Sugar by Kimberly Stuart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
I loved Sugar! Pastry Chef Charlie Garrett is a wonderful, vivacious, pretty, helpful woman who helps her friends and loves to bake!! Sounds like the all-around perfect woman? It's her life and she loves to create and watch people enjoy her creation. The place she works at has a real wanker for a head pastry chef (pun intended!!) That's wanker with a capital W!! She's worked hard to get where she's at and yet the creepy man just mistreats her. Her friend from cooking school, Avery wants her to work with him in Seattle as his head Pastry chef and her best friend Manda, who side note - I, so love!! Anyway, she packs up from New York and heads to Seattle thinking she's going to be top Pastry Chef...Well, she is but with a catch. Avery has been planning a TV Reality Show and the main star is to be Charlie and she doesn't have a clue.
I have to tell you that I fell in love with the side characters of Manda, little girl Zara and let me tell ya....when they all go out to the diner to eat - it is hilarious!! I almost wet my pants laughing so hard - so pick you up some poise girls!! When Zara asks Charlie out of the blue and real loud and proud "Aunt Charlie, do you have to go poopy?" I lost it. You have got to read this book. Every person you love has to read this book! There are so many different people that this book will attract.
I thought Kai, the owner of the diner and chef was sexy and sweet and just just yummy. We need more Kai's in our life...hint hint Kimberly Stuart! I cannot even begin to tell you how much I loved everything about this book. It was that good for me. It will make you laugh, make you cry, then make you laugh again and then make you feel freaking good reading it. You ever sit there reading a book and you're just smiling ear to ear because it's that freaking awesome...yeah it's this book! I'd give it 10 stars if I could and I'm stingy with my stars and praise because I'm a picky reader...everyone knows that. They know I base books on plot, sexual content and explicit language and if you have too much of the last two and none of the first then it's a no-go. This book had so much plot and no real explicit language or sex and that is true talent! I can't wait to read any other books from this author. Please do yourself a favor and read this book and then read it again!! This is a book I would definitely share with my mom and she is the pickiest of them ALL!!
I was given a copy of this ARC from the publisher on Netgalley for a honest review. All of the above comments are my express opinions and no one else's.
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