Monday, July 3, 2017

New Release ~ #Review ~ Burnt Sugar (ACE Series #2) by Layne Harper

Burnt Sugar (ACE Series #2) by Layne Harper
Release Date: June 28, 2017


He left me crumpled in a ball on the worn hardwoods where my living room furniture used to be. He fed me to the paparazzi. He teased me with his new album—full of songs written about me. Then, I never heard from him again.   Did I let Aaron Emerson break me? Of course not. I’m MK Landry. I turned my mess into my message. I poured my heart out to my fans on Then, I picked up the phone and made the scariest call of my life. The rest, as they say, is history.   She dropped the worst line in the history of breakup lines: be the man I deserve. What does that even mean? I ran. I had no idea how to handle her injury, anger, and disappointment. She gave up on me when I needed her the most.   My life has marched forward. I’m in the middle of my comeback, sold-out tour. I have a model girlfriend. On the outside, my world looks rock star perfect. But Mary Kay Landry left a void in my soul that no amount of fame or time spent with others can fill. I’m stuck in MK purgatory where she haunts my nights and fills my days.   Burnt Sugar is the second book in the ACE series.  



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Harper left us curled up on the floor in the corner at the end of book one, No Pink Caddy and picked up right there in Burnt Sugar. We saw MK put her foot down and stand up for what she deserves and I love her ability to mourn her loss and be crush but then pick herself up and try to make the most of her situation. It takes a strong woman to not become lost in heartbreak and Harper kept MK the same fierce self-reliant woman we loved from before. Aaron is on a journey to hit bottom. He knows he lost the love of his life and he is doing everything he can to be the man she deserves. Harper has tapped our emotions raw and readers will fall for the struggling bad boy with a heart of gold. This story is not just a romance but a story about life and the sometimes ugly and difficult courses it takes us on. I really enjoyed this continuation of MK and Aarons story and I can't wait to see what happens next!


One of Three signed paperbacks of No Pink Caddy & Burnt Sugar by Layne Harper
One of Three ebooks of No Pink Caddy & Burnt Sugar by Layne Harper

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No Pink Caddy (ACE Series #1) by Layne Harper
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I am really glad I pick up No Pink Caddy. This was my first by Harper and it set the bar high. I love books in New Orleans and I felt Harper had no trouble painting a picture to immerse myself in MK’s little neighborhood. The combination of alternative first person and the social media and text communications was a huge success in my opinion. It was fun and different and brought the reader further into the minds of the main characters. MK was an easily relatable heroine. I love her independent nature and her witty personality. I think moreso today than ever, women are reaching 30 without the husband and children and white picket fence. MK’s fears of not having her life on societies arbitrary timeline is something readers empathize with. Aaron is a wonderful hero in this story and creates so much interest into this budding relationship. Having been the rock n roll persona Johnny, Aaron has a lifetime of issues he deals with on a daily basis, including being an addict. I found his initial interest in MK a little hard to believe and just tried to keep it as a chance encounter in my mind and not the choreographed surprise of a stalker. Aaron I think will test readers as much as he test MK and I hope readers are as strong as she is to see where this relationship can lead. I look forward to following along with them in the next book.


About the Author

Layne Harper is a mom, wife, book junkie, and sports fanatic. However, when the kids and husband are safely ensconced at school and work, she slips into her office with her three rescue dogs and writes until it’s time to drive carpool. Her children have no idea about her secret life (and they hopefully never will), and the dogs won’t tell. She’s always writing in her mind though and making notes on whatever is close by; envelopes, napkins, a kid’s homework…  

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