Review: Sugar Daddy (Sugar Bowl #1) by Sawyer Bennett

May 20, 2016 Review 0

Review: Sugar Daddy (Sugar Bowl #1) by Sawyer Bennett

Seduction has never been so sweet! The New York Times bestselling author of the Cold Fury series—Alex, Garrett, Zack, and Ryker—returns with the first novel in a hot new trilogy.

“Sawyer Bennett never fails to deliver heroes I fall hard for and heroines I adore,” raves Violet Duke. Now the bestselling author of the Cold Fury series proves that vengeance is sweet—but seduction is to die for.

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!

Title: Sugar Daddy
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Sugar Rush, Sugar Free, Sex in the Sticks, Jilted
Series: Sugar Bowl #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Sugar Rush, Sugar Free
Published by LoveSwept
Source: Author
Published: May 24, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 227
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: four-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I finished reading Sugar Daddy a few days ago and it has taking me this long to get around to writing my review. ‘Why?’ do you ask? Did I hate the book? Was it too much? I’ll get to that in a minute. Let me give you a quick summary of the book, a breakdown of what I like and why I am slamming my head against my desk.

Sela loses her virginity at 16 in the worst way possible. Years go by as she struggles to heal, never knowing who her assailants were. Until one day, she spots something familiar in a commercial for a dating site: a tattoo of one of her attackers. Revenge takes over; she wants him dead and comes up with a plan. She’ll sign up to be a Sugar Baby, come face to face with her attacker, get him to confess who the other were and kill him. There’s only one problem…JT’s business partner, Beck. Sela meets Beck at a party Sugar Daddy throws and thinks he’s the perfect way to get closer to JT and her goals. She signs an agreement with Beck, moves in and starts to plan her next move. Only she didn’t anticipate liking Beck so much, or that he helps her begin to heal her broken soul. Now she has to choose between the man who is coming to mean a great deal to her or revenge.

To be honest, I picked this book up because I was reading the same genres over and over. I don’t wander over too much into Contemporaryland but when I feel a burnout coming on, I’ll switch it up. I found the cover cute, did a quick scan of the blurb, cute and figured I was in for an all-around cute read. Yeah I really was not paying any kind of attention because once I started reading I realized I was wrong. Cute doesn’t even come close. Fun, gritty and dark are what actually come to mind. Fun because I really liked Sela and Beck. Together things are hot and spicy. Beck is so…yummy. Come on ladies, you have to like him. Hey’s a sexy geek that is co-founder of a sugar daddy website. You’d think that would spell nasty and trash but it really doesn’t. And Sela is just WHOA! Words fail me here. Time for the gritty and dark side. Survivor of a brutal rape at 16, she may have physically healed but her head is still very much messed up. There’s one more character that (unfortunately) needs mentioning – JT. Ugh, he gives me the heebie jeebies. He makes quite the antagonist for Sela. He totally has Beck snowed but the minute his back is turned…
*Hands Sela some pepper spray and a gun*

So I’m cruising along reading Sugar Daddy. It wasn’t what I expected and that was a good thing. Lot’s of surprising twists, good sex and a smattering of ‘what is she gonna do now’ thoughts percolated through my brain. I really had a hard time putting this book down. As I check the page counter on my Kindle I see I’m making good time and am already predicting how this is going to end. And then the worst happens. The hard climax is building and building. She bares her soul and…. WhatDaHell!!! Flip forward, flip back, repeat, repeat. No…it can’t be! No, no, no! I rechecked the blurb and there it is, I just wasn’t paying attention.

“Note: Sugar Daddy ends on a cliffhanger. Sela and Beck’s story continues in Sugar Rush and Sugar Free!”

NOOOOOOO!!!! How did I miss the most dreaded word in a reader’s world: CLIFFHANGER!!!! What makes this all the more unbearable is I received Sugar Daddy as an eARC, and it hasn’t been released yet. I now have to wait all the more longer for the NEXT book to find out what happens next. The next book, Sugar Rush, doesn’t come out until August!! This is going to be a very long miserable summer. *Sobs*

 

Time for a disclaimer.
Okay folks, for those of you who have rape triggers, let me give you fair warning now. Sela was raped when she was sixteen. There is a little bit of details provided that may or may not be upsetting. There is also a mention of Rohypnol being used. I personally think the author presented all these things in a very tasteful delicate manner. As part of the story, this necessary evil was required. If any of this bothers you, you may reconsider reading this book.

 

 

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