Sugar Rush by Leigh Ellwood

Sugar Rush by Leigh Ellwood
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (91 pages)
Other: F/F
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Baker Neve Rush is surprised to receive social media attention, both the good and bad varieties, after agreeing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. She cares about people’s tastes in pastries, not sexual partners. The newfound fame has gained her new customers—as well as one resurfaced ex. Gianna stirs up memories Neve would rather forget, and an impromptu flirtation with a client might just do the trick.

Judy Goldsmith finds Neve’s open-mindedness refreshing and attractive, and isn’t above a little scheming to get to know her better. As Neve and Judy satisfy each other’s sweet tooth in the most pleasurable ways possible, feelings begin to blossom. But their deepening attraction may not survive a little white lie…and an even bigger, darker secret.

Social media is a double-edged sword. Luckily, Neve has never been one to back down from doing what she thinks is the right thing to do even when it comes at a personal cost.

My first impression of Neve was quite positive, and my appreciation for her earnestness only grew stronger as her story progressed. At first glance, she comes across as a sweet, kind small business owner, but it didn’t take me long to realize that she has a steel spine as well. Even her faults endeared me to her due to how realistic and relevant they were to her life.

I would have liked to see more attention paid to the development of Judy’s personality. She’s an attractive woman, but after finishing this novella I felt like I knew some of the secondary characters better than her. Figuring out why she was interested in Neve was easy. It would have been helpful, though, to have a few more examples of the personality traits that Neve finds appealing in Judy.

With that being said, Judy and Neve’s friends, employees, and customers make up a strong supporting cast. I was intrigued by every single one of them, although I will admit to finding Judy’s best friend, Rachael, the most interesting one of them all. Rachael’s carefree attitude and carnal approach to her free time lent a humorous vibe to the plot on more than one occasion.

Sugar Rush was a treat to read from beginning to end. This is a good choice for anyone in the mood for something sweet and satisfying.

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