*I received a free copy of Sugar Daddy from Loveswept via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: Sugar Bowl #1
Published by Loveswept on 24 May 2016
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.
Sugar Daddy is well done! Sela has a lot on her mind, and she is ready to do what it takes to get revenge! Only, Beck kind of throws her for a loop, with his charming personality and how he’s able to give her feelings she never thought she’d ever have.
When I started Sugar Daddy, I didn’t think I’d get the hotness factor I received! Sela seemed so set on revenge, I thought there wouldn’t be any kind of connection between her and Beck, but man, I was so wrong! As Beck and Sela got to know each other better – both in bed and out of it – their relationship became something Sela could count on. And she really needed to feel the feelings she was able to achieve when she was with Beck. Because of what happened to her when she was only 16, she thought she’d forever be unable to have a fulfilling sexual relationship, or to ever trust a man who wasn’t her father.
Bennett managed to treat a very tough subject in a respectful way, and also to show that even after such a horrible experience, Sela might have felt broken, but she had the possibility to put the pieces back together if she gave it her all. I really enjoyed how both Beck and Sela grew when they were together, even if they were both guarded in many ways, too. Beck was used to women being manipulative, and Sela really thought most men were arse holes. Above everything that happened with them, though, the shadow JT threw on most things that surrounded him made trust and moving forward difficult; especially for Sela.
Written in first person point of view, present tense and in dual perspectives where we get both Sela’s and Beck’s chapters, the story was quite fast-paced, and filled with great dialogues and sexy hotness, I enjoyed myself immensely! Beware of cliffhanger at the end, though – I don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait for Sugar Rush that will be released later this year!
Fuck, but I miss doing the actual programming. This is my original baby before my eyes. Sure, it’s morphed to become better and better, but it’s all my vision.
I look in the mirror, still shocked with my new appearance. Six months ago, I ditched every bit of metal in my face and ears except a hole in each lobe that now sports tiny gold hoops.