In Kissing her Crush (Sugar City #2) by Ophelia London, finally receiving grant money, which will maybe help her prove that her chocolate recipe can cure depression in teenagers, Natalie Holden finds there's a problem that comes along with it. She's going to need to defend her research, and convince the person sent to report her findings that her project is sound. That it could work. However, when she learns that Luke Elliott is the man that has been sent to oversee her study and report back, Natalie knows it's going to be hard to stay focused, especially when she'd had a crush on him for a long time.
Ms. London always manages to entertain me with her books, and Kissing her Crush was an incredibly sweet, captivating read. Although it starts off a little slow, I liked how the pace picked up once the hero was introduced, and kept me entertained all the way to the end with its teasing dialogue between Luke and Natalie, and the accidents that occurred at various times when they kissed.
I really enjoyed both characters. They have a bit of history that has left Natalie with feelings of insecurity, because Luke doesn't remember the time they spent together. She's also sassy, smart and determined to prove her research to Luke, for personal reasons involving a member of her family. But more than anything she has a big heart, and thinks she needs to take care of everyone. While Luke, he's not a fan of relationships after what his ex-wife did, and yet, Natalie seems good for him. Capable of changing his mind in more ways than one as she fights for her study to be accepted. The way Natalie challenges him to the point where an argument ensues gave me a few laughs.
Overall, this book was really good, and Ms. London wrapped it up nicely with Luke proving his love for Natalie by doing something she never expected, but which helped her immensely with her study. I would recommend this story if you enjoy sweet reads where the characters challenge each other while having lots of fun.
Publication Date: November 9th, 2015 / Entangled Bliss / Sugar City #2
He’s sweet trouble...
Natalie Holden wants three things: To be the best chocolate chemist in Hershey, Pennsylvania, to prove her chocolate recipe can help teenage depression, and to get over gorgeous Luke Elliott, the guy she’s had a crush on since birth. Unfortunately, he’s the microbiologist set to debunk her chocolate study. And, of course, he looks more delicious than ever!
Luke Elliott is still bitter over his divorce. Work is his passion now, and landing a huge promotion is just what he needs. What he doesn’t need is a crackpot trying to prove that chocolate cures depression. The last thing he expects is for the crackpot to be Natalie Holden—his “what if” girl from high school—or that she’d still tempt the hell out of him.
They may not see eye-to-eye on her project, but they can’t deny the explosive chemistry that keeps pulling them together. Even when it risks their jobs and the very different futures they both want…