Book Review: Sugar – Kimberly Stuart


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Release Date: February 7th 2017
Pages: 248
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Find It: Amazon. Goodreads.

 

Synopsis:

After realising her coworkers at L’Ombre, a high-profile restaurant in NYC, will never appreciate or respect her, Charlie Garrett allows her ex-boyfriend, Avery Michaels, to convince her to work for him as executive pastry chef at his new Seattle hot spot, Thrill. She’ll have her own kitchen, her own staff—everything she ever wanted professionally.

When she arrives at Thrill, however, she realises that Avery wanted more than a pastry chef for his restaurant—he wanted a costar for the reality show they’re filming about the restaurant and its staff. Charlie is uncomfortable with the idea at first, but she soon realises that this is her chance to show the world what women in the kitchen are capable of. She sets some ground rules with the film crew, signs a non-disclosure agreement, and promptly meets the man of her dreams, Kai, off-camera.

The show, and her demanding work schedule as head of the pastry kitchen, makes it nearly impossible for Charlie and Kai to spend time together. Drama on and off the set soon take a toll on Charlie’s well-being, forcing her to choose if life in front of the camera is worth sacrificing life behind the scenes.

Sugar is a contemporary romance, set in the high-pressure commercial kitchens of New York and Seattle. A funny and clever story of how a female chef learns to thrive in the ruthless world of premier restaurants.

When she arrives at Thrill, however, she realises that Avery wanted more than a pastry chef for his restaurant—he wanted a costar for the reality show they’re filming about the restaurant and its staff. Charlie is uncomfortable with the idea at first, but she soon realises that this is her chance to show the world what women in the kitchen are capable of. She sets some ground rules with the film crew, signs a non-disclosure agreement, and promptly meets the man of her dreams, Kai, off-camera.

The show, and her demanding work schedule as head of the pastry kitchen, makes it nearly impossible for Charlie and Kai to spend time together. Drama on and off the set soon take a toll on Charlie’s well-being, forcing her to choose if life in front of the camera is worth sacrificing life behind the scenes.

Sugar is a contemporary romance, set in the high-pressure commercial kitchens of New York and Seattle. A funny and clever story of how a female chef learns to thrive in the ruthless world of premier restaurants

Review:

This is a lovely little book about a chef trying to find the balance between her dream job and her home life. It’s a light enjoyable chick-lit read – and one that will continually make you hungry with all the talk of food. It’s a pretty short read at only 240 pages, and it’s sweet – both in the desserts and in the romance kind of way (see what I did there!)

I found the plot really enjoyable, Charlie takes the leap of moving from New York to Seattle, but her job isn’t all that it seems, and of course there’s her new relationship to contend with the demanding job. The one thing that let me down about this book were the characters. I would have loved a much deeper analysis into them. So much happens in those two hundred odd pages, I felt like I barely got to know them and it was finished. I also didn’t get particularly attached to the characters – don’t get me wrong they’re written well, I just didn’t connect with them in any real way.

Despite that it’s still a really enticing story, and one that I really enjoyed. I read a large chunk of it in one sitting during a train journey, and really loved the depictions of working in a crazy hectic kitchen. The depictions of the food are really fabulous and well researched and there’s also a dash of humour tied in to make a really enjoyable mix. If you’re looking for something light and fun, this will definitely be up your alley.

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