REVIEW – SUGAR & GOLD (Dreamcatcher, #2) by Emma Scott


***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.



*****Dee’s Review*****

6++++ Colorful Stars******

Sugar & Gold is one of those stories I like to call 3D. Why? you ask; because I could feel the words with every single one of my senses as I was reading. I was able to smell the storm raging inside the story and even see the colors and feel the love wrapping me in a big, tight hug. Just magical…



Nik is a man who’s always been running. He has been trying to break free from his past and the ability to feel everything around him so vividly. He is a tortured guy who doesn’t understand why he was chosen to suffer through all the ugly of this world. Until one day he meets a beautiful girl with pink colored hair that looks and feels like the calm after the storm.

Fiona is also running. She’s counting down the days until she can escape to paradise. She lives a simple and happy life but even though she fled her past life which was full of pain, she still feels trapped by the memories.

Nik and Fiona met on a night where chaos was all around them, yet they felt like they had finally arrived home, in each other’s presence. What came next was a whirlwind of passion and color so blinding, both of them were helpless to the emotions that were building and bringing them together.

Just like there are beautiful emotions between Nik and Fiona, there are also secrets. Heavy secrets neither of the them are ready to unveil. But what happens when everything they been hiding comes crashing down?


This story was so different from anything else I’ve ever read and I loved it. I can always count on Emma Scott to bring me something unique and unexpected. I love that she doesn’t follow a recipe when it comes to her books, she follows her heart and it shines through her beautiful stories. Her books are the kind that makes people happy.

Sugar & Gold is the second book in this series, but it can totally be read as a standalone. You’ll meet Evan while reading this book and you are going to love him. And if like me, you are immediately drawn to him and want to know more about his story you can buy How To Save A Life today. Bellow is the link.



*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 LOVE AND HOPE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

Love and hope. She had given me so much of both, my heart was full of love for her…and a gratitude greater than thank you.



Emma Scott is one of those authors that I would put in a class all her own. Her stories are never predictable and her characters are quite unique and eclectic. The main characters in SUGAR & GOLD come from different worlds and yet they have so much in common that it seems they were destined to be soulmates. They were two pieces of an intricate puzzle that fit together perfectly. The first half of the story flows smoothly and I almost fell into the trap of thinking that I knew what was going to happen next but then the author shakes things up majorly in the latter half and it was all I could do to keep myself from taking a peek at the last page to find out how everything works out in the end. Get ready to be totally consumed by this story!

Fiona Starling lives a simple life in a small town outside of Savannah, Georgia. She works at a landscape and garden shop and is happy with her tiny apartment and pet canary, Lemony. She has a few friends who have become family to her and who would do anything to protect her from harm. But Fiona has a secret past that she keeps bottled up inside. Fiona is a fighter and she hasn’t had an easy life. Demons from her past haunt her on almost a daily basis but somehow she finds a way to persevere. Her love life has been non-existent for several years and one night she decides to take matters into her own hands and goes to a local club in search of a man to take care of some of her needs. It only takes a few minutes for her to cross paths with one sexy as hell stranger, who has no problems going back to her place with her.

Nikolai Young is a loner who travels from city to city, looking for illegal poker games so that he can make some serious cash. He has a “gift” that enables him to read people’s “tells” during card games. Nik doesn’t have a place he calls home, nor does he have the love and support of any family or friends. At times he struggles to fight his desire to end it all. He too is haunted by memories from his past and by the abandonment from those who should have loved him the most. When he sees Fiona at the club it’s like she is a shining beacon that he is inexplicably drawn to. The two share one of the most passionate nights of their lives but when the sun comes up and their one night of lust has come to an end, neither is too eager to say goodbye. When Nik and Fiona are together they both experience happiness and a sense of peace that they’ve never felt before and soon enough a passing fling turns into a life-altering relationship.

With each passing day, their feelings for each other grow deeper and it’s not what either of them wanted or expected to happen. Both Fiona and Nik are holding back major pieces of their lives from each other and once secrets are revealed the story goes through twists and turns that I could never have predicted would happen. That’s what makes this author truly one of the best!! From that moment on I was on the edge of my seat, stressing over what was to become of these two beautiful characters!!

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