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New Release Review! SUGAR RUSH by Sawyer Bennett (Sugar Bowl #2)

Sugar Rush
by Sawyer Bennett

 

Synopsis:

In the steamy and suspenseful sequel to Sugar Daddy (“A totally gripping take on romance and revenge!”—Lauren Blakely), a heartbreaking rift threatens to unravel a dangerous alliance . . . and a fragile new love.

After posing as an escort for the Sugar Bowl online dating service, Sela Halstead is looking for one thing: payback. She’s closing in on the site’s heartless founder, Jonathon Townsend, and she needs Beckett North, Townsend’s business partner and her lover, by her side. She’d thought that their intimate nights together had forged an unbreakable bond, but after a shocking betrayal, Sela begins to doubt the brilliant bad boy. When push comes to shove, can she trust Beck to do the right thing?

Now that he understands the truth, Beck will stop at nothing to secure the reckoning Sela deserves. But between his desire for her and his disgust for JT, Beck doesn’t exactly have a lot of control over his emotional state. Left with no other choice, he must summon all his discipline to maintain JT’s trust and pretend that they’re still friends. But how far will Beck go to prove his loyalty to Sela? He nearly lost her once. To keep her, Beck might have to kill for her.

Note: Sugar Rush ends on a cliffhanger. Sela and Beck’s story concludes in Sugar Free!

 

Review:

Whoa. Sugar Rush is really very aptly named–reading it is quite a rush!

It begins pretty much exactly where Sugar Daddy ended and throws you right into the thick of things. To be honest, I started out feeling a tad bit lost, because it’s been a while since book 1 came out. (Okay, okay, it’s not really a matter of time, but the sheer amount of other stuff I’ve read in between…it’s been said that I read a lot. Which I take as a compliment, of course. That’s how it’s meant, right?) But no worries, I pulled up Sugar Daddy, re-read the ending, and was all good to go.

And go we all did–Sela, Beck, and me–right up until that OMG ending. And yep, it’s a cliffhanger. And yeah, you really do need to have read book 1 to really appreciate where they go in book 2. And gah, Sugar Free isn’t coming out until October. October!

(Note to self: check and see if it’s up on NG already, and see if there’s any room in the calendar for it before classes start on August 29. What are the chances??? ;))

Even though we left Sela and Beck in a pretty bad place at the end of Sugar Daddy, they manage to resolve their differences fairly quickly (a little too quickly, to be honest. I appreciate the path that Beck took to get there, and am all for getting the story moving, but still, he “got there” a bit too fast to be totally believable) and are soon moving full speed ahead both with their relationship and with the make-JT-pay-for-his-crimes plan, which of course Beck gets behind 100%.

Their plan is decent, if not entirely ethical (okay, not really ethical at all, but look at what he did) and holy schmoly, are the two of them ever good together. The tension steadily amps up as they go along, leaving us with one heck of an are-you-kidding-me-it’s-ending-there? cliffhanger.

And now all that’s left is waiting for OCTOBER.

Sigh 🙂

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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