Sugar & Other Luxuries: The Internal Monologues could Put Shakespeare to Shame

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Sugar & Other Luxuries

Katherine Humphries wants to find the love of her life.

As a recovering perfectionist who hasn’t been on a date in five years, finding love is harder than she thought. Faced with beginning her twenty-sixth year of life insecure and living in Los Angeles where men and women either ignore or insult her curvy existence, Katherine decides to make dating her bitch. She’s not changing her curvy body. She won’t put down the dessert. And she isn’t going to apologize for any of it.

Her first night out ends nothing like she’d planned. When a flirty and rugged New Yorker asks for her phone number, Katherine freezes. She’s ready to give up before heartbreak happens. That is, until she meets a polyamorous, fairy-godmother-wanna-be, Hunter. The self proclaimed Queen of Pleasure coaches Katherine on badass, dating etiquette. Hunter’s first rule? Don’t fall in love. The second rule? Perfection doesn’t exist.

But when a bet with a sexy and sensitive music teacher changes her perspective on the dating game, Katherine learns that breaking badass rule #1 before loving every inch of herself might spell trouble. On the other hand, breaking rules might be exactly what Katherine needs to discover the true power of a woman’s body, the sugary sweetness of indulgence, and whether saying yes to her dream life against the wishes of advice-slinging friends will lead to heartache or harmony.

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Contemporary/Romance/Chick Lit
225 Pages
Publication Date:  April 4th, 2016
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3.5Penguins
Quick Reasons: cutesy contemporary; unique, endearing characters; the internal monologues are both hilarious and, at times, really self-deprecating; realistic and true to life; there were some super entertaining, laugh-out-loud moments; Katherine is the sort of character we need more of in our reading lives

Huge thanks to Everly Scott and Xpresso Book Tours for sending me a free digital copy of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

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This is not the type of book I usually read, but PENGUINS, did this one call to me. First off–LOOK at that cover! It’s absolutely stunning. I love the pastels, the fact that the macaroons are in a china cup, how gorgeously soft the entire look is. It’s drool-worthy, okay, and it immediately caught my eye when I stumbled across it on social media or in my email or wherever it happened to be lurking on my internet when I found out about this book to begin with. Second, the blurb sounded SO intriguing and entertaining and exactly like the kind of book I needed to take a chance on…and I’m so so glad, having finished the read tonight, that I did.

Katherine is exactly the sort of fierce, realistic character I feel I’ve been lacking in my reads of late. Her inner monologues are snarky, hilarious, and just the tiniest bit self-deprecating at the start of the read. While normally, this would bother me…I found it endearing and realistic for this particular book. It worked for me; her flaws and quirks actually made me feel more connected to her than I expected. There are SO many gorgeously written, complex moments of character growth throughout this read–and I feel like more girls and women could learn some things about body positivity from the journey.

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This is, in the end, a cutesy contemporary with a very BIG message–we are all our own worst critics, every single one of us is human and beautifully flawed…and we should own the things that define us, that make us unique, instead of trying to push them below the surface or mold ourselves into somebody different. Of course, there are other, smaller morals laced throughout as well…but self-love? Self-acceptance? Self-confidence? Those are the big kickers, and I love how beautifully Everly Scott wrote them into this.

While just a bit out of my comfort zone, I had quite a bit of fun being taken on this journey! The characters are realistic and beautifully flawed, the morals are poignant and complex, and the snark that ensues in some of the internal monologues were absolutely hilarious. Katherine is the type of character I need more of in my life! I definitely recommend this to lovers of cutesy contemporaries, strong-willed and fierce women on the path to self-love, and endearing journeys. Plus, that cover is gorgeous enough to eat–so why not give it a taste?!

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