Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: A Taste of Sugar by Marina Adair

A blast from her past . . .
Charlotte Holden, Sugar's favorite pediatrician, knows better than anyone that love only leads to heartbreak. Instead, she's focused on creating the Grow Clinic, an outpatient center for children. All she has to do now is to host the best Founder's Day Parade in the history of Sugar, Georgia, to win over a big-city donor. Easy as peach pie. Then sexy Jace McGraw blows back into town and utters those three words every woman dreads: we're still married.

. . . leads to tantalizing trouble
Jace McGraw was making an offer on his dream business in Atlanta when he was told that his wife had some credit issues. Wait, his wife? The annulment went through years ago-or so he thought. He'd walked away only to keep his troublemaker reputation from ruining her dreams. But now that they have a second chance, Jace offers Charlotte a deal: he'll grant a discreet divorce in exchange for 30 days and nights of marriage. Because this time he isn't going to let her go without a fight.

We have met and interacted with Dr. Charlotte Holden several times in Sugar's Twice as Sweet and Sugar on Top, respectively.  On the outside, Charlotte seems completely together -- she gives advice to Glory, she manages finicky patients (human and animal), she is well-respected in Sugar -- but A Taste of Sugar introduces us to a different Charlotte, one who is concerning with her parents' approval at all times, one who doesn't want to let others around her down, one who doesn't go after what she wants.  When Jace McGraw returns to Sugar to tell Charlotte they are still married, she eventually has to make a choice.

Jace left Sugar after high school, but he reconnected (and married) Charlotte Holden in a fit of whimsy in Atlanta.  That was four years ago, and Charlotte returned to Sugar once they decided to annul their short marriage.  Seeing Charlotte again makes Jace realize that she is the only woman for him and he's going to fight for her.

The small-town shenanigans featured in A Taste of Sugar add silly fun, mainly because I can know people who act exactly like Darleen and Lavender and June Ferguson.  What I really wanted was for Charlotte to not let her father and mother dictate her life.  I was glad when she stood up for herself, though Jace had a hand in pushing her toward her decision.  I would still love to read a Lavender-and-Jackson romance.  *hint, hint, Ms. Adair*

(A very special thank you to Forever Romance, Grand Central Publishing, and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of A Taste of Sugar.)

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