Monday, July 31, 2017

REVIEW/RELEASE BLITZ: Sugar by Misti Murphy

Genre: Menage Romance 


I’m just a girl, standing in front of a display case, trying to decide between chocolate and cupcakes. 

Seriously decadent, panty soaking, melt in your mouth chocolate. The ultimate love drug.


The cupcake with its smooth, sweet icing, its gooey center, and cream that spurts out when you...

Wait! You thought this was actually about sweets? 

Well kinda, but it’s also about men. 
Two of them. Gabe and Dylan. Friends. Business partners. One charming chocolatier, one brash baker. 
I’m pretty sure I’m not supposed to want either of them. After all, I moved to Reverence to escape gossip and mend my broken heart. 

But I do want them. Both of them. How am I supposed to choose between two hot guys who are determined to win over this quiet kindergarten teacher? Indulging my sweet tooth is out of the question. Falling off the wagon can only end in pain. 

But like any addict, one taste isn’t nearly enough. Can a girl really have her cake, and fall in love with two?
~Book Review~
2.5/3 Stars

Summer Sweets, 25, is a kindergarten teacher trying to get past her recent break-up. She moves to a new town where she meets up with her older brother’s friend. Gabe Nash, 35, and Dylan O’Brien run a bakery together. They both quickly have an attraction to Summer.

The cover for this book is really well done and super hot! And the premise sounded tasty. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

I had trouble connecting with these characters. In the beginning I needed more development, both character and relationship wise. I never quite got why Summer was so special, especially to Dylan. In fact, I found myself rooting for Gabe. That shouldn’t happen in a truly romantic ménage. It shouldn’t feel like a love triangle and it did. There was just too much competition, too much of the guys contemplating her being with only one of them. Two guys working together to please a woman is hot; two guys fighting over her is just drama. There wasn’t nearly enough of the former and way too much of the later.  Ménage romance can be tricky to pull off, and it requires the trio to work together and be equals, to sell the reader on the three of them together for the long haul. For the most part, that just didn’t happen here for me. It felt like they were just sharing her instead of building a cohesive relationship with her.

Summer’s hot and cold on their threesome didn’t help matters either. She wavered too much on her commitment to the relationship, and she doubted too much. She also lacked self confidence and a backbone.  I never felt she had the brass to make their alternative lifestyle work long term.

Set in the town of Reverence, there are cameos from characters in previous stories. It was nice to see them make appearances. I wouldn’t have minded seeing more of them.  

This one just didn't work for me. Ultimately, enjoyment will depend on what you are looking for in a ménage story. 

Misti Murphy is a sadistic b*tch who loves to emotionally torture fictional people. If she did that in real life she’d probably end up in prison or a psych ward so she prefers to create dirty talking alphas and the sexually frustrated women who fall into their beds. And if someone needs to be smacked upside the head before f*cking turns to love then that makes her very happy indeed. 

She’s a huge believer in flaws making us human, and that not everyone likes bacon. She’s also addicted to chocolate and scared of the effects of the coming shortage. She swears like a f*cking trooper, and thinks that graphic smuttiness should be as real in fiction as it is in real life. 

When she’s not writing she’s the perfect housewife and mother. Ha bloody ha! When she’s not writing she’s hiding in a cupboard with her kindle, scoffing chocolate, and stalking Facebook.  

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