Series: Sugar Bowl #1
Published by Loveswept, Random House
Publication Date: May 24th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Romantic Suspense
Also in this series: Sugar Rush
Also by this author: Off Sides, Off Limits, Off the Record, Sugar Rush
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!
What a dark and twisty story! I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting a story with this type of content based on the title and the cover. It’s a bit deceptive because what lurks underneath this pink and sparkly facade is a story that is anything but. Now I am not complaining. Sure, I expected something fun and sexy, and there are quite a few parts that are both of those things, but there is a lot of heartache at the heart of Sela’s story. I normally shy away from stories in which the heroine was View Spoiler »raped « Hide Spoiler, not because it’s a trigger, but there have been a few stories that have used that experience as a cheap way to make you sympathize for the heroine and invoke an emotional reaction. With Sela, you learn very early on what happened to her and it’s impossible to not feel gutted for her. I will warn that it is a tad graphic and very uncomfortable to read about. But what evolves from that horrifying event is the catalyst for revenge the Sela is seeking.
I’m going to make Jonathon Townsend pay for what he did to me.
Of course, revenge isn’t as simple as one would hope. And the snag in Sela’s operation is the sexy Beckett North. Not only is he Jonanthon Townsend’s (rapist/douchebag) partner, but he is also the man that Sela starts catching feelings for. As Sela and Beck’s encounters progress, Sela starts personally growing and discovering things about herself that were mostly hidden under depression and a sense of self preservation. I truly found Sela’s own personal arc throughout this story to be one that was organic and a natural progression. You especially see the way she starts changing once her relationship with Beck progresses.
I realized that intimacy is actually something that I could learn to crave with a man like Beckett North and that I’ve only just begun to discover the true potential inside of myself.
Overall, Sugar Daddy was a very thrilling read. I normally don’t disclose if there is a cliffhanger but since it is stated in the synopsis, I will say that the cliffhanger is a doozy. I am personally a fan of them but I did yell some pretty naughty things at my kindle once I finished the last page. Thankfully, I have an arc of Sugar Rush already loaded on my kindle and ready to go, so I can’t complain too much! I highly recommend this for anyone that loves a story with plenty of character development, sexy times, revenge, and fantastic writing. Sawyer Bennett is one of my favorite contemporary authors and she just keeps getting better.