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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,866 ratings  ·  348 reviews
A hot, funny brother’s best friend 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 w
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by EN Fiction, Inc.
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Erin Nicholas
Jan 28, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: small town romance, romantic comedy,
Sugarcoated is done and off to my editor! This book is a combination of so many things I love...

~ A quirky small town.
~ A brother's best friend romance.
~ A virgin heroine who's just been waiting for the right guy--and not even realizing he was right under her nose for *years*.
~ A hero (ahem, a small-town-boy-turned-millionaire who's coming home) who's been restless, trying to figure out his next challenge and then BAM, SHE happens...the one, the woman who changes everything-- even though he's
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Erin Nicholas Fans, Romance
5 Give Me That Sugar High Stars
* * * * * Spoiler Free
Erin Nicholas, You Are The Woman. PERIOD.
You have taken the brother's best friend, the lose the Vcard, the Hatfield/McCoy Enemies, added the Sexiest Use of Bakery Products and made it all work perfectly. This is a book that will make you Happily Break Your Diet and Dive in. YUM!

Seriously, all kidding aside, this book is a winner in so many ways.
We have a small town that has been divided into two different families and their businesses. The ow
Brandy Barber
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sugar and spice and Everything Nice. That is what this book is made of. I could not put this book down. Zoe and Aiden are the first in this series. They grew up together. Him being her brothers best friend. Zoe has liked Aiden for awhile. I had all the love hearts in this book. Even when I felt Aiden needed to say something about his new business adventure. I was even blushing some in parts of the book. Aiden says most of the right stuff. Does the right things and they both realize they are in t ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sugarcoated is the first book in Erin Nicholas's Hot Cakes series. It is absolutely fantastic.

Zoe McCaffery and Aiden Anderson have known each other for what feels like forever. Aiden and Zoe's older brother Cam have been best friends since they were kids, and their families have always been close, to the point where Aiden's practically a member of the family. Except that he isn't. Which is why when Zoe decides she needs to be rid of that V-card, he seems like the perfect candidate.

Except he ref
Luisa Baudino
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is everything and the best first in series ever. If you already know Erin Nicholas’ books then take the best of Sapphire Falls and of Billionaires in Blue Jeans and there you have Sugarcoated! And if you don’t know her books yet, well here’s your chance of getting your hands in something really good!

The trope of the book is best friend’s little sister, one of my favourites ever, plus you have the small town romance and the hot billionaire, what’s more to ask for? Oh yes, we also have
Katie Chapman
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great opener for a brand new series, this book is full of some serious fun! I love Aiden and Zoe and I love a good brother's best friend romance. This one does not disappoint!! This book has me amped up for the rest of the series, I can't wait to get my hands on it! It is everything that I love about an Erin Nicholas romance; a quirky small town, hot guys, strong, independent women and a whole lot of fun! We are introduced to Aiden's friends/colleagues who will be the male leads in the four(!) ...more
Tammy Moldovan
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has the perfect blend of sweet and sexy with only a small bit of angst. Aidan and Zoe’s love story has all the feels. It’s the classic brother’s best friend story with a bunch of extras thrown in to make it so much more - small town, cute successful family bakery, a previous no to Zoe’s request for Aidan to take her v-card, Aidan’s purchase of the business owned by Zoe’s family’s sworn enemies/family recipe stealers, and so many delays by Aidan to tell Zoe the second reason he has retu ...more
Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)
A delightful beginning to Erin Nicholas new series with sweet flirty banter and the right amount of dirty spice mixed in to make this a huge hit.

Zoe and Aiden have known each other for their entire lives. Zoe's older brother, Cam, is Aiden's best friend and Appleby is a small town in Iowa, so it isn't hard to not know practically everyone. When Aiden lost his mother at the age of fourteen Zoe's mother pretty much took over raising him and Aiden became an honorary family member. Both Zoe and Aide
Shannon Ferguson
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing start to this new series by Erin Nicholas!! We have the brother’s best friend trope. A rivalry between families. And that’s just the beginning!

Zoe and Aiden. Where do I start. The chemistry between the two is AMAZING. Even in their banter, you can tell they truly care about each other. I loved how Zoe was such a strong heroine. She has an image for what she wants, and goes for it. Aiden is perfect for her. He’s sexy, sweet, and brings a fresh set of eyes to some situations. Oh, a
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best friend’s sister/ friends to lovers trope is my jam! And nobody does it better than Erin Nicholas! Aiden and Zoe were muy caliente from page one. Aiden frankly had his work cut out for him because Zoe is one stubborn miss! How is he suppose to tell Zoe about his new venture...when she has VERY rigid thoughts about said company....and convince her he’s home to stay, because of her?
His sweet and very sexy actions speak louder that words...but come on, he still needs the words! But so does Zoe,
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best friend younger sister. This is awesome story.
Zoe is not happy with Aiden, she wanted him to be her first, he had different plans. Now five months later he is back to claim what his. The only problem, he is buying business Zoe hates.
Loved this story and will never look at icing the same again.
J Williams
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sugarcoated, the first book in the new Hot Cakes series by Erin Nicholas, deserves ALL the stars!

The perfect combination of sweet, romantic moments and spicy, sexy scenes, this story is a best friend's little sister tale with a few surprising twists. I loved reading Zoe and Aiden's fun and emotional journey towards their happily ever after. I also loved getting a glimpse of some of the fabulous secondary characters that will be featured in the rest of the series.

Hot Cakes promises to be another
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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SUGARCOATED (Hot Cakes Book #1) by Erin Nicholas is the first book in a new contemporary romance/romantic comedy series. This story is a best friend’s little sister/friends-to-lovers mash-up with all the emotion, humor and sexual chemistry I expect in a romance by Erin Nicholas.

Fluke, Inc. is a highly successful company started by five college friends who sold their highly popular, original video game for millions. Aiden and Camden gr
Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets
Hot Cakes series book 1

Sugarcoated Ingredients:

1 – Brother’s Best Friend
1 – Virgin
2 – Bakeries
5 – Business partners
A pinch each of omission, misunderstanding, and groveling

Mix all ingredients using an amazing author (I recommend Erin Nicholas for best results). Bake in a small, rural town with a hell of a lot of heat. Top with pink frosting and humor…and serve!

Once again, author Erin Nicholas has given readers a fantastic new series! Sugarcoated is the first book in the Hot Cakes series. I love
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This isn’t the first time that Nicholas has made me love a trope I normally pass on. I actually passed on two free books with the trope today. But I’ve come to trust her unequivocally with my romantic heart, and she never fails to ply it with laughter, make it blush with the fun times, and wring every last drop of emotion from it with poignant, heartfelt writing. Nicholas is a word virtuoso, and her romantic comedy symphonies are unparalleled.

Zoe McCaffrey has spent all her life in the small to
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a very cute best friend's sister romance, which just happens to be one of my favorites. 5 months ago Aiden turned down Zoe when she requested that he take her virginity. But he wasn't really turning her down, just waiting until he could move back home and actually be with her. Aiden has been close with Zoe's family for years in fact their mothers were best friends. Aiden is also Zoe's brothers best friend. He is well liked by her entire family and friends. He decides to buy a local fa ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Zoe & Aiden! Zoe is stubborn, loyal, pushy & fun. Aiden thinks he’s all that and actually acts like he’s doing Zoe a favor to come back home & be with her. What I loved about this book, besides it being set in Iowa & the Hawkeyes mentioned a lot, is that Zoe & Aiden case each other to think outside themselves. Aiden has her rethinking her hatred of Hot Cakes & some of her more stubborn & rigid decisions. Zoe has him realizing that his take on things isn’t the only take. Other people’s emo ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic start to the new series by Erin Nicholas. Aiden is Zoe's brother's best friend (!) and Zoe is the owner of the bakery in town that has been in her family for generations. When Aiden comes home for Christmas, Zoe throws herself at him with disastrous results. Or so she thinks. Aiden goes back home but only to get things in order so he can get back to Zoe and declare his love. Oh yeah, and he buys the factory in town that Zoe has declared her mortal enemy. How Aiden goes about get ...more
Tonya Stinnett
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Lynne Seaver
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG these two are almost a sweet as the cake pops from buttered up. I loved that Aiden wants to save his small town and that he’s so generous. Zoe is definitely the best women for Aiden and I’m super glad they figured it out. I can’t wait to read Janes book. Two thumbs way up for this one Erin!!!!
Whispers From
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Zoe and Aiden have known each other all their lives. Zoe is Aiden’s best friends little sister. Zoe runs her family’s sweet shop and five months ago she asked Aiden to take her virginity but turns her down. Aiden, Zoe’s brother Cam, and three other guys got rich inventing a game and now they’re worth millions. Now he’s back in town to claim Zoe but he’s going to have to get her to forgive him for embarrassing her. And once she finds out that he’s buying her competition, he’s really going to have ...more
Tracy Flick
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Sugarcoated is a sweet, friends to lovers story that is full of fun, friends and hot romance. Zoe and Aiden grew up together, Aiden being Zoe's brother's best friend. Who would have thought that after all of these years they would develop feelings for each other. Aiden is happy to be moving home amd starting a relationship with Zoe. Too bad he with his best friend and partners have just bought out the rival to Zoe's business. Now he needs to break the news to her and her family. Zoe amd Aiden we ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome start to the
new series, Hot Cakes!
I truly enjoyed reading this book!
It's a captivating, funny, steamy
& moving romance.
Christmas Eve, didn't turn out how
Zoe planned. Now Aiden, is back in
Appleby. Hold on for what happens next!
Zoe ❤ Aiden, are adorable together.
I loved everything about this story!!
Heather Nobbs
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book in a new series and it was an excellent start! This book made me hungry for cupcakes and more books in this series. Aiden and Zoe have known each other their entire lives, their families were very close and Aiden was Zoe’s older brother’s best friend. After Aiden left his hometown for the big city to make it big with his job he comes back home...for Zoe and a new job opportunity. Zoe and Aiden don’t fight their attraction too hard and Zoe opens up about her work to Aiden. ...more
Christine Jalili
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such a sweet and fun romance. Aiden was practically raised by the McCaffery family. Cam McCaffery is one of his best friends and he’s also very close to Zoe McCaffery. Loved how well they knew each other. It’s been 5 months since she offered up her virginity. Is he too late now to claim it? They are so cute together. But he’s got a secret to tell, will she understand? Really loved his big gesture at the end. I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy and I highly recommend this book.
Beyond The Covers Blog
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: celeste
Sugarcoated is so sweet it just might give you a toothache.  This new series by Erin Nicholas is sweet as frosting and hot as an oven.  I haven’t read a book by Nicholas that I didn’t like, and the Hot Cakes series is going to be the cherry on top.  The next book in the series is Forking Around and tells the story of two supporting characters from Sugarcoated, but don’t stick a fork in it just yet because the series then continues with Making Whoopie.  I just have to assume that each book is goi ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, adult
This was free on Amazon which is why I chose to read it. Although it wasn't bad, it wasn't good either. It was just... okay and a tad odd.

There was a decent semblance of a plot although I would estimate that the book is 50% (or more) sex scenes. Although I did skim so it's possible I got lucky and happened to stumble on mostly sex scenes. Who knows.

But my favorite line is the following:
"She'd become horny.

Like... what? That is such odd but hilarious phrasing. What a strange way to say someon
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a start to a new series. Erin has a way of coming up with just the right mix of characters to make a fun read. We get to meet everybody in the group but our focus is on Zoe and Aiden (but the anticipation for the other's stories is well built). Aiden is back in town to claim Zoe as his but he has two huge stumbling blocks in his way--his reaction to Zoe's surprise during Christmas and a big purchase that might just really mess up things between them. There's so much to love about this ...more
Princess Thuy
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Erin Nicholas has a new series and this first book in the Hot Cakes Series, Sugarcoated is just as sweet as it sounds. Aiden and Zoe were made for each other. I loved their chemistry and their banter. Their whole relationship from start to finish was just amazing and so much fun to read. They're just so cute! And totally hot for one another. Oh boy! Were they smoking hot! I will never look at a cupcake the same way again. Seriously, Aiden is now my dream guy. What a wonderful start to a new seri ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, street-team-book
A new series from Erin Nicholas is so exciting! Sugarcoated is certainly worthy of all the anticipation. It is a big brother's best friend trope, which I love because there's already a history between the characters.
Zoe and Aiden's relationship is bound to change as Aiden fights to correct one unfortunate night with her and boy are there all sorts of fireworks along the way! I have a whole new appreciation for bakery goods after reading Sugarcoated! Zoe and Aiden are all kinds of hot in the kit
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Erin Nicholas is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty sexy contemporary romances. Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun. She loves to write about reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines and happily ever afters. She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes i ...more

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