Sugar On Top – book review

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Sugar on Top
by Marina Adair
Release Date:  April 28, 2015
Publisher:  Forever
Book #2 in the Sugar, Georgia series
Number of Pages:  352
paperback
Source:  Warren Public Library
Contemporary Romance M/F
Rating:  NC-17
Read 11/17/18 to 11/18/18

She’s sassy and sweet…
The last thing Glory Mann wants is to become chairman of the Miss Peach Pageant in Sugar, Georgia. Spending months hearing nothing but the clinking of pearls and judgment? No thank you! But when Glory is forced to take the rap for a scandal she didn’t commit, the judge sentences her to head the committee. Even worse, her co-chairman is rugged, ripped . . . and barely knows she’s alive.

He’s ready and willing…
Single dad Cal McGraw can’t take any more drama in his life. After a difficult divorce, his little girl became a boy-crazy teenager and his hands are full. The last thing he needs is to spend his down time with the town bad girl. Glory is pure trouble–tempting and tantalizing trouble. But he can’t deny the strong chemistry between them-or how her touch turns him inside out. Now as squabbles threaten to blow up the contest and the town of Sugar itself, Cal must risk everything on the sexy wild card to get a second chance at love.

I am beyond relieved that the mean grannies of Sugar, Georgia are a bit more subdued this go around.  I am not, however, happy with Jackson.  My goodness, I wanted to strangle that man for the first half of this story.

Cal and Glory shouldn’t work, but they do.  Once you get past the exterior layers, you see that they’re actually meant to be together.  They are both just so stubborn.  Glory, with her need to act as if the town’s actions toward her through the years haven’t bothered her.  Cal, with the way he is so determined to “protect” his daughter, Payton.

The way Glory and Cal keep getting thrown together is great.  It really helps their chemistry to build until you think they may combust.  Which, spoiler, they kind of do…and it’s HOT!  I absolutely love the scene when the pair finally come together.  It’s just so them.

Cal is such a good dad, even if he is overprotective.  There are so many times he could throw his ex-wife under the bus as she does to him constantly, but he always takes the high road.  At least when he’s face to face with Payton.  The ex is truly a piece of work and it’s touching to see Cal do so much to make sure his daughter never feels unwanted or unloved.

This story kept me turning the pages and gave me all sorts of warm-fuzzies.  Although I’m really looking forward to the next story in this series, I’m disappointed to see that there are no books after that book three.  I’m sure there will be characters I feel weren’t given their HEA since it’s been so long since these were published, and I doubt there will be more in the series.  But, to think on the positive side, I’m going to enjoy the stories that are out there.

4 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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