Sugar Shack

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Sugar Shack

In the past ten years that Catherine Bennett hasn’t returned to her hometown of Vermont, she’s done quite a bit of maturing and it’s only allowed her to realize that she screwed up big time with her boyfriend, Luke Mackenzie. Catherine left Luke and Vermont to pursue something bigger and better in Chicago once she had graduated college. Looking back now, she realizes she had everything she could ever have dreamed of, right there with Luke by her side, in beautiful Vermont where they grew up together. Now, being older and wiser, Catherine wonders what could have been if she hadn’t left all those years ago.
Against her wishes, her editor asked her to return home to Vermont to work on an article that she wants Catherine to write. Having no other choice in the matter, Catherine decides there’s no better place to stay then with her family while she’s writing this article. But on her way from the airport, a bad winter storm rears its head and she knows she’ll never be able to make it to her parents’ house without getting stuck in the middle of nowhere, with no help in sight, because of the storm. As she’s driving, she knows she has to take refuge somewhere immediately. Driving on the same road that will lead to the turn-off to Luke’s maple farm, she decides that there really isn’t any other option for her but to head over to Luke’s place. It’s the closest place to her right now where she can wait out the storm. While she’s there, maybe they’ll even get to talking about old times and she can finally apologize for tearing his heart out a decade ago. She wants him to know that she is a changed person and she regrets how she handled the situation between them when she last saw him.
When she arrives at Luke’s farm, is she still as welcomed as she was ten years ago? How does Luke respond to seeing her again after all this time? Did he move on to get married and have children during the time she was gone? Does she ever get to apologize to Luke for her hurtful and immature behavior back then and can they move forward being more than just friends to each other?
Ms. Scott penned a hot, sexy read within these pages. The attraction between Luke and Catherine was so hot that there was steam coming off the pages. The electricity between these two will definitely warm you up on a cold winter night. I fell in love with Catherine because she felt that she needed to spread her wings ten years ago and she wanted to see what the world had to offer her beyond just living in Vermont. I admired her for chasing her dreams, but on the other hand, I wasn’t happy how she chose to just abruptly break things off with Luke. I loved Luke because he was grounded and knew what his heart wanted out of life. His family’s maple farm was his life and he had hoped that Catherine would have been a part of that life that he had dreamed of. My heart bled for him when Catherine just broke things off and it seemed that she didn’t look back twice. I felt that she could have still pursued her dreams, but gone about breaking the news to Luke in a different way. They could have even worked on a long distance relationship for awhile to test the waters and see if their relationship was worth fighting to keep alive. Instead, she made hasty decisions and now hopes that Luke can find it in his heart to completely forgive her. I loved this story and I was entertained from the very first page. Without a doubt, I would highly recommend this story to others and I eagerly look forward to reading more from Ms. Scott in the near future.

Book Blurb for Sugar Shack

Ten years ago, Catherine Bennett said good-bye to her fiancé, Luke MacKenzie, and his maple farm in Vermont. She wanted to be somebody. She wanted to break out of a small town existence and live the city life. But the higher she flew, the less satisfied she was, in love and life. She had left her heart behind. And she'd never forgotten the sizzling sex with blond-haired, muscular Luke.

Now, when her job takes her back home to Vermont, old feelings flame to life. But is Luke still interested? Is he married? And can he ever forgive her for leaving him so long ago? Only one thing's for sure; there's still an attraction. And their reconciliation will burn hotter than the fireworks that light up the New Years Eve sky!

Night Owl Reviews May, 2009 5.00