Review: Cup of Sugar (Close To Home #1) by Karla Doyle

Cup of Sugar


Nia has one rule—don’t date neighbors. Simple, except the guy next door is single, handsome, and not inclined to close his blinds while naked. When her car dies, Conn takes “being neighborly” to a new level by offering a ride to her long-distance destination. Nia has resisted his looks and charm for months. Surely she can handle a few hours in his truck…

For months, Conn has blatantly put himself on display, hoping his pretty blonde neighbor would tire of secretly watching and come knock on his door for a cup of sugar-or more. No such luck—until an unusual opportunity arises. After a six-hour drive turns into a sweet-and-sexy weekend, Conn wants more than neighborly status with Nia. To get it, he must convince her to break the rule protecting her heart—by putting his on the line.

*hot contemporary romance with some explicit sexual content*


Rules are meant to be broken and if he was my neighbor, I would break them all… I just adored this book. I only wish I had a neighbor like Conn… Alas, my reality is not as fortunate. But this book just made me happy.

Nia has spent the last eight months avoiding her neighbor. She is never going to make that mistake again. She owns this house and nothing is going to make her run from it, not even the super hot neighbor. She will be content to be alone forever with her picture perfect view. She will not fall for another neighbor, no matter how hot, talented or amazing he is… wait… what?!?!

That’s right; she fled her last apartment to get away from her ex because things didn’t work out. She doesn’t want to do that again. She bought this house and she likes it. But there is something about that neighbor. He is amazing. He is hot. He also has a lot of women coming in and out of his house. UGH!

Conn has tried everything he can think of to get his neighbors attention. There is something about her and he wants to get to know her. He is determined. So when an opportunity like this presents itself, he is going to take it. And oh the journey it will be.

Her car won’t start. She has some place to be. He will take her, in his truck. It doesn’t matter where; he will be the one to take her there. She really didn’t expect him to take her on a six hour drive to her parent’s house in a snow storm. But he did… of course I did mention a snow storm. So six hours or 24, they were going to make the journey together.

The only problem is that she has this rule. The Rule. She is not going to break it even after the long drive. She is not going to give in to what her body wants (and it definitely wanted him). She is going to get to her destination and send him on his way back home. Of course, things don’t always happen and then there are things that happen that you can’t control.

Yes, I knew what the ultimate outcome of this story would be, but what I wasn’t expecting was how amazing Conn was. I loved the characters, the family, the bond and a good old fashion road trip. With that said, I thought Nia was being a bit dramatic with her “rule” but the heart and the mind don’t always work the same way, and in this case it was for the betterment of the story. I loved that. I loved the chemistry and the attraction between the two characters. I loved the friendly banter and not so friendly banter with her family. I loved her sister. I loved so much about this book, yes; I even loved the furniture and the windows.

This book just made me smile and made me happy. It is a great read: fun, flirty, sexy and sweet. I just want more of this kind of book.




One response to “Review: Cup of Sugar (Close To Home #1) by Karla Doyle

  1. Hi Stephanie!

    Thank you for reading & taking the time to review Cup of Sugar! I’m so happy you enjoyed Conn & Nia’s story! 🙂

    Since you mentioned Nia’s sister… Sara’s book is Icing on the Cake, and it comes out June 20th. 🙂

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