Title: Sugar Daddy (Sugar Bowl, Book #1)
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: May 24, 2016
Synopsis: Sela Halstead lost her innocence in a way that no sixteen-year-old should ever have to endure. She’s spent years trying to forget that night even while wondering about the identities of the monsters who brutalized her—until a telltale tattoo flashes across Sela’s TV screen. The incriminating ink belongs to Jonathon Townsend, the millionaire founder of The Sugar Bowl, a website that matches rich older men with impressionable young women. Obsessed with revenge, Sela infiltrates Townsend’s world, only to come face-to-face with a tantalizing complication: Beckett North, his charismatic businesspartner. The tech mastermind behind The Sugar Bowl, Beck always gets what he wants, in business and in bed. And yet, for a man who’s done every dirty thing imaginable, there’s something about the naïve, fresh-faced Sela that sparks his hottest fantasies. Because with her, it’s not just about sex. Beck opens up to her in ways he never has with other girls. So why does he get the feeling that she’s hiding something? In a world of pleasure and power, the shocking truth could turn them against each other—or bind them forever. Note: Sugar Daddy ends on a cliffhanger. Sela and Beck’s story continues in Sugar Rush and Sugar Free!
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25573737-sugar-daddy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time
Review Copy Provided by Publisher vis NetGalley
I finished Sugar Daddy last night and have been "stewing" on it ever since trying to figure out how to rate it. On one hand, I loved it. It's a story that runs the emotional gamut with characters that you relate to. On the other hand, I hated it. It's a cliff hanger of epic proportions that will take 2 more books to resolve the story.
Sela is a rape survivor who has been emotionally fragile since her attack 10 years ago. When an entertainment news report awakens a memory of her attack and attacker, she decided to get revenge.
Beck is the technical mind behind the quasi dating service Sugar Daddy, matching wealthy, lonely men with young women looking for financial gain. Sela attends a mixer intending to exact her revenge, but finds Beck instead.
The story that follows in alternately incredibly sweet and terribly sad. Beck doesn't believe in commitment, but his connection to Sela won't be denied, so he approaches her with a deal. She is attracted to him, but agrees for the payout and potential to get her revenge. Ms. Bennett did a wonderful job of guiding these two through the initial slightly stiff "sugarship" moments to reach the beginnings of a real relationship. Watching both characters blossom under the care of someone who seemed to not have an agenda was refreshing. I really rooted for Sela when she was trying to decided if the potential happiness with Beck could outweigh the relief revenge might bring.
But, all of those sweet moments are overshadowed by the fact that Sela has been lying to Beck from the day they met. Will that fact allow them to have a real relationship? How will she handle the fact that his business partner is her rapist? We will have to wait to find out the answer to those questions.
I really did enjoy meeting Sela and Beck - I am looking forward to seeing what happens for them next, BUT, I will say that this is the type of book I would have preferred to read when all three volumes have been published. The story is so good that it's hard to leave it behind and wait to see what happens next.
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Purchase Sugar Daddy:
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Pre-Order the remaining Sugar Bowl books now! Sugar Rush (releasing 8/2/16): Amazon: http://amzn.to/1WFjBo2
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Sugar Free (releasing 10/11/16):
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About the Author:
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions. A reformed trial