Sugar Daddy: A Sugar Bowl Novel

Sugar Daddy: A Sugar Bowl Novel

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by Sawyer Bennett
     
 

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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • “This book devastated me in the most wonderful way,” raves Meredith Wild. In Sugar Daddy, the 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.

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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • “This book devastated me in the most wonderful way,” raves Meredith Wild. In Sugar Daddy, the 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!

Advance praise for Sugar Daddy

“Beck and Sela are so scorching and real together that I didn’t want to let them go. I can’t wait to devour the rest of this series!”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Meredith Wild
 
“A totally gripping take on romance and revenge!”New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely

Sugar Daddy is raw, gritty, and exceptionally hot. I couldn’t put it down.”New York Times bestselling author Marquita Valentine

“Wow! Sawyer Bennett steps out of her ice skates and into her Manolos. Sugar Daddy is a hot read that only gets better with every page.”New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker
 
“I read it in less than three hours because I am a freak reader when I like something. This book is great!”USA Today bestselling author MJ Fields

“Sawyer Bennett has talent that knows no bounds and this book proves it. From page one to the end I was captivated and enthralled. I can’t wait for more! ”USA Today bestselling author Chelsea Camaron
 
“Sawyer Bennett does dark with amazing facility, drawing me in with Sela’s story, and holding me there with Beck’s. Sugar Daddy is compulsively readable, deliciously dirty, and passionately written.”USA Today bestselling author C. D. Reiss
 
“Sawyer Bennett delivers a titillating novel that balances between the desire to seek revenge and the yearning to hold on to love. It’s sexy and addicting, and I devoured every last word.”—Meghan Quinn, author of The Randy Romance Novelist

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Book two can’t come quick enough. I finished this book right before it was time to go to bed, and I was so hyped up that I couldn’t sleep.” —Obsessive Book Nerd 
 
“[Sugar Daddy] is a great mix of suspense and sex.”—Fiction Vixen 
 
“I cannot wait for the next books.”—Scandalicious Book Reviews

 “Mind-blowing . . . I highly recommend Sugar Daddy by Sawyer Bennett.”—Smut Book Junkie
 
“[Sugar Daddy] had me glued to my seat until the end. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series when it’s released.”—Book Sniffers Anonymous
 
“It literally had me waking up in the middle of the night to read it!”—Collector of Book Boyfriends & Girlfriends
 
“The story and characters are so compelling and outstanding that my heart is palpitating to get to the next installment.”—Lightning City Book Reviews
 
“Fast-paced, and filled with great dialogue and sexy hotness . . . I enjoyed [Sugar Daddy] immensely!”—Unconventional Book Views
 
“Her best writing to date . . . If you are a fan of Sawyer Bennett’s books, you don’t want to miss this new trilogy!”—Book Bitches Blog

“This book devastated me in the most wonderful way. Beck and Sela are so scorching and real together that I didn’t want to let them go. I can’t wait to devour the rest of this series!”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Meredith Wild
 
“A totally gripping take on romance and revenge!”New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely

Sugar Daddy is raw, gritty, and exceptionally hot. I couldn’t put it down.”New York Times bestselling author Marquita Valentine

“Wow! Sawyer Bennett steps out of her ice skates and into her Manolos. Sugar Daddy is a hot read that only gets better with every page.”New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker
 
“I read it in less than three hours because I am a freak reader when I like something. This book is great!”USA Today bestselling author MJ Fields

“Sawyer Bennett has talent that knows no bounds and this book proves it. From page one to the end I was captivated and enthralled. I can’t wait for more! ”USA Today bestselling author Chelsea Camaron
 
“Sawyer Bennett does dark with amazing facility, drawing me in with Sela’s story, and holding me there with Beck’s. Sugar Daddy is compulsively readable, deliciously dirty, and passionately written.”USA Today bestselling author C. D. Reiss

“Sawyer Bennett delivers a titillating novel that balances between the desire to seek revenge and the yearning to hold on to love. It’s sexy and addicting, and I devoured every last word.”—Meghan Quinn, author of The Randy Romance Novelist

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Publishers Weekly
07/25/2016
Bennett's trilogy opener starts in a very dark place, with 26-year-old Sela watching TV and seeing the man who led a gang-rape of her 11 years before. That man, Jonathon "JT" Townsend, is now the successful head of Sugar Daddy, a creepy dating site that matches rich older men with young women in need of money. Sela decides she'll get into his life, find out who else was involved with the rape, and kill them all. Her plan eventually leads to her seducing JT's business partner and friend, perpetual bachelor Beck, but both she and Beck find themselves falling for each other as they realize how incredibly sexually compatible they are. Of course, Sela continues to attempt to investigate JT while hoping that Beck wasn't a part of the group that raped her. Bennett writes copious hot sex scenes and also does a solid job of making her characters multifaceted, but the choice to split Sela's story into three short novels (and resultant lack of any closure here) might disappoint some readers. Agent: Michelle Johnson, Inklings Literary. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399178580
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/16/2016
Series:
Sugar Bowl Series , #1
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
174,500
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 8.03(h) x 0.58(d)

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Chapter 1

Sela

“Bring me a beer, will you?” Mark calls out to me.

I roll my eyes, turn around in midstride, and head back to the refrigerator. I open it up, grab a Bud, and bump the door closed with my hip before starting back to the living room.

“And the Doritos,” he says. “I’ve got the munchies.”

Another eye roll and I turn back around. Snatch the half--eaten bag of Doritos off the counter and head into the living room. As I round the couch, I toss the bag at him, catching him square in the chest. As he grabs his snackage, I hand him his beer. He takes it without even looking over at me, his eyes glued to the TV. One of those cheesy entertainment shows doing a piece on a movie star, athlete, or maybe a reality--show contestant just out of rehab and hawking their new bestselling book on how you can overcome addiction.

I plop onto the couch beside him, lean forward, and grab the large book off my coffee table.

Human Cognition.

Ugh.

“Are you going to study or just watch TV?” I ask as I open the text and flip to chapter 22.

“Watch TV,” Mark says, his mouth full of Doritos and the air still sweetly perfumed from the bong he’d been smoking.

Mark’s cute and all. We met several months ago at Golden Gate University, as both of us were starting in the MA Counseling Psychology program and there was an instant attraction, but the four--year age difference wears thin sometimes.

It took me a while to get my bachelor’s degree. To say I was fucked in the head for quite a long time would be an understatement, what with my issues and all, plus a few psych hospitalizations. Add on my mom dying of an aneurysm three years ago, and I was the ripe age of twenty--five when I finally finished my bachelor’s and started my master’s last fall. I’m not exactly ancient now at twenty--six, but compared to Mark’s twenty--two years, the differences in our priorities are glaring. Partying is still a big part of his life, and he doesn’t take studying as seriously as I did. I clearly don’t take smoking pot as seriously as he does.

But no biggie, really. I don’t have enough of an emotional connection to care if he flunks. He’s been good for a few laughs, and while sex with him is mediocre at best, he doesn’t bother me too much. As with any man that I’ve been sexually involved with over the years, there is a mutually beneficial exchange. I let them use my body to get off, and they in turn make me feel as if I’m worthy to let them get off. It’s this whole fucked--up, twisted reasoning I have in my head that no amount of psychological counseling has been able to straighten out so far. Our “friends with benefits” deal works out for the most part, except when he comes over, gets high, and then has Dorito breath. He sure as shit isn’t getting any tonight the way things are going.

Just as well. I have to study for a big test tomorrow and I intend to pass it with flying colors, regardless if Mark does the same. It’s the end of my first year in the master’s course and I’m halfway there. It’s a goal I can’t sacrifice.

I suck on the tiny ring pierced straight through the middle of my lower lip. A gift to myself when I got accepted into the program. It joins the matching two rings in my left eyebrow, and will hopefully be joined by a bridge piercing when I can muster up enough extra shifts at the diner to pay for it. Facial piercings have been my newest addiction; the sweet agony of metal punching through flesh feels oh so good to me. I was forced to move to the front of my face after both ears ran out of room.

Mark sets the Doritos on the couch next to him and wipes his orange fingers on his jeans. He takes a swallow of beer and places his left hand on my thigh. Leaning his head onto my shoulder, he says, “Want to fool around?”

I give a mighty shrug and dislodge him. “Not now.”

“But I’m horny,” he says with a whine.

Not attractive.

“You’re always horny,” I say as I try to concentrate on the first line of the chapter.

“You usually are too,” he points out, hand moving up my thigh.

I roll my eyes, because that’s not exactly true. I just accommodate whenever he’s horny.

Whatever.

My gaze slides across the TV, past it, then notices something vaguely familiar before snapping right back to the screen.

A good--looking man who looks recognizable is being interviewed on TV. Charcoal--gray tailored suit, white dress shirt, and a pale blue tie. He flashes dimples in his grin as he talks to the reporter.

“. . . the success of The Sugar Bowl has surpassed all of our expectations,” he says with a twinkling eye. “It shows the world that there’s a lot of room in our society for unconventional relationships.”

The reporter, if she can be called that since this is an entertainment “news” channel, uncrosses and recrosses long, sexy legs in a short skirt. She tries to look hard--hitting when she leans forward in her chair, exposing more cleavage from a low--cut blouse, and asks, “But what about those opponents that say what you’re doing is nothing more than prostitution?”

The man gives a charming laugh, picks at some imaginary lint on his leg, which is crossed in a dapper fashion over the other. “There is absolutely no money exchanged for sexual services. The Sugar Bowl does nothing more than charge a fee to our Sugar Daddies so they can join the website and make connections. None of the arrangements made thereafter are for sex; it’s merely for companionship.”

“But sex does occur,” the reporter says silkily.

“Of course sex occurs,” he admits with a languid smile. “People have sex. It makes the world go ’round.”

The camera fades to black and then rolls to footage of a beach. It looks tropical in nature, as the water is crystal clear with a tinge of pale blue, and the sand is pristine white. The reporter’s voice comes over the shot and says, “Jonathon Townsend is never shy to talk about sex, and by the looks of things, he gets plenty from the abundant supply of Sugar Babies that flock to his company daily.”

The camera zooms in on a couple frolicking in the ocean. It’s the man who was just being interviewed, wearing a pair of well--fit swim trunks on his muscular frame. A beautiful young woman with long blond hair wraps her arms around his neck as his hands go to her ass. As they kiss, the reporter’s voice says, “It’s rumored that Jonathon Townsend, or JT to his close personal friends, made an estimated eighteen million dollars last year in earnings from The Sugar Bowl, which certainly makes him more attractive than his already fine physique he recently showcased as he cavorted in the Maldives with his newest flame. With the service having over five million subscribers and still climbing at an astronomical rate, it’s clear that JT’s star is still on the rise.”

JT?

My skin tightens and the hair on my arms stands on edge. The fingers on my right hand involuntarily seek my left wrist, rubbing lightly over the tiny, half--inch scar there that seems to throb in acknowledgment of something, but I’m not sure what.

My eyes are glued to the TV as I watch the man and woman kissing passionately, clearly not worried that they are on public display. Then he releases his hold on her, turns toward the camera with a smile on his face, and I see his torso.

Red bird.

Phoenix with flames at the wings and tail.

Stretched in flight up his left rib cage.

A shudder seizes my body and a surge of nausea hits me hard. I swallow against it as I lurch off the couch, awkwardly stumbling around the coffee table toward the TV. The camera zooms in closer on the couple, and as if the man known as Jonathon Townsend knows he’s being watched, he looks right into the lens and grins, close enough that I can see his brown eyes.

Brown eyes. What I think might be filled with apology, but no . . . that’s malice. Evil, taunting malice.

“Damn, baby . . . sorry . . . looks like we left some spunk in your hair,” he says with a jeering laugh.

I cry out, stumble backward, and the coffee table catches the backs of my knees, causing me to fall down hard on it. My right hand grips my left wrist, the scar now shrieking in agony.

“Sela . . . you okay?” Mark says, his voice sounding like it’s stuffed into a drum and sealed tight because the blood is rushing through my head with such force it’s blocking other noise.

“Get out,” I whisper, choking on the words because my throat is so dry.

“What?” I hear him rise from the couch, see his legs rounding the coffee table in my periphery.

I raise my head, look at him, and rasp, “Get out.”

“You want me to leave? Right now?”

Red--hot rage swells up within me and I screech at him as I lunge upward from the table, my fists balled up in fury, “Get out. Get out. Get out.”

Mark jerks backward from me, his eyes round with surprise for just a moment before they harden. He reaches down, grabs his backpack off the floor, and mutters, “Crazy bitch.”

I don’t even look at him again as he walks out of my small apartment.

My hands come to my temples and pull at my hair, fisting hard and jerking. I pace back and forth in front of the TV, my eyes cutting to it periodically, but they’ve moved on to another juicy story.

Vivid flashes of scenes spark in my brain. Scenarios I’ve seen before in nightmares but thought they were nothing but nightmares.

My wrists pinned to the mattress.

Searing pain as I’m fucked in the ass.

Red phoenix on a wrist.

“Think she’ll suck my dick?”

“Swallow it.”

“All of it.”

I bend over at the waist, my stomach cramping violently, then a flood of vomit shoots out of my mouth. I hurl loudly, groaning as wave after wave of nausea and pain are expelled from my body. Beer and the turkey sandwich I’d eaten twenty minutes ago splatter loudly on my worn brown carpet. Tears flood my vision, drip in rivers onto the pile of vomit as I start to dry heave.

Dropping to my knees, I heave and gag, my hands coming to rest at the sides of the gelatinous pile of grief soaking into my carpet. My nose starts running freely now, snot adding to the vile mixture.

I suck in air, deep into my lungs, and will my heart to stop its mad beating of terror. The urge to slice into my healed scar overwhelms me, terrifies me so badly I start sobbing. That is something I cannot do again. Those days are over.

Minutes pass by as I stay on my hands and knees, hunched over the sickness on my floor. My breathing starts to calm down, my heart rate slowly falls back into the range of normal. I lift a hand, drag the back of it over my snotty nose, then wipe it on my jeans. Clumsily, I push myself up off the floor and consider the ramifications of what I just saw.

Of what I just remembered.

My rapist. One of them at least.

Good--looking golden boy sitting on some type of empire and vacationing in the Maldives.

Does he even remember what he did to me?

“Swallow it. All of it.”

A flash of furious indignation boils my blood and I go dizzy for a moment, realizing that while my life fell apart following that night, his only got better and better. He walked on my back . . . a straight path to success. Took my innocence in more ways than one, and told me he made all my fantasies come true.

Something black and oily starts to fill my chest. Permeates my entire being. A dark shadowing so viscous, it starts to cloud my vision and I think momentarily I might be going blind.

Hatred. White hot and boiling my insides painfully.

A sickly pervasive need to cut myself, which causes more shame and humiliation.

“. . . looks like we left some spunk in your hair.”

I swallow against the vomit rising up within me again. I had thought I was past all this shit. Figured I’d finally gotten my life together, and while I may not have made ultimate peace with what happened, because apparently I just can’t forgive myself for my part in all of it, I was moving on. I was learning to get through the nightmares and, even though I abhor intimacy, I was at least giving sex a try so I could feel somewhat normal.

And that fucker . . . he’s taken all of that away from me. All my little baby steps of progress and the slight amount of strength I’ve been able to muster to continue living life to some extent. All within the blink of an eye, Jonathon Townsend has taken that all away from me, and while my wrist may not be bleeding at this very moment, I feel like I’m back at square one.

How can I possibly overcome this?

What could I possibly do to make this better for me?

How in the fuck do I stop hurting?

And then it comes to me immediately.

Almost too easy.

Just one word, very simple and yet so very right.

Murder.

It flashes over and over again; sharp electrical pulses burning themselves into my brain. I know, without a doubt, there’s only one thing that will make this right for me.

I’m going to make Jonathon Townsend pay for what he did to me.

Meet the Author

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Sawyer Bennett has written more than thirty books and has been featured on both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists on multiple occasions. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great workout, cake, or a combination of the two.

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Sugar Daddy: A Sugar Bowl Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
So as always Sawyer Bennett does it again! I absolutely love her and her writing from the beginning. In Sugar Daddy I read it in 1 sitting. I couldn't put it down. I laughed, cried, and was on the edge of my seat. This was definitely not like her normal style of of books but hands down this is just as amazing! I can't wait for Sugar Rush and to see where Beck and Sela will go from here! The cliffhanger on Sugar Daddy is no good but yet the best cliffhanger.... I screamed at the book "NO THIS CANT BE WHERE SHE LEAVES IT! UGH I WANT TO KNOW MORE! " Can Not wait for Sugar Rush to come out! This is a must read and buy book just sayin. I received an Arc Thanks to netgalley for an honest opinion.
Anonymous 11 months ago
First, let me begin by saying that Sawyer Bennett is one of my favorite authors. Definitely in the top four. Now, on to the book... I was blown away with the story. Love the characters. However, the story ends on a big (in my opinion) cliffhanger. With that being said, I wish I had waited to buy the book until the next one comes out. I feel like I was just getting to the good part and Bam! It ended. That's the reason I gave it four stars. Happy reading, if you choose to do so :)
LoveReadBooks 5 months ago
This was my first book by Sawyer Bennett and I can proudly say I am hooked on this author. After reading Sugar Daddy, I went ahead and pre-ordered Sugar Rush which coming out in three days and Sugar Free which will be out later this year. I've stay up late couple of nights reading this book even though I had to get up early the next morning. The story is interesting and characters are likable. Sawyer has this way to bring the characters, their thoughts and feelings to you where you feel like you are connected with each of them. Her writing style is easy and fun to read. I really enjoy this book and highly recommended, but be aware it ends with a cliff hanger and if you are one of those readers who likes to read whole story at once you might want to hold off till whole series is released. But do add this series to your Priority wish list.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I absolutely loved this book! I read it in 2 days and couldn't put it down. My heart broke for Sela for what she went through. My stomach was in knots as I neared the end of the book. I wanted so badly for J T to get what he deserved, but will have to wait. I look forward to the next book in this series.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I loved Sela and Beck, and hated J T with a passion. Well done Sawyer Bennett for giving us such great characters and villains in this book. Only sad we all have to wait until August and October to get to what I'm sure will be a great Ending to their story.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This was my first Sawyer Bennett book. I LOVED it! It was such a good story. It kept me guessing the entire book. I've already started Sugar Rush and can't wait for Sugar Free in October!
KaraS 4 months ago
This is a different type of series for Sawyer Bennett. There is still romance and good sex, but more mystery as well. This is a trilogy, so be prepared for a major cliffhanger. Beckett North and Sela Halstead meet by chance. Sela has endured a terrible tragedy and this book may include triggers, so be warned. Sela is determined to make Jonathon Townsend pay and hopes that Beck can help her achieve that. But of course, feelings develop and what starts out as a revenge plot for Sela and a one-month sex relationship for Beck - soon develops into much more. Beck helps Sela come out of her sexual shell (and a totally understandable shell, it is) and Sela becomes more than a "Sugar Baby" for Beck. However, Sela is keeping a BIG secret from Beck and he's already warned her that secrets and lies are deal breakers. So you know this will not end well. You'll have to read Book 2 to see how this turns out.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This is one of the best I've read in ages. It ends making you not just wanting more, but needing more. Come on, Aug 16!
dollipop 5 months ago
I think a lot of readers are over exaggerating this book. Yes it was good but I wouldn't go so far as amazing. I'm no prude but I found myself skipping the many sex scenes because there's really a lot of them. The lead male Beck is very likable but I wish the author gave more insight to his life as far as growing up. Also like everyone mentioned the cliff hanger. This book really doesn't need 3 books to tell this story. It could truly be written in one long book. I will continue the series because it is a really good story but I guess the arthr just wants us readers to hold out & crave to know what happens next.
Anonymous 5 months ago
OMG !!! WOW !!!! Pulls you right in from the first page and never lets you leave!!!
Anonymous 6 months ago
I'll be honest. Its an amazing book. But I'm super angry at it being a cliffhanger. I know I know, she warned us. But here's the thing. You finish this AMAZING book, but then have to wait for the others. Its very frustrating. You end up having to re read parts because you forget things that happened. Not to mention HAVING TO WAIT!!! I'm just kind of over authors releasing their books in stages. But of course I'll be buying the next ones!! Lol
Anonymous 7 months ago
Wholly cap what a great story... my heart breaks for Sela....JT needs to pay...and Beck needs to get his head out of his butt. And my big question was Beck involved in the rape
Anonymous 7 months ago
Great!
Anonymous 8 months ago
I read this book in one day! Easy read!
Anonymous 8 months ago
I thought the next two books were ready to purchase because I saw the cover, my fault I didn't notice I had to order them. I would have never started to read this series if I would have known the final book didn't come out until oct.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I'm definitely curious how this is going to pan out and left wanting more. Can't wait for book two.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Great characters and a good plot.
bookworm66SW 9 months ago
4.5 stars. I am predicting an incredible book hangover from this one! Sawyer Bennett crafted wonderful characters that I am completely invested in. The story really resonated with me. The conflict Sela experiences between her two desires creates some fantastic tension. Quintessential sexy good guy Beck North is my new favorite book boyfriend. The story’s cliffhanger is making me anxious for the release of the next book in the series “Sugar Rush” to be published on August 16, 2016!
astroyic 10 months ago
Wow! I loved this story it is such a different storyline that I have been accustomed to from Sawyer Bennett that I was stunned and captivated in the first few pages. It is a daring, thrilling, decadent, suspenseful romance that I couldn't get enough of. This story is addictive, it kept me on the edge of my seat, and made my heart race again. Sela Halstead is not who she appears to be. Sela is a dark, damaged girl, due to a tragic past. She lost her virginity to a brutal rape after being drugged when she was sixteen. She has spent the last ten years wondering about the identities of her rapist. Unable to even think about having a relationship with a man because she abhors intimacy. Until she recognizes one of them, because of his tattoo, a tattoo that she has seen before in her nightmares. The TV reporter identifies him as Jonathon Townsend the co-owner of the Sugar Bowl a new website that makes connections of unconventional relationships between Sugar Daddies older wealthy men and woman with Sugar Babies young beautiful twenty somethings. The Sugar Daddy pays a fee to join the website and then they make connections merely for companionship. The Sugar Babies also receive gifts, money and other things. But there is no exchange for sex. Right! Sela immediately knows what she needs to do to stop the hurt. Six months later she looks like a different person. She has lost 20 pounds dyed her hair and her eyebrows, removed all her piercings on her face, and has changed her whole wardrobe. She may look innocent and fresh but those are two words that should never be used to describe her, because she is a dark damaged woman. Sela's focus, strength and ultimate goals gives her purpose, and revenge is her goal. Can she become whole again after she identifies all of them and makes them pay with their life for what they did to her. But Sela wasn't expecting Beckett North. Beck is the other co-owner of the Sugar Bowl. He is the certified genius that came up with the program, while J.T. Was the money man. He is quite the hottie, starring perfection in every woman's fantasy. As well as humble, friendly charming, sophisticated and devotes time to charitable work. And when JT shoots her down at a Sugar Bowl event. Beck takes note and sweeps in. Not one for relationships, or taking on the role as a Sugar Daddy, but he does enjoy a one night stand. And Sella sees this as a way to possibly get closer to her target. This is a fast paced addicting story that captivates the reader with intrigue and suspense as well as delicious steamy sex scenes. Sela and Beck have incredible chemistry between them and she will have to works thru her issues from her past in order to move on with Beck. Will our cunning heroine get her revenge or will she chose Love? You will have to read it to find out. Cliffhanger! Highly Recommended!! Received a complimentary copy thru NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Marie-Elizabeth 10 months ago
Disclaimer: ARC received in exchange for an honest review. Sugar Daddy was, in a word, INTENSE. Equal parts gripping and romantic, this dark, gritty, suspenseful, dramatic story has everything but the kitchen sink. The romance between Sela and Beck is spellbinding; watching them change and grow as individuals, watching their passion increase, their relationship evolve from something questionable into something concrete and tangible, was enthralling. The tension and conflict propelling Sela's thoughts and actions was palpable and compelling. This is not a stand-alone, but rather the first installment in a three-part series, so it obviously raises more questions than it answers. This is also not a light, sweet read with a happily ever after. Sela's issues are complicated and her psyche fragile, but Bennett handles the delicate subject matter carefully. Obviously, this is a work of fiction though, so creative license is taken. Overall, this was a fantastic introduction to Sawyer Bennett, as this was my first encounter with her work, and Sugar Rush cannot come soon enough.
TheSassyBookster 10 months ago
I have something of a love-hate relationship with Ms. Bennett's books because I either completely love what I read or dislike it, so when I saw the cover of this book I expected it to be a frothy and sweet confection of romance and didn't even bother to read the blurb. Imagine my shock when I started the first chapter and it was really dark and heavy, as far from the sweet romance I was expecting as can be, then add the cliff hanger ending and you know I was about to toss it to the DNF pile but I decided to hang in there, which is hard to do when you don't like any of the characters. Sela came across as damaged and dangerously unhinged, Beck was a mini-douche and Jonathan was the father of all douches! Yes, it took me several tries to get past chapter one! Sela Halstead has spent the last ten years of her life floating along with no real connection to anyone and anything, but her desire for vengeance is ignited by a short TV spot on a young entrepreneur whose tattoo she remembers from the night of her attack. Unfortunately for Sela, her target doesn't take the bait, but his business partner and best friend is more than willing to sample what she has to offer and offers her an arrangement that gives her the in she needs to get to her target. But Beckett North is not what she expects. While he shares the pedigreed background and privileged upbringing with his friend, their similarities end there. Beck prefers to operate from the background and is down to earth, but the biggest thing is that he makes Sela feel safe and excited about intimacy with a man for the first time. He breaks down all her walls and tempts her to believe that she can be more than just a victim. But who is Sela? The broken, vengeful and secretive woman or the soft woman exploring her sexuality for the first time and enjoying her connection with Beck? And why can't Beck see that his best friend is manipulating him? By the time I read the final word, I was left with the urge to scream at the unfairness of waiting for the rest of their story and a huge desire to mete out vigilante justice. I need for the bad guy to get his as soon as possible, then we can get down to the business of a happy ending for those who deserve it. I honestly can't sort through my feelings and tell you if I loved, liked or hated this book, but I can tell you that Ms. Bennett is a genius. With a story that could have been ripped from the headlines, Ms. Bennett creates a dark, edgy, decadent and suspenseful thriller that will leave the reader stunned and clamoring for the next installment in the series. I'm currently trying to decide if my heart can take the pressure of reading the next installment and waiting a few more months for the final installment or if I should wait until both books are out before continuing on this adventure but this is one book that I'll urge you to read and decide for yourself how you feel about it. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
CCarroll 10 months ago
This was completely different from what I was expecting. But that's a good thing. The author brings us an interesting take on a dating site. Sugar Daddy is a book that is written from both his point of view and her point of view for a well-rounded story that is full of delicious heat and a gorgeous male lead that is sweet, giving, kind, and falling for her. She is a damaged and complex character was a big secret that she knows will change her life should he ever find out. But she is opening her life to him and trying to put the past behind her... But with difficulty sometimes. The author gives us a beautiful love story and then hangs us up with a gigantic cliffhanger. I seriously wanted to throw my Ereader. The good thing about this is that we have two more books in the series where we can enjoy the delicious and seriously hot Beck. But that also means another cliffhanger before we get to the final ending. I don't know if I can stand it.
Blsfan68 10 months ago
Wow! This was my first Sawyer Bennett book and after reading it, I will have to check out another. Ms. Bennett's writing style is enjoyable and draws the reader in right away. This story is well written, fast paced and steamy. I didn't realize it would end in a cliffhanger and boy, does it! I need the next book now! ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
MaimeosAngelsEL 11 months ago
5.0 star Review Sugar Daddy (Sugar Bowl #1) by Sawyer Bennett This is the first in the new Sugar Bowl series by Sawyer Bennett and is a departure from her previous series in that it is darker; Sugar Daddy also ends in a cliff hanger so be warned and continues over another two books which will also be published in 2016. Sela Halstead is a young woman who barely survived a terrible ordeal and by chance, watching television, recognizes a tattoo and can finally identity one of the men that shattered her life when she was 16.; Jonathan Townsend, co-owner and the public face of The Sugar Bowl. With revenge as her goal, she develops a plan to infiltrate his work following the mantra: "Infiltrate. Murder. Repeat." Beck has becoming increasingly frustrated and concerned with JT’s out of control behaviour and is trying to find a way to buy him out. When her initial plan does not succeed, Sela turns her sights on Beckett North, who is JT’s business partner. Beck is the technical genius behind the scenes and he is instantly attracted to Sela and finds himself, to his surprise, falling for her. From the first moment they met though, he gets the feeling that there is more going on with Sela than what she is telling him. This was a gripping storyline from start to finish and with previous books I have read by Ms. Bennett I found this one to be extremely well written. The characters are multi layered and as you read you can feel the pain Sela endures. Can she trust Beck? What if Beck was also involved in the night that changed her life forever? Sela is equally involved with Beck and finds herself falling in love with him, a complication she did not plan on. Will this be enough to stop her plans for revenge? Will her love for Beck override her burning desire to exact revenge on JT? What will Beck do when he finds out what Sela has been hiding? Can their relationship survive the truth coming out? This is a book that will affect you on numerous levels. It was gritty, sad, and triumphant and the sex was so hot it was burning. It was especially gratifying to see Sela emerging as a strong woman who no longer wants to let her past define her. Beck is a wonderful character and I know that in the end these two will get their happily ever after. They just need to survive the journey.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 11 months ago
4.5 Stars Being a Sawyer Bennett fan, I am always keeping my eyes and ears open for what new treats she has in store for her reading fans. Needless to say, after seeing the cover, reading the description, accompanied by the fact that Sawyer Bennett wrote it, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Sugar Daddy, the first book in Bennett's Sugar Bowl series. I was not disappointed, except for the fact that I didn't want it to be over. I was caught up in the drama, suspense, mystery and yes, the oh so hot romance. I will forever be thinking about something else whenever I hear the words "Sugar Bowl from this point on, and neither will you once you delve into the world that represents, at least in this series. Right from the get go, you find yourself immersed in conspiracy. The characters are the kind you love to love, except when they make you mad, and really even then as well. Then, there is the one you love to hate, the evil one whose such a jerk I am just going to call him, "He who shall not be named." Sela, the female lead in the novel, grew on me more and more as the story progressed. She's been through so much and has worked so hard to just try to live a normal life, keeping her heart bottled up tight because of trauma from her past. Then there is Beck, who I loved, even when he made me really angry...I still have faith in him. I enjoyed seeing the romance progress between Sela and Beck, even though it was something neither of them wanted or were even looking for, and in spite of "He who shall not be named." The ending.......OMG.......you're killing me Sawyer Bennett, but you did warn us in advance, so fans, be prepared for one doosey of a cliffhanger. I need the next two books yesterday. Dying to see what happens next. Great story by a great author. Defnintely check this one out.