Sugar Bright by Ali Dean_ Book Review

The new guy in town is the perfect man to fulfill her life plan for small-town bliss. Too bad he’s not who she thinks he is. Complete with unforgettable characters, laugh-out-loud moments, and a dash of Dean’s signature sports writing, this small-town romance delivers an uplifting vibe that will make your heart happy.

Mia’s plans implode when, on their three-year anniversary, her boyfriend announces that he’s moving to the other side of the country instead of proposing like he was supposed to. She had a vision of small-town bliss that included marriage and children and now she’s fallen off her timeline. Fortunately, Mia’s friends have a tried-and-true breakup recovery process that will get her back on track. Unfortunately for Mia, training for a marathon relay is part of this process. She’s used to being the clumsy nerd amongst super athletes, but if it means the hot new guy in town is going to coach them, Mia is willing to subject herself to the torture of training.

When Jamie escapes big city corporate life to take over as the P.E. teacher in rural Vermont, he isn’t sure he’ll fit in. To his surprise, the locals welcome him with open arms, and he starts to think this might not be a temporary hiatus after all. Once he meets Mia, Jamie can even see himself in Sugarville for the long haul, with her at his side. However, Jamie is hiding a secret that not only threatens to make him an outcast in town, but will destroy any chances of a future with Mia. What happens when Mia finds out Jamie isn’t who she thinks he is? 

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[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Ya’ll know I love a good small town romance and Sugar Bright by Ali Dean is a welcome addition to one of my favorite sub-genres.

Mia is a small town lawyer who knows what she wants out of life. She loves her small Vermont town and dreams of a starting a family. Those plans are derailed when her boyfriend of three years says he’s moving for work and there is no way she will entertain the idea of moving with him. Newly single she decides to go with the flow when it comes to her attraction to new guy in town Jamie. But when she discovers he comes from a wealthy family and that her small town is mostly likely just a pit stop to him, she throws her guard up and takes a step back. Can Jamie show her their connection means something, and he’s worth building a future with or will family obligations prove her right in the end.

“Jamie stirs all kind of things inside me I’ve never felt before.”

I really liked Mia’s character, she was focused and goal oriented, but it didn’t cause her to be less affectionate. She was close with her family, neighbors and group of girlfriends. It was sad to see her doubt her social skills and the way she sort of let her friends take control of situations from lack of self-esteem. “Lumberjack” Jamie was a complete cinnamon roll (sigh) he was a gentleman and the way he sort of stumbled around being independent for the first time in his life was endearing. They were really cute together, and I was kind of disappointed there wasn’t more steam in the novel. There’s a small scene but I would have liked to have seen their final intimacy instead of having it off the page.

Sugar Bright
 is a charming small town romance with a great cast of characters. I’m looking forward to the rest of the books in the series and hope all of Mia’s friends find their happily ever afters.


—Written by Amanda—-

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