Monday, November 4, 2013


Ana Belle never wanted anything more than to hang up her apron, jump on her Vespa and ride off into the sunset, leaving Sugartown in the dust.
Elijah Cade never wanted anything more than a hot meal, a side of hot arse and a soft place to lay his head at night where he could forget about his past.
But you know what they say about wanting: you always want what you can’t have.
Nineteen year-old virgin Ana is about to discover that’s not quite true because a six foot three, hotter than hell, tattooed, Aussie sex god just rode into town. He’s had a taste of her pie and he wants more– no really, Ana bakes pies for a living, get your mind out of the gutter.
She’d be willing to hand over everything tied up in a big red bow, there’s just one problem; Elijah has secrets dirtier than last week’s underwear. Secrets that won't just break Ana’s heart, but put her life at risk, too. When those secrets come to light, their relationship is pushed to breaking point.
Add to that a psychotic nympho best friend, an overbearing father, a cuter than humanly possible kid brother, a wanton womanizing cousin, the ex from hell, and more pies than you could poke a ... err ... stick ... at.

And you thought small towns were boring.

Welcome to Sugartown.

So this is a book that I was going to read for pleasure. Had absolutely no plans to review it at all. Well you know what they say about the best laid plans.... I went into this book thinking it would be a light read before I started another emotion packed wallop of a book. Boy was I wrong. The author has written a funny romantic grab your heart and step on it and shove it back in your chest book. Really was not expecting the depth of emotion that was ripped out of my body. So lets get started.....

Ana is a virgin who just met a smokin hot tattooed bad boy who is now working for her dad. He is unaware of that fact at first.Their first meeting goes something like this.....

"He's gone for the day. Friday night's bonfire and booze night down by the river."
"Shit. I knew I shouldn't have stopped earlier."
"Shop opens again at ten am."
"Nah, that'll be too late. Any idea where I could find this river?"
"Eight blocks down, second turn on your right, then you wanna follow the cane fields for another five kilometers, you'll run right into it."
 Holly's standing behind Hot Guy making lewd hand gestures and snapping her teeth at his bum like she wants to take a bite. I shoot her a warning glare and jerk my head in the direction of the kitchen several times, but it's Holly, so of course she doesn't take the hint, which leaves me looking like a stroke victim.

"What Ana's trying to say here, is that her shift ends in exactly one hour and since I'll be sticking around to watch the brat--" Holly inclines her head in Sam's direction, who is watching our interaction like it's his favorite episode of Spongebob Square Pants"--she'd be delighted to take you down to the river and show you her bonfire."
"Holly!" I chastise.
"You sure...uh, Ana , was it? I wouldn't want to put you out."
"Ana loves putting out,"Holly chirrups.
She is having way too much fun with this.

He look surprised. Surprised and suddenly wary. "You know him?"
"You could say that."
"Tell me then, what have I gotta do to impress him? I really need to hold down this job."
"Okay, here's the thing. Big Bob's really big on pretty boys, so make sure you smile. Don't wear a shirt while you're working, and he's partially deaf so you'll need to talk REALLY LOUD!"
"You're shitting me, right?"
"Afraid not. Mr. Boss Man is a partially deaf, raving homosexual. Still want the job?"
Holly stares at me in horror from across the room and mouths, "What are you doing?"
"Wanna tell me what that was about?" she whispered.
"Just having a little fun, is all."
" A little fun? Ana, there's fun and then there's suicidal. You just told him your dad was gay and enjoyed seeing his employees prance around half-naked. That might work here; he did knock up the evil bitch stepmum, after all, but at the garage? Bob's going to annihilate this kid."
"I know, but think how fun it will be to watch him walking around shirtless and yelling at my dad all summer."

Now how could you not think this was a humorous romance. Holly is a fantastic character. I loved Holly. I want a friend like Holly. Not only is she completely devoted to Ana and would do anything for her but, "Holly might be as fucking crazy as a howler monkey locked in a cupboard full of crack but she can definitely do better than this shirtless douche." 
There are some fantastic secondary characters. This book had depths that I was not prepared for. Nicole, the crazy bitch, I wanted to punch her in her mouth. I can only hope that she get's hers someday. Then there is Scott....I don't want to give anything away, but I LOVE THAT HE GOT WHAT HE DESERVED.

What can I say about Elijah.. Oh my I would love to have an Elijah in my life. He is a total bad ass when its necessary and so sweet and loving. When he is hurting, I wanted to just hug him. Ana takes a journey that goes from a flirtation to full out break your heart, try not to care, please be what i need you to be LOVE. I truly was not expecting to be yelling out loud at my kindle or bawling so much that my husband actually asked, "What's wrong, what happened?" For me to point at book. I have to say I was a little disappointed that there was no epilogue but, as I saw this is book 1 I forgave that part. All I can say is that the next book sooo needs to be Holly and Jackson's story. I couldn't give this book anything less than 5 clocks. Carmen you need to write faster girlfriend.....



1 comment:

  1. Ha!!! It's true, I do need to write faster! I also need to stop reading such amazing reviews!! :)
    Thanks so much for a delightfully funny review, Dawn! You made my day! :)