Larkin Mancinkus prides herself on making the town of Whynot, North Carolina just a little sweeter. As owner of Sweet Cakes Bakery, Larkin gets all the town gossip – the sugar, the spice, and the everything not so nice. So when she finds herself on the tip of everyone’s tongue thanks to an encounter with a mysterious and handsome stranger, she learns the true meaning of ‘if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.’
Deacon Locke has spent his life traveling the world with no particular destination in mind. But when he rolls into Whynot on his Harley, he just knows there is something different about this town. What he doesn’t know is that out of all the places he’s traveled and all the people he’s met, the gorgeous bakery owner might just entice him to put down some solid roots.
Come on down to see what’s cookin’ between Larkin and Deacon!
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engaging and sweet
GIMME SOME SUGAR is the fifth and (final ?) instalment in Juliette Poe’s contemporary, adult SEX AND SWEET TEA sweet romance series focusing on the Mancinkus family of Whynot, North Carolina. This is thirty-three year old, former Marine Deacon Locke, and thirty year old, bakery owner Larkin Mancinkus’ story line. GIMME SOME SUGAR can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary.
Told from dual first person perspectives (Larkin and Deacon) GIMME SOME SUGAR follows the building relationship between thirty-three year old, former Marine Deacon Locke, and thirty year old bakery owner Larkin Mancinkus. Deacon Locke is a bit of a loner: a motorcycle riding, bad boy who has caught the eye of our story line heroine. A wanderer for most of his life, Deacon sets down temporary roots in Whynot, North Carolina in an effort to get to know Larkin Mancinkus. What ensues is the building relationship and romance between Larkin and Deacon, and the potential fall-out as Deacon’s time in Whynot comes to an end.
Larkin Mancinkus suffers with issues of self-esteem and meeting Deacon Locke adds to Larkin’s worries that Deacon is completely out of her league. A Deacon starts a slow seduction of our story line heroine, troubles back home, pull our couple on a cross-country journey. The $ex scenes are all implied.
There is a large ensemble cast of colorful and secondary characters including all of the couples from the previous story lines. We are reintroduced to Larkin’s Pap, owner of Chesty’s bar, as well as Larkin’s mother and father, and Deacon’s father and his family of step-siblings.
GIMME SOME SUGAR is a story of family, friendship, romance and love; a story of what-ifs and maybes; of looking at the past and preparing for the future. The premise is engaging and sweet; the romance is passionate; the characters are charming, colorful and energetic. The epilogue fast forwards the series fifteen months wherein we are get a glimpse at the Mancinkus family, as they prepare for their own futures.
One of the best of this series!!!
Larkin has been thinking about Deacon Locke since she has met him in the previous story’s ending. When he showed back at the B&B she is curious about him. Deacon couldn’t get Larkin out of his mind and he worked nearby to have a chance to see her again. Their attraction is electric and swoon worthy. But there is a few things in the way: he is a wanderer and she is a small two girl, who loves living in Whynot with all her family and friends. Can they make it work? Will Deacon finally put down roots and stand still? They are from different worlds, yet they fit. This story will keep you spellbound and wishing to find your Whynot! A magnificent series sure to keep you enthralled and entertained on a hot summer day, relaxing under a tree with your glass of ice tea. Wonderful story Juliette! I honestly volunteered to review this fabulous arc.