Series: Sugar Bowl #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 24, 2016
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!
Gah! Note to self: check to see if a book has a cliffhanger ending because it’s the first of a three-part series before you’re halfway through and totally invested in the characters.
I mean, I probably would have signed up for it anyway, because: Sawyer Bennett. But I would have been better prepared from page one. Because holy major relationship cliffhanger, Batman! How soon until Sugar Rush is out???
I wasn’t too sure about this one in the beginning–Sela lived through a pretty horrific event ten years earlier [spoiler]she lost her virginity during a gang rape[/spoiler], but her solution (murder) was worrisome, because: murder.
And then she decides to use a totally sweet guy, Beck, to help her accomplish it. What is she thinking??? Now I’m more conflicted.
But then Sela and Beck are so freaking adorable together (yay!). Plus, totally smoking between the sheets. And on the table. And the couch. And…well, you get the idea. Plus, Beck’s all kinds of cuteness with his sister and niece, and gets along great with Sela’s dad. And Sela starts to think twice about her goals (thank goodness).
But then…the guy who perpetrated the event that changed Sela’s life for the worse, Beck’s longtime friend and business partner, really shows his true self in the last 10% or so, and everything completely falls apart. Sela makes a bad decision, Beck gets angry, and bam! the gosh darned cliffhanger ending is upon us.
Seriously. When is book two coming out?
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett is a snarky Southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company that lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Bennett would like to report that she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.