Review: Sugarcoated by Erin Nicholas

Posted September 17, 2020 by Shari in Reviews / 4 Comments

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Review: Sugarcoated by Erin Nicholas

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Series: Hot Cakes #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Small Publisher
Released on March 24, 2020
Pages: 322
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

Sweet Delights with a few Sexy Delights thrown in for a great time. A virgin, a playboy, friends to lovers with a secret that will force them to bring a grudge to the forefront.


Zoe and Adrian have grown up together even if Adrian was her brother’s best friend. He has loaned her money, helped her out of situations, and is now just what Zoe wanted to take care of her V-Card since Adrian lives in Chicago. Small town Iowa just doesn’t offer many men Zoe doesn’t already know and her pesky V-Card is getting in the way. Who better to help her out than Adrian, the guy who can teach her how to make love, but also not expect more from her as he doesn’t live nearby. And of course, he won’t talk about it, especially to her brother.

Adrian noticed that Zoe was more than his best friend’s sister when he walked in on her ironing in her underwear. Since then he has noticed a lot of things about her, but he couldn’t commit just yet with his business in Chicago. When Zoe shows up in the middle of the night looking for a bootie call and a deflowering of her virginity, Adrian turns her down causing her to leave in anger and embarrassment. Adrian is mostly thinking he wants a longterm relationship and when he leaves Iowa, he makes plans that the next time he is back, he is there to stay.

Adrian’s the CEO of Fluke, a gaming company he and his college buddies started and like the name, it became a fluke that it took off. His best friend, Cam, is the lawyer, Olly the guy with the ideas, Dax the coder/graphics guy, and Grant the CFO. Recently they have sold the video game and now they are looking for new investments. When Hot Cakes,  a pre-packaged bakery foods company comes on the market, Adrian puts a bid in to buy it knowing that Zoe feels they are her competition from a long-standing feud between her grandmother and the founding woman of Hot Cakes. Zoe owns Buttered Up, a cake decorating and bakery she inherited through her family. While technically the businesses are in separate markets, the women who started each were bitter enemies.

Now not only does Adrian have to make kissy-face over turning Zoe down, how is he going to break it to her that he might own a piece of a business she detests? He’s a man with a mission to win the woman he loves, while Zoe holds a grudge not only with him but one with a business she has on principle alone.

Zoe’s character was one I loved and hated. See she owns a bakery that she follows the recipes from her grandmother religiously. Never trying anything new or changing things up. While she can bake the heck out of those recipes, creating new ones isn’t her forte, nor decorating cakes for special orders. Her best friend does all of that as an employee with no say in the business. The bakery makes money, but not enough to pay benefits. But best friends these two are and they stick together through thick and thin. Then there is Jane, her other best friend who works in the factory for Hot Cakes, but employees there are also banned from going to Buttered Up. So you see Jane in her hoodie getting her to fix at the back door of the establishment. I say this all because these three friends are the backbone of this series, but also the men of Fluke are also the other half of that backbone. Zoe thought glides through on her high horse a little too much in my opinion and while she does change, I think she doesn’t allow her friends to change.

Adrian is older, has run a company and while he suggests things to Zoe, he never once tries to tell her what to do. But she changes for him. And I always say you should change for a man, but in this case, she needed to be pushed out of her comfort zone to try new things. He is a stand-up guy pretty much. Coming in he tries to learn things and not assume he knows it all. But he also wants Zoe to realize he loves her and this isn’t a quicky in the bakery, but a life long relationship that he isn’t letting her go for anything.

Another story of instant love even if it grew overtime before the story started. Zoe wasn’t there yet, Adrian went full throttle and the town is now getting a new set of playboys invading. All in good fun and delightfully delicious ways! You may never think of what is done not he bakery work tables in the same light again!

Challenges Met

Reading Challenge #142
Review Writing Challenge #51
Literary Pickers Challenge #45 – Brother’s Best Friend


About the Book
Sugarcoated by Erin NicholasSUGARCOATED BY ERIN NICHOLAS

A hot, funny brother’s best friend small town rom com . . . with sugar on top!

She’s his best friend’s little sister. He’s known her all his life. He’s practically part of the family. There is nothing either of them could do to surprise the other at this point. Then she showed up in his bedroom in lingerie and asked him to take her V-card.

Okay, that was a surprise.

Aiden is pretty sure Zoe was equally surprised when he told her no.

To say that he didn’t handle it well would be a massive understatement. Almost as massive as the amount of work he’s going to have to do now to convince her that he wants her. Forever.

Right after he tells her that he’s bought the company that’s her bakery’s biggest competitor.

Maybe if he tells her he’s in love with her first, that will help sugarcoat the whole we’re-rivals-in-business-now thing.
So, first “I’m in love with you”, then “take off your clothes”, then “I’m now your business adversary”.

Sure. Piece of cake.


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I’m glad you mention that she changed from her rigid need to follow a pattern and take good business advice. Whew, that sounds like one strong feud if they can’t even fraternize as friends. I like the sound of her business and he and his group investing in good businesses.

Carole Rae
2 years ago

This whole series sounds really good but all the covers are making me hungrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry