Sugar, Georgia: Book 1
by Marina Adair
“Marina Adair writes with heart and sizzling heat. SUGAR’S TWICE AS SWEET will charm you!” –Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author
“A can’t miss read with small town sweetness, endearing characters and a unique quirky flair.” –Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author on SUGAR’S TWICE AS SWEET
He’s trouble she doesn’t need . . .
Thanks to a cheating fiancé, Josephina Harrington’s perfect life just crashed and burned. Moving in with her overbearing parents is definitely not an option. No, she needs to prove she can make it on her own. And she will-by turning her great-aunt’s old plantation house into a destination getaway. She’s just not expecting her contractor to be so hands-on-and so totally irresistible.
. . . but everything she wants
Bad-boy golf champion Brett McGraw figured his hometown of Sugar, Georgia was the perfect place to lay low and get his life back up to par. The leggy blonde with a pint-sized pup is the kind of sweet ‘n sassy trouble he never saw coming. She doesn’t know a nut from a bolt and before long, he’s renovating her house . . . as she steals his heart. Can he convince Josephina that his womanizing ways are in the past and he’s ready for forever?
Y’all, I haven’t loved a Southern golfer this much since Kenny Traveler in Lady Be Good (and if you haven’t read Susan Elizabeth Phillips book yet, you are SOOO missing something fantastic). And while no one will ever completely replace Kenny in my heart, Brett does come in a solid second. And just like Phillip’s Wynette, Sugar is full of quirky characters, with big hearts and a touch of crazy.
Joie is trying to find herself after years of living in someone else’s shadow. Add in being a Yankee coming to the small-town South, you know things are not going to go so smoothly. Luckily she’s got super-sexy, hometown hero Brett in her corner. Unfortunately for him, she’s fighting their attraction with everything in her because she’s determined to not lose herself in a man again. From opossums in the attic to gun-toting grandmas, Joie has a hilarious journey ahead of her as she tries to discover her place in the world and we’re there for every laugh-out-loud and heart-tugging moment.
Brett is laying low thanks to a sex video gone viral, which means he’s heading home to Sugar … and runs smack into Joie. The fact that she won’t go out with him (and even more so that HE really wants her to) throws the handsome playboy off his stride. But as their friendship grows and deepens, so do Brett’s feelings … and his urge to fight for something more. The fact that Joie understands him like no one else touches something in him and he’s not going to give up on it. Or them.
As engaging as Brett and Joie are, they are solidly supported by a wonderfully entertaining secondary cast of wacky characters – you will absolutely LOVE the Sunday School Mafia, which is as wonderful as it sounds. And since this starts a series there is plenty of material to keep me coming back from more (Brett has brothers who I hope are the first ones in line)!
When Sugar’s best-known son and the Yankee outsider get together, there are more fireworks than the 4th of July. While Brett helps Joie rediscover the real her, she might just teach him a thing or two about the real him. And it is an entertaining ride every step of the way.