There’s nothing quite like your first bite.
Dulcie Carter has been running her family’s homemade sweet shop, Candy Land Confections, on her own since her mom passed away. But business is slow and rent is high, so Dulcie knows if she wants to keep her mom’s dream alive, she’ll need a miracle. Winning the annual Assembly of Chocolatiers competition will change everything, if only she can overcome her fears and bring herself to create something new for the first time in a long time.
Then she meets Nick, a molten-hot guy with a sexy smirk and chocolate brown eyes. The attraction is stronger than any sugar rush—until she discovers he’s set to inherit his family’s big-box candy shop in town, which is her strongest competitor for first prize. Nick’s got his own reasons for needing the win, but then being around Dulcie is proving addictive.
As the competition heats up, so do the sparks between them. Can they keep their sights on winning, when love might be the sweetest prize of all?
My Review: 4 Stars
Dulcie has been running her family business, Candy Land Confections, by herself since her mom passed away. Times are tough and business is slowing down. She needs to do something before she loses everything. The Master Chocolatier competition with the $50,000 prize is just what she is needing. But the last time she entered it was a disaster and she is NOT looking forward to going back. Between the business, school and competition she has no time to waste on love. But that doesn't stop her best friend, Lila, or her Grams from harassing her about her non-existent love life.
While out with Lila one night she meets Nick. Things seem to be going pretty good until they find out that they are mortal enemies. You see Nick's family owns the competition... How Sweet It Is. Nick isn't the nicest guy when he's trying to get far away from Dulcie. And of course once he's away he just can't stop thinking about her. There is just something that intrigues him and he does his best to make it up to her.
While both Nick's father and Dulcie's Grams tells them to stay away from the other, they just can't seem to do it. You know what they say... when someone tells you NOT to do something... it makes you want to do it even more. The beginning of their relationship is lots of sneaking away and stolen moments.
Amongst the romance there is sabotage, personal growth, new friendships and relationships. Sugar Rush was definitely a cute, quick, fun read. If you are looking for something that you can read in one sitting then this is definitely a book to consider. This was my first Rachel Astor book and I will definitely be looking into more of her books. :)
And yes... even though this was a novella I was still able to come up with my casting choices... ;)