This is also my favorite read of the week – 6/3/2016.
Synopsis: Seduction has never been so sweet! The New York Timesbestselling author of the Cold Fury series—Alex, Garrett, Zack,and Ryker—returns with the first novel in a hot new trilogy.
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!
Speechless…shocked…my jaw is on the floor!
Even though I knew the ending would come with the information being exposed, I never imagined it would go down that way. It left me completely obliterated emotionally and eagerly awaiting the second book in the series, so well played, Sawyer Bennett!
First let’s address the characters. The book opens with our heroine, Sela, being victimized by a group of men. The reader is then taken to the present, where Sela is shown trying to move on and making the most of her life as best she can. Although she is barely “living”, she is doing the best she can based on what her life has dealt her. She has resigned herself to believe that this will be her life until she sees a commercial for The Sugar Bowl and one of the men who violated her traumatically. This sets her on the path of vengeance, which I honestly can’t fault her for wanting. Along her journey, she meets Beck. He starts out as a pawn in her game, but his chivalry and sincerity and general goodness change her mind. Even though Beck had a connection to this villainous group of men, the reader hopes and prays that that he doesn’t fall into their category eventually. So far he hasn’t, but there are still 2 books left, so my fingers are crossed. Then there is JT who is just vile, and everything opposite of Beck. I honestly can’t wait to see him get everything he has coming to him as a result of his debauchery. There were several side characters, Sela’s dad and Beck’s sister and niece, who added tender moments to the story ultimately to develop the characterization of Beck and Sela, as well as their relationship.
The plot of this story, so far anyway, is one of vengeance, which may not be every reader’s cup-of-tea, but it intrigued me. I found myself wanting the vengeance for Sela and hoping she gets to keep Beck too. The story moves quickly, and the struggle to seek vengeance without ruining what she has with Beck is a delicate balance, one that tips considerably by the end of the book. Sela constantly goes back and forth, and the reader feels her anguish in the final scenes of the book, as well as Beck’s anger.
As I said, the ending of this book has left me speechless. The feelings portrayed by the words of Sawyer Bennett are fabulous, and I felt it all. August cannot get here soon enough! I will be anxiously awaiting the next installment in this series!
Amazon: Sugar Daddy