SUGAR RUSH by Elaine Overton focuses on Sophie Mayfield and Eliot Wright. Sophie and her family own a local bakery that manages to get new customers that were once customers of their rival, Fulton Foods. She hires a new pastry chef, Eliot, to help with her expanding business, but he accepts the job with an ulterior motive he's desperately trying to conceal from Sophie. While working together they discover they have more in common than pastries and Eliot realizes he has more to lose than he originally thought. He may lose his heart if his deception is revealed to Sophie.
While the focus of the story is the romance developing between Sophie and Eliot, there are other themes, such as loyalty, honesty, love, friendship and familial relationships revealed. Sophie considers her relationship with her family a necessity she tries to maintain, whereas Eliot considers his a responsibility he can do without and he tries to sever the family bond.
Overton writes with emotion and passion and makes the reader feel a part of the story, as if they were a character themselves. She tastefully and vividly describes the romantic scenes. I enjoyed her portrayal of the characters and story-telling style. Even though I enjoyed the story line and subject matter, I felt it lacked some of the gusto that I've grown accustomed to with this author. That's why I gave it a rating of a 3. I still would recommend to this read to others.
Reviewed by Jaime L. Lincoln
for the RAWSISTAZ Reviewers