Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
He’s trouble she doesn’t need . . .
Thanks to a cheating fiancé, Josephina Harrington’s perfect life just crashed and burned. Moving in with her overbearing parents is definitely not an option. No, she needs to prove she can make it on her own. And she will-by turning her great-aunt’s old plantation house into a destination getaway. She’s just not expecting her contractor to be so hands-on-and so totally irresistible.
. . . but everything she wants
Bad-boy golf champion Brett McGraw figured his hometown of Sugar, Georgia was the perfect place to lay low and get his life back up to par. The leggy blonde with a pint-sized pup is the kind of sweet ‘n sassy trouble he never saw coming. She doesn’t know a nut from a bolt and before long, he’s renovating her house . . . as she steals his heart. Can he convince Josephina that his womanizing ways are in the past and he’s ready for forever?
This is a wonderful new series by an author whose books I have enjoyed many times. Set in the south we get a feel for southern traditions, northern discriminations and of course romance.
Josephina Harrington (Joie) needs a change, her boyfriend of several years just dumped her in the most embarrassing way. So she is off to Sugar, Georgia, a haven when she was younger to gain some respect and control back in her life.
Brett McGraw is a PGA professional who recently finds himself at an uncomfortable time in his life, a sex video recently surfaces and has gone viral. His brother Cal convinces him to come home to Sugar for the summer and take some time off. He is reluctant since this is the prime time for golf but with sponsors threatening, he agrees.
Joie and Brett met years ago while she was staying at her aunt Letti’s house and when they meet again they start off in a friendly, flirtatious manner. But when Brett’s grandmother Hattie and the Granny Mafia start gunning for Joie, Brett tries to help and deflect some of the damage. What happens instead is all out chaos that has the town up in arms, the grannies shooting their rifles and Joie digging in her heels with poor Brett caught in the middle.
This is an extremely entertaining book full of laughter, friendship and romance. I love the southern feel the author presents, the characters are engaging and the town is charming.
Josephina is enjoyable, she is desperate for those long ago feelings she had during the tranquil summers she spend with her aunt Letti. She misses her aunt and is angry at herself for letting her ex run her life in the last few years before Letti died. She realizes now that she often loses herself when she is with someone and is determined to change with future relationships.
Brett is interesting, he is a bit of a player but reluctantly agrees with his brother that he needs to lay low. He remembers Joie from her visits with Letti and finds her attractive and intriguing but he is not looking for permanent. Yet as most romances go they are both attracted to each other and he feels compelled to seek her out. When Joie is not trying to stay away from Brett, the two are combustible and share some steamy scenes but she believes he will be leaving soon and does not want to fall into the same trap as her last relationship, so backs away, yet he is stubborn and determined to win the battle.
Brett and Joie are cute together, he keeps asking her out and she keeps saying no but realizes it is inevitable that she will eventually say yes. Unfortunately the Granny Mafia keeps sabotaging Joie’s accomplishments and causing doubt, which she desperately does not needs right now. I felt sorry for Joie many times, even Brett had a hard time coming in between the grannies and Joie.
The story’s pace works well as we watch the romance bloom between Joie and Brett. Of course there are many obstacles to overcome and that kept me interested until the end to see how things would play out. Secondary characters are extremely important in this story, I like Brett’s brother Cal who seems to be his conscience, telling him what to do. Spenser, Charlotte and Glory are the women in town that Joie meets who are on her side and become friends, even the gruff sheriff Jackson, is likable at first. But what can I say about those grannies, they are hilarious and outrageous in how they thwart Joie and try to get her to give up her plans, but they are mean, that homegrown clique is tight with them and a Yankee rarely breaks in. They are truly a force to be reckoned with, I was all set to like them in the beginning, then they turned on me and had a lot of fences to mend in the end, it will be interesting to see how influential they will be in forthcoming books. A great start to a delightful new series and the author has me hooked, I am excited to see what happens with Cal next.
I give Sugar’s Twice as Sweet by Marina Adair 4.25 stars!
Three days later, Josephina shoved the last scrap of wallpaper into the trash bag and knew it was quitting time. Her arms were sore from scraping off glue, which was littering the wood floor, she had a big bruise on her forehead from running into Brett’s elbow—and sharing breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a man who made her motor hum only added to her aches.
True to his word, he had asked her out every day. And every day it became harder to say no.
Today had been the worst, she thought as she watched the play of Brett’s muscles while he supported a plank of rotted wood over his head. He was all rippled and gorgeous and flashing that orgasm-inducing smile. The one that curled up slightly at the corners, saying he’d caught her drooling. Again.
“A simple yes is all it would take,” he said in that southern-boy way that made her heart warm. Along with some other, more pertinent, parts.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about.” She stepped sideways, right into a bowl of nails, knocking them over. Then, blaming Brett for taking up too much damn space, she picked up the handsaw off the floor and reached into her back pocket for a pair of gloves—coming up empty.
“I’ve got an extra pair in my tool belt,” he said with humor in his voice as he jerked his chin toward his goodie bag, um, tool belt. “Right there in the center pocket. You see them?”
Oh, she saw them all right. She also saw how incredibly amused he was.
“Don’t move.” Eyeing him, she cautiously reached into the pocket, careful not to touch any of his tools. She grabbed the leather gloves and jerked her hand back.
Doing her best to ignore his laughing, she crawled up to the fifth rung of the ladder and sawed away the remaining few inches of beam. Between the sexy smiles and “accidental” brushing of bodies, Brett kept her in a constant state of unbalance.
“So to clarify, you’re saying you don’t want to go out with me,” he mused.
She sighed, sawing through the end of the beam and wondering why she kept repeating herself. “Dating wouldn’t be a good idea.”
“Why is that?” he asked, lowering the beam to the floor.
This time she was certain he was flexing his arms on purpose.
“Because we’d go out, have a good time, come home, and have sex. Only instead of just amazing no-strings sex it would be complicated by all this other stuff, which would make things weird. Eventually I’d be short one contractor, miss my opening date, and wonder what happened.”
Not wanting to look at him, she set the saw on the top of the ladder, ready to move to the next spot.
“First off, I’m in this for the long haul, I gave you my word on that.”
Josephina turned around to ask him if he was talking about the inn, but then she forgot how to speak. Brett blocked her descent, climbing up behind her to the second rung, which brought him eye level. He gripped her hips and backed her up against the ladder. “And, sugar, sex between us wouldn’t be amazing, it would be earth-shattering.”
That’s what I’m afraid of.
He sculpted his hands down her sides to her thighs, paying extra attention to her bottom on the trip back. She rested her hands on those biceps she’d been watching all week so she wouldn’t fall over as the air whooshed out of her lungs.
Hell, she’d suffered from severe oxygen deprivation since the minute she found him this morning, standing on the front porch, latte in one hand, a cheese Danish in the other, and the sun cresting behind him.
The man redefined “sexy contractor.” The faded college T-shirt clung to his impressive chest. And the hotter it got, the clingier the material became. Which was why four o’clock was Josephina’s new favorite time of day. It was when Brett shucked his shirt. And the tool belt he wore weighed down his jeans, giving her a prime view of chiseled abs and lean hips, and highlighting his yummy parts.
And that wasn’t even the most tempting part. Nope. The more she saw Brett as a normal hot guy, the more the never-going-to-date-him rule seemed to blur, and the harder he became to resist.
“I suck at relationships,” she rushed out, more for her than him. “I get so lost in the other person that Josephina goes MIA. I can’t do that again. Not now when people are counting on me. When I’m counting on me.”
“It’s just a date, Joie. I’m not down on one knee.” He sounded so sincere her heart pounded as if he were.
“Date implies the start of something, and you’re leaving.” And if I let you, you might take my heart with you when you go. “And I’m staying here, in Sugar.”
With a single nod, Brett let her slide past him on the ladder.
He wasn’t giving up, not by a long shot, she could see that in his eyes. But he was letting it go—for now.
Marina Adair is a lifelong fan of romance novels. Along with the Sugar series, she is also the author of the St. Helena Vineyard series. She currently lives in a hundred-year-old log cabin, nestled in the majestic redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, with her husband and daughter.
As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive. She also loves to interact with readers and you can catch her on Twitter at @MarinaEAdair or visit her at www.MarinaAdair.com.
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