Sugar Rush

Sugar Rush

by Rachel Astor
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Sugar Rush by Rachel Astor

Sugar Rush by Rachel Astor:

There's nothing quite like your first bite.

Dulcie Carter has been running her family's homemade sweet shop, Candy Land Confections, on her own since her mom passed away. But business is slow and rent is high, so Dulcie knows if she wants to keep her mom's dream alive, she'll need a miracle. The annual Assembly of Chocolatiers competition might be just the thing, if she can bring herself to try creating something new for the first time in a long time.

Then she meets Nick, a molten-hot guy with a sexy smirk and an attraction stronger than any sugar rush, whose family also happens to own the big-box candy shop in town—her strongest competition for first prize. Nick's got his own reasons for needing the win, but then being around Dulcie is proving addictive. As their competition heats up, so do the sparks between them. Can they keep their sights on winning, when love might be the sweetest prize of all?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622669691
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 08/25/2012
Series: Entangled Bliss
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 265
Sales rank: 480,801
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Rachel Astor grew up on a little farm outside a tiny town in the middle of Saskatchwan, Canada, where there wasn't much to do but daydream. She's had a lot of jobs, but none quite as interesting as when she waitressed at a bar named after a dog.

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Sugar Rush 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
CourtneyW More than 1 year ago
This book was utterly adorable. I've probably read at least a thousand romance novels in my life, and this one stood out as unique for several reasons. #1: Candy. The plot revolves around CANDY. It's sweet and feel good, and even though I got anxious at one point, it never felt angst-ridden... which I like. #2: Awkward characters. Both of the main characters are adorably awkward around each other. The guy isn't this suave alpha. He's just a guy. The girl isn't some Mary Sue who lets the guy walk in and boss her around. They're real people and act like real people attracted to each other. It's refreshing. #3: Plot other than romance. I'm always disappointed when I read a romance novel that practically has no plot except the characters getting together. I'm not saying this happens all the time in romance, but I found myself more focused on the candy plot and more anxious about the candy plot then about will they/won't they (which is GOOD, because it's a romance novel--of course they will). #4: No sex. I didn't actually realize this until I finished the book. When it did finally dawn on me, I realized why the book felt so light and adorable and enjoyable for me. Besides the candy, of course. I tend to skim sex scenes in romance novels for the dialogue. I know, shame on me. But the fact that this didn't have any sex was a huge bonus for me. If you like your romance steamy, you should pick this up anyhow because it's so freaking cute. #5: Adorable. If you ever watched the tv show Pushing Daisies and loved it for the adorably awkward romance, and the bright colors and pie, then you will love this book. It feels like Pushing Daisies for me. I LOVE Pushing Daisies, so for me to say that means something. Other than the fact that this book will make you want candy hardcore, I can't really think of anything I didn't like. (And is wanting candy reeeeally a bad thing?) There's also a recipe at the back for one of the candies in the book. That's right. CANDY RECIPE. Now go. Buy. Read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolute joy to read this book. Couldn't put it down!
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
A charming story that will appeal to your heart. And your sweet tooth. Would it be terribly cliche if I said Sugar Rush was a sweet, sweet story? I know, it is. But that is simply the best description for the story of Dulcie and Nick, and the confections that consume their lives. Dulcie (such an appropriate name!) was a great girl, though she has difficulty realizing how talented and imaginative she is. Since her mother's death, she has dedicated her life to keeping her mother's beloved Candy Land Confections open. When she meets Nick, Dulcie immediately drawn to him, and he to her...until they realize one another's identity. Though their families and history says they should keep their distance, Dulcie and Nick can't fight that loving feeling. I will say, I had the teensiest of reservations in starting Sugar Rush. The premise reminded me a bit of You Have Mail. I happen to love that movie, except for one major hitch: the two main characters were business rivals, with the male owning a mega bookstore that was threatening the woman's small indie bookstore. They fall in love, then she finds out he's putting her out of business and ends it. Shortly after, though, all is forgiven and they live happily ever after. At the time, this really didn't bother me. Now, I would flog the man who ruined my livelihood, hottie or not. Sugar Rush, while having the same business rivalry-turn-love story aspect, was not that story. It has a much, much better resolution to the problems that Nick and Dulcie face. Thank goodness or I might have had a minor stroke. Sugar Rush read like a Hallmark or Lifetime movie. That is a good thing! It was very well-written, with a pace that never lagged. And though I only focused on Nick and Dulcie, all the characters made an impact (especially Dulcie's grandma!) I even found the candy making aspect interesting. This story made me want to curl up in my cozy living room, by the Christmas tree, and enjoy the fun. Sugar Rush was a sweet escape. It should be noted that I read Sugar Rush approximately four days after I went off most sugar. It was so good that I still loved the story and managed not to harm anyone whilst reading.
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*sighs and rolls over*
TheLifeofaBookAddict More than 1 year ago
Sugar Rush follows Dulcie Carter who runs Candy Land Confections, her family’s homemade candy store. When her mother passed away, Dulcie was left to run the business on her own. Dulcie leads a very busy life and doesn't have time to date; nor does she want to date just a string of random guys. She wants to be with someone who is worth her time. While she is out with her friend Lila, Dulcie becomes instantly drawn to one of the band members playing the bass guitar. He happens to spot Lila sitting at a table and can’t stop looking at her. The guitar player is Nick whose family owns the store How Sweet It Is, Candy Land Confections major competition. After the set, Nick approaches Dulcie and they share an awkward if not cute and nervous conversation. And then they discover their stores are competitors, so they ignore their feelings. Now home after college Nick is working at How Sweet It Is. His father is set to retire soon and he is determined to make his father proud and show him that he is the perfect one to take over the company. He loves to put his creative energy to good use which is one of the reasons he plays in a band. He doesn't get the opportunity to do anything creative at his work since all the sweets are made from an automatic machine. When he spots the invitation for the annual Assembly of Chocolatiers competition, thinking it is the perfect chance he has been waiting for, he convinces his father to let him enter. Apart from Dulcie running her own business she is also finishing up her Master’s degree in Business Administration. But going to school and running a business takes up a huge chunk of her time and money. Money that she is running out of if she can’t bring in more business. Even though she is hesitant at first to enter the Chocolatier competition due to her embarrassment about failing the it previously, she decides to enter in hopes of winning the prize of $50,000. That would definitely help out with all of the bills that keep piling up. They each have their own reasons for winning; Nick to prove himself to his father and Dulcie to save her shop and keep it afloat. But during the competition the more time they spend around each other the more sparks continue to fly. Soon they have to decide which is more important; a potential shot at love or winning first place? Sugar Rush is a short and sweet read. The romance between Dulcie and Nick is adorable. They are a little awkward with each other which I thought was cute. It made them seem a little more real. I wasn’t a huge fan of the instant draw between them, but it was fun seeing these two interact with each other. It’s a good choice if you are in the mood for a light romance with lots of talk about chocolate. Just be prepared to feel like indulging in your sweet tooth by the time you are done reading. ** I received this ARC from Entangled Publishing/Bliss in exchange for nothing, but my honest review. Thank you.**
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jendsmit_ More than 1 year ago
Sweet | Complicated | Quick Read Ok I know I am in the minority on this book giving only 3 stars, but I liked it… I really did! I love to bake and who doesn’t love candy?! This book has mouthwatering descriptions of cupcakes and candies… seriously!! I really liked Dulcie – she was sweet, feisty, & smart. My problem with her was the lack of confidence, but I understand why that was there in the story – but it still drove me nuts. Nick… musician baker smartass. Really, need I say more? I liked Nick, but I didn’t really feel like there was much interaction between him and Dulcie before all hell breaks loose. It isn’t insta-love but it is still super-fast, which I am actually ok with in this book – it worked ok for me. The story has a pretty good pace, I could have used less in some places and more in others… I would have loved to know more about Jess but that is because I have worked in Marketing/Advertising … so I LOVE hearing about characters who do it – kind of weird, but you know I’m kind of weird so it works – get off me! Any way like I said – I liked this book. It is a sweet yet complicated story of two adults who have a complicated situation to work through… I liked the twists that Rachel worked into the story. There is one that I TOTALLY didn’t get before it hit me… I’ll leave it at that because I would like you to be smacked with it as well =D Add this book to your TBRs & pick up your copy today!