Gimme Some Sugar (Sex & Sweet Tea, Book #5)
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Larkin Mancinkus prides herself on making the town of Whynot, North Carolina just a little sweeter. As owner of Sweet Cakes Bakery, Larkin gets all the town gossip – the sugar, the spice, and the everything not so nice. So when she finds herself on the tip of everyone’s tongue thanks to an encounter with a mysterious and handsome stranger, she learns the true meaning of ‘if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.’
Deacon Locke has spent his life traveling the world with no particular destination in mind. But when he rolls into Whynot on his Harley, he just knows there is something different about this town. What he doesn’t know is that out of all the places he’s traveled and all the people he’s met, the gorgeous bakery owner might just entice him to put down some solid roots.
Come on down to see what’s cookin’ between Larkin and Deacon!
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I’m a huge fan of Sawyer Bennett’s alter ego Juliette Poe’s sweet and sassy side, and I was beyond excited to head back to the small town of Whynot, North Carolina because I’ve been waiting for Larkin Mancinkus’ story ever since being introduced to and getting to know her in previous books. This sweet as sugary baker deserves her happily ever after, just like the rest of her siblings have found, and I was eager to see who Poe brought to Whynot for that very reason.
Like Poe’s other leading ladies, Larkin is an adorable and quirky heroine – one who is more reserved than most and doesn’t see herself as the amazing and beautiful woman she is. Larkin desperately wants to find her ‘person,’ especially after watching and helping her other siblings find theirs, but with her quiet nature and self-doubt, that’s easier said than done, which means that the man who sees her as the perfect woman for him will have his work cut out for him.
Enter Deacon Locke…
Deacon’s a nomad, a wanderer – one who has never set down roots because he likes the freedom of leaving whenever he wants, but Whynot just might offer him something that no other place has – a woman he can’t get enough of and just might be willing to stay in one place to keep Larkin by his side. Deacon’s exterior persona does not truly illustrate the man he is; on the outside, he comes off as a dangerous bad boy, but there’s so much more to him than the biker vibes he gives off, and his true personality comes out when he sets his sights on Larkin.
Larkin’s Sweet Cakes Bakery has always been a breeding ground for all of Whynot’s gossip, which means that Larkin’s privy to everything that’s happening to its inhabitants, even when it comes to herself and a certain alpha male staying at her brother’s Bed & Breakfast. This aspect of the story was hilarious and it illustrated just how quickly information spreads in a place like Whynot, even when the townspeople would rather it didn’t.
Gimme Some Sugar is a sweet and humorous read that includes the right amount of angst to offset all of the sugary sweetness that resonates from the characters’ interactions and feelings. The insight readers get about Deacon’s past adds to his complexity and also proves why he prefers to not settle down in one place, but Whynot and Larkin are game changers for him, and even though there’s a bit of doubt in regards to Deacon’s permanence in Whynot; I never doubted once he found his ‘home,’ he would plant his feet and watch his life grow around him.
4 Poison Apples
About the Author
Juliette Poe is the sweet and swoony alter ego of New York Times Best Selling author, Sawyer Bennett.
A fun-loving southern girl, Juliette knows the allure of sweet tea, small towns, and long summer nights, that some of the best dates end sitting on the front porch swing, and that family is top priority. She brings love in the south to life in her debut series, Sex & Sweet Tea.
When Juliette isn’t delivering the sweetest kind of romance, she’s teaching her southern belle daughter the fine art of fishing, the importance of wearing Chucks, and the endless possibilities of a vivid imagination.
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