I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
Series: , , #2
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 2015-04-28
Length: 352 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
She's sassy and sweet
The last thing Glory Mann wants is to become chairman of the Miss Peach Pageant in Sugar, Georgia. Spending months hearing nothing but the clinking of pearls and judgment? No thank you! But when Glory is forced to take the rap for a scandal she didn't commit, the judge sentences her to head the committee. Even worse, her co-chairman is rugged, ripped . . . and barely knows she's alive.
He's ready and willing
Single dad Cal McGraw can't take any more drama in his life. After a difficult divorce, his little girl became a boy-crazy teenager and his hands are full. The last thing he needs is to spend his down time with the town bad girl. Glory is pure trouble-tempting and tantalizing trouble. But he can't deny the strong chemistry between them-or how her touch turns him inside out. Now as squabbles threaten to blow up the contest and the town of Sugar itself, Cal must risk everything on the sexy wild card to get a second chance at love . . .
As the title suggests, this book is so stinking sweet!!! Sugar on Top by Marina Adair is book two in her Sugar, Georgia series and follows Glory Mann and Cal McGraw as they navigate the waters of their small hometown. While this is a series, each book is a standalone featuring new main characters that may have been introduced in past books but you do not have to read those to appreciate this one. (Does that make sense?)
Glory is this cute, hometown girl with a troubled past. Caught making out with the football coach in high school, her past as the “town whore” – even though she’s really a good girl – follows her like a shadow. She’s fun, determined, loyal, and everything you might expect of a Southern Belle.
Cal is….oh my!!! Cal is the eldest of the McGraw brothers who feature prominently in this series. He is devoted to his family. His parents having died while he was in college, leaving his two younger brothers to fend for themselves, Cal dropped everything to come home and raise them. (((swoon))) So you get the picture right? Handsome construction worker, family guy, oh and he’s a single dad raising a teenage daughter….gotta love him right?! And he’s the epitome of a Southern gentleman 😀 What more could a girl ask for?!
Obviously the book surrounds Cal and Glory as they are thrown together due to a few bad choices and now they are responsible for the town’s Peach Pageant. It makes for a hilarious story as they try to navigate the town waters, the rumor mill, and of course their growing affection for each other. It honestly is a sweet, light-hearted romance and a very quick read!
My only complaint, and maybe this is because I’m southern, was the cliches. I mean really?! Southerners are known for their hospitality and yes for the rumor mill, but it went a little far I thought in this book. Not to mention the awful, HORRIBLE accent/slang the characters throw around. Yes I say some of those words but not in every sentence or in every conversation. It was a bit annoying and so the book lost a star in my rating because of it.
Overall the story of Glory and Cal is as sweet as the title suggests. If you enjoy new adult, contemporary romance this is the book for you!
Final Conclusion: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️