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Summary

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 US 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 19, 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.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Emma Scott (P)2017 Tantor

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sugar and gold

lovely story, with a fab twist , I loved the characters and seeing them grow.
Kaitlyn Kelly is amazing as the narrator as always.

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Superb book and audiobook

Beautifully narrated. I’d read the book, being a huge fan of Emma Scott. If an audiobook is well narrated, it enhances the story so much, so this was an absolute pleasure to listen to. Highly recommend it.

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 21-10-17

Do you believe?

I have to admit that I bought this audiobook on a whim and I’m so glad that I did! This unusual story about two people who are tortured by the past was riveting. The hero, Nickolai, is psychic and has been trying to cope with hearing everyone’s emotions by traveling constantly all over on his motorcycle. The heroine is a young woman running from her husband who has verbally beat her down until she hears his voice in her head all the time telling her how she doesn’t measure up. They meet by accident at a club and she takes him home, where he finds that she quiets the chaos when he’s with her. She starts to see that she’s more than what her husband told her so often. Can they make a life out of a one night stand? Great narration as well.

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  • whatcha.listening.to
  • 25-11-19

Sugar & Gold

I made it to Chapter 14, overall it's a good story just too slow for my liking. I wanted to really love this story, I think maybe if the bones of the story would have been shone a little sooner and the connection and truth a little stronger.

I don't normally review books I don't finish but I wanted to jot down a few notes for myself. So take this with a grain of salt.

I might try this again down the road it could very well be my mood.
The narration I can say is fantastic,

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  • Ashley Hermann
  • 31-10-17

Sugar and Gold

Kind and of a different story line, be pretty good overall, kept you tuned in. Once you were invested, it was hard to put down.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-05-19

An exquisite journey!

This is a powerful narrative about two people who, despite being broken and unsure of themselves, find each other create something beautiful between them. The writing is highly evocative -- you feel everything they do. If you are wrestling with similar demons, you just might find some closure, or perhaps move closer to peace. Emma Scott, thank you for writing this. You are phenomenal!

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  • 11-09-21

Love this series

This series was great. I loved the special abilities the men have and how they found their ways in the world and with themselves. More please. Please!
With this particular book tho I had trouble with Fiona being a little too whiny and emotionally weak. You can be passive and insecure with yourself because of emotional trauma and be strong at the same time. I was frustrated with her lack of support and belief for the man she loved. Believing in psychic and seeing auras shouldn’t have been such a negative thing.
Joe Arden was spectacular as always! I enjoy books he narrates and seek him out. Unfortunately Caitlin Kelly just added to the weakness of this character’s personality and I switched from audiobook to kindle when it came to her chapters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-03-21

Beautiful

I thought this story was absolutely beautiful, like pouring gold into your heart and soul. This was a first for me on this author definitely will not be the last very heartfelt story very well narrated beautifully done.

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  • SashaSays
  • 26-11-20

Sugar & Gold was everything I hoped it would be

Each time Emma Scott creates a new novel, and new characters, I am so grateful that I will be treated again to her magical talent- and she NEVER disappoints! Sugar & Gold was everything I hoped it would be and MORE. Her writing is so captivating- and so emotional- and her characters are so well-developed. Nikolai and Fiona..... what a journey! I always find her books impossible to put down- they are the ones I binge read, on an absolute tear to keep discovering what comes next, and then, once that's done, I go back and re-read at a calm pace so that I can soak up as much of her magic as I can. I know that I will re-read this one again soon- it was just that PERFECT. Joe Arden and Caitlin Kelly were fantastic!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-09-20

who doesn't want there own tattooed bad boy

I loved how this book had a little mystery and you fell in love with and was rooting for nick to get the girl and control his special ability instead of it controlling him.

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  • 🎧 Romance Junkie 🎧
  • 10-09-20

Good but a little slow at times

I enjoyed this book. I liked the aspect of the gift Nikolai has. I think Fiona reaction to his gift was a little over the top and irrational. I liked the HEA. Steamy 4 star listen.

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  • Christina Arblaster
  • 10-09-20

Absolutely unbelievable

This book..... THIS book!! It kept my attention, it tugged at my heart strings, it made me hope, it made me cry..... to say I loved this book is an understatement.