Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sweet Escape (Sugar Rush #2) by Nina Lane @NinaLaneAuthor

4.5 Sugary Sweet Stars
I just want to crawl inside Nina Lane’s mind as she magically brings her oh-so-swoon worthy heroes and their romances to life. It never fails. Each time, with every story penned, Lane touches the very heart of me as I become so totally lost within her fantastical worlds. Everything around me simply fades away until all that remains is the beauty created from her written words. It’s no surprise how easily Evan “Heartbreaker” Stone stole my heart with all his sugary sweetness and off the charts hotness. He melted me like a delicious piece of fine chocolate. I savored Evan and Hannah’s passion filled journey in Sweet Escape ~ from their no-strings-attached fling to undeniable true love.

My love story starts with a broken heart.

In Sweet Dreams, (the first book in the Sugar Rush Series), we met the adorably stubborn Evan Stone and learned all about his serious heart condition. Constantly under the watchful eyes of his family, he was frequently reminded of his life-long illness and limitations, much to his vexation.
One of the reasons why I loved Evan’s character in Sweet Escape (aside from his sexiness and luscious gorgeousness) was seeing his unwavering determination to push the envelope. He lived life to the fullest, as much as his circumstances would allow, and approached every obstacle head-on. Loved that his physical weakness only served to strengthen his resolve. He fights for what he wants, especially when it came to the family business and eventually Hannah’s presence in his life. But there’s a vulnerable side to Evan that moved me. Because of his health issues, Evan had insecurities, thus felt the need to avoid long-term romantic relationships. He’s nicknamed “Heartbreaker” for that reason. So when Hannah Lockhart stepped into his life, with her willingness to eventually leave and travel the world, she seemed to be the perfect woman for a fleeting sex-filled fling. The only problem… the connection between them became too powerful to deny. As much as Evan’s fears and stubbornness tried to convince him otherwise, Hannah was in his heart. And oh boy, these two were passionately hot and heavy. Nina Lane certainly knows how to turn up the heat level to scorching.


I have to admit I had some reservations with Hannah’s character for part of this read, as well as when she was introduced in the first installment. She was a self-proclaimed wanderlust, making her way around the world, blogging about her adventures. The last place she wanted to be was stuck in a small town, running Wild Child Bakery, during her sister’s absence. Her flightiness had me anxious as it caused a bit of push-and-pull within the story line. Even though I always relish the build up of angst, there were times her actions had me worried about how their relationship would turn out. But given the opportunity, seeing the reasons why Hannah felt the need to run from her family and past, I eventually understood her mindset. In the end, she proved to be the right girl for lovable Evan.

I loved seeing this couple work through their fears and difficulties while feeding each other strength. How Hannah never focused on Evan’s weaknesses, only his love and determination.  I adored the way Evan got all that was Hannah, never judging and always supportive. For a man with a “broken heart”, I found his character to have the biggest and most compassionate heart of all. And holy crap was Evan dominating and HOT! The sexual chemistry this couple shared was explosive. Honestly, Nina knows how to write a sizzling sex scene that makes my heart flutter every time.

Sweet Escape was a great emotional, steamy treat with just the right amount of drama, laughter and heartfelt moments built into the story line. I’ll never get my fill of Lane’s writing style, the way her stories flow and how she brings to life a cast of such lovable characters, especially her sincere heroes. This is the perfect read for when your in the mood for a truly feel good romance. Although part of a series, this can absolutely be read as a standalone novel. Thank you Nina for another wonderful reading experience. Looking forward to more from the sexy Stone Brothers.




I voluntary reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
TRIPLES with EMMA

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