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Series: Aidan Falls #2
Publisher: Intermix on May 19, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Don’t get me wrong. Most of the locals here are perfectly nice. But certain close-minded ex-classmates have a problem with the fact that I cheated on my jock-star football boyfriend on one drunk, stupid night. And no one likes to see a local hero embarrassed.
But everything changed when I accidentally sent a “sext” to the wrong number—and ended up sharing some flirty exchanges. So when the mysterious, sexy Noah Reeves shows up at my job, I’m a bit shocked.
You see, Noah’s a billionaire businessman who famously disappeared after a competitor kicked him out of his own family’s company. Why would he want to meet me? I don’t see anything special in the mirror.
But Noah may just be able to disprove the old adage that mirrors don’t lie…
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Having thoroughly enjoyed Honeytrap, the first book in the Aidan Falls series, I jumped at the chance to read this second story. But perhaps I jumped too quickly.
We met Jadyn in the previous book when she became a social pariah after having dated the small town’s high school football star and all-around douche. So I’d hoped that Sugarbaby would tell us a little more about her and make sure that she got her own happily ever after. But after starting and stopping the book multiple times, setting it aside for months, and then finally picking it up again and forcing myself to finish, I’m not even sure what I just read. In the previous book, we got a glimpse of small town life, slightly exaggerated for drama’s sake, but still a nice little slice of the social maze that exists for teenagers in small town America. In Sugarbaby, what we get is nothing like that.
Jadyn’s working as a waitress and trying to keep her chin up after the bullying and gossip that plagued her in the last book. And that’s where she meets a young, handsome billionaire (*sigh*) who’s trying to stay out of the limelight and apparently has a bunch of useless friends who may have seen Eyes Wide Shut one too many times. Oh, and he happened to walk into the place where she works after receiving an errant and not all that intriguing text, at which point he decided to track her down. More somewhat boring texts somehow equals romance…
Honestly, I could tell you more about the story, and maybe you’d want to check it out for yourself, but I’m kind of over it and don’t really feel up to trying to make sense of the incongruous drama and twists that couldn’t hold my attention for long. The billionaire thing is overdone, the relationship is just weird, and Sugarbaby delivered none of the appeal that I thought I’d found in this series. It was interesting for a few minutes, but then it just went completely off the rails and dragged for way too long.
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