Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sugar's Twice as Sweet by Marina Adair {ARC Review}

Sugar's Twice as Sweet (Sugar, Georgia #1)
by Marina Adair

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?

Every once in a while I like to curl up with a fun, lighthearted small-town romance, and that's exactly what I got with Marina Adair's Sugar's Twice as Sweet.

Sugar's Twice as Sweet starts out with our heroine, Joie, getting dumped by her fiancee in an embarrassing and very memorable way. Poor Joie just wants to prove to her parents that she's not too flighty or too impulsive to be anything other than a disappointments so she decides to head to her late aunt's inn in Sugar, Georgia and turn the dilapidated inn into a success that her parents are sure to be proud of.

Joie spent her summers at Fairchild House with her aunt, and it's there that she learned that living balls to the wall and believing in magic is okay. So of course when Joie returns to Sugar, Georgia she decides that she's going to do whatever it takes to be that little girl and believe again. I found myself having a huge soft spot for Joie from the very beginning and I couldn't wait to watch her story unfold.

Then we have our hero, Brett, who's recently returned to Sugar after a sex scandal forces him to take a reprieve from the lime light. Brett is a bit of a playboy, who loves his women and loves living his life traveling and playing golf. Though once he meets Joie, or should I say becomes reaquainted with Joie, all bets are off.

Joie and Brett first met when they were kids when Brett helped Joie out of a tree. They were each other's first kiss, and they both had childhood dreams of growing up, getting married, and having a hog farm with each other. Of course, life always gets in the way of childhood dreams, but it was so cute watching them fall in love as adults.

After a feud begins between Joie and the old ladies of Sugar, Brett agrees to help Joie renovate the inn. Of course, this is where the story really takes off. The old ladies do everything in their power to run Joie out of town, and while I thought some of their antics were pretty funny, some were just plain mean. Luckily, Joie had Brett to stand to up his grandma and the rest of the old ladies for her, and make them see how much their meddling was hurting her.

The romance between Joie and Brett was a little slow paced for my liking, but it really went along with the story. Joie was just looking for a good time with the town playboy, while Brett wanted to take things slow and prove to Joie that he was more than just a womanizer. When they finally get together though? It was explosive!

Of course Brett kept a few things from Joie, which he thought he was doing to protect her, and shit hits the fan when Joie finds out. Poor Joie... I was so heartbroken for her! I was actually pretty scared that Joie and Brett wouldn't get their HEA, but luckily, with the help of the town and Brett's older brother, Cal, Joie decides to finish the inn and get her man.

The ending was absolutely perfect, with a little groveling from Brett, and forgiveness from Joie, not to mention a pig as a grand gesture... Overall I couldn't be happier with it. Sugar's Twice as Sweet was the first book I've read by Marina Adair, but as a great start to what I'm sure is going to be a great series, it won't be my last.

Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Sugar's Twice as Sweet through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 


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