Author: Rachel Astor
Pages: 189 (Kindle)
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss
Release Date: August 25, 2012
There’s nothing quite like your first bite.
Dulcie Carter has been running her family’s homemade sweet shop, Candy Land Confections, on her own since her mom passed away. But business is slow and rent is high, so Dulcie knows if she wants to keep her mom’s dream alive, she’ll need a miracle. Winning the annual Assembly of Chocolatiers competition will change everything, if only she can overcome her fears and bring herself to create something new for the first time in a long time.
Then she meets Nick, a molten-hot guy with a sexy smirk and chocolate brown eyes. The attraction is stronger than any sugar rush—until she discovers he’s set to inherit his family’s big-box candy shop in town, which is her strongest competitor for first prize. Nick’s got his own reasons for needing the win, but then being around Dulcie is proving addictive.
As the competition heats up, so do the sparks between them. Can they keep their sights on winning, when love might be the sweetest prize of all?
Sugar Rush was super, duper cute but quite light on the romance. Dulcie’s family’s chocolate shop is struggling. Her grandmother and mother had opened it, but after her mother died, Dulcie’s grandmother won’t step inside. It’s up to Dulcie to keep it running while also working toward her Master’s degree. The best way to get some peace of mind would be to win an upcoming chocolatier’s competition where the grand prize is $50,000. Well, Nick also wants to win that competition to prove to his father that he’s ready to take over the family business. And Nick wants Dulcie despite the family feud.
What I loved about Sugar Rush was the candy feud and competition! At the beginning Dulcie is 100% convinced that Nick is just out to steal her recipe, even though she’s not even sure that she’s going to enter. But soon she realizes that Nick genuinely likes her and her chocolates, so she gives him a chance. They also swap candies and cupcakes! Of course, there has to be a big drama surrounding the competition which also puts their relationship in jeopardy. It’s very predictable, but believable. I was definitely rooting for Dulcie to step up and blow the world away with what she can do!
Sugar Rush was lacking in the romance department though. There could have been a cute enemies to lovers vibe going on, but it just wasn’t there. Once Dulcie realizes that Nick likes her, there’s a bit of kissing and sneaking around since her grandmother and his father can’t know they’re cavorting with the enemy. But for the most part, their blossoming relationship is in the background, with most of the focus on the candymaking.
Sugar Rush was a cute, quick read but if you’re looking for kissing (or more), this is not it. If you just want a fun read about candy, then I definitely recommend it.