Series: Sugar Bowl #2
Published by Loveswept, Random House
Publication Date: August 16th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Romantic Suspense
Also in this series: Sugar Daddy
Also by this author: Off Sides, Off Limits, Off the Record, Sugar Daddy
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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!
*There will be some spoilers for Sugar Daddy included in this review so reader beware!
He was so many things to me in such a short period of time. He was a new life.
A fresh start.
A possibility I thought I’d never have.
But right now, he’s the man who just broke me.
Sugar Rush picks up right where Sugar Daddy left off and let’s just say things are not in a good place between Sela and Beck. After Sela confesses that JT raped her and Beck’s horrible reaction, there is a lot of groveling to be had. Thankfully for both Sela and me as a reader, there is not too much groveling. I appreciate the lack of angst because many books would have taken the fight between Sela and Beck and stretched it or used it as a source of on-going conflict, and thankfully that did not happen. Instead there is a quick resolution to that dilemma and the books continues on with the promise of revenge to be had.
I wonder exactly how strong his loyalty will be to me.
There are quite a few bombshells that take place during the course of Sugar Rush. One in particular View Spoiler »JT being Beck’s half-brother « Hide Spoiler I didn’t see coming. I, in particular, love the direction in which this story is going. Not only do we have the elements of bloodlust that is now mutually shared between Sela and Beck over JT, but there is also the progression of their relationship. I absolutely loved how intimate these two have grown. Beck, the guy that has never had the need for a girlfriend, and Sela, the woman that was too broken to ever let herself trust. It’s really gorgeous the way these two have grown together despite the obstacles in their way.
“Don’t treat me like I’m breakable. I couldn’t stand it if you did that to me. I need you to show me that you believe I’m strong, and beautiful, and as tough as bricks. If you don’t believe that about me, I won’t believe it about myself.”
There’s just something very natural about how Beck and Sela work as a couple. I love that Sela’s rape didn’t automatically become a cause of contention between them in the bedroom. Sure, there was the initial hesitance the first time they are intimate after Sela’s revelation but again, it’s not something used for the sake of angst. This was previously why I hesitated from reading novels that the heroine has undergone such a traumatic event, but not Sela. There isn’t too much I want to add because I hate to be spoilery but holy mother of god do I hate JT. He is one villain that literally gives me rage. And just like the synopsis states, Sugar Rush ends on a cliffy and OMG! I thought Sugar Daddy left of on one hell of a cliffhanger but I could kick my ass for reading this so early cause the cliffhanger on Sugar Rush is 10x worse. I am eagerly awaiting the conclusion of Sela and Beck’s story and I cannot wait!