“Packed away the dresses, heels and the innuendo,” sounds like a move to the suburbs. Instead, it’s Katherine Humphries mantra to finding true love in Sugar and Other Luxuries by Everly Scott. It is a familiar tale of overcoming one’s vacillation and finding love along the way. Riddled with cliché and insecurity, Katherine pledges to turn her dating life around, i.e., “make dating her bitch.” Her body is beautiful and to hell with anyone that says differently. I can’t argue with that, but she’s a bit antagonistic and contrary as she waxes incessantly about dress size (for the record, she’s a size 10), weight, and the superficiality of LA. Yes, many of us obsess about these things, but me thinks it’s the chip on her shoulder that is weighing her down rather than the extra dessert. So is she relatable? Yes. Endearing? Less so. Scott attempts to interject some humor into Katherine, but it doesn’t connect as the jokes feel familiar, kind of like Amy Schumer’s comedy, humorous, but you’ve heard it before and done better. Sugar and Other Luxuries, is not long (bonus), but the story drags nonetheless, and the tedium doesn’t improve when the guy of her dreams shows up. Skip it.
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