Review: Manhattan Sugar by V. Theia
Let me start this review by saying, I fell HARD for Gray and India. However, I bulked hard core when I saw the words "Sugar Daddy". Not gonna lie, folks. I was like "ehhhhhhhhh, I don't know how I feel about the whole sugar daddy situation". With that being said, I'm thanking my lucky stars that I put my judgments aside and read this book. I wanted to read it in one sitting, but you know, kids/life/holiday weekend and all that jazz. Bottom line, though? SO. FREAKING. GOOD.
Story Line: So India, sweet 26 year old India is down on her luck. Okay, that's putting it mildly. She just lost her apartment and job. Like, on the same day. Good lord, she has the worst luck ever. That statement becomes even more true at least 3 more times this book, but I won't give away any juicy spoilers. So, like any normal New Yorker, she's drowning her sorrows at a bar. Drunk texts Gray whom she had a run in with a year ago and basically tells him she needs a sugar daddy. And he SHOWS UP at the bar. YEP. Here is where India and Gray's story truly begins. I mean, sure they had a little back story a year ago, but their love story, so to speak, picks up with a drunk India and a patiently waiting Gray to the rescue. A couple of my favorite details between these two are as follows - their nicknames for each other, their explosive laundry and the way they work through their differences. It's no surprise India called Gray s daddy. At first I kinda hated it (sorry!) but the nickname totally grew on me. And the same goes for his nickname for her. I'll wait to talk about the laundry, but believe you me, these two have their differences. But Gray is patient yet firm with his woman. And India's inner conversations with herself? Painfully honest and I love that.
Interaction: Gray's personality is a take no-BS kind of alpha. However, when it comes to India? He is total putty. I seriously love a man who can admit the woman in his life is his weakness. He makes it no secret that he would lasso the moon for her. But here's what I loved the most about India. She's funny, sure. But she makes it incredibly clear to Gray that she is not a sugar baby. She does NOT want to be a kept woman, essentially. And that was my biggest fear. I mean, who wants to read about a woman who lives off her man and does nothing but shop all day? I'm sorry, but I love to read REAL romance stories. Not ones where I cannot stand the freeloading heroine. India is the furthest thing from a freeloader. I promise you will fall in love with her snarky banter. She is so much stronger than she leads us to believe.
Laundry: Sweet baby Jesus. I'm fairly certain the laundry scenes in this book caused my Kindle to start smoking. Okay, not really since I would be demanding V replaced it immediately since her laundry scenes were so smoking hot. But, dialing back the exaggerations a bit, Gray and India have more sexual chemistry than almost any other characters I've ever read. They click emotionally, but I don't think there are sufficient words to describe how they click physically. Dead serious here. These two are insatiable and I'm 100 percent okay with that.
Depth: India's past sort of sucks. She built herself up and into one of the strongest female leading characters ever. And for that, I love her HARD. And Gray has his own hang ups. That in itself is enough depth for me to truly appreciate their love story. But no. That's not all. There are two big twists/turns towards to end of this book that had me physically removing my jaw from my desk. I legit did not see these things coming. So, not only had I fallen hard for these characters, but now I'm just plain head over heals for their entire book. Stellar characters, fantastic story line and totally unpredictable. Manhattan Sugar took the slightly taboo and distaste we have for sugar daddies and turned the tables. She took a story line I never thought I would enjoy, and made it one of my absolute favorite books.