As a pastry chef, Charlie works in one of the finest
restaurants in New York. For years she has been promised the
coveted position of Head Chef, but her boss, Felix, refuses
Avery and Charlie have not seen each other since culinary
so image Charlie's surprise when Avery walks into L'Ombre.
Avery is there to offer Charlie head pastry chef in his
new restaurant Thrill. Two problems come to Charlie's
mind: one the job is in Seattle and two does she really
want to give up her job? After Charlie and Felix have
it out, the choice is made. Charlie quits her job.
Charlie arrives in Seattle to start her new job.
However, Avery left out one important matter. Not only
will she be the pastry chef, but they are also filming a
reality show. Charlie is not at all happy with this, but
she never backs away from a challenge. Avery has even set
her up in a great apartment, rent free for six months.
Charlie gets to
make all of her own decisions on what to bake. So on
with the show.
But as reality shows go, there is a lot of work that has
to be done. Charlie struggles with the realities of reality
TV, including how the scripted storylines can reek havoc on
a love life. Charlie meets and falls for a fellow chef, Kai,
but their romance stumbles in the face of her filmed
persona. Can Charlie find work and personal balance when
trying to build a name for herself?
Kimberly Stuart, you wrote a funny, romantic book. I
really enjoyed the way that you portray the three main
characters. I pictured what all of them looked like in
my mind. Charlie is a very strong women in a man's world.
And Avery and Kai, both very good looking men with
brains to back it up. I can only image what the hustle
would be in a
restaurant. Not only did they do their work, but they had
to do it in front of cameras.
Also, I would like to see
another book where we find out what happens to Kai and
Charlie. Their story had so many ups and downs, it's hard
not to hope for more of their romance or to pick up a few
After realizing her coworkers at L’Ombre, a high-profile
restaurant in NYC, will never appreciate or respect her,
Charlie Garrett allows her ex-boyfriend, Avery Michaels, to
convince her to work for him as executive pastry chef at his
new Seattle hotspot, Thrill. She’ll have her own kitchen,
her own staff—everything she ever wanted professionally.
When she arrives at Thrill, however, she realizes that Avery
wanted more than a pastry chef for his restaurant—he wanted
a costar for the reality show they’re filming about the
restaurant and its staff. Charlie is uncomfortable with the
idea at first, but she soon realizes that this is her chance
to show the world what women in the kitchen are capable of.
She sets some ground rules with the film crew, signs a
non-disclosure agreement, and promptly meets the man of her
dreams, Kai, off-camera.
The show, and her demanding work schedule as head of the
pastry kitchen, makes it nearly impossible for Charlie and
Kai to spend time together. Drama on and off the set soon
take a toll on Charlie’s well-being, forcing her to choose
if life in front of the camera is worth sacrificing life
behind the scenes.
Sugar is a contemporary romance, set in the
high-pressure commercial kitchens of New York and Seattle. A
funny and clever story of how a female chef learns to thrive
in the ruthless world of premier restaurants.