Thursday, June 15, 2017

Blog Tour & Reviews - Sugar & Gold by Emma Scott


Title: Sugar & Gold
 Author: Emma Scott
Release Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
 "I loved you before. I will love you forever."

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Sugar & Gold Blurb:
"I loved you before. I will love you forever." 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.

Sugar & Gold Excerpt:
She breathed a genuine laugh and held my gaze. Everything about her was pink; her drink, her hair, the bright halo of glimmering dust that surrounded her.
Kindness, compassion, charity. Those were the feelings I associated with pink.
I hadn’t seen it this strong in anyone in a long time.
Fiona clinked her glass to my bottle. "Thanks for taking care of my over-eager dance partner, Nik. And for the drink."
She sipped her Cosmo. "Not much of a talker, are you?" Her eyes were impossibly bright, her smile showing a broad mouth and full lips.
"Club’s not a great place for talk," I said.
"True," she said, "but here we are."

Here we are…

A short silence fell.
"Nik," Fiona mused. "Nik, Nik," she said again, in a light, sing-song manner. "Short for Nicholas?"
"Nikolai," I said.
"Oh, I like that." Her colors warmed and sweetened, like an invitation, drawing me closer. "Are you Russian? You don’t have an accent."
"My mother is."
"Do you speak it?"
"Yeah," I said. "I picked some up."
She scooted closer on her seat. "Say something in Russian."
"Like what?"
"I’m not picky. I can’t speak a word so anything is going to sound good."
I thought for a second and then spoke aloud the only thought I had in my head.
"Ti samaya krasivaya devushka na svete."
Fiona’s smile widened and the bright wisps of her happiness wrapped around me. I wanted to take in more of it. Which made no sense at all. With other women, their scents were so often cloying and unwanted like the air wasn’t mine to breathe.

What the fuck is wrong with you? Get a grip.

I sucked down a long swig of beer. Fiona watched me, her eyebrows raised, then she laughed. "Um, Nik? You realize you’re supposed to tell me what you said, right?"
I shrugged and my lips twitched. "Don’t remember."
Fiona laughed again. "Liar."
We both took a sip from our drinks and let a little silence fall between us. A nice silence.
"That was lovely, your Russian," Fiona said eventually. "Whatever you said, it sounded…sexy."
My gaze swung to her eyes. "Yeah?"
She tucked a lock of hair behind her ear. "Yeah. I was going to say something harmless like ‘unique’ or ‘exotic’, but I’d rather be honest with you, Nikolai. I don’t like playing games." Her brow furrowed slightly. "I don’t like it at all."
I sensed a shadow starting to creep over her. Something old and full of pain. Driving it away suddenly became my only goddamn purpose in life.
"I guess you’re not going to like me much then," I said. "I play games constantly. Every day."
A smile crept over her lips. "Is that so?"
"Sure," I said. "Omaha, Texas Hold’em, stud, draw, lowball, high-low split…"
She laughed, flaring pink again, and the shadow around her retreated. "A joke and a smile too. I was beginning to wonder if you ever smiled."
I shrugged. "It happens."
"And those games, they’re all poker, right? You play poker every day?"
"Not every day. Most days."
"For a living?"
"No, I’m a…" I coughed. "I’m a salesman. Motorcycle parts. I travel a lot for the job, and finding poker games in each city is sort of my hobby."

My standard lie, though I hated laying it on her. I knew plenty of grinders who lived off their poker winnings, but that was for the love of the game. I played because thanks to the ken it was easy to win, and I’d never cared that it was cheating. It was the only way to put my strange ability to use that I knew of, and it allowed me to give a big fuck you to the universe for cursing me with it in the first place.

But lying to Fiona felt dirty. Even when haunted by bad memories she was luminous, while I was tatted and stained, as if the ink on my hands would bleed out and onto the white of her dress if I touched her.
She cocked her head at me, wearing a perplexed little smile. "You don’t look like a salesman." Her eyes drifted over my tattooed arms and neck, to the talons piercing my ears. "When I think of ‘traveling salesman’ I picture a middle-aged guy in a suit with a suitcase full of encyclopedias."
"No suitcase," I said. "Catalogues and order forms."
"And you travel a lot?"
"Almost non-stop."
"That sounds lonely."
"You do something long enough, you get used to it."
"I know what you mean," Fiona said, a tinge of darkness around her words—that shadow started to creep back until she buried it. "But the poker makes it fun?"
"Breaks up the monotony of the road."
"Do you make a lot of money?" she said, then laughed, beautiful in her self-consciousness. "Sorry, I’m not asking for your bank balance, I just meant, are you any good at it?"
"I’m really fucking good at it," I said.
Her eyebrows shot up and she nudged my arm with a laugh. "If you don’t say so yourself."
"Maybe I feel like being honest with you too." I could feel where she touched me, a tingling heat that was slow to fade.
"I like that." She swirled her cherry around in her drink by its stem. "So are you in town, selling motorcycle parts, for very long?"
"Couple of days."
"I hope the storm doesn’t put a damper on your business."
"It won’t."
"You’re lucky. At my job, we’ve been given the next few days off."
"You sound bummed about that."
"Every penny counts." She met my eye. "I’m moving out of the country very soon and want to save up."
I took a sip of my beer. I’d known Fiona for five minutes, but the idea of her moving any further away than her seat at the bar filled me with inexplicable dread.

What the fuck is wrong with you?

But it wasn’t what was wrong with me, anymore. It was what was right. The girl exuded a calm that danced along my skin, and when I inhaled, it was like breathing in the scent of something delicious but far away. The thrumming life all around me grew quiet. For the first time, I felt close to peace, and I wanted more.

If I touched her…

"Nikolai?" Her blush matched the color of her drink. She rested her chin in her hand. "Not to sound cheesy but you’re undressing me with your eyes."
I felt heat creep along my neck and a bumbling apology rose to my mouth. Instead, I held her gaze, leaned closer to her. "You want to know what I said to you in Russian?"
Her eyes were bright and I could feel her draw closer to me. "Yes. Tell me."
"I said that you’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen."
The deep pink of her darkened to red. Not the ugly red of hate or anger, but the heated red of intense want. Hers matched mine. I wanted that strange sense of peace she exuded, but I wanted to touch her too. To take her hard and lose myself in her completely.
Fiona held my gaze. "I don’t think that’s true, but the way you look at me…I can almost believe it. Like how you watched me on the dance floor. I liked you watching me, Nikolai. It was as if I could feel your eyes on me before I found you."

You found me…



Do you ever run across a book that just makes you smile at the end and makes you feel warm? Sugar & Gold is that book and it was simply beautiful. That ending was really sweet but it was heartwarming too.

Fiona and Nikolai are two really broken souls that come together at just the right time in their lives. One is on the verge of ending it all because his gift is killing him. Nikolai was born with the gift of feeling others emotions. They come to him in colors and it is becoming harder for him to deal with the heightened emotions. He has basically lost all hope because the coping mechanisms he has used all these years are starting to fail him. Then he meets Fiona. Their attraction is instant but more than that she brings beautiful colors to his world and she mutes the other senses around him. With Fiona he finds peace.

Fiona is also drowning. Fiona survived an abusive relationship but she is not really free. She is running instead of facing her demons and it is suffocating her. Her plans are to save enough money to run off to Costa Rica and start over. Before she leaves she decides to lose herself in a one-night stand. But meeting Nik changes her life in more ways than one. They spend three very hot nights together but this leads them on a path they didn’t see coming.

I really loved this story and couldn’t put it down. That plot twist was something I definitely didn’t see coming. I absolutely love it when an author can surprise me. Originality is key for me as a reader. I think Nik and Fiona were really beautiful souls and I just wanted to wrap them both up in my arms. The story was romantic and it was sweet without being over the top tooth ache sweet. The imagery in Sugar & Gold was also fantastic. I felt like I could see what Nik was seeing and it really made the reader understand how he felt about Fiona. Emma Scott really knows how to write a hero with a beautiful heart.

I feel the sign of a really good author is to have the ability to transport the reader and make them feel like they are in the scenes or watching a movie. Emma Scott has that talent and with the few books I have read of hers the imagery she uses stands out. She has definitely made it to my fave author list and my auto-buy list. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. Fabulous Job!

P.S. This book is a standalone. It is book two in the Dreamcatcher series but they are interconnected standalones. I didn’t feel lost having not read How to Save a Life. That being said I am definitely reading it next!


This is the third or fourth book I've read by Emma Scott, and I find myself more enthralled with her stories every time I pick one up. The way she writes her stories is just incredible and I find myself wanting to go and read everything else she's written thus far.

Fiona has been hiding from an emotionally abusive, cheating husband. His actions have left her scarred, in more ways than one. Nikolai sees people's emotions; they come out as colors and invade his mind. He rarely has a moment to himself because everyone's emotions are always pervading his senses. All that changes when he meets Fiona; somehow she dampens all that turmoil that races in his mind and gives him bursts of quiet and calm.

They agree to a three-night deal, at which point Nikolai leaves for his "job". He quickly finds that he can't stay away and decides that he wants to explore things with Fiona. He's a bit hesitant, as he's not sure how to reveal his ability to Fiona without freaking her out. He realizes he needs to do this because he's getting more glimpses of her past and can't fathom all the things she's been through. Fiona doesn't react well to his confession, believing he was somehow sent by her husband. The fall out from their confrontation is unexpected and disastrous.

I loved getting the glimpses of Jo & Evan from How to Save a Life and how Evan helps Nikolai to use his abilities in more ways than one. The characters in this story are rich and developed. They may show weakness, but they are strong. In the end, I loved how the story ended. I'm really hoping the author continues with this series; I'd love to see Nik & Evan working together and for Jo & Fiona to support each other.

Very well done! One of my favorites this year!

Author Bio:

Emma Scott writes romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. And love always wins. Always.

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