Series: Sugar Bowl #1
Published by Loveswept on 5/24/16
Genres: Romance, Suspense
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.
I’ve been a big fan of Sawyer Bennett’s for some time now. I was drawn to this book completely by the cover, the title, and obviously, Sawyer. I did not read the blurb and went in completely blind. I naively assumed that this book was a standalone because every other book of hers that I’ve read has been. So it should go without saying that the cliffhanger ending just about killed me.
Sugar Daddy sucked me in from the very beginning. Sela, especially in the beginning, is a very dark and damaged character that is difficult to understand and even really like, but is entirely intriguing. I’ve never been in her shoes, having been blessed all my life not to live that kind of nightmare. While I can only imagine the kind of emotional trauma something that like would cause, it did make it difficult to understand her motives, her thought process, her rationalization, and her determination to get the kind of revenge she felt she needed.
That’s really the only drawback for me with this book, if you can even call it that. Just because I don’t understand something or can’t empathize, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not authentic. It just made it difficult for me personally to understand.
But as the book went on, I really came to love Sela. She meets Beck and they enter into a whirlwind romance (if you can even call it that). The closer they get, the more Sela is grounded, the easier she is to understand, and the more likable she is. I definitely liked her more and felt for her more as the book went on.
I absolutely loved Beck. I feel like there is a huge secret waiting to come out though. Not only because he seems too good to be true, but also just that gut sense of foreboding. He’s sweet, sexy, charming. He’s the total package. But to be so close with JT, the man with whom Sela wants revenge, is a huge red flag.
I absolutely recommend this book and I vehemently suggest not waiting for the other books, even knowing this one ends on a cliffhanger. It’s so good. Don’t put it off. I’m practically foaming at the mouth for the next book. Well done, Miss Bennett.