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As Good as the First Time

(Sugar Lake #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  71 reviews
True to its name, the small southern town of Sugar Lake is a sweet place to visit — and you might even want to live there...

With her big city career and relationship in sudden free fall, Olivia Gale isn't sure where she belongs. So when her help is needed at Goode N' Sweet, the family bakery in Sugar Lake, she jumps at the chance to indulge her pie-making hobby while get
Mass Market Paperback, 316 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Dafina Books
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Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
As Good as the First Time by K.M. Jackson is the first book in the new contemporary romance Sugar Lake series. This opener of the small town romance series has the big city girl returning to the small town for a second chance with her old sweetheart. 

Olivia Gale had been working at a good job in New York and had a boyfriend she thought things were going well with until in the course of one day she loses both. A victim of downsizing she doesn't even get the chance to get the news out before her b
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: K.M. Jackson Fans, Romance
3.5 Second Chances Love Stars
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Sometimes it seems The Butterfly Effect is happening front and center to your own life. What can happen at work can impact what happens personally and then before you know it, you are going back home to help your Aunt and play at the bakery you always loved.

That is exactly what happened to Olivia Gale. She had not been thrilled with her big time corporate job and used her hobby of baking pies to relax her. In a huge landslide of events, she lose
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Rate: 4/ 5 stars

As Good as the First Time is a very cute small town romance/ second chance romance/ single dad. The heroine is currently leaving in NYC but when her aunt back home has an accident, she needs help to get around and to run their family bakery. So the heroine, Olivia, and her sister move back to their hometown temporarily to help out. And only when she gets there that she finds out that her neighbour/ex-boyfriend who deserted her +10 years earlier is also back in town and now she'
Jamie Beck
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is perfect for any reader who likes big families, small southern towns, and second chance love stories.

Olivia is the "together" sister, and Drea the sassy one who is a bit more unconventional. Olivia's well-planned life falls apart at the exact time that her aunt in Sugar Lake could use some temporary help, so she and her sister take off for Georgia. When they get there, we meet more of the extended family, become intrigued by a series of fires and other shenanigans, and meet the ver
Rady Reads
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Good As The First Time was definitely one rollercoaster of a ride. Lots of ups and downs, lots of laughs and sad situations, many of them bringing you into deep thoughs.
The writing was amazing, keeping you interested the whole time, never getting bored.

Promises have been told, mistakes have been done and teenage love never forgotten. 12 years later arising old feelings coming to the surface although sans wanting to make the same mistakes twice, all around wrapped in sweet pies and delicious
Bette Hansen
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one. It's a small town second chance romance with a spunky baker and a gorgeous firefighter single dad. So what's not to love? Liv and Clay are reunited when Olivia returns to Sugar Lake to help in the family bakery. The story is very sweet and while perhaps not terribly unique the characters, the big extended family, and the small town make it fresh and fun. The writing is excellent with an easy flow to the story. It's a feel good story that I think everyone will enjoy. I de ...more
Falguni Kothari
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“A perfect blend of great storytelling, unforgettable characters, and a delicious setting. Aunt Joyce and her pie shop in Sugar Lake reminded me why I love books with cooks so much.”
Anne Z.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I kept going back and forwards on the rating... It's not a bad story and she is a good writer but it is rather dull.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I gave this one 🥧🥧🥧🥧 aunt Joyce pies!!!!

Who doesn’t love a small-town story with sweet treat baking? In “As Good As The First Time” we travel to the small town of Sugar Lake where we enjoy family baked secrets, a second chance romance, mysterious supporting characters and suspense…. In every small town there is a spirit of hospitality that families share, but when it comes to their children it is common to always want better for them. Clayton and Olivia just wanted to be sweethearts and their lo
Really enjoyed this sweet second chance at love romance. Loved the food aspect of it as well! Wish I could have everything Aunt Joyce and Liv baked. Maybe i can have a tiny bit if it cuz there's a recipe at the back of the book! :)

I love how Clay and Liv got to know each other again. Even with the past hovering over them they were able to talk it out. As with most books I read, I love when the MC have people in their lives who they can go to for support. Family is most present in this book in va
Nov 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
I really enjoyed reading As Good As the First Time by K.M. Jackson! This is the first book I’ve read by the author. Her stories are clean, filled with strong family bonds, drama and pies! I’m happy to report there are recipes at the end of the story in case you’re wondering. It’s a small town romance and I felt the community lifestyle and charm quite entertaining. Olivia is a strong heroine, not sure of her feelings after being heartbroken the first time around by her first love, Clayton, who’s ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Olivia returns to Sugar Lake to help run the family bakery. She has just lost her job and her boyfriend so she turns to her favorite hobby of pie baking. Clayton is happy to see her return but she is leery since he broke up with her without explanation years ago. He's now a single dad and a firefighter with half the ladies in town after him. Olivia is job seeking and when a really good offer comes along she has to decide if big business is what she really wants. I liked the story but I found the ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
As Good as the First Time plays to many of KM Jackson's strengths - family relationships, a strong sense of place, and characters who are good at their jobs. It does, however, suffer from first book in series syndrome, with a slow beginning due to a large cast of characters and a somewhat complicated setup.
We meet the hero at around 20% into the book, which is when the book picks up.
Overall, if you like second chance romances and reading about families, I think this is a good book for you. Perso
Nov 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Sorry, but this book was awful & I couldn't finish it. I've never read this author's books, but I have read this storyline before in others & wanted to see what she would bring to the table that was different. I couldn't get into the story or the simplistic writing style, the imaginary words, or the grammatical errors. Just can't rate it any higher.
LaKenya Robertson-Smith
Loved this read. Had to calm down when Olivia kept me going up and down with way her mind was working. This read made me realize that trying to hold on to the past and control the future, you are going to miss what is going on in the present. Happy she finally decided which she wanted. Just wish Caleb and Rena will have a story after that one explosive scene.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review."

Loved this book very much. It had just enough comedy & sweet romance and the storyline was great! I highly recommend!
Maggie Boyd
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
K.M. Jackson’s latest romance, As Good as the First Time, features a driven, practical heroine conquering past hurts when she returns to the small town where she had her young heart broken. Naturally, the boy who left her among the walking wounded has grown into a handsome, heroic single dad and wouldn’t you know it, he’s just recently moved back to the same small town our heroine is about to visit.

Olivia (Liv) Gale has had a heck of a day. First, she got ‘restructured’ out of a job. Then, hopin
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, twimom227-blog
As Good as the First Time is the first book in the Sugar Lake Series. Sugar Lake is one of those wonderful small, southern towns full of quirky characters that are sometimes more fun than the main characters. Aunt Joyce is one of them. Joyce Goode never married, but rather is married to her business, the Goode-n-Sweet Bakery. She is old enough that she should be thinking about retiring, but no one is going to tell her that. When she falls and injures her hip, the extended Goode family sends in r ...more
Cathy Geha
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
As Good as the First Time by K.M. Jackson
Sugar Lake #1

Oliva Gale has just finished baking pies for her father’s retirement party, sent her lover off to work and headed out the door for her own job when the story begins. By the end of the day she has said goodbye to more than one thing she had taken for granted and is saddled with a sister she bickers with constantly as she heads to Sugar Lake to help her aunt with the family bakery. She will meet up with her first love, spend time with family an
Shannan Harper
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first book in a series about a small town called Sugar Lake. The beginning starts off a little predictable, with the main character Olivia Gaye losing her job and man. She decides to go to her place of birth, Sugar lake after finding out her Aunt Joyce needs help at her bakery after dealing with health issues. While there, Olivia runs into local fire chief and first love Clayton Morris, who is a divorced single father.

One of the major things I enjoyed about the story is that it doesn't focus
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
True to its name, the small southern town of Sugar Lake is a sweet place to visit—and you might even want to live there . . .With her big-city career and relationship in sudden free fall, lost job the same day her boyfriend ghosted her, Olivia Gale isn’t sure where she belongs. So, when her help is needed at Goode ʼN Sweet, the (family bakery) in Sugar Lake, she jumps at the chance to indulge her pie-making hobby while getting her life back on track and helping her Aunt Joyce who has suffered a ...more
Rebecca Lyman
I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.

I had read a couple chapters of this book in last year's Buzz Books Romance collection and was intrigued by them. So I figured I'd check out the full book! And as much as I was interested in the book based on the couple chapters I read, the book overall fell kind of flat for me. I didn't find that there was enough meaningful interaction between Clayton and Olivia for me personally. They spent a lot of the book not
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the first book in the new contemporary romance Sugar Lake series. This is the first book and it’s a second chance romance. Olivia lives in New York and on the day of her fathers retirment party loses her job and her boyfriend. At the party her mom gets a call from her sister that she broke her hip and needs help in the family bakery in Sugar Lake. Olivia and her sister decide to help out there aunt so their mom can go on the vacation with their father that they have had planned for ages. ...more
Lorraine Brattin
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet second time around love story.

This story is about Olivia who goes back to Sugar Lake to help out her aunt Joyce who owns a local bakery after she broke her hip. Along with her is her sister Drea who decided to tag along. When they reach town they see a fire truck outside the bakery. Worried, they run inside and find their aunt in a dispute with one of the firemen who Olivia recognizes as her first love and next door neighbor, Clayton.
After the smoke clears, it's found to be a possible faul
Michelle Styles
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you love Robin Carr, you will adore this new series from KM Jackson. Jackson delivers up a scrumptious serving of small town life with interesting characters who will twine their way around your heart strings and not let go.
It is a story about reconciling with your past and second chances. A long ago summer romance soured Liv Gale's view on relationships and she has been stuck with commitment phobic boyfriends ever since. When her latest fails to live up to any sort of standard, she grabs the
Jackie Wright
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
K.M Jackson is a new author to me and after reading As Good as the First Time I have to wonder why I haven’t come across her before now. If you love sweet small southern town romances you will love this story which is the first book in the aptly named Sugar Lake Series.
Olivia Gale’s life has gone into free fall she has lost her job and her live in boyfriend all on the same date so when she finds out her aunt in Sugar Lake has had a fall and needs someone to run her Goode N’ Sweet Bakery until s
Nicola Short
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGallery, the publisher and author, K.M. Jackson for the opportunity to read and review the arc of "As Good As the First Time" in exchange for a honest review.
This book is the first in a new series and, also, a new author to me.
"As Good as the First Time" is a story about second chances which the main character, Olivia, needs after she is fired from her job. She goes from having a good job, a nice apartment and a hot boyfriend..... to nothing. She comes home from being fired to a
Shavonna Futrell
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: name-challenge
Olivia recently unemployed and unexpectedly single decides to volunteer to go to Sugar Lake and help out her aunt in her bakery. Olivia is hoping to get her life on track while in her old hometown but what she does not want is any distractions especially from Clayton Morris.

Clayton Morris is the town Fire chief and the man that stole Olivia’s heart and left her when they were younger thinking he was doing what was best for her.

I have started really enjoying this small town romances but they are
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As Good as the First Time was such a good read! I was excited and happy to see that it is the beginning of a series by this author.

This book has everything I enjoy, a small town, family, a history, a small business and lots of great character development. Oh and food. Did I mention food? This book will make you hungry because so much of what is mentioned sounds amazing!

And....there are firefighters. Oh yes, food, firefighters and family drama. How in the world can you want more than that?

This is
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
So just when you think you have it all together the universe has other plans. Olivia likes, no lives to keep everything in a neat and orderly fashion exactly according to the plan. Then in one moment it all changes. She sublets her apartment and heads south with her sister to both visit and help her beloved aunt and her bake shop. Sweet story of broken hearts mending, finding ones passion, family good, nosy and all the other loving and crazy parts and small town living. I hope that this is the s ...more
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A native New Yorker, K.M. Jackson had two dreams for what she wanted to be when she “grew up”: 1. a fashion designer and 2. a writer.

After graduating from high school, she pursued her first dream and studied fashion design at New York’s FIT. She then spent ten years designing for various New York houses. But after years of jugging the oh-so-glam world of mid-market fashion along with being a mothe

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