets someone decent that he realizes how corrupt his life has become. Pete is a tall blond farmer who charms Avi with his dazzling smile and his straightforward life. But even if he can believe this refreshingly honest man doesn’t have his own political agenda, will Avi find the strength to emerge from the dark life he’s chosen and find a future in the sun

 

 

 

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Meg has suffocating brothers and decides to take a week from them to clear her mind and think. She’s delighted to get away until the owner of the resort she’s booked into tells her because of a booking error she now is going to have a roommate.

Enter Jay, a very alpha lion shifter. He is at the resort for the same kind of reason and wants peace and quiet. However, one look at Meg and he’s very happy to meet her and senses she’s just as happy to meet him although she’s not saying so at first.

I like the concept that the author came up for this story. However, it was so rushed that it felt like a rollercoaster. In those few pages we have so many high and lows. It was so fantastic a blurb that I was disappointed, it seemed like we were going to get a long novel exploring all these themes which would have been interesting and more exciting than the book I got instead to read and review.

I have to give this book 3 couples. There is a beautiful story there but it seems that this author tends to rush her books. I also read another of her short stories, Snow Fate which gave me the same feeling of being rushed.

 

 

 

Pubisher : Ruby Lioness Press

Source : Manic Readers

Released : January 18th 2012

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A Duke’s Desire by Liz Cole

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Anna Carrington is no longer a child, but a marriageable young woman who has loved the Duke of Fairmount for years. She has kept her love for him well hidden, sure that even if, by some miracle, he did return her feelings, his dedication to propriety would never allow him to marry his ward.

Jared St. James is known for his strict adherence to the rules of society and respectability, even though he finds himself lusting after Anna. Having struggled against his desire to his young ward, he decides the only way to right the situation is to marry her off, but will she accept the man he has chosen for her or stake claim to her innocence?

 

 

 

 

Dolce Amore

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This is a very short historical romance. Jared St. James became Anna’s guardian seven years ago. However, during this time, he comes to love her and now he can’t stand the idea of her married to someone else. So he wants to talk to her about marrying him. Still, he starts that conversation with the worst line:

“I wished to discuss this with you because I have a man in mind for you, and I hope you will find him a … favorable choice.” Anna inhaled sharply. This was what she feared. He was going to marry her off to some stranger! She had to dissuade him. She could not bear the idea of being with anyone but Jared.

When Anna finally realizes that Jared is the one who he is speaking about all along, she is thrilled and she accepts his proposal. She is a complete innocent, a virgin not only in body but in mind, who responds to Jared’s overtures. She doesn’t know the anatomical names for the parts of a man and woman’s body and the newness of her language inflames the passions of Jared who makes love to her with wild abandon. He makes her feel beautiful and desired, and above all, safe. With him, she is free to experience fully anything he does to her body.

I have to say that the storyline  is lacking. Almost all the book is formed by torrid scenes, which is a turn off for me; I prefer to read a book with a storyline too. So I give it 3 couples

Pubisher : Breathless Press

Source : Manic Readers

Released : March 2011

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Popping the Cork by Julia Talbot

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Granger isn’t sure why he’s been summoned home to Gunnison, Colorado for New Year’s Eve, but when he finds out it’s his sister’s wedding and not some pack ritual, he’s damned relieved. When he meets the groom’s brother, he’s even more interested. Channing is hot, dominant, and all male. Can the two of them get to know each other before the cork pops at midnight?

 

 

 

 

RedDragonfly

 

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Popping the Cork by Julia Talbot is a very short story (11 pages) but very enjoyable and had just enough information in it to make the read satisfying while leaving you wanting more. I’m giving this story 4 stars.

This story is told from Granger’s point of view. He is a lone werewolf who would rather track migratory animals than stay at home. He is gay, which i guess is uncommon in this paranormal world. He is summoned home mysteriously but upon arrival finds its happy news—his sister is getting married to a man from another pack. Granger meets the groom’s brother, who also happens to be gay and kind of a loner. Channing and Granger hit it off right away and during the party take off to go have sex.

At  the end of the story you get to find out they are still together a year later, which I thought was a nice addition to the story. Instead of making it just a short sex scene (with a kinky D/s edge) about two horny guys, it made it a love at first sight story.

 

 

Pubisher :Torquere Press

Source : Manic Readers

Released : December 27th 2011

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Three River Ranch (Three River Ranch, #1) by Roxanne Snopek

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Needing a fresh start from her two-timing fiancé, Aurora McAllister answers a realtor’s ad for a guesthouse on the beautiful, serene Three River Ranch. She shows up at Three River tired, heartbroken, and with no one but her trusty Labradoodle as a companion.

Cowboy Carson Granger has enough trouble in his life without adding a woman and her dog to the mix. There’s the untamed mustang he’s prepping to release into the wild, not to mention his father’s crazy will, which stipulates that if Carson wants to fully inherit Three River, he’ll need to find a bride. Carson wants nothing to do with love and especially not a marriage of convenience. But he soon realizes Rory, and everything she represents, might just be exactly what he needs.

Sometimes love arrives on your doorstep when you least expect it

 

 

 

 

Dolce Amore

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When Carson Granger, the owner of the guesthouse pregnant Aurora, (aka Rory) McAllister just rented tells her that he needs to hire an assistant and not to rent the house, she is determined. She is not leaving. The only person she trusts in to help her giving birth is the nurse-midwife friend, Sabrina Becker; and her birthing center is in Chinook. So she is not going to move.

 

Carson Granger and his brother Mitchell had left Chinook many years ago. In the years since, Mitchell had become a real estate developer and Carson started to learn about Spanish mustangs. Now Carson has mustangs but needs a place for them; the mustang population has been decimated everywhere and Carson needs to make a true mustang herd and study them in a controlled, protected—yet still wild environment. Carson’s dream is to have his ranch officially changed to the Three River Mustang Study Center, but his late father’s will stipulates that until he and his brother found wives, they can’t inherit the Granger fortune. Carson’s lawyer, the one that rented the house to Rory, tells him that Rory is perfect for him … single and pregnant, and Carson should marry her.

 

Rory surprises him when she manages to calm one of the mares, Stormy. Because of her “gift” she knows the mare is pregnant. Sometimes Rory is drawn to certain people or animals. She has an ability to immerse herself in another creature’s wordless emotion and she has taken work as a speech therapist. She studied psycholinguistics—the psychology of language—but she mostly works with kids, her dog helping her to get through their defenses.

 

Carson hopes to get a grant and have no need for the Granger fortune so he makes a deal with Rory: she works for him a couple of hours a day and she can live there for free.

 

The scene where Carson realizes that her dog is pregnant too is so funny:

 

This was too much. Pregnant mare. Pregnant woman. Now the dog was pregnant, too? Seriously?

 

When the grant is denied, Rory asks him to marry her in exchange for money, as his lawyer has told her about the will. She is in love with Carson, but she lets him believe that she is only after his money.

 

Still, when he hits his head freeing a foal from an entanglement, the true feelings come to light.

 

It’s a sweet story. The characters are deep, the story is interesting. However, I’m a person who likes to read books full of emotion, of passion and feelings and this story was lacking a bit in all of these. As much as this is a little gem of a romance, it is also about the human impact on the environment of wild mustangs, their precarious ecology and the need for their preservation as part of the U.S. landscape. 4 couples.
 

 

Pubisher : Entangled Publishing – Bliss

Source : Publicist Provided for review

Released : August 25th 2012

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Sugar Rush by Rachel Astor

[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]Oh, eating candies I can always get on board with; it’s the candy making I can’t seem to stomach anymore.[/pullquote]

 

 

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There’s nothing quite like your first bite.

Dulcie Carter has been running her family’s homemade sweet shop, Candy Land Confections, on her own since her mom passed away. But business is slow and rent is high, so Dulcie knows if she wants to keep her mom’s dream alive, she’ll need a miracle. Winning the annual Assembly of Chocolatiers competition will change everything, if only she can overcome her fears and bring herself to create something new for the first time in a long time.

Then she meets Nick, a molten-hot guy with a sexy smirk and chocolate brown eyes. The attraction is stronger than any sugar rush—until she discovers he’s set to inherit his family’s big-box candy shop in town, which is her strongest competitor for first prize. Nick’s got his own reasons for needing the win, but then being around Dulcie is proving addictive.

As the competition heats up, so do the sparks between them. Can they keep their sights on winning, when love might be the sweetest prize of all?

 

 

 

Dolce Amore

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Dulcie Carter has run her family’s shop, Candy Land Confections, since her mother died. She is also studying to get her Master’s degree in Business Administration. Because of the slow business, she needs to win the candy contest The Forty-seventh Annual Taste of the Year Competition. The last time she participated shortly after her mother’s death, her creation did not make it past the preliminary round and their biggest competitor, How Sweet It Is, won that year.

 

Nick wants to take over How Sweet It Is, and he fears that if he doesn’t impress his father, he will hand over the reins of the shop to Jack Miller. The contest gives him two things: Nick could let out his creative muse and he is sure that if he wins, he will get the shop. Yet, his passion is actually for cupcakes, not candies.

 

Dulcie is afraid to enter the contest. She couldn’t face another loss like her previous participation gave her.

 

 Mom’s and Grams’s recipes were Candy Land Confections. Not hers.

 

Dulcie and Nick meet in a jazz club … and he is the first man she likes is ages. The scene is hilarious. Nick likes her, but he says the wrong things, especially when he realizes that she is his competitor.

 

“You guys have great caramel-filled macaroons. Not as good as ours, mind you,” he said.

Her eyebrows crinkled in a maddeningly cute way as she struggled to understand, and then … it hit her. Only one other place in town even made similar caramel-filled macaroons.

“Seriously?” she said, sounding defensive. “You think your macaroons hold a candle to ours? You must be delusional.”

He snorted. “Yeah, as delusional as the thousand customers who come in,” he said, leaning toward her again, “every day.” He regretted the words the moment they came out, but there was no taking them back.

“Well, at least our candies are handmade, not out of some machine.”

 

The next day, during another conversation with Nick, he reminds her of her failure to win the last contest, and Dulcie affirmd she will participate in the contest and will win it.

 

Nick comes with some cupcakes and apologies for being a jerk and I couldn’t resist adding these lines … about enemies in sugar.

 

Nothing made any sense. They were mortal enemies. Okay, so maybe not mortal, but enemies in sugar for sure. And he was there apologizing to her?

 

Dulcie thinks she has no chance to win the contest until she discovers five recipes her mother wrote and hid while she was ill.

 

And I have to say that the ingredients made me drool. I’d love to have at least a piece of each yummy sweet.

 

The new recipes are such a huge success that Dulcie skips classes and takes homeless, but nice and clean Jess to help her. Jess had worked in marketing but when she lost her job she couldn’t afford a room to live in.

 

When Dulcie takes some samples of her latest recipes to Nick, she meets his father and he is totally against having her there and mentions a feud.

 

So, it was confirmed. Dulcie could never start something up romantically with Nick.

They had just been starting to build a connection, and Dulcie was sure it could lead to something more. But then the families had to come along and ruin everything.

No wonder Romeo and Juliet were doomed from the start.

 

Yet, Nick wants to be with Dulcie and he tells her the truth.

 

Oh, eating candies I can always get on board with; it’s the candy making I can’t seem to stomach anymore.

 

Her grandmother finally tells her about the feud. She had an affair with Nick’s father but when he wanted to combine their stores and build one giant empire of candy, automate the whole thing and just wait to cash the checks, she broke up with him.

 

At the competition before signing in, there is a hilarious scene where Nick kisses Dulcie and crunches her chocolate. Now she has just three samples and she needs four for the judging. She still manages to save one from the smashed box to add to the others three.

 

But then, just as I expected, Nick and his father are using the same recipe as Dulcie to participate in the contest! It turns out Nick’s father stole the recipe Dulcie’s mother created!

 

Dulcie, informed by Jess, sends a formal complaint to the contest heads with her side of the story. She receives back an email informing her that because of the use of the same recipe, the two stores must bring a fresh, brand-new entry, for the finals.

 

I totally loved the pep talk Dulcie’s grandmother gives her. She knows Dulcie has talent, but that she fears the rejection of her creations.

 

“It’s time,” she said quietly. “Time to find some balls and step up to the plate. It’s time to save the one thing in the world you love the most.” She gestured around the room. “It’s time to take care of these people who count on this shop. It’s time,” she finished. “It’s just God damned time.”

 

Nick is not going to give up to Dulcie.

 

He decided then that while a good cupcake—and good cupcake making—could fix almost anything, no sugar high could compare to the rush he felt when he was with Dulcie.

 

Nick plans to reveal the kind of person his father really is. To that end, he buys a new chocolate, from the new ones Dulcie is selling (her own creation, while trying to come up with a good chocolate for the contest) and telling his father that he created it and they can use it for the contest. However, during the contest, what Nick presents is the disaster Dulcie presented last time she participated—the watermelon candy!

 

The end will leave you with a huge smile.  I’ll let you discover it by yourselves.

 

So, where to start? I loved the story from the start, like I knew I would; as I had read the first book from the McMaster the Disaster series, Bridesmaid Lotto, and I loved that story. I really have to read the other two books from the series, as I bet they are as great as the first book and this one.

 

The characters are great, I loved Dulcie’s eccentric grandmother with her hot pants and her wise words, like: a good candy is like a good memory. Take people away, make them think of the best times in their lives. If you can turn your creation into a feeling like that, you’ve got a winner.

 

Nick, for … well … I still need to say why I loved him? No, don’t think so.

 

I think nobody should miss this book, hell, nobody should miss any of Ms. Rachel Astor’s books, they are all are so wonderful.

 

I’ll end the review with some words from the book about the recipe book of Dulcie’s mother that reflects what I think about the books.

 

As a kid, Dulcie believed the Spell Book did have a little magic inside, and, if honest, she supposed she still did. It had the power to make people come together, to put a smile on their faces, to help them through a rough time.

What better magic was there?

 

Outstanding! I give Sugar Rush the maximum number of couples I can: 5 couples.

 

 

 

Pubisher : Entangled Publishing – Bliss

Source : Publicist Provided for review

Released : August 25th 2012

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