5 Star Review
*******ARC received from publisher, in exchange for an honest review.*******
Nikolai Alexei Young was born with a special gift…one he’d do anything to lose. The heart and soul of every person he comes into contact with is an open book to his heightened senses. Colorful emotions, whispers of thoughts, the sour tastes of old memories…He feels them all. The sci-fi books would call him an empath. For Nikolai, his ability has made him an exile. He roams the U.S. alone, avoiding the glut of life in big cities, and using his innate talents to win money in underground poker games. Just enough to keep going, one town to the next. He has no hope that his life can be anything else, until he meets her…
At nineteen, Fiona Starling was trapped in an ugly, desperate situation until she freed herself the only way she knew how. Now three years later, living outside Savannah, Georgia, she is rebuilding her life on her own terms; seizing every moment and saving every penny so that she might fulfill her dream of moving to the raw wilderness of Costa Rica. But behind her carefree smile beats the heart of a lonely young woman haunted by her past, until a chance encounter with a tattooed stranger changes everything…
Fiona takes Nikolai under her roof for three sultry nights, waiting out the rain of a summer storm. She grows more and more fascinated by this brooding stranger with whom she shares an intense physical connection—a connection so strong, she wonders if there is something between them beyond lust and passion. Nikolai is shocked to discover that Fiona calms the raging turmoil in his heart. She alone silences the din of other people’s lives, and envelops him in the sweet beauty of her inner self. Every moment he’s with her—every touch of her skin—brings him closer to the peace that’s been eluding him his entire life.
But Fiona harbors secrets that she is too terrified to reveal. After Nikolai confesses his unique ability, she is caught between wanting to believe him and fearing he’ll eventually unearth her own dark past. When the unthinkable happens, Fiona’s plans come crashing down, and Nikolai discovers his hated ability might be the only thing that can save the woman he loves.
Sugar & Gold is a new adult romance with shades of the paranormal and is the second book in the Dreamcatcher novels, a series of interconnected STANDALONES. It is NOT necessary to have read How to Save a Life (Dreamcatcher #1) first in order to follow the story, but characters will appear across all novels. Intended for readers 18 and up.
Oh all the feels!!! I am bound to have the biggest book hangover after this book. Nikolai and Fiona’s journey into finding love will break your heart into pieces and put it back together stronger than before. Needless to say that I loved this book and would recommend it to everyone.
Nikolai has a gift that he’d like nothing more than to get rid of. All his life his gift (curse as he sees it) has scared the people he loved and alienated him, turning him into a lonely man. He doesn’t know how to handle his curse and never stays in a place more than 3 days time. He’s covered in tattoos for the sake of feeling something that belongs to him and not someone else. He never stays….
Fiona has a dark secret and at every turn tries to escape her past and the monsters in it. She has made a pack with herself that she live her life to the fullest and will fulfill everything that’s on her bucket list of things to do. Because of her past and the shame she feels over it, she has a hard time opening up to people that are near and dear to her heart.
When these two get together the sparks fly and their attraction to each other is immediate. Nikolai can finally have peace when he’s around Fiona and Fiona can finally feel safe.
I took one of his hands in mine. “I want to walk in the sunshine with you”.
With this book, Emma Scott has touched some very real life situations and written it beautifully and given the situation the importance and respect that it deserves. I felt all the feelings Emma portrayed within her characters, I laughed and cried and fell all over in love with them. I don’t want to give too much away of the book so, I’ll say this: Their story will wreck you, warm your heart and make you believe in magic.