Friday, February 28, 2014

Cup of Sugar by Karla Doyle

Release Date: February 28, 2014
Genre: Hot Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 55,537
Series: Close to Home, Book 1

Nia has one rule—don’t date neighbors. Simple, except the guy next door is single, handsome, and not inclined to close his blinds while naked. When her car dies, Conn takes “being neighborly” to a new level by offering a ride to her long-distance destination. Nia has resisted his looks and charm for months. Surely she can handle a
few hours in his truck…

For months, Conn has blatantly put himself on display, hoping his pretty blonde neighbor would tire of secretly watching and come knock on his door for a cup of sugar—or more. No such luck—until an unusual opportunity arises. After a six-hour drive turns into a sweet-and-sexy weekend, Conn wants more than neighborly status with Nia. To get it, he must convince her to break the rule protecting her heart—by putting his
on the line.

Nia leaned forward, as close as possible to the windshield, watching Conn inside the motel office. He and a short, older man who was likely the owner had shared a brief conversation. That made sense. Rather than return to the truck, though, Conn pulled his wallet from his jeans. Handed the man a card, then signed something.

That could only mean one thing. She scanned the front of the small building. Four doors, one of which led to the office. Maybe there were more around the back. Plus, this place was in the middle of nowhere—to the best of her knowledge, anyway—so there ought to be plenty of vacant units. Nothing to worry about.

“Hey.” Conn closed the truck door and brushed the snow from his hair. “What do you want first, the good news or the bad?”

“Always lead with the bad, it makes the good look that much better.”

“All right. Apparently, we’ve gone southeast, rather than north, adding about an hour to our drive—in good weather.”

“Which we don’t have.”

“Not at the moment. In fact, the motel owner said they’re predicting another six inches to come overnight.”

She couldn’t help it, a giggle bubbled up and slipped through her lips. “Sorry. It just struck me as, um…” Another giggle escaped, and Conn’s eyebrows rose. 

“Another six inches to come overnight…under other circumstances, a girl would be excited to hear that prediction.” Oh god, had she really said that? To the one man she absolutely could not have sex with, while they were parked in front of a motel? Shit, shit, shit.

The damage was done. Conn’s mouth curved into a lethally sexy smile. “Guess I know another interesting fact about you now.”

Heat flared in her cheeks. “And what’s that?”

“You have a dirty mind.”

Whether she confirmed or denied, she’d be in trouble.

Conn didn’t put her through the embarrassment of answering. The torture of leaning across the console area, invading her space with his manly scent and intoxicating pheromones—that he did. He was so close. Close enough to kiss her. Or tickle her ear with his warm breath as he said, “Personally, I predict seven to eight solid inches tonight.”

Oh. Dear. God.

He eased back, grinning as he killed the engine. “The good news is, we chanced upon the only motel in a hundred-kilometer radius before we ran out of gas or landed in a ditch. And it had a vacancy.”

“A vacancy?”

“Yeah, one room left.” As if cued, the red “Vacancy” sign in the office window flickered to black. He held up a plastic fob with a single key dangling from its ring. “And
it’s all ours.”

She forced a smile while donning her coat. Sharing a motel room with Conn was definitely not good news.

Cup of Sugar is a sweet, fun, quick read by Karla Doyle. The synopsis intrigued me and I wanted to get to know these characters better. I am so glad I did because this book left me with the warm fuzzy feeling you get after reading a book like this. I love when a book does that.

Nia is your typical shy, yet sweet girl. She has been hurt in the past and because of that she makes a rule that she never intends to break; don't date the neighbor. I loved getting to know all about Nia and how Karla slowly revealed secrets of her past that helped explain why she is the way she is. 

Conn is Nia's neighbor. He has tried for a year to get her to pay attention to him and has failed miserably. New Year's Eve he gets his lucky break. Nia's car won't start and she needs to get to her family's house, six hours away. Conn being the sweetheart that he is, offers to take her. Conn is nothing like I pictured him to be.  I thought he was going to be this stuck up, better than thou guy who was a man whore. Nope, not even close. He is super sweet, he does all the little things that you want a man to do and he is persistent in what he wants. When he sees something he wants he doesn't stop until he has it, or in this case, her. 

Conn and Nia make amazing sparks. They are H O T together. The only problem is, even though they are together, they aren't. Seeing the progression in their "relationship" was what made this book that much better. There was hardly any angst which I enjoyed. Don't get me wrong, I love a book that is full of angst, so much so that it drives me crazy. I also love a book that has little to know angst and I can just savor it and enjoy it and not stress while reading it. 

I can't forget about a major part of this book, Zeus. Oh how I wish I had a dog like Zeus. He was always the perfect distraction and his timing was impeccable. 

I recommend this book is you want something that is sweet, funny, and will leave you with a smile on your face and warm fuzzies in your stomach. I can't wait for the next book in this series.

Karla grew up in a small town on the shore of Lake Erie. She trained and worked in the fashion industry, designing and making everything from swimwear to dog collars for most of her adult life. Karla has since traded her needle and thread for a word processor, and now spends her time writing sexy romances. When she's not writing, she loves spending time with family, friends
and her pets, as well as reading and hitting the gym.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Stephanie! I'm so happy you enjoyed Conn & Nia (and Zeus!) in Cup of Sugar! :)