Publication Date: 24 Aug 2012
Place(s) Traveled to: New England – 3 hours from Boston
Since I’ve been on a contemporary romance kick I gladly accepted a review copy of Rachel Astor’s Sugar Rush. Sugar Rush is the story of Dulcie Carter who is struggling to keep her candy store open and Nick Sugarman whose family operates a competitive store. This was a quick story and a clean romance but there was just something about it that didn’t have me falling head over heals for it. I think in part that had to do with the heroine, Dulcie, who was always so quick to anger and get all judgemental over Nick’s motives. She never trusted him and that just made it hard to believe that she was falling in love with him.
As with most romances there is alternative perspective between Nick and Dulcie and thankfully the head jumping was restricted to just them. But it was often difficult to determine when a POV changed so I would find myself re-reading paragraphs because I thought it was one voice when in reality it was the other. I usually like going between the hero and heroine in a romance (though only those two & not everyone around them) but in this case neither character ever showed much depth so while I believed they were attracted to each other I didn’t believe they were in love. They just never really seemed all that committed to me.
I was a little disappointed with Sugar Rush and just thought that there was something missing in this one but really can’t put my finger on what. I just don’t think that there was enough tension to carry the story and the two main characters never really resonated with me. At times they only seemed like friends as they barely kissed throughout the novel. Perhaps I’ve just been spoiled recently with the steamy romances that I’ve been reading and so can’t really appreciate a different sort of intimacy. I did like Astor’s writing style and will probably seek out other books by her but this one just left me with wanting more.