If you are looking for a quick and easy, dockside read this summer, Sugar: A Novel, might be just what you are looking for.
What do you do when all of your hard work has been for naught? What if your elusive dream comes with a few not-so-hidden strings attached? Would you take it? What price would you be willing to pay?
After realizing 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 hotspot, Thrill. She’ll have her own kitchen, her own staff—everything she ever wanted professionally.
When she arrives at Thrill, however, she realizes 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 realizes 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: A Novel Review
I don’t often read a lot of fiction. Without a ton of spare reading time, I prefer to spend what time I do have delving into old recipe books. Sugar: A Novel, offers an easy read escape with a not overly predictable storyline. I wanted to keep reading it, long past the hour I should have been asleep.
That being said, you won’t find anything shocking or revolutionary in this book. It is an easy, pleasurable read that wraps up very neatly at the end. If I am being completely frank, the last couple of chapters seem to nosedive into a happy ending just a little too quickly. A definite highlight is that this book contains absolutely no sexual content. Unless you count a couple of stolen kisses, there is not even the suggestion that Charlie and Kai ever spend the night together. Sugar is the type of book that would be great to borrow from the library or a friend for a weekend read.