Ana Belle never wanted anything more than to hang up her apron, jump on her Vespa and ride off into the sunset, leaving Sugartown in the dust.
Elijah Cade never wanted anything more than a hot meal, a side of hot arse and a soft place to lay his head at night where he could forget about his past.
But you know what they say about wanting: you always want what you can’t have.
Nineteen year-old virgin Ana is about to discover that’s not quite true because a six foot three, hotter than hell, tattooed, Aussie sex god just rode into town. He’s had a taste of her pie and he wants more– no really, Ana bakes pies for a living, get your mind out of the gutter.
She’d be willing to hand over everything tied up in a big red bow, there’s just one problem; Elijah has secrets dirtier than last week’s underwear. Secrets that won’t just break Ana’s heart, but put her life at risk, too. When those secrets come to light, their relationship is pushed to breaking point.
Add to that a psychotic nympho best friend, an overbearing father, a cuter than humanly possible kid brother, a wanton womanizing cousin, the ex from hell, and more pies than you could poke a … err … stick … at.
And you thought small towns were boring.
Welcome to Sugartown.
*Content Warning. Intended for a mature 18+ audience. Contains explicit sex, oodles of profanity and a crap-tonne of AWKWARD.
I recently visited a place called Sugartown and guess what?!? I’m moving there permanently! What? You wanna know where Sugartown is and what’s so great about it? Well, no worries. I can’t seem to stop talking about it so I’ll fill you in on all the details.
Sugartown seems like any other small town at first. It’s in the middle of nowhere Australia and anyone who seems to stop by never stays. Everyone knows everyone, your business is everyone else’s business, and nothing ever seems to change.
Ana is a small town nineteen-year-old girl who dreams of one day escaping the town that has labeled her a whore, courtesy of her high school boyfriend—when in fact she is the complete opposite, a virgin. She wants a new life, to live a new dream, away from Sugartown. But for now, she runs her deceased mum’s diner making pies all day. Her dad runs a garage and customizes Harley’s. All of her mum’s dreams are coming true, with the exception of the dragon stepmother that made a permanent place in her father’s heart. Ana is beautiful and has a heart of gold. She works alongside her best friend, Holly who had to be one of the most hysterical sidekicks I’ve encountered. Her stepbrother, Sammy seriously was just as funny and I was literally holding my sides and LOLing through so many scenes.
So life is going on—boring, the day to day doldrums would drive a sane person mad. Until—you knew there had to be an until, right? Until HE rides into town. He is OH MY HOT, SWEET MOTHER OF ALL THINGS HOLY DELICIOUS, built, tatted and good enough to lick like an ice cream cone.
So who is this Hot Guy, you ask? The one with the smirk, deep dark chocolate eyes, and killer dimples??? The one you wanna offer yourself up to as an “all night buffet”? His name is Elijah Cade. I seriously wanna rip off his clothes and lick every single one of his tattoos and then some. He gets a job working for her dad and run into each other in the pie shop. What a run in it was.
He’s hot, she’s beautiful—perfect match, right?
“Holy mother of whoring nuns she’s hot. Fuck! I haven’t just crossed the border into boner territory, Mr Happy’s erected a tent from my jeans and is setting up camp there.”
He wants a date, she’s scared. She doesn’t want to have her heart broken. Holly twists her arm and convinces her to go. And that’s where it all begins. They begin this “thing” and are unable to deny the intense pull they have with one another. The scenes between these two will have you a hot mess, not only in your mind but all over your body.
“I kept thinking of you, all alone in that big old kitchen making pies. Then, naturally, I thought of how good your pie tasted and how I wanted to taste it over and over again…(OMFG)…Baby girl, five minutes alone with me and you’re gonna be begging me to taste your pie.”
Things are magical, not to mention HOT…and then BAM! Lies, secrets, and bad decisions and ghosts from the past put a dent in their chance at happiness.
Carmen delves deep with these characters and storyline, doesn’t fluff them off, doesn’t skip to the fairy tale ending. Your heart will ache, your gut will twist and you will be up ALL NIGHT reading because it is that FLIPPIN FANTASTIC!!! This book has everything you could hope for. The secondary characters are hilarious and you will love them just as much!! This author is my new best friend. I was blown away by her writing style and sucked in loving every moment!!! I was yelling at myself that I didn’t read this book sooner. I CANNOT wait to see what she has in store for my friends in Sugartown!!!!!
About The Author
While Sugartown may not technically exist, Carmen grew up in a small Australian town just like it, and just like her characters, she always longed for something more.They didn’t have an Elijah Cade, though. If they did, you can be sure she would have never left.