Hey y’all…happy Thursday!🤓
Throwback Thursday is a meme where I can share some oldies but goodies…books that are older than a year and have been sitting on my Goodreads TBR for awhile or books that I’ve read & enjoyed, often from my READ AGAIN E-SHELF. I’ve seen this meme floating around for awhile now so I finally decided to jump on board. Thanks to Renee @ It’s Book Talk who started this meme…if you get a chance, go check out her blog!💜
Published June 13th 2017
Nikolai Alexei Young was born with a special gift…one he’d do anything to lose. The heart and soul of every person he comes into contact with is an open book to his heightened senses. Colorful emotions, whispers of thoughts, the sour tastes of old memories…He feels them all. The sci-fi books would call him an empath. For Nikolai, his ability has made him an exile. He roams the U.S. alone, avoiding the glut of life in big cities, and using his innate talents to win money in underground poker games. Just enough to keep going, one town to the next. He has no hope that his life can be anything else, until he meets her…
At nineteen, Fiona Starling was trapped in an ugly, desperate situation until she freed herself the only way she knew how. Now three years later, living outside Savannah, Georgia, she is rebuilding her life on her own terms; seizing every moment and saving every penny so that she might fulfill her dream of moving to the raw wilderness of Costa Rica. But behind her carefree smile beats the heart of a lonely young woman haunted by her past, until a chance encounter with a tattooed stranger changes everything…
Fiona takes Nikolai under her roof for three sultry nights, waiting out the rain of a summer storm. She grows more and more fascinated by this brooding stranger with whom she shares an intense physical connection—a connection so strong, she wonders if there is something between them beyond lust and passion. Nikolai is shocked to discover that Fiona calms the raging turmoil in his heart. She alone silences the din of other people’s lives, and envelops him in the sweet beauty of her inner self. Every moment he’s with her—every touch of her skin—brings him closer to the peace that’s been eluding him his entire life.
But Fiona harbors secrets that she is too terrified to reveal. After Nikolai confesses his unique ability, she is caught between wanting to believe him and fearing he’ll eventually unearth her own dark past. When the unthinkable happens, Fiona’s plans come crashing down, and Nikolai discovers his hated ability might be the only thing that can save the woman he loves.
Sugar & Gold is a STANDALONE new adult romance with shades of the paranormal. Intended for readers 18 and up.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
SUGAR & GOLD is the second book in the Dreamcatcher series but can be read as a complete standalone (I didn’t even realize this was book two!) and my first book by author (genius) Emma Scott. I’d heard so many great things about this book, I was almost afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype but a couple of pages in, I knew that I would ADORE this story! This is labeled as a New Adult paranormal romance but it’s SO. MUCH. MORE. This is a beautiful story about compassion and heartache, love and loss, acceptance and rejection. Nikolai has a “gift” that keeps him perpetually alone and desolate until he meets Fiona. He is sorrow and sadness. Fiona is running from a bad situation but she still radiates hope and courage and like a moth to a flame, Nik is drawn to her light. Nik and Fiona need each other and their connection is instant. Everything about this tale just resonated with me. The characters felt REAL, tangible, believable…like I could be their friend (even with Nikolai’s special ability). It made me experience a whole spectrum of emotions from disbelief, sympathy and despair to warmth, amazement and hope. This is absolutely one for my READ AGAIN E-SHELF. Told from dual POVs with an awe inspiring ending. I received, read and voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Looking back at this reminds me how much I LOVED this book! Need a re-read! Have a great day y’all!💜