Review: Welcome to Sugartown by Carmen Jenner

Welcome to Sugartown (Sugartown, #1)Welcome to Sugartown by Carmen Jenner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t think I’ve seen sugar sweet, humor and intense dark situations be mixed in one book. Even after sleeping on it I am not sure how I feel about this book. There are many pieces of it I liked very much. The characters were all great and the setup of the next book has me wanting to read it but I guess my issue is with the dark parts. I like dark books when you know that it’s a dark book going into it, you’re prepared mentally for it going in. But the warning on this book leaves out two very important things. An extreme sexual assault in a very intense scene and a then a rape in another scene. I don’t understand quite why the author chose to show us this 19 year old virgin who bakes pies for a living in the pie shop that was her mother’s dream before she died of cancer, is basically is raising her 6 year old step brother who has the cutest lisp, has a man whore as a best friend but no matter what these two have each other’s back and then rips her world apart not once but twice.
The first 50 percent of the book was very humorous watching Ana and Elijah fall in love. Her the very mature but innocent 19 year and him the mysterious bad boy stranger who comes to town to work in her father’s motorcycle garage. You knew Elijah had a bad past but we were given no specifics until right before that first intense scene 50 percent in. I am assuming the author wanted to make us as shocked as Ana was when a group a Hell’s Angels assault them. Now I’m all for slowly letting us get to know the characters which the first 50% of the book was but by the hero not telling Ana anything she was so traumatized over what happened she ends up getting herself in another situation with devastating consequences. Until the very end of the book the heroine only knows violence when it comes to penetration sex.

In the end I can say I couldn’t put the book down until I’d finished it. But its left such a bitter taste in my mouth I cant really decide how I really feel about it. I’m going to give it a 4 rating as the first half of the book was very funny and engaging and even though the 2nd half was some very dark stuff I was still rooting for Ana and Elijah to get their HEA.

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