Sugar’s Twice as Sweet by @MarinaEAdair

Sugar's Twice as Sweet (Sugar, Georgia, #1)ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 3*

Cover: Yay

Trope: Small town Southern romance

Chemistry: Low boil

POV: 3rd Person

One-Sentence Summary: Big city girl almost gets run out of town by a mob of angry grannies

Review: Let’s start by saying that I am a big Marina Adair fan and I love her St. Helena’s Vineyard series. She writes banter so well and those hilarious one-liners which made her Vineyard series so great are present in the first book of her latest series.

Unfortunately, also present are some rather unsavoury characters that no matter how hard I tried were still in my bad book to the very end. Who am I talking about? The Granny mob of course! I get that every small town romance needs to have at least one interfering busybody lady of a certain age but the ones in this book were downright mean. Breaking and entering? Firing a gun? Spitting? Are you freaking kidding me? Josephina handed them with a lot more grace that I would have that’s for sure! I would have had them arrested, locked up and thrown away the key. I get that there must be ‘big cliché’ characters in a book of this kind but there is such a thing as taking the trope too far.

Kudos to the author for giving the ‘rich sporting celeb’ a sport seldom seen in sport romances: golf. However, there’s a reason why golf is seldom the hero’s sport – I’m with Josephina when I say it’s boring as hell so unfortunately that didn’t win Brett any points with me. He did seem like an all-round nice guy but the way he was at everyone’s beck and call made me want to grab him by the scruff of the neck and tell him to grow a backbone.

As to Josephina herself, she was an okay heroine but I didn’t warm to her and I really did just want her to put everyone in their place.

The book was 2*s for me all the way until the 2/3rds mark when it crept up to 3*. However, it was all just too OTT and the characters too clichéd to make me want to return for the rest of the series.

Grey’s Anatomy: 11×07 – Can We Start Again, Please?

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It was nice to see Meredith bonding with her ‘sisters’ Maggie and Amelia.  This episode really made Amelia grow on me.  Really loved the group scene at the end in Meredith’s old house, especially Callie’s exclamation that they are all related by sex.

I didn’t think I would like Arizona’s story arc this season but I have to say that the Arizona/Herman has got me intrigued.  This episode was a strong episode case-wise because of Arizona’s case and the sweet man who saved his wife from the fire.

Chicago P.D.: 2×06 – Prison Ball

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I’ve always liked, but never really loved, Atwater but he really came into his own in this episode.  Loved that he and Burgess still hang out.  Ruzek and Atwater undercover in the prison was awesome and I loved that Atwater really kicked ass.

The secondary story with Burgess, Roman and the juveniles was also good.  Roman is becoming a favourite of mine.