Friday, February 28, 2014


Title: Cup of Sugar (Close to Home Book #1)
Author: Karla Doyle
Genre: Hot Contemporary Romance
Released: February 28, 2014

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February 28 through March 7


Nia has one rule—don’t date neighbors. Simple, except the guy next door is single, handsome, and not inclined to close his blinds while naked. When her car dies, Conn takes “being neighborly” to a new level by offering a ride to her long-distance destination. Nia has resisted his looks and charm for months. Surely she can handle a few hours in his truck…

For months, Conn has blatantly put himself on display, hoping his pretty blonde neighbor would tire of secretly watching and come knock on his door for a cup of sugar—or more. No such luck—until an unusual opportunity arises. After a six-hour drive turns into a sweet-and-sexy weekend, Conn wants more than neighborly status with Nia. To get it, he must convince her to break the rule protecting her heart—by putting his on the line.


Nia leaned forward, as close as possible to the windshield, watching Conn inside the motel office. He and a short, older man who was likely the owner had shared a brief conversation. That made sense. Rather than return to the truck, though, Conn pulled his wallet from his jeans. Handed the man a card, then signed something.

That could only mean one thing. She scanned the front of the small building. Four doors, one of which led to the office. Maybe there were more around the back. Plus, this place was in the middle of nowhere—to the best of her knowledge, anyway—so there ought to be plenty of vacant units. Nothing to worry about. 

“Hey.” Conn closed the truck door and brushed the snow from his hair. “What do you want first, the good news or the bad?” 

“Always lead with the bad, it makes the good look that much better.” 

“All right. Apparently, we’ve gone southeast, rather than north, adding about an hour to our drive—in good weather.” 

“Which we don’t have.” 

“Not at the moment. In fact, the motel owner said they’re predicting another six inches to come overnight.” 

She couldn’t help it, a giggle bubbled up and slipped through her lips. “Sorry. It just struck me as, um…” Another giggle escaped, and Conn’s eyebrows rose. “Another six inches to come overnight…under other circumstances, a girl would be excited to hear that prediction.” Oh god, had she really said that? To the one man she absolutely could not have sex with, while they were parked in front of a motel? Shit, shit, shit.

The damage was done. Conn’s mouth curved into a lethally sexy smile. “Guess I know another interesting fact about you now.” 

Heat flared in her cheeks. “And what’s that?” 

“You have a dirty mind.” 

Whether she confirmed or denied, she’d be in trouble. 

Conn didn’t put her through the embarrassment of answering. The torture of leaning across the console area, invading her space with his manly scent and intoxicating pheromones—that he did. He was so close. Close enough to kiss her. Or tickle her ear with his warm breath as he said, “Personally, I predict seven to eight solid inches tonight.”

Oh. Dear. God. 

He eased back, grinning as he killed the engine. “The good news is, we chanced upon the only motel in a hundred-kilometer radius before we ran out of gas or landed in a ditch. And it had a vacancy.” 

“A vacancy?” 

“Yeah, one room left.” As if cued, the red “Vacancy” sign in the office window flickered to black. He held up a plastic fob with a single key dangling from its ring. “And it’s all ours.” 

She forced a smile while donning her coat. Sharing a motel room with Conn was definitely not good news.


We all have some sort of neighbors around us where we live. Sometimes they are the neighbors from H*LL... sometimes they become our best friends, and sometimes we try to stay out of their way so we will not become involved with them.

This last choice is the theme of our book. Nia has had a bad run of neighbors, falling in love with the neighbor, and then having to move across town to avoid this neighbor. She has therefore developed a hard fast rule. NO DATING OR GETTING INVOLVED WITH THE NEIGHBOR!

Easier said than done, when your neighbor is eye candy and fails to install curtains or blinds in his bathroom. Let's face it, when Conn takes a shower, it is better than watching a porn movie. Nia has spent enough time at her window hiding so Conn will not see her, where she can intimately describe by now every imperfection (if there are any) length and width that describes in detail the physique of Conn's anatomy. He is so impressive, Nia uses this visual stimulation to relive her pent up passions and frustrations.

New Year's Eve arrives and Fate decides to intercede. What results makes for a an enjoyable story of two people fighting the chemistry and relinquishing control to the inevitable pull between them.

I definitely recommend this book for lighthearted reading. The author proves to have a not only a sense of humor, but a passion for contriving unique situations and making the most of them

About the Author

Karla grew up in a small town on the shore of Lake Erie. She trained and worked in the fashion industry, designing and making everything from swimwear to dog collars for most of her adult life. Karla has since traded her needle and thread for a word processor, and now spends her time writing sexy romances. When she's not writing, she loves spending time with family, friends and her pets, as well as reading and hitting the gym.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing Cup of Sugar's release with your readers, and for the lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :)


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