As Good as the First Time (Sugar Lake #1) by K.M. Jackson #bookreview #contemporary #romance

Title: As Good as the First Time

Author: K.M. Jackson

Publisher: Dafina

Publication Date: October 30, 2018

Page Count: 336

My rating: 3 stars

About the book:

True to its name, the small southern town of Sugar Lake is a sweet place to visit—and you might even want to live there . . .

With her big-city career and relationship in sudden free fall, Olivia Gale isn’t sure where she belongs. So when her help is needed at Goode ʼN Sweet, the family bakery in Sugar Lake, she jumps at the chance to indulge her pie-making hobby while getting her life back on track. Olivia’s not looking for any distractions. Even if the boy who once left her without a word is now a grown man with intriguing secrets—and the same tempting hold on her heart . . .

A firefighter and single dad, Clayton Morris is trying hard to fix his past mistakes. He thought he was doing the right thing by leaving Olivia—and now he’s sure he has nothing to offer the accomplished woman she’s become. But ignoring the sparks between them is impossible. And as unexpected surprises and hard choices endanger their fragile reunion, they’ll have to decide which direction to take if they want to find the road back to love . . .


As Good as the First Time by K.M. Jackson is the first book in the new contemporary romance Sugar Lake series. This opener of the small town romance series has the big city girl returning to the small town for a second chance with her old sweetheart.

Olivia Gale had been working at a good job in New York and had a boyfriend she thought things were going well with until in the course of one day she loses both. A victim of downsizing she doesn’t even get the chance to get the news out before her boyfriend ends things abruptly.

However, right after Olivia gets a day full of bad news the family gets a phone call from Sugar Lake where her aunt needs help running the Goode N’ Sweet bakery after an accident. Olivia volunteers to go help out but is joined by her sister as the pair heads to Sugar Lake where Olivia runs into Clayton Morris who had left Olivia broken hearted years ago.

Now normally I’m all about the small town romances but for some reason this one didn’t grab me the way I’d like. Perhaps it was starting with the abrupt relationship ending which always makes me question why a character jumps from one relationship to another or perhaps it was the constant bickering between the sisters and lots of other small town drama but I never really felt the romance shined in this story or connected to the characters very well. It’s not a bad book but I think it tried a bit too hard to cover a lot of often used tropes and just didn’t grab the emotion side of a story.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

A native New Yorker, K.M. Jackson spent her formative years on the ‘A’ train where she had two dreams: 1) to be a fashion designer and 2) to be a writer. After spending over ten years designing women’s sportswear for various fashion houses, this self-proclaimed former fashionista took the leap of faith and decided to pursue her other dream of being a writer. An award-winning contemporary romance writer, K.M.’s self-published novel, Bounce, won the Golden Leaf for best novel with strong romance elements from the New Jersey chapter of Romance Writers of America. She was also named Author of the Year by the New York chapter of Romance Writers of America.

A mother of twins, K.M. currently lives in a suburb of New York with her husband, family, and a precocious terrier named Jack that keeps them all on their toes. When not writing, she can be found on Twitter @kwanawrites, on Facebook at and on her website at

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