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Cup of Sugar: (a Neighbors to Lovers, Road Trip Romance) (Close to Home Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"CUP OF SUGAR proves you can have a light-hearted romance without sacrificing "all the feels" and it's why I will continue to read everything Karla Doyle writies." The Romance Evangelist
"Romance, humor & an adorable dog... It is a great story, with deep characters & lots of humor." Desert Rose Reviews
From the Author
Books in the Close to Home series are linked by character friendships and/or family connections, but each book focuses on one couple, and the books do not need to be read in order. Each book has its own beginning and a guaranteed happily-ever-after, no cliffhangers! There are character crossovers between the books, but each story can be read individually.
If you prefer to read a series in order, here it is:
1 - CUP OF SUGAR (Conn & Nia)2 - ICING ON THE CAKE (Curtis & Sara)3 - SWEET AS CANDY (Jake & Candace)
Enjoy, and thank you for reading!
- ASIN : B00INIXCUG
- Publisher : Karla Doyle; 3rd edition (February 25, 2014)
- Publication date : February 25, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2203 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 226 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #338,119 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Cup of Sugar is a sexy, clever and sweet read. Conn is pretty much the perfect Hero. I'm also a sucker for a book with big dog, so I loved Zeus. I liked Nia, but at times her reluctance to get involved with Conn based on an earlier similar situation got a bit frustrating. I kind of wanted to smack her (just a little. She's cute and she knows she's a nut) Conn was the perfect blend of persistence and patience in pursuing Nia. So, as the reader I felt if he thinks she's worth the trouble, I'll overlook her nuttiness.
Actually Nia's inflated expectations got me thinking. She wanted forever or nothing, which is a tall order for a new relationship. It was interesting because it seems (to me) that so many women today are so wrapped up in the "fairy tale" aspect of relationships that they reject anything resembling reality. Conn does all these sweet, practical things for Nia (driving her to her parents, shoveling her driveway, the skates) that are a lot more valuable and thoughtful than fancy flowers (although he does this too). Nia was almost willing to overlook these more imporatnt qualities because she is so focused on him declaring his undying, forever love.
Happily, it looks like this is first in a series - yay! And the next book will feature Conn's no-nonsense brother and Nia's troubled sister. From just the glimpses we get of those two charactrs in Cup of Sugar, I think those two are going to be explosive together, so I really can't wait for the next book!
Nia had a long history of choosing the wrong men. Every one of them seemed to have some lame complaint about her as a reason for breaking up. It seemed to have left such an impression on her that long after they’d come and gone, she turned into the type of woman they would have wanted versus being herself. That was sort of tragic, but even more so when words spoken to Conn’s ex were so full of conviction about them deserving a man who would love them exactly as they were. I was sad to see that Nia never took her family’s advice, much less her own. I really wanted to like her and kept reading because I wanted her to have that moment, the epiphany that the way she was going about things was not a plausible solution for her problems. She wavered too much and too often between wanting to have sex with him and going out of her way to avoid him. I’m also not a fan of conflict that is being driven by a lack of communication.
I liked Conn because he was cheeky, easy-going and sexy. When he really pulled out all the stops to make her feel special, especially the scene with the skates…cue the swoon. Aside from her good looks, I couldn’t see what else attracted him to her. Instead of a blossoming romance, I felt like he saw her skittishness as cute and a challenge. She jumped to conclusions about him often which showed just how little trust there was growing between them. One particular conflict (involving a misplaced cell phone) comes to mind that was more than a little predictable.
At the end, it made no sense that she couldn’t see the problem – she’d already fallen in love, but walking away would have still left her with the same problem: being his neighbor. So why not take a chance on dating him and seeing where it would lead? They hadn’t known each other that long (eight months aside) so it felt a bit too rushed that she was pushing for a binding promise rather than taking his issues into account. Between the two, I felt that Conn underwent more character growth than Nia did.
I wish they would have made an attempt to communicate more with one another instead of sleeping together and then moving on to avoidance. The best moments in this story were the scenes with her family, and the introduction of Sara, Nia’s vivacious sister. It’s quite telling that I liked her more than the heroine.
The Bottom Line
The story had its ups and downs, but there were parts that were enjoyable. The sex was a mix between sweet and sizzling. The heroine seemed surprisingly juvenile for a twenty-seven year old restaurant manager, and the hero was so besotted that he basically let her call all the shots. I didn’t feel they were ever on equal footing with one another. I liked sassy Sara a lot, so I will definitely stick around for her story. In the mean time, I think some of the books this author has written for Ellora’s Cave might be more up my alley.
Keeping his foot in the door should be a piece of cake. Nia accepts some physical action during a night holed up in a motel to wait out more snow. Her parents love him. Her seductive sister can’t draw his gaze. Even Conn’s dog approves of Nia. But she keeps coming back to that darn rule.
I won’t give up the whole story here, but suffice it to say Conn is persistent, thoughtful, and he knows what to do with hard wood (he’s a carpenter). Nia can push all she wants, but this guy isn’t giving up, not even when he reaches a point of seriously wondering if Nia might have a screw loose.
Yes. I know heroes aren’t supposed to need a moment to collect themselves, but Conn is man enough to admit when Nia is driving him around the bend. And guess what, he still wants her.
Conn knows that Everyone has bad relationship baggage. He’s no exception. I loved, loved, loved about Cup of Sugar that Conn gets this and he makes allowance for it. For all the romance I’ve read, I haven’t actually seen that laid out so clearly in a guy’s point of view.
I also really loved the slow bloom of the love flower in this one. There’s sex early on, then more, and more, but the book is about what changes between these physical interactions. Doyle uses the love scenes to express what’s happening emotionally, and it’s super well done.
Conn and Nia get a happy ever after, and if you enjoy neighbors to lovers, guy pursuing girl, and romances with enormous, drooling dogs, You Need To Read Cup of Sugar by Karla Doyle.
Review appears on You Gotta Read Reviews