Series: Sugar Rush #4
on October 10th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Stuck in a boring insurance job, vivacious Mia Donovan has spent the last few years searching for her life's true path. She fills her time helping plan the wedding of her best friend to the CEO of the Sugar Rush Candy Company.
Mia has also been trying to attract the impossibly rigid Sugar Rush security chief Gavin Knight. But for well over a year, the unyielding Mr. Knight has ignored her, despite her short skirts, tight sweaters, and patently obvious flirting. And when he finally approaches her, it's only to assess the wedding plans for potential security risks.
A former soldier, Gavin has intercepted hostile anonymous letters threatening the high-profile wedding. Determined to keep everyone safe, he's forced to work with the maddeningly sexy Miss Donovan of the thousand-watt charm and irresistible body.
Irked by Gavin's many months of disregard, Mia takes her teasing flirtations to a whole new level. But her coquettish ways are no match for the edgy, lust-fueled dominant he conceals behind his impassive exterior. And when Gavin exerts his full control, Mia discovers he can protect everything except her heart.
“They were night and day, oil and water, fire and ice.”
With Sweet Time Nina Lane delivers yet another wonderful story surrounding The Sugar Rush empire. While Sweet Time could be read as a standalone, if you haven’t read the first 3 books in the series I implore you to get acquainted with the Stone family. Plus much of what happens in Sweet Time is driven by a wedding that comes about from characters featured in a previous book. That aside, Sweet Time focusses on the non-relationship between the bubbly Mia and the stoic and staid Gavin as the two are pushed together for a Stone family members’ wedding.
Mia is one of those effervescent characters that makes everyone around her believe in the joy of life. She’s simply enchanting; fun, trustworthy, and a reliable friend. She’s without blood family, but has found one in her best friend Polly. This is also true of Gavin. He comes across as a stick in the mud and seems to be the lone person in the Indigo Bay community that hasn’t fallen for Mia’s charms. At first I thought this was an unrequited love story, and while there are some elements of that, this is really about opposites finding solidarity. Mia is exactly the type of women Gavin needs, but he can he let himself relish in the joy and happiness he feels with Mia? He’s a man reluctant to change but in desperate need of it. Mia needs someone to believe in her, to encourage her to take risks, and Gavin is the sort of man who measures the risk and reward. In Sweet Time, we learn how much his calculated movements are meant to drive this perception and why.
I absolutely adore the way Nina brings the characters together and how they cultivate their connection. It’s magical and I felt giddy at the possibility of them. The heat between these two shows up in a big way and there are some off the charts sexy moments where I felt my cheeks flush. There are some incredibly tender moments too; ones that warmed my insides. Mia manages to pull Gavin out of his head which is a wonderful thing to see, just how she gets under his skin and the truth about his feelings for her. The experience is new to both of them and they manage to make some small and large mistakes, but in general the angst is low and the passion high. Another 5 star read from one of my favorite authors! I wholeheartedly recommend this book and series!!
~Review by Cyndi
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.