by Emma Scott
Genres: Romance, Fantasy
Series: Dream Catcher #2
***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. (
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review and did not influence my opinion of the book.
I am a huge fan of lyrical writing. I am a sucker for the poetic, but sometimes authors get so intricate with their word choice the story gets lost. If I have to spend more time trying to decipher the meaning of a sentence than enjoying the story, I call it a day. So while I love flowery, expressive and descriptive writing, I tend to be more strict on my critic of books where authors use this type of writing style.
Fortunately, that is not the case with Emma Scott. Her writing is fluid, lyrical and beautiful. Her sentences intrigue. Her words captivate.
❝The onslaught of all that life hit me like an acid trip that wouldn’t quit.❞
Nikolai Alexei Young is a man trapped by the thoughts and feelings of others. He can’t stop the onslaught of their “noise” or “colors”. He rides from town to town, never staying in one place too long. He wants something that’s his. Something he can feel. Something that will quiet his soul.
❝So much misery in the world… And all of it shoved down my throat, every waking hour of my life.❞
Having escaped a tumultuous relationship, Fiona Starling is determined to start over, on her terms. She’s been slowly and meticulously building the life she wants. She trusts only a few. She is caring, giving and has an empathetic soul that shines so bright, she calms the one man who was only meant to be a one-night-stand.
This story was magical and unpredictable and the characters were special. Full disclosure here… I have not yet read ‘How To Save a Life’ (the first book in this series). I do have it on audio but have not had the time to really enjoy listening to it. However, after having finished this book, I immediately “ran” to Amazon and one-clicked it.
‘Sugar & Gold’ is a second chance romance with a paranormal element, it is a must read this summer!