Guest Reviewed by Ami
Title: A Taste of Sugar
Author: Marina Adair
Series: Sugar, Georgia #3
Heroine/Hero: Charlotte Holden/Jace McGraw
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 400 Pages
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review: I had been looking forward to reading the third book in Marina Adair’s Sugar, Georgia series for one reason: the couple here is actually married. Yep. Four years previously, Charlotte married Sugar’s bad boy, Jace, in Atlanta secretly only for him to walk out on their marriage because he thought it would be for the best. However the annulment never really happened due to some administration mishaps.
It’s practically ‘the one who got away’ theme – with a twist – and that is one of my favorite tropes!
For the most part, I enjoyed this book very much – mainly because of Jace. I seriously didn’t know that I would love Jace this much; he is the perfect kind of book boyfriend. While Jace was said to be the ‘bad boy of Sugar’, clearly his heart is made of gold and his love for Charlotte was the kind of love I want to have in life. Jace is willing to do everything for Charlotte; he’s so into her but he doesn’t act all protective-Alpha around her either. Jace knows that he hurt Charlotte in the past and he wants to prove that he’s a keeper.
“I want to show you I’m worth the risk. That’s all. I’m not here to prove to anyone else who I am except for you. So as long as you know the truth and what’s real, the rest of it doesn’t matter. “
Me. Meet Floor. Melt. Sigh.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t say the same about Charlotte … her personality just didn’t impress me. Charlotte spends most of her adult life trying to color inside the lines and be that obedient daughter who wants to please her parents or society. The only time she let her heart rule over her head was when she married Jace which ended with a broken heart.
Charlotte keeps saying that she will be “Charlotte 2.0”, that she will stand up for herself and will not let her father takes credit for everything that she does. However, I felt that Charlotte took a little too long to get there. I ended up being frustrated with her (and FOR her). I couldn’t help but think that Charlotte is the kind of heroine that needs her man to give her courage. And I prefer that the heroine gets there on her own.
I cannot help but compare this book with another book in a different series that I read back in July — in which the heroine similarly wanting to ‘revamp’ herself from a shy one into a woman of confidence. In that book, the heroine succeeded. Here though, it didn’t really meet my expectation.
On another positive side, those annoying elderly characters didn’t have as many scenes as in the previous two books. I felt that Charlotte and Jace could spend more time just the two of them and not have to deal with outside hindrance like those old b*tches. Heck, they could even go to Atlanta together. I could savor those tender and sweet moments between Charlotte and Jace much better than I did with the previous couple. We did get another set of aggravating characters, namely Charlotte’s parents, and her nemesis Darleen. However, I guess they were the needed adversaries for Charlotte to learn about her own dreams rather than as a challenge to their relationship.
I hope it’s not the last one from the series. I still want to know what happens between the sheriff and the female town mechanic!
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*