Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Big Dose of Sugar to Brighten Your Day (Review)

After realizing her coworkers at L’Ombre, a high-profile restaurant in NYC, will never appreciate or respect her, Charlie Garrett allows her ex-boyfriend, Avery Michaels, to convince her to work for him as executive pastry chef at his new Seattle hotspot, Thrill. She’ll have her own kitchen, her own staff—everything she ever wanted professionally.

When she arrives at Thrill, however, she realizes that Avery wanted more than a pastry chef for his restaurant—he wanted a costar for the reality show they’re filming about the restaurant and its staff. Charlie is uncomfortable with the idea at first, but she soon realizes that this is her chance to show the world what women in the kitchen are capable of. She sets some ground rules with the film crew, signs a non-disclosure agreement, and promptly meets the man of her dreams, Kai, off-camera.

The show, and her demanding work schedule as head of the pastry kitchen, makes it nearly impossible for Charlie and Kai to spend time together. Drama on and off the set soon take a toll on Charlie’s well-being, forcing her to choose if life in front of the camera is worth sacrificing life behind the scenes.

Sugar is a contemporary romance, set in the high-pressure commercial kitchens of New York and Seattle. A funny and clever story of how a female chef learns to thrive in the ruthless world of premier restaurants.
Kimberly Stuart
Pub Date: 2/7/17
Skyhorse Publishing
Genre: Romance
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Sugar is the ingenious new novel from author Kimberly Stuart. Charlie Garrett is a young pastry chef striving to become the head of her own pastry kitchen. After 5 long years grueling at L'Ombre, under whacky French chef Felix, Charlie is convinced by an ex to move to Seattle and work at Thrill. What he doesn't tell her though, is that her job comes with a spot on a reality show.

The producer of the show tells Charlie that it'll boost her career and send her to the top. The move to Seattle hands her the opportunity of a lifetime and a chance at romance. Can she learn to balance her work life with her personal life? Or is the pressure too much to handle? Kimberly Stuart surely hits the right balance of drama and sweet, sweet romance! Kai and Charlie are a match made in chef's heaven. They both analyze their food down to the spice and have a passion for creating in the kitchen. I loved how they had a natural instant connection.

Charlie is a very determined and persistent character that you can't help but admire. She gets so caught up in her world of perfecting her desserts that she doesn't put her friends first. She's an extreme workaholic who doesn't see disaster looming right around the corner. Readers will see her struggle with newfound fame and the headache that comes along and wish to step in and save her from herself. A little humor takes root in the plot as Charlie navigates the drama of the workplace and brings life to the story. It's genuine humor that makes you laugh out loud while being simultaneously engrossed in the outcome of the plot.

Sugar is a story I can see myself reading again on a gloomy day that needs a little something to brighten it. It just had that kind of effect on me. I recommend this to readers who like their romance with a little humor and a lot of sweet!

*eARC provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*



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