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"If there's a serial killer out in those woods just waiting for the cover of a creepy storm so he can kill us, I'm going to be pissed."
Carly di Matisse snickered as her best friend Sloane Russo's wild imagination got the best of her ... again. Carly stopped short on the floorboards of the cozy mountain bungalow they'd shared for the last six months, undoing the top button of her chef's whites and tossing her keys on the counter.
"You watch too many horror movies. It's just a little storm. Look, I'm barely wet." Carly raised her arms up as proof. As if offended by her nonchalance, the storm flashed a split of silvery light outside their living room window, immediately chasing it with a crack of thunder to rival the shrieking wind.
Sloane arched a brow in Carly's direction from her perch on the couch before shooting a wary look at the windows. "That's because we have a garage, smartass. I swear it doesn't rain like this in Brooklyn."
Okay, fine. So Sloane had a point. The wind sure didn't shake the bricks of Carly's New York brownstone with its gusting and groaning, and you could forget about being able to hear it from the deep recesses of any big city kitchen. Raindrops crashed over the bungalow with even more force now, like handfuls of angry marbles being pelted at the logs.
Things were definitely different in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, AKA the middle of nowhere. And the spectacular weather wasn't the half of it.
"Yeah, yeah. We're not in Kansas anymore, cucciola." Carly hoped her homesickness didn't permeate her voice as much as it did her chest. God, she hated being so far away from home.
Sloane's head snapped up. "Oh, Carly. I'm sorry. I didn't mean—"
"I know." Lightning streaked the sky, and a near- simultaneous clap of thunder ripped through the night. "So you want a cup of tea? I was going to give that new vanilla chai a whirl, see if it's any good."
Not the slickest subject change in the world, but it'd do. Carly didn't want to talk about the reasons she'd left New York any more than Sloane wanted to tangle with that imaginary serial killer.
"It's after midnight. Aren't you exhausted?" Sloane eyed Carly's sauce-splattered chef's whites, the product of a typical Saturday double shift.
"Weird hours are an occupational hazard. Especially since it's just me in the kitchen now." She flicked on the overhead light in the kitchen, her Dansko clogs whispering over the hardwood as she moved to find the teakettle.
"Weird hours. Don't I know it." Sloane closed the laptop propped over her pajama-clad knees with a mutter. "If I don't get these pages to my editor before I leave on Monday, I'm going to be ankle-deep in a bad situation. Speaking of which," Sloane paused just long enough for it to be noticeable. "Are you sure you're going to be okay all by your lonesome for a whole week while I'm at my conference?"
Carly tested the water rushing from the kitchen faucet, her answer as steady as the stream under her fingers. "In the twenty years you've known me, have I ever not been okay?"
Sloane held up her hands to concede. "Point taken. You are everyone's favorite tough cookie." She padded over to the breakfast bar separating the kitchen from the living room, flinching at a particularly loud clap of thunder as she went.
"I come by it honestly," Carly said, coaxing a burner to life with a turn of her wrist. Her profession dictated she wear a certain amount of toughness on her sleeve. Current circumstances took things one step further, pushing her to wear the rest of her fortitude like a suit of armor.
"Yeah, about that." Sloane winced, tucking the dark swath of her bangs behind one ear. "Travis called while you were at work. Said it was important."
Carly's stomach did a full gainer due south. "Did he say what he wanted?" It figured she'd get hit with this when she was trying to unwind. Travis had always known how to wreck a good thing.
Sloane made a rude noise and a face to match, propping her elbows on the granite counter at the breakfast bar. "You should be so lucky. He just said he needed to talk to you ay-sap. His cheesy expression, not mine."
"Well, shit." This was about as eloquent—and polite—as Carly got when it came to her ex. While she could run a high-pressure kitchen without feeling an ounce of stress, dealing with her soon-to-be former husband was another story altogether. The man was the living embodiment of ulterior motives.
"Personally, I think you should ignore the call and let your lawyer have at him. He's just trying to rile you up. Now that you're not there in person, he's got no choice but to phone it in."
Carly reached for two mugs, dropping a tissue-thin tea bag into each one. "Travis wouldn't spend the energy unless he wanted something. This is a man who manipulated his way into a head chef 's job by way of my coattails, then schmoozed everyone in the five boroughs into believing he was the true talent behind our husband and wife team. Never mind that I'm the one who created the menu at Gracie's from pot to plate while he just stood there looking pretty and taking the credit."
Her voice gave a slight hitch over the name of the restaurant where she'd spent over four years as co-head chef, only to be ousted by the owner when she gave him the either-Travis-goes-or-I-go ultimatum. Of course, the fact that the owner's daughter, Alexa—who also happened to be the restaurant manager—was completely smitten with Travis probably went a long way toward making the decision easy. Carly often wondered if the owner would've felt the same way if he'd been the one to catch Travis and Alexa having sex in the back office after hours. Not that it mattered now.
Sloane rolled her baby blues. "Please. You're so much better off out here."
"Am I?" The question crossed Carly's lips before she could tamp it down. "It's not as if Travis had to leave the city to get out from beneath my shadow." She should've known better than to tie herself to him so inextricably in the first place. Everything they'd done in their five years of marriage had been a joint endeavor, with his name headlining. God, with all his sweet talking and that confident trust-me smile, he'd had her convinced it was all just a part of their happily ever after.
More like a bushel full of poison apples, each one stamped with his conniving name. The only way to salvage her reputation among the tight-knit kitchen circles in the city was to hope that out of sight truly did mean out of mind.
And running a kitchen in the Pennsylvania boondocks certainly qualified as out of sight.
Sloane interrupted Carly's thoughts. "Yes, but Travis wasn't offered the once-in-a-lifetime chance to revitalize a restaurant at a beautiful mountain resort. Pine Mountain's executives courted you alone, darling, and with good reason. Once the reviews come in and La Dolce Vita takes off like the superstar it is, you'll be able to write your ticket to any restaurant in New York." She gave a look that dared Carly to argue before adding, "If you even feel like going back."
"You're kidding, right? I'm a born-and-raised city girl." New York was the Promised Land in the restaurant world, and she wanted her place back as a rising star. Badly enough to wait things out in Mapdot, Pennsylvania.
Carly pasted on a smile, forcing herself to ditch the pity-party. "We did get a nice review in the Travel Times on Monday. I guess a local travel guide is a good place to start." In truth, she was learning a ton from running a kitchen solo, and it was good experience while the gossip mongers on the New York restaurant circuit grew tired of churning out her sullied name. "Anyway, the food is what matters most. The kitchen here is on the upswing, and it's only getting better."
"That's the spirit!" A loud burst of thunder took the edge off Sloane's grin, and Carly went right into distraction mode.
"So how are your pages coming along?" Steam curled from the teakettle in thick tendrils, wrapping around Carly's fingers as she poured hot water into each oversized mug.
"Not bad, actually. My editor loved the outline. She said it's shaping up to be my sexiest work yet," Sloane said, waggling her eyebrows.
"Well, it's a good thing you write romance novels. I don't think I'd know sexy if it fell into my lap."
"Oh, that's a load of crap. Those clogs don't fool me, Chef. There's a dirty girl under those dirty chef's whites. You just have to find the right man to share her with, that's all."
"Sloane!" Carly laughed in a quick burst. "Don't be ridiculous. Men are way more trouble than they're worth, both for me and my career. And trouble is something I am definitely not interested in."
"Jaded, party of one, your table is now available." Sloane's laughter softened under the warm glow of the kitchen lights. "Come on, Carly. Not all men are lying slime like Travis."
Carly shrugged, unconvinced. "Let's get realistic here. Any man who's not in my field probably isn't going to understand the weird hours and backbreaking work of it. And any man who is, is competition. The odds of me finding Mr. Right somewhere in the middle don't look too good. And I'm definitely not risking my career over a man. Ever again."
"Well, yeah, but maybe—"
A hard shot of wind rattled the window panes, capturing both women's full attention. Though she was grateful for the interruption, the ferocity of the gale made Carly pause. She narrowed her eyes on the sliding glass door connecting the living room to the deck on the back of the house. "Wow. That wind is really nasty."
"I thought you said it was just a teensy little storm," Sloane protested, knuckles blanching over the handle of her mug.
"It is. Don't tell me you're scared." Carly bit back an amused smile. Tree limbs whipped high over the roof, whistling eerily in the merciless wind, but she remained undaunted.
"Hell yes, I'm scared!" Lightning forked in jagged, steely lines, illuminating the yard beyond the sliding glass door in a blue-gray glow, and Sloane cranked her eyes shut. "Doesn't anything freak you out?"
Carly's smile escaped despite her best efforts to spare her friend's pride. "There's nothing to be scared of." She walked to the door and put her palm to the glass. "See? It's just a—"
A gust of wind smashed into the side of the house, gluing Carly's unfinished sentence to her throat. The floorboards vibrated under her feet, and her eyes flared at the staccato snap of breaking wood followed by the surreal groan of moving earth.
Before Carly could release the scream gathering in her chest, one of the tall, proud oak trees lining the property came crashing toward the house.
Somewhere amid the jangly throng of eight-penny nails in his tool belt, Jackson Carter's cell phone was making one hell of a racket. He slid his hammer into the fraying loop on his hip and palmed his phone, grinning at the caller ID.
"Hey, Luke. What's doing?" Jackson wiped his brow with a bare forearm. Man, this weather was a far cry from the storm they'd had a couple days ago. Although considering June was almost over, it was really about time for some heat.
"You tell me. How's Mrs. Teasdale's fence coming?" his boss replied.
Jackson took a step back to double-check his work, inhaling the crisp scent of the pine boards he'd been hammering into place for the better part of two days. "Your timing is perfect, actually. I just finished the build. All it needs is stain and seal coat, and it'll be good to go."
"I'm going to send Micah out there to finish it. I need you on another job, and it looks like a doozy." The unspoken apology hung in Luke's voice, and Jackson fought the urge to groan.
"Why does that sound like a disaster right off the bat?"
"Because it probably is. I just got a call from old man Logan about that bungalow he rents out. You know the one, off Rural Route 4?"
Jackson had lived in Pine Mountain since the beginning of his double-digit days, plus he'd done local contracting work for Luke for nearly a decade. If Jackson didn't know every property in Pine Mountain by now, then shame on him.
"Yeah. It's the log cabin-looking place, right?" He walked the length of freshly built fence to make sure he hadn't missed anything before doubling back to the front of Mrs. Teasdale's aging cottage.
"That's the one. Well, apparently that storm we had the other night was a bit too much for one of the old oak trees on his property, and the wind actually uprooted the damned thing."
Jackson let out a stunned whistle as he popped the locks on his pickup truck. "Did it hit the house?" Those trees had to be sixty feet tall. Oh, man, this job was going to suck.
Luke snorted. "Relax, I'm not sending you on a demolition. The tree fell across the backyard, but it wiped out part of the deck in the process. The arborists just got done hauling away the last of the tree, and now that we can get a good look at the damage, Logan wants us to see if anything can be salvaged. I told him not to get his hopes up, but if anyone could do it, it'd be you."
"Thanks for the vote of confidence." Jackson grinned and slid into the driver's seat. At six foot four, fitting his large frame behind the wheel wasn't an easy job. "Tell old man Logan his deck is in good hands. Or what's left of it, anyhow. I'm on my way."
One of the beautiful things about living in a small town was that it was just that, and the trip out to Rural Route 4 took less than ten minutes. Jackson pulled up to the tasteful little bungalow and got out, inhaling the fresh summer air as he sauntered to the front of the house to ring the bell.
The strains of some old R&B song were clear from the porch, even through the firmly closed front door. Jackson rang the bell anyway, but after the second try, he gave up. Clearly, someone was home and having the Tuesday morning of a lifetime. He chuckled, picturing some hard-of-hearing old lady getting her Motown groove on inside the house. Far be it for him to interrupt a good time, he thought as he ambled around toward the backyard. All he needed to do was to take a look at the damage, anyway. In and out, no problem.
"Huh," Jackson murmured, realizing that the muffled music was decidedly clearer back here. He recognized the song blaring through the open windows as an oldie his sisters used to sing along with on the ancient boom box in their bedroom. Right, yeah. Kind of a girl mantra, something about being a natural woman. He whistled along with the song as he approached the deck, most of which was thankfully still attached to the house.
"Well, at least it's ground level." He shrugged and examined the deck with a practiced eye. Although much of it was still intact, the tree had taken out the entire far row of railings and pickets, along with a good couple feet of floor boards, clipping what had once been a square into a rectangle with one hell of a rough edge.
The three stairs leading from the yard to what remained of the deck were still anchored in place, and Jackson mounted them easily even though the far side of the deck had sustained enough damage to make it a bad idea. It was the only way he was going to get a good enough look at the point of impact; plus, if the boards ended up giving way, it wasn't as if he'd fall more than a foot or two.
He was crouched down low to examine the missing boards and busted railing when the most horrific attempt at song filtered loudly through the screen door.
"Ouch." Jackson winced at the spectacular racket over his shoulder, biting back a laugh. It was absolutely wrong to eavesdrop on a client belting out oldies in the privacy of her own home, even if she was doing it with nothing but the rolling screen that accompanied her sliding glass door between them. The woman's voice was an audio train wreck, and his curiosity jumped like a trout at daybreak. One peek wouldn't hurt, would it?
As soon as he caught sight of the woman through the screen door, all bets for a quick look-see were off. The image of an old lady went up in smoke, replaced by a curvaceous, dark-haired woman in a skimpy bathrobe. Her eyes were shut tight, pretty face turned up to the living room ceiling as she wailed out the song with all her might. Common decency dictated he step back from the house and pretend he hadn't seen her. He needed to walk away, and he needed to do it pronto.
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Posted July 21, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. It has a great setting. The characters are well developed and believable.
Ms. Kinkaid does an excellent job of giving a multi-faceted story. The secondary characters, dialogue, and interaction are well done and provide a full rounded story.
A great mix of humor, sweetness, and a little spice!!
This book is #2 in a series, but can be read as a stand alone. I do recommend reading the first one, though. Just because it's good. Shane (from the first book) has yet to be replaced as my book boyfriend.
Anxiously awaiting book #3.
Posted June 27, 2014
Posted June 20, 2014
Gimme Some Sugar is the second book in author Kimberly Kincaid’s Pine Mountain Series and follows Turn up the Heat, a book I adored. Well, Kimberly does it again with this sweet and sassy story. I loved it!
Carly di Matisse is used to life in a chaotic restaurant kitchen. She thrives on it. It’s been he life’s passion and she has made one hell of a name for herself in the culinary world. Unfortunately she’s made that name along side her soon to be ex-husband and the divorce has lead her to the small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Carly now finds herself having to balance starting at a new restaurant, turning it into one of her signature successes, and battling in a bitter divorce. With the way Carly’s luck was going, she wasn’t really surprised when, during a storm, a huge tree comes crashing down on her deck and decimates it. Things start looking up when the contractor in charge of fixing it turns out to be a delicious piece of eye candy. But Carly wasn’t ready to dive into the dating scene just yet so for now, she would look and not touch. The problem with living in a small town is that keeping distance from people isn’t an easy task and soon Carly finds herself running into Jackson more and more…she also finds herself looking forward to it. Will Jackson be what Carly needs to make a new start…both in life and love?
Jackson Carter is in a pickle. He’s happy with his single guy lifestyle, dating on and off, and keeping things unattached. But his mother isn’t and with a family party coming up, he knows it’ll be miserable if he doesn’t bring a date. With the help of his friends, he’s come up with a plan for that party but the problem was the long run. He really didn’t want to settle down just yet but he knows he really should start thinking about it. And the one person who’s gotten him to start that thinking is the chef whose deck he’s rebuilding. There’s something about Carly that calls to him and it’s getting harder and harder for him to ignore. Could she be the one to make him ditch his bachelor ways?
Take two people both dead set against a relationship, add some intense chemistry and even the most unwilling will find themselves believing in love.
This book was delicious. What I loved was that neither Carly nor Jackson was looking for any type of relationship. Both were pretty resistant at the idea and then all of a sudden, neither one could deny the magnetic pull between them. Carly’s got her hands full with her jerk of an ex and starting a new kitchen and Jackson is the quintessential bachelor and loves his life. But you know what they say about finding love when you least expect it! Adding another fabulous layer to this story are the strong family ties both Carly and Jackson have with their mothers. It was so touching that Jackson cared so much for his ma and what she wanted for him and his life. The same goes for Carly. Even though Carly’s mom isn’t happy she’s getting divorced, and it has been a hot button issue between them, Carly still wants to make her mom happy. That type of mother/child closeness was a treat to read.
But my favorite thing about Kimberly’s writing, besides dynamic characters and smoking hot chemistry, is how she includes the art of food into her stories. Kimberly’s passion for the culinary arts comes out in her descriptive narrative on flavors, tastes and smells. It’s truly an experience to read. And of course, always makes me hungry!
Thank you, Kimberly, for another mouth-watering read. I can’t wait to see what’s next for our favorite Pine Mountain gang!
Posted June 15, 2014
Gimme Some Sugar is the second book in the Pine Mountain series, comtemporary romances which focus on the inhabitants and their finding 'the one', nothing ever goes smoothly and each person in the relationship each have their own baggage which they have to deal with before they can live happily ever after.
None more so than our romantic leads Jackson and Carly, Jackson who has never been in a relationship because of a painful secret he keeps hidden from the past which keeps him from falling in love and Carly on the brink of a divorce and having to deal with an ex-husband who is trying everything he can to delay the divorce being finalised.
A fun and engaging romance that will leave you with a smile on your face, and will have you urging on this couple to deal with their issues, and realise that what they've needed all along is each other.
With this series improving with each release and some fabulous recipes nestled at the end of each book, this is a great way to distract yourself from everyday life, I look forward to the next book and our next couple.
Posted June 10, 2014
Never one to disappoint her fans, Kincaid has cooked up another steamy romance, foodie style!
Chef Carly is a spicy Italian woman starting over, and the last thing she needs is the epitome of Adonis throwing her off the road to recovery.
Jackson’s a single man who has always managed to guard his heart until the remote slinging beauty caught him by surprise. If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then he’s minced meat!
These two butt heads on more than one occasion, but each recognizes the hurt the other tries to hide. They’re both on a path to self-discovery, but comfort each other through the process. Not everything is what it seems, but the passion between this couple is undeniable. I loved tagging along during their journey.
As with the previous installment of the Pine Mountain series, the author delivered an exceptional story that stimulates the senses! The setting and the characters are so inviting, I could see myself having a meal with them. Every emotional aspect is balanced perfectly, and the romantic scenes are scrumptious! In her wonderfully unique style, Kimberly Kincaid makes you swoon with every chapter. I highly recommend this novel, with snacks on hand!
Posted June 7, 2014
4.5 Solid Stars.
Ok I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I was so right!! This series has gotten better. While we are only on the second book of the Pine Mountain series, I can say I think Carly and Jackson may just be one of my favorite couples.
Both Carly and Jackson have been burnt by love, but on totally different ends of the spectrum. Carly is hurt by a ladder climbing, soon to be, ex-husband and Jackson from past family history. They both know there is something special between them, but are too stubborn to allow it to blossom, out of fear and self-preservation. What a major loss!
Gimme Some Sugar is 100% about them and their journey to heal and find the love they both deserve. Their story is about their instant attraction, how they fought the pull and came to a mutual agreement and then had a ton of fun together. I enjoyed how utterly blindsided they were when they finally realized what they had to lose and how it all came about.
Gimme Some Sugar was well written and an extremely enjoyable read. I was thrilled that some old characters from the first in the series, Turn Up the Heat, played a visit and a small part in the story, but I am sad that Grady wasn’t around. No, no, no not gone. He’s around, just happily retired. I loved the new additions to the town and I’m very excited about the next installment, Stirring Up Trouble.
Stirring Up Trouble will be about Sloan and Gavin. Sloan played a minor part in this story, but made her mark. I love that she is a romance writer and is in need of inspiration. Enter Gavin. He on the other had played a very small role in this novel and I can’t wait to see what secrets this man has hidden.
I highly recommend this book for sheer pleasure of reading a solid romance novel. Gimme Some Sugar most definitely can be read alone, but Turn Up the Heat was a very enjoyable read too. Not as solid for me as Gimme Some Sugar, but still good fun. Together, they would heat up weekend and warm your heart. What more can you ask from a feel good romance?
Posted June 6, 2014
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4
The second book in Kimberly’s Pine Mountain series was just as good as the first book. I love how Jackson & Carly meet. It is pretty darn funny. I really liked Jackson. He seems like such a good guy. Carly on the other hand is a little stand offish about both people and relationships. Both have been hurt by their past relationships and that really scues their outlook on future relationships. And sadly when reality finally hits it might be too late.
I am looking forward to the next book in this series. Gimme Some Sugar can be read as a stand alone, but since it is only book 2 in the series. You should just start with book one and go from there.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley & Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Posted June 5, 2014
I loved Jackson and Carly!!! From the first moment they meet each other you know the sparks are gonna flame high. Carly is the new chef at Pine Mountain Resort. Escaping from a nasty divorce and soon to be ex husband, she takes the position in the resort. Jackson is the carpenter that rebuilds her deck. The first meeting had me laughing so hard I couldn't see straight. But from there the sparks fly. Jackson having issues in his past doesn't think that he can be what Carly needs but he is determined to "feed her". He soon finds out that he needs to feed her heart. You will laugh, and cry along the way. Join them in their journey of discovery and the melding of their hearts together. A must read from Kimberly Kincaid!!
Posted June 4, 2014
LOVE, LOVE, LOVED this book! Kimberly Kincaid has a fluent and polished writing style and yet manages the impression of being so casually personal I felt right at home in the Pine Mountain setting and with the characters. GIMME SOME SUGAR follows Turn Up The Heat, the first book in the Pine Mountain series.
The main characters in Gimme Some Sugar are celebrity-chef, Carly di Matisse and Jackson Carter, a sexy, six-foot-four, loaded with muscle and charm construction worker. Jackson is best friends with Shane Griffin and Carly is Bellamy Blake's boss at the resort restaurant (the main characters from Turn Up The Heat) and they both have prominent page time in Jackson and Carly's story.
Jackson is a great guy with strong family ties and a loyal friend, who only dates casually and never really gets involved. The classic bachelor with commitment issues. He meets Carly in a hilarious and somewhat accidental way and she immediately gets under his skin, whether he realizes it or not, because he can't get her out of his thoughts. He can't help but keep coming back and finding more ways to spend time in her company.
Carly is in Pine Mountain escaping with a divorce pending from her ex, who not only cheated, but tried to take down her reputation in the New York restaurant scene. She there to focus on restoring her name and making the big comeback and has no time to be thinking about getting involved with another man. Even if he is a hunky contractor who brings her temperature to a boil every time he's near. Even if like Jackson, she can't stop thinking about him.
The chemistry between these two is sizzling hot. The banter is funny, sexy, and filled with innuendo. The story line kept my interest and a smile on my face, except when I was reading about Carly's dirt-bag ex, Travis, or the stress her mother was putting on her to reconcile with the cheater. Both Jackson and Carly have good relationships with their family and friends. Lots of humor, teasing and honest moments go down in that way only a family member or good friend can get away with when there is obvious unconditional love. The interactions with all the characters is just so enjoyable and well written. I felt like I was hanging out with the gang and chiming right in with all that was happening. Not every writer can pull that off. Kimberly Kincaid does it with style and grace. Certainly don't miss out on this book, but check out Turn Up The Heat and the rest of her back list as well. You'll be glad you did, I know I am. 5 stars
~Complimentary copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Posted June 4, 2014
Gimme Some Sugar is Book 2 in the Pine Mountain series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel. Carly and Jackson's story is a heartwarming combination of delicious chemistry, humor, wonderful secondary characters and a place I wish was real so I could visit! Warning: you will devour this book! And, one reading isn't enough...you will go back for seconds and thirds. Hands down, another satisfying read from a fabulous author!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2014
4 1/2 star read. This might be Kimberly Kincaid at her very best. Whereas I was a little bit disappointed with TURN UP THE HEAT, Kimberly hit the top with this one.
GIMME SOME SUGAR, book two in the Pine Mountain series by Kimberly Kincaid is Kimberly at her very best. I was ever so slightly disappointed with book one, TURN UP THE HEAT but Kimberly quickly redeemed herself in GIMME SOME SUGAR with humor, and an excellent what to make of this relationship between a woman on the cusp of a divorce and a commitment resistant man in Carly di Matisse and Jackson Carter. The advice-ready secondary characters kept this love hungry pair on the right track, despite everyone’s warnings to both with the exception of Sloane who insisted Jackson was Carly’s swan and Shane who wanted his best friend to be as settled and happy as he was with Bellamy.
Kimberly does an excellent job of, once again, mixing the hunger for food with the desire for love between this passionate duo who are quickly falling in love, even while insisting that everything is oh - so casual and uninvolved. I thoroughly enjoyed the clumsy way in which Jackson and Carly fall in love – a delightful and deliciously sexy clumsiness that starts with their meeting and follows them all the way through their on again, off again heated attraction. If it’s possible to have a slap stick romance created only out of words, GIMME SOME SUGAR fits the bill.
I highly recommend this delightful, funny, warm, and very sexy contemporary romance to anyone who just thrills at watching two unlikely people fall wonderfully head over heals in love. ***eARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unscripted review
Posted June 4, 2014
Gimme Some Sugar by Kimberly Kincaid is the second book in her Pine Mountain series. Although I had not read book one, Turn Up The Heat, this is a standalone book and I had no problems connecting with the characters or the small town of Pine Mountain.
This is the story of Chef Carly diMatisse and contractor/construction worker, Jackson Carter. Their first meeting was hilarious. His description of Carly when he first sees her “This woman was f@#$ing beautiful. Even if she did sound like a bag of pissed off kittens” set the tone for the rest of the story.
Carly left New York City to re-establish her career as a chef after she found her low-life husband, Travis, cheating on her with the restaurant owner’s daughter. They were co-chefs at a restaurant and when she gave the owner a choice of her or him, the owner chose Travis. She is now the chef at the Pine Mountain Resort’s restaurant La Dolce Vita and loves being in charge of her own kitchen. She plans to only be there until the divorce is final and she can go “home” again to NYC.
Jackson is 6’4” all muscles and gorgeous. He loves his family and his job. His best friend, Shane, and Jackson have a close relationship that speaks volumes about a friendship that has survived years. Jackson however is commitment phobic thanks to his dad and a scarred childhood. He’s afraid to love because he might turn into his “dad”.
The secondary characters of Carly’s best friend, Sloane, Adrian, Carly’s sous chef, Jackson’s friend, Shane, and Jackson’s family were great and helps the reader to understand the main characters. Their insights into their personalities really rocked the plot.
The story is filled with witty, sometimes sexy, banter between Jackson and Carly, food references, humor and steamy love between two people who are falling hard for each other.
I will definitely be reading the first book in this series so that I can learn more about Shane and Bellamy’s love story.
I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review.
Posted June 4, 2014
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Jackson Carter is a loveable easy-going guy. He’s a contractor who loves his job and his family. Due to a childhood incident, he doesn’t do love or serious relationships. Carly di Matisse is a tough lady. She’s in the midst of a divorce from her chef husband and has left New York City to regroup. Currently the chef at La Dolce Vita restaurant at the Pine Mountain Resort, Carly is hoping to bide her time before she can go back to New York. Jackson and Carly each want nothing to do with love for different reasons. But through food, these two discover a friendship and surprising love that’s worth fighting for.
While this is the second book in Kimberly Kincaid’s Pine Mountain series, it is a standalone read. But if you read the first book, Turn Up the Heat, you will be happy to know that Bellamy and Shane have a strong presence in this book. Prepare yourself to fall in love with Carly and Jackson as they fall in love with one another and make new discoveries about their past and present. Gimme Some Sugar will make you hungry, laugh, and cry. The Pine Mountain series is definitely a series to read.
Posted June 4, 2014
Carly is a chef on a temporary assignment in Pine Mountain. Jackson is a contractor hired to make repairs to Carly's rental house. I laughed out loud when Jackson and Carly first met! Loved the humor between these two! And the sparks flying, wow! I couldn't read this fast enough. I wanted to find out how they worked out their own issues to be able to really love and enjoy each other. A truly enjoyable read! Looking forward to the next Pine Mountain book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2014
I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review and I don’t know where to begin, because in my opinion, it was honestly that good of a story.
This story had a wonderful pace to it and kept you hooked and rooting for Jackson and Carly to the very end. This is a wonderful series and I can’t wait to read more from Pine Mountain.
I absolutely LOVED this book.
Going into it I didn’t think that there was any way that I could put anybody before Shane (from Turn Up The Heat), but O.M.G Jackson totally rocked.
He is her very hot and distracting contractor, but from their very first bump into each while Jackson is repairing her damaged deck, neither can forget about the other. Carly is going through a divorce and Jackson doesn’t do serious relationships because of his troubled past with his father. They both go into it thinking friends-with-benefits/sex and they end up falling in love with each other.
Carly has always said that she was going back home and Jackson said that he didn’t want a relationship, so in the end while doing what he thought was best for Carly since she was leaving for New York – He hurts her in more ways than one, because he didn’t think that he could protect her from himself and that he would lose control.
He is her SWAN!!
Posted June 3, 2014
I think Jackson is my new favorite hero. And I'm so happy he got his happily ever after with Carly who has made an appearance in previous Pine Mountain stories. The friendship between Jackson and Shane is a terrific secondary plot line. These two characters are written in a way that flows back and forth so well between this book and book number one. I also love that Bellamy from the first book has such a big secondary role in this book as well. All of the relationships in this book are very well written, and of course the romantic side of the book is hot and steamy. I was rooting for Jackson and Carly from the very beginning of the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2014
Kimberly Cooks Up Another Great Read!
Welcome back to Pine Mountain! In the second book in the Pine Mountain series, we learn more about Carly the famous New York chef that is running the resort's kitchen and Jackson the hot contractor that is very handy to have around. We met them in Kimberly's first book in the series Turn Up The Heat! (Which you should read because it is great). Carly left NYC in disgrace and is trying to build back up her reputation in Pine Mountain, so she can go back to New York with her head held high. Jackson is a ladies man and never lets anyone get to close. They decide to have a bene-friendship that will only last until Carly goes back to the big city. This is a great fun read full of humor and some yummy dishes. (Thank you Kimberly for the recipes at the back of the book). One of my favorite quotes in the books is "Life's an experience. You might as well eat good food on the way." My favorite scene is when Carly and Jackson meet for the first time, definitely a meet-cute.
Posted June 3, 2014
I am glad I got the opportunity to revisit the small town of Pine Mountain, Pennsylvania. The people are genuine, the Blue Ridge Mountains are beautiful and thanks to celebrity chef Carly di Matisse, the upscale restaurant at the Pine Mountain resort serves scrumptious dishes.
Carly is a petite, New York City chef that now makes her home in Pine Mountain. She is in the process of getting a divorce from her cheating, good for nothing husband, who is also a celebrity chef. She is working very hard to make a name for herself without any outside influences. Jackson Carter is a good-looking contractor that believes he is unworthy of love. It takes the love of a good woman to change his belief system.
As much as I enjoyed this story, I found the pace to be quite sluggish. Carly and Jackson are great together, but it took forever for them to do something about the feelings that were developing between them. When Carly and Jackson are together, their chemistry is combustible. Ms. Kincaid kept me chuckling through the use of food play on words and anecdotes. Looking forward to the next book in the series!
Posted June 3, 2014
Gimme Some Sugar is the second book in the Pine Mountain Series. This is the first book I’ve read written by Kimberly Kincaid and I really enjoyed it. Carly is a chef who was forced to leave her treasured New York City behind due to her soon to be ex-husband. She’s the Executive Chef at Pine Mountain Resort’s La Dolce Vita. Carly becomes quickly acquainted with Jackson Carter whose been tasked to re-build the deck in the home where she’s living. Sparks immediately begin to fly as we travel down the road as Carly deals with her husband’s refusal to carry through with the divorce, her attraction to Jackson and dealing with her mother’s illness. We see a sweet side to Jackson as he remains by her side throughout her mother’s health scare. I loved this book along with its twists and turns as we came to a happily ever after. I haven’t read the first book in the series but can’t wait to start. I would highly recommend it. I would also like to disclose that I received a copy of Gimme Some Sugar through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Posted June 3, 2014
Gimme Some Sugar is second in the Pine Mountain series where the food is great, the setting is amazing, and the chemistry between Carly and Jackson is simply off the charts. When can I pack my bags? Ms. Kincaid has once again delivered a heartwarming tale of romance filled with characters you just can't help but root for.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.