Sugar Street (Sugar Street #1)
"A glitzy romp!" - Kirkus ReviewsIn the idyllic Atlanta enclave of Sugar Mills, four women are struggling to keep their marriages alive in the hectic whirl of middle-class suburbia. Adventurous Jess adores her sportswriter husband, but he’s more likely to fall asleep than respond to her creative attempts at seduction. Delia agreed to an open marriage when she had nothing to lose; but now that the reality of her choice has settled in, she feels a void no direct sales commission can fill. Infertility has left ex-tennis star Carras feeling powerless and frustrated. PTA president Maizy is desperate for acceptance in the Sugar Mills community, and with her health-conscious husband. Enter Parker, a gorgeous young tennis pro moonlighting as a male escort. Could a little well-orchestrated jealousy cure the marital blues? Will a risky scheme put the spark back in their suburban marriages, or burn everything they’ve worked for to the ground?Playful women's fiction with relationships at its core, SUGAR STREET is a story about marriage, friendship and the wild hopes that lie beneath quiet desperation."[Pullen] systematically dismantles the contentment of her very comfortable characters while also keeping the story bouncing with zippy, involving dialogue and a fine sense of dramatic pacing. A glitzy romp that features suburban wives making unconventional—and haphazardly disastrous—attempts to break out of the safe patterns of their lives." - Kirkus Reviews

Sugar Street (Sugar Street #1) Details

TitleSugar Street (Sugar Street #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 7th, 2018
PublisherFreshwater Ink
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction

Sugar Street (Sugar Street #1) Review

  • Emily Carpenter
    January 1, 1970
    This book is sugar and spice, and so many things, some of them not so nice. With its story of women willing to do everything to save their marriages but ultimately saving themselves in the process, M.J. Pullen's SUGAR STREET sucked me in and wouldn't let me go until the very last page If you're looking for a riveting, rolicking, heartwarming story with a core of steel, don't miss this gem!
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    My Review of “Sugar Street” by M.J. Pullen Freshwater Ink Publishing Aug. 2018Can you imagine the havoc a handsome tennis teacher/ male escort for hire can do to a group of friends with problems in their marriages? Of course there is a discount for friends to utilize his services. M.J. Pullen, Author of “Sugar Street” has written a unique, satirical, enthralling novel with this premise. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The story takes place in the present , and only goe My Review of “Sugar Street” by M.J. Pullen Freshwater Ink Publishing Aug. 2018Can you imagine the havoc a handsome tennis teacher/ male escort for hire can do to a group of friends with problems in their marriages? Of course there is a discount for friends to utilize his services. M.J. Pullen, Author of “Sugar Street” has written a unique, satirical, enthralling novel with this premise. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The story takes place in the present , and only goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The setting for this story centers around an affluent town, and club. The author discusses the institution of marriage, marriage crisis, friendship, jealousy, betrayals, and unrealistic expectations and hopes.The author describes her characters as complicated, and complicated. This novel is about four women in troubled marriages, each with their problems, and an extremely handsome tennis pro , who is also a male escort. The women are friends and frenemies and agree that the idea is to make their husbands pay attention, and get jealous. No one can envision the consequences , the danger and risk that happens. I recommend this novel to those readers who appreciate dark humor and women’s fiction. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my review.EditPUBLISHED BY LINDASBOOKOBSESSION
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  • Tonya
    January 1, 1970
    Sugar Street, written by M.J. Pullen , is about the lives of four women who are friends who get invited out to lunch at the club by Belinda, the lady to know in their suburb. Before they know it, the four ladies are persuaded to spice things up a bit to get their husbands to notice them. The idea of hiring an escort (male prostitute) is a big idea to get used to but the ladies all agree they won't sleep with him... just use him to make their husband's jealous and change their dull marriages. The Sugar Street, written by M.J. Pullen , is about the lives of four women who are friends who get invited out to lunch at the club by Belinda, the lady to know in their suburb. Before they know it, the four ladies are persuaded to spice things up a bit to get their husbands to notice them. The idea of hiring an escort (male prostitute) is a big idea to get used to but the ladies all agree they won't sleep with him... just use him to make their husband's jealous and change their dull marriages. The idea seems outrageous, but it isn't long before the women find Parker's charm hard to resist and they start handing over their cash. There are a few plot twists coming up that will have your head spinning, and the men wind up involved as well...which turns up the heat in more than one relationship. Will their marriages survive the changes in these women?Parker- the dream come true hunky tennis coach who offers "premium" escort services, is more than he seems. He has the charm down and easily manages the four women one on one as well as he does in pairs. The women are all different yet he manages to form a connection with each woman. Its like the author put every woman's dream man in one man....or did they? Is their dream come true about to turn into a nightmare? What could possibly go wrong?Overall, I believe this book is well written. Pullen manages to create four in depth characters with these women...and we feel their insecurities and longing.I believe the author shows the reader rather than tells, and that is evident to me in the loneliness of Della, Carras, Delia, Jess and a few other women that we are introduced to.. The ending felt like the beginning of the next chapter and I am curious to see what changes in the lives of these strong women, and honestly in Parker's life too. Hoping the author continues the series...Thank you to NetGalley and Freshwater Ink for the advanced reader copy to read. As always, my opinions are my own.
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  • Chris Negron
    January 1, 1970
    It's so difficult to write a novel with multiple points of view well, so that each character is different and fully realized, but M.J. does it magnificently in this risqué romance. I loved how each of the characters' marriages were teetering on a foundation that was slightly cracked for different, unique, and realistic reasons, and the threads of the plot all came together brilliantly at the end. Can't wait to see what M.J. does with these characters next!
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  • Up All Night With Books
    January 1, 1970
    5 Sugary StarsReview by Lisa Late Night ReviewerUp All Night w/ Books BlogSugar and Spice and everything nice is how the saying goes, but on Sugar Street by M. J. Pullen everything is not so nice. In book one of the Sugar Street series, we get the start of things to come and I can't wait. At first I thought this story to be "long", but I was oh so wrong About a quarter way in and I was hooked taking my nook everywhere with me so that if I had a chance to read I was prepared. There is so much to 5 Sugary StarsReview by Lisa Late Night ReviewerUp All Night w/ Books BlogSugar and Spice and everything nice is how the saying goes, but on Sugar Street by M. J. Pullen everything is not so nice. In book one of the Sugar Street series, we get the start of things to come and I can't wait. At first I thought this story to be "long", but I was oh so wrong About a quarter way in and I was hooked taking my nook everywhere with me so that if I had a chance to read I was prepared. There is so much to this book.Four women living in the same community, all at different stages of their lives. All have their own marriage issues. All have secrets. But after time, their marriages have stalled, things are just not the way they use to be:Jess, whose husband travels alot, just wants the personal attention of her husband. Delia who has an open marriage, has come to realize this may not be what she wants anymore. Carras, who is struggling with being powerless to give her husband what he wishes for, a baby. Maizy, who just wants to be accepted by the community and her husband. Parker, the hot tennis pro that is also a male escort. So when these four ladies hire Parker (not to sleep with him) but to help bring that spark back with their husbands, make their men a little jealous, nothing can go wrong? Right? Nobody is going to get hurt, just show the husbands that their wives are still desirable. What do they have to lose?....Everything!!!!!What was great about this novel is the multiple points of view. You get to feel everyone's side of the story, it's not just one sided. All the details, all the different reasons as to why they are doing what they are doing. Hitting the true to life situations and the daily feelings that every woman experiences at one time or another, Ms. Pullen has done an amazing job pulling this story off. **ARC provided by author for honest review**
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Sugar Street by author M.J. Pullen is about four women who decided to make their husbands jealous in order to spice up their love life but end up making a deal with the Devil, The story is well written and even though Jess, Delia, Carras, and Maizy are not best friends, they stick together during the good and the bad of their decision. I won't post spoilers, but the story is very entertaining. The bargain the four women make could work out well, or they could lose everything, it is a gamble they Sugar Street by author M.J. Pullen is about four women who decided to make their husbands jealous in order to spice up their love life but end up making a deal with the Devil, The story is well written and even though Jess, Delia, Carras, and Maizy are not best friends, they stick together during the good and the bad of their decision. I won't post spoilers, but the story is very entertaining. The bargain the four women make could work out well, or they could lose everything, it is a gamble they are willing to take to shake up their husbands and change their married lives. Personally, I could never believe Georgia girls could be so naive as to agree to this type of arrangement, but the loyalty the women have for each other is a southern thing and it works for the story. The wonderful thing about the story is each of the women finds her own inner strength and recognizes the value of her own self-worth within the family dynamic.(Mature Themes)Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    4* Sugar and Spice StarsThis was a heart-warming story about four women trying to spice up and resurrect their marriages by using the services of Parker, who is the hot Tennis Coach at the country club but is in actual fact a male escort. The story is told from the POV’s of the four friends. The chapters alternated and were relatively short which made for interesting and quick reading. There were many laugh out loud moments as well as heartbreaking moments. The girls were very likeable, each wi 4* Sugar and Spice StarsThis was a heart-warming story about four women trying to spice up and resurrect their marriages by using the services of Parker, who is the hot Tennis Coach at the country club but is in actual fact a male escort. The story is told from the POV’s of the four friends. The chapters alternated and were relatively short which made for interesting and quick reading. There were many laugh out loud moments as well as heartbreaking moments. The girls were very likeable, each with their own baggage to deal with in their marriages. You felt their insecurities and concerns. The story had some sweet romance and some mystery to it too.I enjoyed this smart and funny read, perfect for a summer beach read.Many thanks to M.J. Pullen, Freshwater Ink and Netgalley for an advanced copy of Sugar Street to read and review.
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  • Gaylen Brainard
    January 1, 1970
    This book was full of surprises all the way to the end - A smart, funny, racy romance that peers unflinchingly into the lives of four desperate women and their relationships with their husbands... a deeply insightful and engrossing read!
  • S. B.
    January 1, 1970
    This book is begging to be turned into a movie script. While reading it I found myself picturing the action and dialogue on a screen. Even though I’m not much of a movie goer, I couldn’t help assigning actors to the characters. And what great characters there are. While the world seems to like to lump suburban housewives, especially southern ones, into a stereotype, each of the women in this book is interesting and multidimensional. While their spouses are not quite as sharply drawn, they are eq This book is begging to be turned into a movie script. While reading it I found myself picturing the action and dialogue on a screen. Even though I’m not much of a movie goer, I couldn’t help assigning actors to the characters. And what great characters there are. While the world seems to like to lump suburban housewives, especially southern ones, into a stereotype, each of the women in this book is interesting and multidimensional. While their spouses are not quite as sharply drawn, they are equally intriguing. The book centers around a group of women in the same neighborhood who love their spouses but are worried that the spark and passion has left their marriages. All of them have done the usual things we think of to fix that, to no avail. When they decide to take a drastic step, because their marriages are that important to them, things go south in an unexpected way. After the women's plan backfires spectacularly, it is tempting to think it all could have been avoided if they simply communicated their feelings to their spouses, and to judge them accordingly. But the author also makes us see that each had tried in subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) ways to let thir partners know they needed to feel desirable, valued and interesting. And the plan they set in motion seemed simple, wasn’t immoral, and didn’t have any downside - until it did. No less important than the women's relationship to their husbands is their relationship to each other, and the mores of their suburban community. This is a book I’ll read again since I flew through it the first time to find out what happened! I usually just want a good story. But in this book, as in her others, the nuances of the characters' relationships are as intriguing as the plot. I can’t wait to see the movie.
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  • Simone
    January 1, 1970
    Sugar Street is a heartfelt dramedy about a group of women on the cusp of middle age, unwilling to go down without a fight. As they feel their sexual allure starting to slip, they pull out all the stops to make sure their husbands recognize the beauty they still possess. And just when you feel this novel is an inverse sort of Stepford Wives tale, enter a diabolical character who will push these women past the point they ever wanted to go. You will laugh, you will cringe. And you will think – how Sugar Street is a heartfelt dramedy about a group of women on the cusp of middle age, unwilling to go down without a fight. As they feel their sexual allure starting to slip, they pull out all the stops to make sure their husbands recognize the beauty they still possess. And just when you feel this novel is an inverse sort of Stepford Wives tale, enter a diabolical character who will push these women past the point they ever wanted to go. You will laugh, you will cringe. And you will think – how far would I go to make sure my marriage stayed alive, vigorous, and fun?I highly recommend this book as a thought provoking romp that is at once funny, and not.
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  • Michelle Harris
    January 1, 1970
    It took me a chapter or two to really get into it, but after that I powered through. These ladies are something else.. I liked them a lot! Well written and entertaining. Enjoyed it a lot. I voluntarily read an advanced Netgally copy of this book.
  • Lisa White
    January 1, 1970
    See my full review under Up All Night With Books Blog.
  • Cole
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • M.J. Pullen
    January 1, 1970
  • Amileigh Gordon
    January 1, 1970
    #GoodreadsGiveaway
  • Katie Hansen
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book and was honored to have been able to read and review. It was such a phenomenal read and had amazing characters as well as an amazing story line. I just couldn't get enough of it and once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend that you read it.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    "Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review."Loved this book very much. It had just enough sweet romance and the storyline was great! I highly recommend!
  • Catherine Faulkenburg
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book! There were some laugh out loud moments, there are some crazy cringing moments, and there are some realistic moments. There was a bit of unevenness in the middle.. the book was chugging along and then the tone kind of changes abruptly. I look forward to the next book in the series, because there's a few plotlines that the author definitely needs to follow through with!Solid 3.5.
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