Sugar & Gold
Dreamcatcher Series – Book 2
By Emma Scott
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 STANDALONE new adult romance with shades of the paranormal. Intended for readers 18 and up.
I have been counting down the days for Sugar & Gold by Emma Scott to release. After reading How To Save A Life and her other novels, Emma Scott has become one of my favorite authors. She has a unique gift of creating an interesting and entertaining story that takes her characters on an emotional journey before they can grasp their destinies in life. While their life destinies may not change the world , their purpose was meant to touch others in some way and leave a lasting impression. It could be through simple human kindness to mystical abilities that help others or it could simply be leaving a gift of beauty through art. Whatever the subject matter Emma Scott chooses for her novels the reader is touched to their very soul and experiences the emotional journey right along with the characters. The reader walks away with lasting impression. Sugar & Gold is another great addition to her breathtaking collection of novels.
Nikolai Alexei Young is a powerful empath. His special ability is more of a curse rather than a gift. He has no control over his gift nor can he shut it down. It is his one constant in life. No matter how far he runs his gift is two steps ahead of him. Because his gift is so unique and unusual, his childhood was spent in a mental hospital. His adult life has become nothing but endless drifting. His future is bleak and filled with emptiness. He has difficulties in deciphering his own emotions from those he absorbs on a constant basis. His mind and soul never rests. His constant thoughts lean more to suicide rather than a hopeful future. He’s reached his breaking point when he rolls into a small coastal Georgia town near Savannah and meets Fiona Starling.
Fiona Starling has one goal in her life. She wants to move to Costa Rica and drop out of society. She’s running from her past and living in constant fear. She’s very close to reaching that goal when she decides to allow herself a one night stand and one night of pleasure. When she meets Nikolai her idea of a one night stand could be extended but not permanently.
Nikolai has never been around an individual that gives him peace. Every moment with Fiona is a breath of fresh air. He wants to stay with her indefinitely . He wants to be a part of her future in Costa Rica. He hasn’t told her about his secret and past experience has proven that his secret pushes people away. Can he let down his guard with Fiona? When he finally tells her the truth will she still see him with the same eyes?
When the Nikolai’s secret is finally out, it sends both of their lives in a downward spiral. Fiona’s secrets are catching up with her. Nikolai is the only person that can save her and even that may be impossible.
Two souls bound together. Two souls that are fragile and beyond repair find the glue to hold their fractured hearts together. It will take a miracle and some mystical intervention to save both of their lives.
Once again Emma Scott had me enraptured. I could not put this book down. If you have read her previous novel How To Save A Life you will appreciate this book all the more.
About Emma Scott
Emma Scott is a writer, marathon runner, and caffeine addict, who lives and writes in the California Bay Area. She has two smart, feisty little girls, a super-supportive husband, and is a demonstrated fan of the Oxford comma. She is also an unabashed Star Wars geek and comic book enthusiast who fell into romance novels when a writing contest prompt turned a 1000-word romantic story into a full-blown novel. She also writes epic fantasy that suffers an epic word count.
She hopes you enjoy her work, encourages readers to leave feedback, and thinks it’s amusing to write about herself in the third person. And if she has a driving force the fuels her work, it’s that love always wins.