How many days do I need to wait before Sugar Rush is out??
Yes. I knew going in that Sugar Daddy was going to end in a cliffy and was anticipating it, wondering what would be the catalyst for that shoe to drop and just where things would be put on pause, but that doesn’t negate the fact that I did the “Whoa...wait that can’t be the end?!?” thing while tapping the screen on my Kindle because I NEEDED more than just that. But, alas, that’s where it ends and I must now practice patience.
Despite the title, and the very pretty and bright cover, Sugar Daddy has a dark edge to it due to Sela being gang raped at sixteen and the vengeance she wants to dole out to the ones who brutalized her, so if either are triggers for you, you may want a pass on this one. But while the undercurrent of the story is dark, there are times when you do forget about it, Sela’s end goal, because of Beck and Sela and the way that their relationship evolves.
I really liked Sela and Beck. Sela is a survivor and has worked very hard to claw her way out of the darkness and live. Admittedly, she is only living a half life and she herself will tell you that her view of relationships and intimacy are warped, but she hasn’t curled up and died. And though I don’t agree with murder, I can’t blame her and actually admire the steps she went through in preparation to put her plan into action.
Beck is that guy who on the surface looks like he has it all. He grew up with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, had a great education, and is co-owner in a company that is blowing up and making him lots of money. And all of that is true, but underneath it he’s that hard working good guy with a strong moral compass, even if he has questionable taste in friends. He’s honest about what he wants and expects the same out of those around him.
Even though Sela’s initial intent is to use Beck to get to JT, a true connection between them starts to form, which surprises the hell out of both of them, and she starts to question if her end goal is worth it. I have to say that I really enjoyed the way Sela and Beck’s relationship evolved. It was sweet, sexy and honest. There is an ‘insta’ feel to it, but as always Ms. Bennett makes it work because she shows you just how compatible the two characters are, outside of the blazing hot sexual chemistry. She gives you those moments that make you swoon as they show us and each other their hearts and souls and make you want them to have that elusive HEA.
As always, the writing was spot on. I was hooked from the first page and loved getting to know Beck and Sela. And that cliffhanger, as frustrating at is was it was done perfectly. There were so many ways it could have been handled but leaving things there just upped my need to get my hands on Sugar Rush even more.
~ ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
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 business partner.
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!
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 lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.
Sawyer likes her Bloody Mary’s strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.