Spoiler Alert: Review of Welcome to Sugartown
I love reading novels set in Australia. Australians have always had a special place in my heart, and I love reading about their country in fiction and nonfiction.
“Welcome to Sugartown” was promoted on one of the romance/chick lit Facebook pages I subscribe to, and I eagerly downloaded it. I think Carmen Jenner has a great deal of talent, and she has a gift for creating characters and plot.
Not a newcomer to motorcycle romance, I’ve enjoyed Kristen Ashley’s Chaos motorcycle books, though I’m not a fan of Sons of Anarchy. The violent and scary world of biker groups like SOA are a big trend in romance/erotica right now, and it takes a subtle hand to find a compromise in presenting them realistically in a romance novel. (And I can’t believe I just wrote that…).
The sexual violence of Welcome to Sugartown completely turned me off, hence the one star, which I regretfully assigned this book. I can’t handle rape and romance in the same novel. It’s like an old fashioned phonograph that suddenly has the needle arm knocked off a record.
Jenner’s plotline took a direction in prison which I found unrealistic, considering the hero’s involvement in murder and rival gang activity in prisons. This is a tremendously hard subject to write about, I give her credit for trying, just missing the mark.