Pepper Ryan grew up the troublesome, spoiled child of a rock god. With her less-than-stellar parentage, and the bipolar disorder that has plagued her existence, to say this little firecracker is a handful would be the understatement of the century.
Sammy Belle spent more than half his life saving Pepper. He’d been her strength, her sanity, and the protective brotherly figure she never wanted to have.
They were never meant to be together.
They gave in anyway.
And just when Sammy thought he had everything he wanted, Pepper ran.
Now twenty-three, Pepper returns to Sugartown, a failed tattoo artist with one too many screws loose who’s down on her luck, wielding an ice cream van as beaten up as her heart.
Sugartown’s most coveted bachelor has always been content with the quiet life he leads until Pepper, the hellion from his past, returns to test his strength, his patience, and perhaps even his sanity. But two can play at that game, and Pepper is about to learn that Sam can give as good as he gets.
Can this good country boy survive Pepper’s cruel city world, or will the whole thing be put down to a bout of temporary insanity?
One thing is for certain:
He’s crazy about her.
She’s just crazy.
Warning: Intended for an 18+ audience. Contains sexual content, oodles of profanity, a firefighter so hot you may need a very cold shower, and one pink-haired crazy Harajuku girl. May also contain traces of nuts. Some scenes within this book may be a trigger for certain readers.
This is a bittersweet moment for the reader when a series ending. There’s usually an unfair expectation that I place on the author to ‘do the series justice’ and I’m glad to say – Jenner has delivered.
We now see a very grown up and familiar potty mouthed Pepper as she blows back into Sugartown like a bat out of hell – straight into Sammy. It think the tale of these two is a fitting end.
True to Jenner’s form – there are parts in this book that will have you gasping for air and wiping your eyes they are so funny. The fan scene will go in history as the best masturbation scene. I also love the little flashes from stories past in this series and who is now ‘Dragonlady’.
All of these characters have been on such a journey and they are so interwoven. Some are starting out – some are ending. Jenner has such a knack of creating a story that comes full circle. This story had me swinging on the full pendulum of laughing hysterically to sobbing and grabbing for the tissues.
I’m glad this story has a warning for triggers. I have no point of reference for what Pepper is going through as I have no experience with her illness but I found the content to be very confronting.
To read about her struggles is heartbreaking and Jenner has written them as real as they come. She’s frustratingly broken and blinded that she doesn’t see the support, the love and the faith that the people around her. I say frustratingly broken as part of the time, I felt that she kept herself in that cycle but I’m not sure the reason why. There was no trade off.
The ending is perfection and again frustrating. Pepper chose the hard way to make it to the spot she’s meant to be at. It’s now time I pack my bags and bid farewell to Sugartown. The ride’s been a blast and I have very fond memories of being here. Damn you Carmen. You made me fall in love with them all.
I was kindly provided with a free copy of this book from the author to provide an honest review. Receiving this book for free did not influence my opinion nor review. I will be buying this in paperback form to join the other three in the series on my pretty ‘signed by author therefore they are gold’ bookshelf.
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