Four wives convinced that their husbands need to be shaken out of their complacency. One handsome country club tennis pro/male escort (if TV hasn’t lied to us, most handsome country clubs tennis pros are male escorts, or at least ripe for many a lucrative affair). So. What if Jess, Delia, Maizy and Carras employ the delectable “abs for miles” Parker Yung to act as though he is smitten with them, to fuel their husband’s possessive urges? Might that be a good thing to do?
Of course, a ruse so elaborate could only go wrong, but that is half of the fun of this book – waiting for the other shoe to drop. Because while their husbands – sportswriter Tom is kind but attentive; Gage has asked for an open marriage; Anders is a self-righteous ass; and Stuart is just kind of nerdy and grateful all the time – may be in need of a wake-up call, these women need one as well.
Their perfect, privileged lives in Atlanta’s ritzy Sugar Hills neighborhood are about to get stirred up because none of them know how to tell their husbands what they want and need. There is something voyeuristic about this book, about seeing comeuppance come to those who court disaster, but there are also some very pointed lessons to be gleaned in these very comedic pages.
And it’s written so well, so engagingly, and each woman is given such a unique voice and character, that it is a pure delight to see this beautiful mess unfold. Bring on Book 2! – Rachel Hyland
Sugar Street by M. J. Pullen
Sugar Street #1
Freshwater Ink | Women’s Fiction | August 7, 2018
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