Sugar Daddy (Sugar Bowl Series) by Sawyer Bennett
Overview by Publisher
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.
Sawyer Bennett is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. I have had the pleasure of reading her Cold Fury series and the Wicked Horse books as well. I have to say, that when you pick up a copy of her work, you know that it will be a story that is well developed, full of interesting characters, excellent drama and wickedly hot bedroom scenes.
This new series is no different than her other work. She has taken a page from the headlines and put it into a fast paced, revenge story. This book is not for the faint of heart. It opens with the memories Sela has of being gang raped and finding the identity of the man who destroyed her teenage life. With a determination rarely seen, she develops a plan for murder and revenge against the men who robbed her of her innocence.
Sela attends a Sugar Baby event. This is the business of JT Townsend and Beck North. Essentially it is a dating site that matches Sugar Daddies with their Babies, women they will support in exchange for a relationship. It has a sleazy feel to it, especially with the sick and twisted JT at the helm. We get to know that Beck is the tech genius behind the business and writing code is his thing, rather than doing commercials or press events. Sela becomes a Baby in order to attend the event and get close to JT. She didn’t count on JT rejecting her and Beck picking her up instead.
So begins a relationship between Sela and Beck that is almost too good to be true. Beck helps Sela feel worthy of intimacy and sex. He breaks down walls and barriers that have held Sela back for so long. While Beck has no idea what has happened to Sela, he is aware that she is a special woman. Their relationship was amazing, but it is tinged with the knowledge that his business partner and friend is the monster that Sela is trying to take down.
The author creates the ultimate monster with JT. He is so evil and manipulative. His relationship with Beck is a horrible conflict for Sela. She is falling for Beck, but after contact with JT, she realizes that she has to complete her objectives. I can’t remember hating a character more than JT in a long time. I think what makes the reader care so much is that he is so realistic – the charming, rich and good looking man who does absolutely despicable things to women. Sawyer Bennett taps into the atrocious ‘rape culture’ that is present in our society with this character and makes him the face and target of our collective hatred. It works and is very effective. If you are a reader who has triggers reading about a victim of sexual assault, while Sela is healing, this may be a challenging book for you to read.
It is a book worth reading. I loved Beck. What a man! The author must have had so much fun writing such a wonderful character who is literally what every woman wants – protective, caring, considerate, funny, agreeable and fantastic in bed. Like most of her books, Sawyer Bennett doesn’t shy away from following her characters into the bedroom. The lust between the characters is explosive. She really knows how to write a love scene that is sexy, flirty, naughty and exciting. Her books have become addictive.
This is the first book of a new series and it ends on a cliffhanger. I can’t remember being so on edge when a book finished. I can’t wait to find out what happens. Will Beck believe Sela? Will he work with her to bring down JT? Will he help her with finding the other men involved since they bear the same tattoo? What will happen?
I highly recommend checking out this book! Another hit from Sawyer Bennett!