Sugar by Kimberly Stuart was another Bookbub gem. They’ve kind of been knocking it out of the park lately.
As most of you know, I’ve been struggling with getting A Holiday Gift moving along. To that end, I’ve been gorging myself on food-related romances – both books and movies (the Hallmark Channel always comes through for me with this). So when my Bookbub e-mail sailed into my inbox at the end of February, offering me the story of a pastry chef-turned-reluctant reality star, I had to buy it.
And I was so glad I did.
Sugar is what is commonly known as a sweet romance. There’s no raunchiness, no naked bodies or euphemisms for body parts, no heaving this or straining that. And while I typically have no problem with books that contain that stuff, and even read them if the plot sounds good, it isn’t what I write. But this book didn’t need any of that. The characters are developed, the settings well-described, the relationships fulfilling. And as someone who has no time for reality TV, Charlie’s attitude toward her sudden stardom was refreshing and realistic. It didn’t glorify the “look at me” lifestyle that the Kardashians and the Real Housewives seem to need more than air. I’m not sure I bought the idea that Avery would only staff his restaurant with actors, but it didn’t throw me off enough to quit reading. And the romance between Charlie and Kai, while a bit rushed, was sweet and satisfying.
If you’re looking for an entertaining read, and like stories set in the restaurant business, I definitely recommend Sugar.