Published January 31, 2005
Kallmaker crafts her fiction 20-plus romance, fantasy, and
erotica titles, and counting — at a prodigious rate (three books
are scheduled for 2005). Given her fan base, she's review-proof.
Damning a Kallmaker won't hinder sales. Kudos won't sell more copies.
Nevertheless, praise is due. Sugar is a literary snack as
delectable as the fabulous desserts created by struggling—and,
sadly, single—Seattle chef Sugar Sorenson.
Life is dire for Sugar, forced from her illegal rental by fire,
badgered by her three straight sisters because of her fecklessness,
and dependant on her homophobic aunt for refuge. True to the tradition
of Kallmaker romances, however, all ends well. Jesus has spoken
to her aunt, who has taken tolerance to heart. Sugar's sisters are
more sympathetic to her plight — and to her lesbianism—than expected.
And, lo,life is suddenly sweet for Sugar. She has three sultry suitors:
an aggressive TV producer, a sympathetic social worker, and a hunky
female firefighter. It's a given that one of the three fans
the flames of love, though the able author quite skillfully keeps
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The author dwells flavorfully on Sugars
own work sculpting with cake layers, ganache, and fondant; the detailed
descriptions of baked good had me ready to bike immediately to the
local café for a triple-chocolate-chip cookie.
Kallmaker also aptly describes the lesbian
dating dances mixed signalsare these women asking Sugar
out for coffee to express concern because her home just burned down,
because theyre interested in her career, or because theyre
attracted to her? Sugars interior monologue about her suitors
intentions is amusing and real, if bordering on obsessive at times.
And the book contains one of my favorite descriptions of a bad romantic
experience, when Sugar says to Charlie:
She said you two dated.
Charlies eyes flew open. We did not. We met at agreed-upon
places and argued.
Despite its occasionally sticky prose and
fem-bot cover, which looks like something stolen from a bestseller
on the chick lit list, Sugar is a sweet little read.
WomanSpace, June 2006
Sugar is an apt title for this little book of fluff from
author Kallmaker. It's light, sweet and easily read. That's not
bad praise for an upbeat romance that begins with a house fire that
threatens a woman's livelihood... This book doesn't pretend to be
anything other than fluff, but sometimes, that's what you want and
Wishing Well, August/September, 2005
This cute novel held me entralled wondering who cake designer Sugar
Sorenson would end up with — beautiful TV producer Emily Dorsett,
hunky butch firefighter Charlie Bronson, or wonderful Goddess-child
Tree Racine. Though plagued with a run of bad luck, events transpire
to bring Sugar a sense of her own worth as a woman and as a family-member
and put her in the sights of these three enchanting women.
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Even when Karin Kallmaker tries to whip up some bit of frothy dessert — as in Sugar — she still spins out a sweet — but not saccharine — story.
March 11, 2005
Sugar is another delightful romance from a great lesbian
romance writer. Kallmaker has won the Lambda Literary Award for
Maybe This Time (also published by Bella Books). With Sugar
she gives the reader a light, frothy story that is just possibly
as light as the cakes made by the main character.
Sugar, the youngest of four sisters, has started a business of her
own. She makes one of a kind three dimensional cakes that take any
form requested. She has made cakes that look like beloved cats,
fishing lures, and everything in between. Unfortunately, her home
and bakery burn down, along with her lap top computer and her recipe
Note from the author
Sugar was inspired years ago by a specialty cake decorator featured in
a program about women entrepreneurs. I was fascinated by her artistry
and the wedding and party cakes she designed. When the Food Network
began airing "Ace of Cakes" I was thrilled — it would
be Sugar's dream job, wielding fondant and a sharp knife to create
works of art that happen to be really tasty cakes.