Monday, November 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Welcome To Sugartown by: Carmen Jenner (Review, Teaser, and Giveaway)

Title: Welcome to Sugartown

Author: Carmen Jenner
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Release Date: November 3, 2013

Ana Belle never wanted anything more than to hang up her apron, jump on her Vespa and ride off into the sunset, leaving Sugartown in the dust.

Elijah Cade never wanted anything more than a hot meal, a side of hot arse and a soft place to lay his head at night where he could forget about his past.

But you know what they say about wanting: you always want what you can’t have.

Nineteen year-old virgin Ana is about to discover that’s not quite true because a six foot three, hotter than hell, tattooed, Aussie sex god just rode into town. He’s had a taste of her pie and he wants more– no really, Ana bakes pies for a living, get your mind out of the gutter.

She’d be willing to hand over everything tied up in a big red bow, there’s just one problem; Elijah has secrets dirtier than last week’s underwear. Secrets that won’t just break Ana’s heart, but put her life at risk, too. When those secrets come to light, their relationship is pushed to breaking point.

Add to that a psychotic nympho best friend, an overbearing father, a cuter than humanly possible kid brother, a wanton womanizing cousin, the ex from hell and more pies than you could poke a ... err ... stick ... at.

And you thought small towns were boring.


My Thoughts:

Do not let the sweet and sugary title fool you. This is not a fluffy read; it is so so so much more than that. It was funny and sexy and gritty and emotional. The characters get under your skin, make you crazy, break your heart, but you still root for them all the same.

I’m just gonna get right to it… Elijah is rough, very very rough. He also has a good heart and tries to make good out of bad situations. I’m not going to lie; Elijah was a tough one for me. He broke my heart, shattered it really. I had come to love him oh so much and then he broke me. Honestly, I don’t know if I can forgive him some of the things he did, but I really really want to, so that counts for something. It’s a good thing he makes you love him early on, makes it easier to understand why he makes some of the decisions he does. He is delicious and swoonworthy, but he is not perfect and that makes him real.

Ana is such a sweetheart and she puts up with a lot more than she deserves. Living in her small town hasn’t been easy due to some unfortunate circumstances in high school. Things don’t really get easier for her, even with Elijah in the picture. Ana deals with a lot and her situation made my heart break. I wanted to give this girl the biggest hug and glue all her broken pieces together. Ana is stubborn and afraid of her feelings for Elijah, but I can’t say I blame her.

The secondary characters in Welcome To Sugartown are also fantastic. Holly cracked me up and is the best kind of friend. Sammy is the cutest thing ever and I think he needs his own book… joking…. kind of. Then we have Jackson. We don’t see much of him, but I kind of love him and his sexiness already.

The chemistry between Ana and Elijah is off the charts. These two have so much tension and it builds and builds. There are so many ridiculously steamy scenes. But while the chemistry is hot, so are their tempers. These two are constantly fighting and it always seems as if something is in the way. It really makes you wonder if the chemistry between them will be enough.

Along with the romance, we get so much more to the story. It’s not just about two people falling for each other. Oh no… it’s about two people figuring out what they want in life and doing something about it. It’s about Ana growing up and deciding who she wants to be. It’s about overcoming obstacles nobody should ever have to overcome and becoming a better version of yourself on the other side. It’s everything I want when I pick up a book.

Welcome To Sugartown is a great read and a wonderful debut novel for Carmen Jenner. I laughed my butt off, cried like a baby, grabbed some ice water, and got lost in the pages. It’s one I recommend to those who like rough and gritty romances with fantastic side characters and tons of sexy.

About Carmen

Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something author, doctor, pilot and CIA agent.

She's also a compulsive, flagrant prevaricator who gets to make things up for a living.

While Sugartown may not technically exist, Carmen grew up in a small Australian town just like it, and just like her characters, she always longed for something more. They didn't have an Elijah Cade, though. If they did, you can be sure she would have never left.


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  1. Thanks for an amazeballs review, my lovely, and for participating in the blog tour!!!
    It just wouldn't have been the same without you! =D

    1. Of course! I was so happy I could be a part of it =D

  2. Fun and sexy with more to it sounds great to me.

  3. This sounds right up my alley. I wonder if I can handle Elijah, though... Your review has me very excited, Teresa. I will try to bump WtS up on my to-read list!

  4. I was so glad to see you review this one, Teresa, because it's a book I've really wanted to read. It sounds like my kinda book. I love well-developed characters and I love characters finding their way in I really like that Elijah and Ana figure it out and go get it. :) I also appreciate the heartache warning. ;) Spectacular review!!

  5. Aww! I really want to read this! But now I'm terrified because of what you said about Elijah! LOL. I like that it's more than just a romance, too. I will definitely be entering this giveaway!

    1. Dont be terrified! Elijah is yummy but he isnt perfect.. far from it... but I think he makes up for his mistakes in the end

  6. Agree with you all the way, girl! Elijah was a rough and raw character! And since he made mistakes, that really did make him real and made me like him that much more! And the chemistry! OH MY! It was hot! ;) Carmen really did an awesome job at delivering a book that really surprised me! And your review was WONDERFUL!!!

    Love, love your review!!!!

  7. This sounds like my kind of book. I love deep and gritty reads where the char caters get under met skin :) I like the idea of the characters figuring out what they want in life. This sounds interesting to me, as well as the whole chemistry off the charts thing. Thanks for sharing Teresa!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  8. Fab review girl!! If the book made you so emotional like that you know you really enjoyed it. I think I'd like to meet Ana and Elijah... sounds like a great read!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace


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