Review: Welcome to Sugartown (Sugartown #1) by Carmen Jenner

Title: Welcome to Sugartown
Carmen Jenner
Publication Date: 
November 2, 2013
Audible Escape
New Adult
Length: 8 hrs 37 min
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Rating: 2.5 Stars

Ana Belle never wanted anything more than to hang up her apron, jump on her Vespa and ride off into the sunset, leaving Sugartown in the dust.

Elijah Cade never wanted anything more than a hot meal, a side of hot arse and a soft place to lay his head at night where he could forget about his past.

But you know what they say about wanting: you always want what you can’t have.

Nineteen year-old virgin Ana is about to discover that’s not quite true because a six foot three, hotter than hell, tattooed, Aussie sex god just rode into town. He’s had a taste of her pie and he wants more–no really, Ana bakes pies for a living, get your mind out of the gutter.

She’d be willing to hand over everything tied up in a big red bow, there’s just one problem; Elijah has secrets dirtier than last week’s underwear. Secrets that won’t just break Ana’s heart, but put her life at risk, too. When those secrets come to light, their relationship is pushed to breaking point.

Add to that a psychotic nympho best friend, an overbearing father, a cuter than humanly possible kid brother, a wanton womanizing cousin, the ex from hell, and more pies than you could poke a … err … stick … at.

And you thought small towns were boring.

Welcome to Sugartown.


As a reader, I know not every book works for everyone, and I’m always so disappointed when a book I really wanted to love turns out to be a no go for me. I’ve had Welcome to Sugartown on my kindle for a while now, and just haven’t had the time to get to it. So when I saw the audio was available on Audible Escape, I figured this was as good as a time as any to give it a spin. I’m normally a huge fan of NA romances with a tough guy main character who has a tragic past, but unfortunately this one just did not work for me for a few reasons.

Ana Belle works at her father’s cafe making pies and serving lunches. The cafe was her mother’s dream and after her tragic death, it became Ana’s to take care of. But Ana doesn’t want to be stuck in Sugartown and wants out. It isn’t until Elijah Cade rolls into town that she thinks she might just stick around. I liked Ana and Elijah well enough, but felt like their relationship and the build up was a bit lacking. It was basically all sex and nothing that showed how they really came together. I mean, I’m all for sexy times in books, but I just wanted a bit more to show why they loved each other rather than how they loved each other.

The other major issue I had with this book was a specific event that the author used as a plot twist and I just thought it was uncalled for and made me really uncomfortable. I don’t want to get into it too much because it’s a major spoiler for the book and turns around Ana and Elijah’s entire relationship, but I just think that there was a better way for the author to create a plot twist then using this specific event.

I’ve read Carmen Jenner’s books in the past, and I’ve enjoyed them quite a bit, so I was really surprised that this one fell so flat for me. I’m going back and forth now on if I want to continue the series and see what happens to Ana’s best friend or just call it a total lost. They’re all on Audible Escape so I might at least give it a quick try and if I don’t like, just DNF it.

Rating: 2.5 Stars

About the Author

Carmen Jenner is a USA Today and international bestselling author.

A hardcore red lipstick addict and a romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?

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