❤️ Hannah Lockhart travels the world and blogs about love. At least she used to before she promised to look after her sister's bakery. Now, stuck in small town California for the next six months, Hannah is desperate to find romantic content for her blog or risk losing both readers and income.
Then a whipped cream disaster sends her into the arms of hot, charming Evan Stone, heir to the Sugar Rush company.
Since childhood, Evan has been battling his overprotective family. Known as "The Heartbreaker," he's found an outlet with women. And when bad news strikes him, he seeks a diversion by offering to show Hannah the romance of the Bay Area.
Hannah jumps at the chance...as long as they keep things platonic. But soon Evan's irresistible combination of charm, perfect kisses, and a serious sweet tooth melts her defenses.
As Hannah and Evan surrender to their delicious attraction, they are forced to confront the reality of her wanderlust and his responsibilities. When love and hearts collide, can Hannah and Evan find their sweet ending?
WARNING! Contains Sparkle Pops, knee-high socks, wanderlust, road trips, and wicked acts involving a chocolate mousse cake laced with Kahlua and ancho chilies.
SWEET ESCAPE is a contemporary romance by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane. It can be read as a standalone novel or enjoyed as part of the Sugar Rush series.
The Sugar Rush series in order:
Love, love, love, Evan and Hannah's journey
This book delivered all the emotional ups and downs that kept me captivated to know more. Evan and Hannah are an excellent couple together. They are the perfect match to help each other emerge from their own insecurities. Evan is the brother with the heart condition which has kept him in his brother’s shadows. He has worked hard to prove himself and show he can handle what life throws at him but no matter what he does, this cloud follows him. He finally is given the responsibility he’s always wanted at Sugar Rush but another hurdle is placed in his way. Hannah has built a successful travel blog, she has spent years roaming the earth, I think trying to figure out who she really is as she ran from her hometown. When her sister Polly needs to follow her dream to Paris, she agrees to come home and run the family bakery. I enjoyed seeing Hannah find joy in something she always felt wasn’t her area, Polly and their Mom had a different bond which made Hannah feel like the outsider but she finds her place at the bakery. Evan has been captivated by Hannah from the first moment he met her, loving her carefree and adventurous spirit. This is a refreshing romance as a slow burn starts between the two of them. It surprised me how much they did have in common with their own fears and insecurities. Their journey is full of fabulously fun moments as they push each other out of their comfort zones. I have to say that Evan is my favorite Stone brother.
I thought the 1st 1/2 of this book was good. It was interesting learning about all of the love traditions and words Evan had mention. I liked Evan had a internal flaw. There aren't too many books I've read that have that. But again I think I started to fall out of love with the 2 main characters, but I do think this was a lot better than book 1.
Heir to the Sugar Rush Candy Company, Evan Stone was a sexy bad boy with a perpetual sweet tooth! A smooth talker, with a charming personality, I wasn't expecting the pastry history or the linguistics lessons, but they added a depth to his character that made him pretty darn appealing!
Hannah Lockhart, a traveling blogger and photographer, was a bold yet vulnerable character. Stuck taking care of her sister's bakery for 6 months, Hannah chafes at the restrictions placed on her nomadic lifestyle, but a promise made is a promise...Hannah is trying to keep. She could be frustratingly selfish, but as she revealed herself in bits and pieces...well, I grew to like her more than I thought I would.
Evan and Hannah's relationship was meant to be casual-flirty conversations and hot sex- but it eventually developed into something deeper. Both were looking for a physical escape from their lives, not realizing they didn't have to go to the ends of the world to find what they were looking for. Their journey was a mash up of crazy, sexy fun, with pockets of vulnerabilities exposing themselves when I least expected, but it made the read so worthwhile!
Sweet Escape turned out to be a surprisingly emotional read! The story was still flirty and fun, but I felt Evan and Hannah had more "oomph" to their chemistry and more depth to their relationship than Polly and Luke from Sweet Dreams. And the amusing distractions the secondary cast gave-zippy lines, sarcastic wit, and droll humor-the Stone family and bakery regulars hit the spot every time!
Book 2 in the Sugar Rush series, Sweet Escape lived up to its title! I would recommend reading Sweet Dreams first, however, to fully appreciate the plethora of dynamics in the series!
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I received at no cost from the author.
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