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Sugar on Top

(Sugar, Georgia #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  732 ratings  ·  112 reviews
From the author of the nationally bestselling St. Helena Vineyard series and the Heroes of St. Helena series comes a sexy new book from Marina Adair set in Sugar, Georgia...

She's sassy and sweet...

The last thing Glory Mann wants is to become chairman of the Miss Peach Pageant in Sugar, Georgia. Spending months hearing nothing but the clinking of pearls and judgment? No tha
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Forever
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Apr 02, 2015 marked it as dnf
DNF @10%

I don't like romance books set in judgmental little towns - these people should be ashamed of themselves - and the sheriff's abusing his authority for a personal vendetta was very unsettling (specially since I get the feeling he will be a future hero.)

I will probably try something else by this author but this is not for me.

Thanks to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and Netgalley for providing a review copy of this book.
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-books, romance
Half-way through this book, I had this thought: I don’t think I have ever rooted for a heroine as badly as I did Glory. I mean, I had my shares of heroines whom I loved, whom I wanted to have their happy ending. However, with Glory, I didn’t just love her, I deeply wanted her to win, both professionally and personally, against the obstacles that she was facing, on a level that I almost never experienced before. All the rating stars I have for this book are for Glory.

Glory has been an ‘outsider’
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4. 5 star

If you ask the people of Sugar, Georgia, to talk to you about Glory Gloria Mann, they'ld probably tell you not so nice things and talk to you about her inappropriated relation with the football coach years ago. But that's so far from the truth. Glory have a heart of gold and the thing between her and the coach was only a kiss. But it still destroyed her reputation and made her a pariah in town. Trying to fix her grandma's blunder get Glory in trouble with the law and the last thing Glor
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
Review also posted at My Book Snack

Marina Adair continues to warm my heart with her lovely stories. Sugar on Top tickled me pink with a story that surrounds two people who absolutely deserve happiness in their lives.

We are back in Sugar, Georgia for book 2 in the series. This time eldest McGraw brother, Cal, gets a second chance at finding love. Cal is a single father who has sacrificed so many things in his life for his family. His daughter has and always been his top priority. He really has no
Three Chicks
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review by Trinette Dungee
Book Review – Sugar on Top (5 Stars)

In the small town of Sugar everyone knows everyone and everyone knows everything. Glory Mann is all too familiar with this; after all, as a teenager she was the center of one of the town’s biggest scandals. So now all Glory wants to do is keep her head down, pass her finals to get her nursing degree and become the manager of the Youth Outreach Center in the town’s hospital and prove that she is better than her past mistakes. But when y
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 Stars

Sugar On Top was everything sweet with a bit of spice. It was funny, heartwarming, and I couldn’t help but shed a tear at the end of the book.

The story takes off with an exciting altercation with Glory Mann and the deputy. Caught red handed and accused of theft, she is sentenced to community service. She was appointed the chairman of the Miss Peach Pageant in Sugar, Georgia to plan for this year’s event. She was in the worst predicament. She hated the town of Sugar. She hated pageants
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Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am in love with this small town of Sugar! I want to go there and meet swoon-worthy, sexy McGraw men who will turn my world upside down!

Sugar on Top focused on Glory and Cal. We saw both of them in Sugar’s Twice as Sweet and it was so good to find out their stories.

Glory had a really rough childhood, but she didn’t give up and had the biggest heart. Cal has taken care of everyone else for the last twenty years and never takes anything for himself. Thrown together through some silly circumstan
Amber Hughes
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
One thing I can always count on with Marina's books is the wonderful chemistry between the two main characters. She just has a way with writing her characters, that you're rooting for them right from the beginning. Cal & Glory were so meant to be together, but they both have things to work through to get to their happy ending. Glory has things from her past that have followed her for years and the judgment of the residents of Sugar. Cal is a single dad just trying to raise his teenage daught ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Marina Adair is a master at creating characters that you can't help but fall in love with. In Sugar On Top, Glory has lived her life guarding herself closely, doing everything she can for her Grandma and working hard to achieve her dreams of becoming a nurse. Cal has spent his entire adult life taking care of his family, his brothers, his Grandmother and his teenaged daughter, while fencing off his heart so he can't be hurt again.

The chemistry between Cal and Glory is so palpable in Sugar on Top
Sheryl C. Nash
*3.5 stars*

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing*
Kathy Heare Watts

Two people brought together under unusual circumstances. She doesn't want to be over a pageant, but it ordered by the courts to do so. He is dealing with personal issues following his divorce and a boy-crazy teenaged daughter. Now Glory and Cal are co-chairing the committee for Miss Peach Pageant. There is great chemistry between them--along with angst!

I won an autographed copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC. won in goodreads giveaway.
Release date: April 28, 2015

I liked this book a lot more than I did the first in the series. I think that the story was better and I felt a connection between the characters a lot faster in this on than I did with the character of Sugar's Twice as Sweet. Even with that being said, I don't think I can give it a full four stars.. But it's better than a three. So I think I'm going with an indecisive 3.75 Stars.

Let's start off with talking about her name, shall we?
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an engaging addition to the series filled with small town antics, quirky residents and a “friends to lovers” romance that brings it all together. Ms. Adair always writes interesting small town stories; she brings heartache, characters with flaws and deep feelings together to keep the reader involved until the very end.

Glory Mann is a nursing student who has lived in Sugar, Georgia all her life. She tries to live life under the radar these days having experienced one of the most notorious
Under the Covers Book Blog
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it

Sugar On Top was everything sweet with a bit of spice. It was funny, heartwarming, and I couldn't help but shed a tear at the end of the book.

The story takes off with an exciting altercation with Glory Mann and the deputy. Caught red handed and accused of theft, she is sentenced to community service. She was appointed the chairman of the Miss Peach Pageant in Sugar, Georgia to plan for this year's event. She was in the worst predicament. She hated the town of Sugar. She hated pageants, and she

SUGAR ON TOP by Marina Adair is another masterfully written piece of storytelling. #2 "A Sugar, Georgia Novel", but can be read as a stand alone.

This is Cal McGraw and Glory Mann's story. An interesting, unique tale of a small town, with endearing, quirkiy characters and a chance for second love. Cal and Glory has a chemistry between them, that could just prove to be scandalous. Oh, and of, course, there is the Miss Peach Pageant, which Glory has been sentenced to be the head of the committee by
Sultry Steamy Reading
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Here we go again with the small towns. They are such a lovely place to be, especially when it's a sweet contemporary romance novel. Sugar On Top is a guaranteed sweet thing. The title isn't just a play for the series title. It is also how the book generally feels.

I don't really encounter lots of books where I equally like the hero and the heroine. Most of the time, I always like one character better
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
Marina brings us back to Sugar, Georgia. Marina doesn't let her readers down with the electric sizzle between the two main characters. Glory is one of the stronger heroine characters that I have read in a long time. Gloria is living each day -living down a repetition that has no merit. As a young high school student she looked to the wrong person to make her feel special. My heart goes out to her, she has put up with a lot of sh** from her hometown, but she stuck it out, she stayed there and did ...more
Jo (My House of Books)
3.5 stars

Cal has spent his life since the death of his parents taking care of everyone: his brothers, his grandmother, his wife (now ex-wife), their child. When Glory, with what can only be described as her perpetual bad luck, practically falls into his lap, he sees another person he can help, despite willing himself to stay far, far away from her.

Glory is not a popular woman in Sugar, though she's determined to turn her life around for the better regardless of what the townspeople think. She'
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May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Now this was a very sweet story! Glory is just a wonderful character. She's just a woman trying to make something of herself. Trying to move on past peoples idea of her being a "bad girl" and finish nursing school. She so loyal to her grandmother that she takes the blame for a scandal that she did not have anything to do with. That end up with her having to become chairman with the last person she wants to be stuck with, Cal McGraw.

Cal has his own problems to deal with, mainly a teenage daughte
Aleksandra Reads
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love this series! I don't know why, but I love small town books.
Glory tries to move on from her past mistakes and all she wants is to get her nursing degree and be something. But keeping her head dawn isn't exactly in plans for her, especially when she takes the blame for the crime she didn't commit, just to save her grandmother.
Cal (*swoon*) tries to live his life calm, raising his daughter but life doesn't always go as planned. Especially, if you have a grandmather, who always needs a help t
Isha Coleman
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Marina Adair always manages to write stories that allow the reader to put themselves in the characters shoes. The circumstances in Sugar on Top could happen to anyone. Glory keeps getting the short end of the stick despite trying to do the right thing. Cal is also trying to find his way after a contentious divorce while raising his teen daughter. This book was a feel good read. It reminds that even though life may get you down, don't stay down. Keep on moving and blessings can happen when you le ...more
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Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Karia’s happy little review…

The angst in this one is a years old opinion that Cal has about Glory. Glory is an amazing person who loves her grandma and takes care of her, despite the fact that her life would be easier elsewhere.

Glory works hard trying to become a nurse while Cal is working on being a dad and a business owner. I loved how these two managed to set aside what appeared to be differences and work as a team. Sadly, their “breaking” point was at a time when they needed to be the strong
Sheila Renz-green
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Another enjoyable read.
What is not to love about a heroine in ducky galoshes? Glory Gloria Mann has spent her life trying be better than people have decided she is, and she has been secretly in love with Cal McGraw, her best friends brother. A misunderstanding lands her in jail and Cal bails her out. Through the whole story they keep bumping into each other and they end up planning the Harvest Fest together. Cal doesn't want to start a relationship since he is trying to raise his daughter and f
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Adored this book! I loved how cal liked her and wanted her but tried to stay away from Gloria. Their relationship wasn't rushed and was perfectly drawn out. The way Gloria bonded with his daughter was so touching. You could tell off the bat they were going to make a wonderful family. I am excited to read more of this series! This book is a must read!
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Truly wonderful book!

Perfect combination of romance, friendship and humor.This book is an amazing read.
I can't describe how much I love this series!

And like always when you read Marina Adair books big smile is on your face :)
Nate Brightman
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm going to start this review by saying I absolutely love this series. I loved this book. This series has been my first introduction to Marina Adair and she makes heroines the man, the husband, the father in me just wants to protect and make everything all right for. You can't read about Glory and the cruel hand life had dealt her and how she fights to overcome it without wanting to cheer for her. And I loved the fact that unlike so many heroines in romance novels she wasn't willing to settle f ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am beyond relieved that the mean grannies of Sugar, Georgia are a bit more subdued this go around. I am not, however, happy with Jackson. My goodness, I wanted to strangle that man for the first half of this story.

Cal and Glory shouldn’t work, but they do. Once you get past the exterior layers, you see that they’re actually meant to be together. They are both just so stubborn. Glory, with her need to act as if the town’s actions toward her through the years haven’t bothered her. Cal, with the
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great read from Sugar, Georgia series. Very light and sweet romance story! I love to mix a good light romance with some grittier reading. I give a thumbs up to this wacky series!

Glory is trying to escape a bad reputation in a small town. Unfortunately her rep goes all the way back to when she was in high school and the town will never let her forget. Cal is a single dad and the hottest bachelor in town.

I found myself rooting for Glory through this whole book. I loved her budding relati
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lose the granny posse

The marauding granny plot device has gone on long enough. This author, in particular, has beaten it to death. In these books, the grannies are a malignant tumor. They are evil. The first book in the series had them causing tens of thousands of dollars in property damage to Joie, with little consequence. They are at it here, too, nearly destroying the livelihood and reputation of an innocent person. Still, no consequences for the grannies. Is it any wonder that the high schoo
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Marina Adair is a #1 National best-selling author with over a million books sold. She holds a Master of Fine arts in creative writing and her St. Helena Vineyard series was the inspiration behind the original Hallmark Channel movies, Autumn in the Vineyard and Summer in the Vineyard. Along with the St. Helena Vineyard series, she is also the author of the Heroes of St Helena series, the Eastons, a ...more

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Sugar, Georgia (3 books)
  • Sugar's Twice as Sweet (Sugar, Georgia, #1)
  • A Taste of Sugar (Sugar, Georgia, #3)