Author: Mandi Beck
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 7, 2017
4 Watermelon Crawl CROWNS
Mandi Beck sure seems to have my number when it comes to bad boy musicians. First there was Stone, and now we have Beau. Although, not as bad or damaged as Stone, Beau still has the aura, that something, that is just innate in a hero that draws a reader in, very similar to Stone, who we get a little glimpse of throughout Sugar. Not only did Mandi Beck give readers another swoon-worthy bad boy, but we also get a host a awesome heroines who straddle the line between assertive and feminine. The combination of these two groups makes for a compelling and steamy romance.
Beau is something else. He is confident and cocky, handsome to a fault, and has the best lines. He is the epitome of everything woman should resist and yet can’t. There is never a question as to why Addy would fall for this man. I am pretty sure I fell for him long before she was willing to admit it to herself. Like Mandi Beck’s previous bad boy musician, we don’t meet Beau in the best circumstances, and while this may turn some readers off, it is necessary to establish how far he has fallen and is used as an impetus to put the characters in line to meet. Additionally, his low morals in the beginning set this character up for redemption, and I love a good redemptive character.
One aspect of writing that Mandi Beck excels at is her creation of female heroines, especially ones that know how to wrangle these bad boys. She hits that sweet spot between maintaining their feminine qualities while also making them complete ball-busters, and I love that about them, especially Addy. From the way she handles her co-workers, the crazy men of Wrecked to her interactions with Sealy, Beau, and their mom, readers to get to see a heroine who is not only smart and bold but also introspective. She knows who she is and what she wants, and she accepts that about herself. Her self-awareness and southern charm, laced with gumption, endeared me to her character.
The host of secondary characters in Sugar are fantastic. For those who have read Stoned, we get to see some of our favorites (although, it only slightly mollified my need for more from these men), and we also get a whole new set of characters, my absolute favorite being Sealy, Beau’s brother. There are so many moments with him that I hoped Mandi Beck would be inspired to write more about him, because his southern charm had me weak in the knees.
I am sucker for a bad boy musician trope, and Beau and Addy’s story takes the proverbial cake. There is romance, hate/love tension, humor, and scenes so steamy you will overheat, but Mandi Beck also gives the readers a sweet romance filled with country nights and charm. These intimate moments will enchant readers, making them fall in love with the romance she creates. I do wish that the climax of the story would have been more explosive with a bigger fall out. We still get an explosion, and it is painful to witness as one of the characters is particularly harsh (you could feel the words slicing into your own heart). The residual fall out and resolution, however, was a little too clean for how much it hurt. As always, we get a epilogue that makes the heart flutter, and I honestly cannot wait to see these two again when Mandi Beck returns to the Wrecked series.
If you love bad boy musicians and redemptive plot lines, you should not only one-click Sugar but Stoned. This is Mandi Beck’s home. It is where she thrives, and her writing makes you feel are the torment and pain that goes along with the redemption and the eventual happily-ever-after.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Country’s hottest bad boy.
That’s what they call me. My label ate it up until I became “too bad” for the good folks of country music. That’s when Hard Candy Records picked me up and took a chance on me. Probably not their smartest move, but I won’t tell them that. Especially when they’ve assigned me a babysitter to try and keep my ass out of trouble. One smart-mouthed, unimpressed, sexy as homegrown sin, Addy Mae Masterson.
She likes to pretend that she doesn’t like me and I like to let her.
I may have a past that haunts me and she may have a habit of getting attached, but damn if I don’t want to show her just how good this bad boy can be.
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Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.
A wife, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband and boys in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.
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