He knows if she's been bad or good.
Amidst the sugarplums and mistletoe, fashion stylist Julia Bennett is every inch a scrooge. Known for her ice-queen ways, she's having a meltdown over a botched business deal and an upcoming milestone birthday. Add the pressure of forced holiday cheer, and she's ready to dive into the spiked eggnog and not come out until summer.
Warren Stone, president and owner of the Sugar Rush Candy Company, is determined to make Julia slow down and enjoy the holidays. As her friend and confidante for thirteen years, he knows her better than anyone. But when decking the halls leads them to an explosive, sexy night, everything suddenly changes.
When Warren decides Julia is all he wants for Christmas, will she risk their longtime friendship for the gift of love?
WARNING! Contains Christmas peppermint martinis, Grinchiness, designer gowns, red stilettos, mountains, pickles, mistletoe sex, Rubik's Cubes, mulled wine, and a hot silver fox.
SWEET LIFE is a sexy contemporary romance by New York Times bestselling author Nina Lane. It can be read as a standalone or enjoyed as part of the Sugar Rush series.
The Sugar Rush series in order:
SWEET HEART (coming soon!)
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Sweet Life By: Nina Lane ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 Review by Kristie K Decadent and sinfully sweet, Nina Lane delivers another incredible tale from the Sugar Rush series… I don’t know how I went without knowing Nina Lane and her work for so long. The entire Sugar Rush series has been a truly sweet treat that I am so very glad I found. As the fifth installment of the series, Sweet Life focuses on the president of the Sugar Rush Candy Company, Warren Stone. A determined and focused male, used to getting what he wants, Warren wants to see fashion designer Julia Bennett cut loose and enjoy the holidays. What happens between them is seductively sweet, spicy, and so much fun. The character development is fantastic, with each one carrying their own attitude, personality, and authenticity. I adore everything about the characters from this series, and Warren and Julia are no exception. Every book can be read as a standalone, but I totally say that you MUST read these books! Every single one of them. Kristie K
After devouring the first four books in this series, I couldn't wait to dive into Julia and Warren's story! It's been obvious since the first book that there's something between them, even though everyone (not even the two potential lovebirds) seem to see it! Luckily, Sweet Life gave Julia and Warren the perfect happily ever after with a dose of Christmas cheer! Honestly, I've been dying for Julia's POV ever since she first appeared in the Sweet Dreams. She's dynamite - ambitious, fearless, and incredibly quick with her word. After Sweet Surrender, however, I could tell she hadn't always been this way. She may have even been a bit of a wildflower like Hannah (cue gasp). Therefore, I was so happy to get inside her heard here. No matter how icy the surface may seem, Julia has a lot of heart and sweetness deep down, especially when it comes to being pseudo mama bear to her nephews and niece. I especially enjoyed seeing the vulnerable side to her in Sweet Life. Previously, it seemed as if she didn't have any flaws, or holdbacks, but in Sweet Life, she deals with a couple of setbacks, mostly dealing with the failing of a business deal. It was refreshing to see that she was for one human but for for two that she wouldn't let the bad get her down. Sure, she'd wallow and eat some waffles, but nothing could keep her down for too long. Like Julia, it was fun to get inside Warren's head. In the previous books, he's always seemed strong and aloof - a protector as well as a tone setter. In Sweet Life, however, the softer side to Warren comes out, especially when it involves Julia, or Jules as he calls her. It was incredibly easy to see how much he cared for her and how far he'd go to prove that to her. Additionally, I enjoyed seeing the relationship with his children through his eyes. It brought a whole new layer of development to it. The romance in Sweet Life is as sweet and sexy as the previous books. I thought Nina did a great of developing it at a good pace. I will admit that at first I was slightly worried about a Warren and Julia pairing. I wondered if it could really work since Warren had been married to Julia's sister; however, I thought Nina did a decent job of handling that situation. She showed the doubts as well as hopes Warren and Julia had regarding the situation, making it more real in the long run. In all, Sweet Life is another great addition to the Sugar Rush series. It didn't top my favorite (sorry, Kate and Tyler's HEA hold that position!), but I enjoyed it nonetheless. My only questions now are: who's story is next AND how long do we have to wait?! 3 Stars!
4.5 stars--captivating 4.5 stars--SWEET LIFE is the fifth instalment in Nina Lane’s contemporary, adult SUGAR RUSH erotic romance series focusing on the Stone family and the Sugar Rush Candy company. This is patriarch and Sugar Rush president Warren Stone, and fashion stylist Julie Bennett’s story line. SWEET LIFE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Warren and Julia) SWEET LIFE focuses on the friends to lovers relationship between fifty-four year old widower, father of seven, and President of the Sugar Rush Candy Company Warren Stone, and his forty-nine year old, sister in-law Julia Bennett. Fourteen years earlier Warren lost his beloved wife Rebecca to a tragic accident that also saw our heroine lose the sister she would never forget. Throughout the years Julia has been the family’s rock, helping to take care of her sister’s seven children but in the ensuing time our heroine’s personal life took a backseat to the fulfilment of her career, and the support of her extended family. Fast forward to present day wherein Julia’s attraction to Warren is met with an equally aggressive reaction by her late sister’s husband-a man she has lusted over for close to thirty-five years. What ensues is the building romance between Julia and Warren, and the potential fall out as their secret romance becomes fodder for the family, and Julia is unable to let go of the past. Throughout the story line the ghost of Warren’s late wife Rebecca is a major stumbling block for our story line couple. Unable to get past the breakdown of her relationship with Rebecca, prior to the death of the sister she loved, Julia struggles with the memories of what happened, and the revelations about her feelings for the man she would grow to love. As Warren prepares for retirement, the family must come to terms with their father’s decision, and the change in direction for the Sugar Rush company. The relationship between Julia and Warren is a friends to lovers, older couple romance; a brother in law / sister in law attraction that has continued to flourish, building towards something more than friendship and mutual loss. Secrets are revealed that could potentially destroy Julia’s relationship with the family she loves. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense-it is wonderful to see an ‘older couple’ enjoying an active sex life not deferring to questionable age-related ability. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting cast including many of the previous story line characters: Luke and Polly (Sweet Dreams #1), Evan (Sweet Escape #2), Tyler (Sweet Surrender #3), Gavin and Mia (Sweet Time #4) ,Adam, Spencer, and Hailey Stone; Julia’s assistants Anisa and Marco, as well as several local residents of Indigo Bay, California who are participating in the local Christmas pageant. The world building focuses on family; on Warren’s upcoming retirement plans; and Julia’s inability to love and be loved. The premise is captivating and inspiring; the romance is passionate and seductive; the characters are charismatic, energetic and lively. Nina Lane is a go –to author for me for her ability to pull me in, suck me under, make me cry, and never let go.