***A new adult STANDALONE from the author of Full Tilt and The Butterfly Project***
Nikolai Alexei Young was born with a special gift…one he’d do anything to lose. The heart and soul of every person he comes into contact with is an open book to his heightened senses. Colorful emotions, whispers of thoughts, the sour tastes of old memories…He feels them all. The sci-fi books would call him an empath. For Nikolai, his ability has made him an exile. He roams the U.S. alone, avoiding the glut of life in big cities, and using his innate talents to win money in underground poker games. Just enough to keep going, one town to the next. He has no hope that his life can be anything else, until he meets her…
At nineteen, Fiona Starling was trapped in an ugly, desperate situation until she freed herself the only way she knew how. Now three years later, living outside Savannah, Georgia, she is rebuilding her life on her own terms; seizing every moment and saving every penny so that she might fulfill her dream of moving to the raw wilderness of Costa Rica. But behind her carefree smile beats the heart of a lonely young woman haunted by her past, until a chance encounter with a tattooed stranger changes everything…
Fiona takes Nikolai under her roof for three sultry nights, waiting out the rain of a summer storm. She grows more and more fascinated by this brooding stranger with whom she shares an intense physical connection—a connection so strong, she wonders if there is something between them beyond lust and passion. Nikolai is shocked to discover that Fiona calms the raging turmoil in his heart. She alone silences the din of other people’s lives, and envelops him in the sweet beauty of her inner self. Every moment he’s with her—every touch of her skin—brings him closer to the peace that’s been eluding him his entire life.
But Fiona harbors secrets that she is too terrified to reveal. After Nikolai confesses his unique ability, she is caught between wanting to believe him and fearing he’ll eventually unearth her own dark past. When the unthinkable happens, Fiona’s plans come crashing down, and Nikolai discovers his hated ability might be the only thing that can save the woman he loves.
Sugar & Gold is a new adult romance with shades of the paranormal and is the second book in the Dreamcatcher novels, a series of interconnected STANDALONES. It is NOT necessary to have read How to Save a Life (Dreamcatcher #1) first in order to follow the story, but characters will appear across all novels. Intended for readers 18 and up.
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I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
“Find the sunshine…”
You ever start a book and know that it’s about to change everything? You think its your typical boy meets girl. They fall in love. You learn quickly that this is not the case. As the story unravels, so does your heart.
“Like a book that’s never read, the emotions are lost unless given weight and breath and voice.”
Nikolai (Nik) Alexei Young has a gift. He feels emotions of others on a level that completely consumes his life. Emotions are revealed to him in color and and light. He meets Fiona Starling, a girl coasting through life trying to forget the pain of her past. They agree to a night. Just one. But just that one night changes everything. That one night becomes so much more. That one night neither can say goodbye to. Both of these lost and beautiful souls have secrets. Secrets that could unravel everything they have up until this point. A connection neither one of them can explain is threatened by the weight of their secrets.
“This feeling right now?”
“Do you feel it?”
Nik and Fiona are not blinded by their future commitments, but in the present they know they have something. So they agree to explore this connection knowing of its temporary status. Their compelling story is not for me to tell in any detail. It is for the reader to experience narrated by these characters. They both fight demons that no one else can see. They harbor pain for something beyond their control. But in the presence of the other, there is peace. Disorder and unrest becomes absent. But what happens when the truth unravels?
“Until I met you, Fiona. I don’t know why, but you’re the only person who can silence the cacophony.”
Exhilarating. Poignant. Moving. THIS. BOOK. It’s message inspiring. A true testament to finding love in the darkest places. Exquisitely written. Devastatingly beautiful, this tumultuous and daring love story is life changing. It challenges love in all its aspects. I was left completely spellbound. The love between Nik and Fiona is chaos in it’s most beautiful form. Their love is palpable. Felt on every page. Every look. Every touch. You have no choice but to become deeply enthralled by these characters. Their love is magic in it’s purest form. Bewitching. Powerful. They love with a ferocity that will overwhelm you to understand how a love like theirs could prevail.
“Yeah, Fiona. It’s loud out there, like I said. In here? With you? In here, it’s quiet.”
There is so much that this book speaks to that I cannot even begin to describe. The depth of this story is felt through its deeply moving words and emotions. Its power lies in the souls of Nik and Fiona.
Emma Scott’s characters are painted with vibrant colors. They are truly extraordinary. Electrifying. To say I am moved by the power of the words crafted by this skillful author, and their existence would be an understatement. The author has written with purpose. These characters give weight to her words. Weight. This entails that her words are written with substance and depth. Her words are written with meaning and resolve. This is the author who always gives a voice to those silenced by their circumstance. To the unloved and unwanted. To those that strive to live in the darkness. You are heard. I see you. As Nik and Fiona suffered through their trials in silence. And even as loudly as they loved without words, I heard them.
“I want to walk in the sunshine with you.”
The breath of life in this story and in the characters is seen by the beauty in their actions. Tormented, forgotten, these two lost souls felt a unequivocal connection the moment they meet. But it doesn't stop there. There is no insta love. It's the soulful kind. Their circumstances should’ve made them stay away. But like magnets, they were tethered to each other. But isn’t that what love does? It makes you brave? Doesn't love fight to stay where it belongs? Their love did. And more. Their love was chaos, yet unyielding. Treacherous. But isn't love worth that fall? Their love is strength. Undaunting. Bold and valiant. Enthralling and phenomenally written, Sugar & Gold is easily one of my most unforgettable reads this year.
About the Author
Emma Scott writes romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. Emma loves to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we all do in real life. She digs realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. She also loves to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as possible, but with big smooshy HEAs. Emma believes in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. She adores sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.
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