Nikolai Alexei Young was born with a special gift…one he’d do anything to lose. The heart and soul of every person he comes into contact with is an open book to his heightened senses. Colorful emotions, whispers of thoughts, the sour tastes of old memories…He feels them all. The sci-fi books would call him an empath. For Nikolai, his ability has made him an exile. He roams the U.S. alone, avoiding the glut of life in big cities, and using his innate talents to win money in underground poker games. Just enough to keep going, one town to the next. He has no hope that his life can be anything else, until he meets her…
At nineteen, Fiona Starling was trapped in an ugly, desperate situation until she freed herself the only way she knew how. Now three years later, living outside Savannah, Georgia, she is rebuilding her life on her own terms; seizing every moment and saving every penny so that she might fulfill her dream of moving to the raw wilderness of Costa Rica. But behind her carefree smile beats the heart of a lonely young woman haunted by her past, until a chance encounter with a tattooed stranger changes everything…
Fiona takes Nikolai under her roof for three sultry nights, waiting out the rain of a summer storm. She grows more and more fascinated by this brooding stranger with whom she shares an intense physical connection—a connection so strong, she wonders if there is something between them beyond lust and passion. Nikolai is shocked to discover that Fiona calms the raging turmoil in his heart. She alone silences the din of other people’s lives, and envelops him in the sweet beauty of her inner self. Every moment he’s with her—every touch of her skin—brings him closer to the peace that’s been eluding him his entire life.
But Fiona harbors secrets that she is too terrified to reveal. After Nikolai confesses his unique ability, she is caught between wanting to believe him and fearing he’ll eventually unearth her own dark past. When the unthinkable happens, Fiona’s plans come crashing down, and Nikolai discovers his hated ability might be the only thing that can save the woman he loves.
Sugar & Gold is a STANDALONE new adult romance with shades of the paranormal. Intended for readers 18 and up.
Blown. Away. This book is just so much, there is not one good way to explain it, although I will try. Sugar & Gold is well written, beautiful, filled with love and hope alongside the harsh cruelness of life and it’s struggles. There are times where you you won’t understand things or where you will crave more information. Your heart will bleed for Fiona and Nik, both together and separately.
Nik – Gold – Soft and Hard & Sweet and Rough
I figure Nik is a good place to start, yet he’s also difficult to explain. What he is, what he does?? There is so much to it that you really need to hear it coming from him. His way of telling you will actually make you feel his pain and his struggle. The way he needs Fiona is unparalleled. It’s more that just needing water and air. He needs her more than that alone.
“I’d do anything for her if it meant more of that inexplicable tranquility.”
Fiona – Pink – Kindness Compassion Charity
Fiona, this woman….I swear she is something that we should all aim to be. She is kindness, compassion and charity all rolled up into one package. However she is scared and wary of new people in her life. She is running and hiding all while planning her next escape. When Nik stumbles into her world unexpectedly her well laid out plans are threatened, but in a good way. She is the calm after the storm, helping others and never asking for anything in return. You could feel Nik calming down when he was with her, the sense of peace that she brings to him.
“I’m fucking tired,” I said against the silk of her robe. “Exhausted in my goddamn bones.” “Then rest,” Fiona said, her hands soft on my skin. “Just be.”
What Nik and Fiona share is so many things wrapped into one. It’s passion (lots of that), hope (so much), it’s fun, new, exciting, scary, calming….and I could keep going. The way that Emma Scott has woven their story and created this life for them is incredible. Twists and turns, darkness and light. One thing that you can take away from this story, some sound advice from Fiona
Let your life guide you, do what feels right and just be.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emma Scott writes romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. Emma loves to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we all do in real life. She digs realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. She also loves to write about enduring love, soul- deep love, in as real a setting as possible, but with big smooshy HEAs. Emma believes in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. She adores sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.
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