Thursday, October 17, 2013

Swoon Thursday #61 ~ Welcome to Sugartown by Carmen Jenner

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My Swoon for this week comes from:

Welcome to Sugartown

Carmen Jenner

*Content Warning. Intended for a mature 18+ audience. Contains explicit sex, oodles of profanity and a crap-tonne of AWKWARD

First - The Blurb:

Ana Belle never wanted anything more than to hang up her apron, jump on her Vespa and ride off into the sunset, leaving Sugartown in the dust.

Elijah Cade never wanted anything more than a hot meal, a side of hot arse and a soft place to lay his head at night where he could forget about his past.

But you know what they say about wanting: you always want what you can’t have.

Nineteen year-old virgin Ana is about to discover that’s not quite true because a six foot three, hotter than hell, tattooed, Aussie sex god just rode into town. He’s had a taste of her pie and he wants more– no really, Ana bakes pies for a living, get your mind out of the gutter.

She’d be willing to hand over everything tied up in a big red bow, there’s just one problem; Elijah has secrets dirtier than last week’s underwear. Secrets that won't just break Ana’s heart, but put her life at risk, too. When those secrets come to light, their relationship is pushed to breaking point.

Add to that a psychotic nympho best friend, an overbearing father, a cuter than humanly possible kid brother, a wanton womanizing cousin, the ex from hell, and more pies than you could poke a ... err ... stick ... at.

And you thought small towns were boring.

Second - The Swoon:

"You planning on getting me drunk so you can take advantage of me Cade?"

"Ana." He leans in close, sending a bolt of desire through me as his warm breath skates across my neck. "When I do finally get you naked beneath me - and trust me, it's not a question of if, but when - I'm going to make sure you haven't so much as looked at a drink. I want you to remember everything I do with my hands and my lips and my tongue."

My breath leaves me in a rush. I clutch the edge of the pool table behind me so tightly I can feel I'm losing circulation in my fingers. I'm having a hard time believing he's just whispered something so intimate in the middle of a packed bar and an even harder time believing I could be turned on by it.

Third - My Thoughts:

Before I reveal my thoughts, I would just like to thank Carmen for giving me the opportunity to read and review her novel ~ Welcome to Sugartown. It was an amazing ride, whoops… read.

Set in a small town located ‘on the highway in the middle of nowhere’ in rural Australia, the story begins by introducing us to Ana Belle. She’s nineteen, reasonably fresh out of high school, and stuck running her families pie shop. Her mum died of cancer and her dad is busy running the second family business - Big Bob’s Bikes and Auto - directly across the street.

When Elijah Cade rolls up on his ‘black beat up bike’ in front of her dad’s garage looking for a job as a mechanic, both Ana and her BFF Holly are immediately mesmerized. Decked out head to toe in black leather, sporting a faux-hawk, and covered in tattoos, he is the epitome of STEAMY HOT!! Unable to tear their gaze away, the girls can do nothing but drool over his sexiness.

Finding his way into the pie shop moments after his arrival, it doesn’t take Elijah long before he sets his sights on Ana. After some playful banter between the two of them, they strike up a friendship which quickly develops into more, a whole lot more.

But everyone has a past, and when Elijah’s catches up to him, it tears the two of them apart in ways that neither one of them anticipated. Question is… can they find their way back to each other, or are there something’s which are just too hard to forgive and forget?

Welcome to Sugartown is told from both Ana and Elijah’s POV. I liked this because it meant I could get into both their heads and see what they were thinking. For the most part, the story is light and numerous. However, there are a few dark and violent moments.

Carmen has a great way of describing emotions and scenes, making it easy for the reader to ‘feel’ the characters and connect with them. If you like NA contemporary romance, don't mind a whole lot of swearing, and love a ton of very steamy sex, then this might be the read for you. For me… can't wait for Book #2 

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Welcome to Sugartown is due for release November 3rd, 2013

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Okay, so what do you think?

If you liked my Swoon, please leave a comment below!


  1. Ooo, I'm loving that the setting is someplace where there is a pool table! Somehow, that just increases that yummy :D And ooo, I love his whispered promises ;)

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  2. Aww, I love that you chose that scene! It's by far one of my faves!
    Thanks so much for featuring my book baby, and for such a beautiful review, my sweet!
    I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!! :)

  3. Great Swoon Marilyn! I love his confidence, and how he teases her with his promise.

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    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  4. Okay so I know most people would love the when not if statement but it just made me laugh. Laugh and think of Austin Powers.

  5. So surprise here that she was turned on by THAT. Hehe

  6. This sounds like one sexy hot read!! I also love that it's set in Australia, YAY!!

  7. CARMEN! I cant wait to read this book! Probably next week. Awesome swoon!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  8. I remember seeing this a while back! I'm definitely sold with that swoon! And you loved it, so it must be great!

  9. Great review Marilyn!! Welcome to Sugartown sounds great, and that swoon.... so good!!

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    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace