Sugar and Spice #2
Author Seressia Glass
Narrated by Elizabeth Hart
Publication date Feb 2, 2016
Running time 11 hrs 2 min
Paperback & E-Book
Nov 03, 2015 | 352 Pages
E-Galley and Audio CD provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Siobhan “Sugar” Malloy, co-owner of Sugar and Spice Café and part-time burlesque dancer, believes that love is for the young and foolish—and at thirty-five years old, she is neither. But a new business venture with the sexy twenty-something owner of Crimson Bay Couriers is quickly changing her mind. Charlie O’Halloran is beyond charming, and his flirtatious manner is an unexpected breath of fresh air for Siobhan. Soon an explosively steamy affair begins, and Siobhan discovers that she loves making up for lost time.
When Charlie comes clean and admits that he wants a relationship, Siobhan is struck with memories of the troubled past she is desperate to forget. But when her estranged daughter makes a surprise appearance, Siobhan must choose between the family she left behind and the new life she’s always wanted.
Contains mature themes.
It’s “Sugar’s” turn to find love in the second book in this steamy series. The the first book had some BDSM but this one doesn’t.
It seems like last week’s theme was older brothers who raise their siblings. Weird.
In this book, a younger man falls for a woman nine years his senior. Siobhan, cafe co-owner, is recovering from addiction to pain killers washed down with wine, and suffered from depression. Her biological family preferred her high because she was docile when she was out of it. But now they reject her because of that addiction. Her family is super toxic.
Siobhan seems very serious about her sobriety; she won’t even take advil or aspirin.But several times in the book she drinks wine. Since wine was actually part of her addiction I don’t get this at all.
The character is interestingly developed, complex — she’s not a prude in bed, or in her burlesque. But, as a result of her upbringing she does care what people will think of the age difference between her and Charlie.
Now Charlie is sweet, and fairly mature, but he has some secrets too. Siobhan has an alter ego, burlesque dancer, Sugar Malloy. And that alter ego is something else!
And two big things he keeps from Siobhan (not that big thing – he can’t keep that from her!) threaten to tear them apart.
Much of the book is about letting go of others:
things the characters have accomplished and are ready to set free,
things that are simmering happily and from which the character can step back a bit and relax into their own life, things that have to be given up because they are simply too toxic.
The author does a good job with the first two but I don’t think she goes far enough with the last. I felt she was holding back. I also wanted to see the female character stand up for herself with her parents.
The hook ups are hot with great chemistry between the characters. Lots of sexy times with creative office sex.
So I am kind of on the fence about this story, I liked the relationship, but I really didn’t like how her addiction was treated and how she only felt strong on the stage doing burlesque.
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