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 readers guessing. – Richard LaBonte, Book Marks