After posing as an escort for the Sugar Bowl online dating service, Sela Halstead is looking for one thing: payback. She’s closing in on the site’s heartless founder, Jonathon Townsend, and she needs Beckett North, Townsend’s business partner and her lover, by her side. She’d thought that their intimate nights together had forged an unbreakable bond, but after a shocking betrayal, Sela begins to doubt the brilliant bad boy. When push comes to shove, can she trust Beck to do the right thing?
Now that he understands the truth, Beck will stop at nothing to secure the reckoning Sela deserves. But between his desire for her and his disgust for JT, Beck doesn’t exactly have a lot of control over his emotional state. Left with no other choice, he must summon all his discipline to maintain JT’s trust and pretend that they’re still friends. But how far will Beck go to prove his loyalty to Sela? He nearly lost her once. To keep her, Beck might have to kill for her.
The Arizona Vengeance series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett can be read together or separately:
And don’t miss her Carolina Cold Fury novels:
The Love Hurts series features sexy standalone novels:
SEX IN THE STICKS
And the Sugar Bowl series is one treat you’ll want to read in order:
“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne
Praise for Sugar Rush
“Brilliant and heart-wrenching, with more twists and turns than a hedge maze,Sugar Rush will keep you up until the wee hours of the night.”—New York Times bestselling author Melanie Moreland
“Sugar Daddy hooked me. Sugar Rush left me hungry for more. And Sugar Free can’t get into my hands soon enough! Raw, real, and deliciously sexy, the Sugar Bowl series is a must-read!”—Stacey Kennedy, USA Today bestselling author of the Club Sin series
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
About the Author
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, she 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 daughter, as well as a full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others and that a bad day can be cured with a great workout, cake, or even better, both.
Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.
Read an Excerpt
The minute the door slams shut, blocking Sela and her treacherous, lying eyes, I fall back against it. I immediately slump down to the floor, my legs splayed out in front of me, toes tilted outward, and my hands sit like useless lumps on my thighs.
When I first saw Sela sitting in my office, I was filled with rage such as I’ve never known. It was blistering hot and my ears were buzzing with static as adrenaline pumped like acid in my veins.
Immediately knew she had lied to me about needing to take a walk that day after Thanksgiving because she was overwhelmed. I quickly figured out that she had taken my keychain and had a copy made so she could get into my office. It tied together nicely.
How could I have been so stupid? How could I not have seen the duplicity?
How in the heck did I get played so well?
My body went on autopilot, my brain refusing to accept a single word she said, because she’s a proven liar, and I hate liars more than anything. Hate secrets and gray areas and deception and cover-ups. My parents taught me well to hate it, creating such a vile environment for what masqueraded as a family that they unwittingly made a man with no tolerance.
I’m sure lies continued to drip from her mouth even after I caught her. Hell, I’m not even sure what she was saying as I pulled her through the condo; my only concern was getting her out of my life. Rage, fury, bitterness . . . it was all the fuel I needed to push her right out, as I realized that Sela was not only playing with my life, she was playing with my heart.
As I sit here, feeling as if I don’t have a single ounce of strength within me, I realize that as the mania subsides, I’m left with a desolate emptiness. Just minutes ago, I was full of Sela, and now there’s a hollowness surrounded by a bitter husk.
I hear a sound on the other side of the door, and of course I know it’s Sela.
A hoarse bark of a sound . . . a pained sob perhaps? An attempt to get me to feel bad about what I’ve done?
My fingers curl inward, press into my palms, and I have to push hard against the overwhelming need to open that door to comfort her.
I push up off the floor and stalk through the living room, trying to get as far away from the door and the sound of Sela crying. I cross my arms over my stomach, hugging myself almost protectively, and pace back and forth along the floor-to-ceiling window that overlooks the bay.
Something hits the door. A tinny sound, barely noticeable, and my head jerks that way. I take a step in that direction and halt myself.
Turn back around, face the window.
My body tenses, waiting to hear something else. Maybe Sela isn’t done and will start trying to call out to me through the door. Maybe she’ll try to throw more fiction at me, and in fact, maybe that’s why she’s silent right now. Her brain is working up a new web of deceit in which she’ll try to capture me.
I wait and I wait, yet I don’t hear anything else.
Please, Sela . . . say something and make a liar out of my feelings right now.
Dropping my arms, I walk hesitantly to the door and lean so my ear is placed against it. I don’t hear a sound. I put my eye to the peephole, bracing myself to see Sela curled into some pitiful fetal position.
There’s no one in the hallway, although I can’t see all the way down to the elevator. For all I know, Sela’s waiting there, ready to spring out at me.
I think about her last words. Those I do remember.
“JT raped me.”
My teeth gnash over the ludicrousness of that statement. While I haven’t spent every waking minute with Sela, I’ve spent enough time with her to know that couldn’t have occurred. Not only was there very little opportunity, but I think I’d damn well know if something horrific like that had happened to my girlfriend.
I know what rape does to a woman. I’ve seen it.
Hell, I’ve felt it. I’ve felt a woman sobbing and shuddering in my arms, sunk in despair and pain after she was brutalized. JT is a shit, an abuser of women, and I’m not sure to what lengths he’d go anymore. But there’s no way JT raped Sela in the past several weeks we’ve been together. I would have absolutely known something was wrong. You can’t hide something like that.
I know the only fix is time, and that’s not even a complete fix. A rape victim needs time and support and assurance. She needs love and the ability to work through the shame and humiliation. That shit doesn’t happen in days. It doesn’t happen in months.
It f***ing happens in years.
And all of a sudden, something strikes out at me with such force and detailed clarity that I actually stagger back from the door a bit.
It’s a memory of Sela on the first night we met. Sitting on a barstool and staring across the room at JT. With anger. I remember seeing it clearly on her face, and thinking it was odd that she’d be staring at him that way. I had assumed that night was the first time Sela had met JT, and that’s why it was so weird that she’d be looking at him that way.
Unless that wasn’t the first time they met.
“JT raped me.”
She didn’t say when, did she?
My mind races as I try to recall the last ten minutes of my life and I can’t pull forth anything. I can only remember her looking up at me, arm outstretched, as she said, JT raped me.
I assumed she meant since she and I had started up together. I assumed she was lying and inferring JT had done something nefarious, knowing my relationship with him has been strained and hoping I’d take her side over his. I immediately discounted her proclamation because I know what rape is, and there’s no way in hell that could have happened since we met.
But what if he raped her long before she and I ever met? What if she was at that Sugar Bowl Mixer that night with the intent to confront her attacker?
That first night we were together. Sela’s juices on my mouth and her neck and chest flushed red from orgasm.
“That was the first time a man has made me have an orgasm.”
Sela had not been able to orgasm with a man before.
It had seemed impossible to me then, knowing a beautiful, sexy, and vibrant woman like Sela couldn’t attract a man who would bend over backward to make her come. No one could take one look at Sela lying on a bed, legs spread and eyes full of uncertainty but with a tinge of hope, and not do everything in his power to make her come until she’s screaming his name out to the heavens.
A woman not achieving climax with a man. That’s a serious sexual hang-up. One that could be caused by being raped. Everything hits me at once. I’m practically blinded by images and memories of the last few weeks, all little details that I can now piece together.
Sela’s not your typical Sugar Baby. It’s a ruse to get close to JT.
Sela’s naïve when it comes to sex. The aloof nature with which she held herself away from me. The moments of uncertainty I saw on her face when we were intimate. That absolute antipathy she had for JT the few times they’ve been in the same room together. The fact I’ve come to see that JT has the potential to really harm a woman. “I swear to God, Beck . . . this is about JT,” she had cried out to me as I dragged her out of my condo. Sela was raped by JT before we even met. The absolute truth of that hits me square in the center of my chest with the force of a wrecking ball. “Ugh,” I groan painfully as I lunge for the door, absolutely sickened by what I’ve just done. I jerk it open, my eyes immediately going to the array of items that I vaguely remember flying out of Sela’s purse when I kicked it through the door. My head jerks to the right, toward the elevators, but she’s gone. Her purse is gone, and she’s gone, but she left behind all that stuff that spilled out. My gaze drops down farther and I see the condo key with the blue rubber cover on the head of it.
It’s like a kick to my nuts seeing it lying at my feet.
“No, no, no, no,” I chant in agony as I squat to pick up the key. “Not you, Sela. This could not have happened to you. Not to my Sela.”
I don’t want to believe it because I literally don’t think I can stand to know Sela suffered that way. I don’t want to believe it because it makes me a monster for what I just did to her.
I stand up and pull my phone out of my pocket, quickly choosing Sela’s number at the top of my favorites list. On the second ring, I note that I can faintly hear a corresponding sound coming from the bedroom.
“Shit,” I mutter, and run back to our bedroom, where I see her phone lying on the nightstand beside the bed. I disconnect and look wildly about the room, trying to figure out what to do.
A quick glance down at my watch and I note that Sela couldn’t have been gone for more than five minutes, ten at the most. She could still be down at the next BART stop, waiting for public transit to whisk her away from me.
I snatch Sela’s phone from the nightstand and sprint for the front door. I pat my front pocket, relieved to feel my car key in there should I need it, and practically careen off the doorjamb as I try to cut into the hallway. I grab the knob and pull it shut hard behind me, not even stopping to lock up.
I have to catch Sela before she can get away.
Someone above is looking out for me because the elevator shows up within seconds. I jump in, jab the lobby button, and urge it to go faster. I start throwing up prayers to whoever may be listening to let me make this right with her. I’m so ashamed of the way I threw her out of my life, and how easily I discounted her claim of rape. It may be the worst mistake I’ve ever made, and I hope to God I can fix it.
When the elevator stops and the doors slide open with a soft whoosh, I bolt out and then turn left and dash for the front doors. I practically run over John, our doorman, and apologize to him as I hit the sidewalk.
The BART stop is one block down and half a block over, and luckily the sidewalks are fairly empty. It’s past the morning rush hour but it hasn’t hit lunchtime yet. I race around the corner of Mission and Fremont at a Mach 1 sprint, and my eyes immediately go to the bench in front of the bus stop. There’s only two people there waiting, and neither of them are Sela.
My chest heaving for air, I look both ways down the street, desperately hoping to catch a glimpse of her. I squint, peer hard . . . willing her to appear.
God . . . I can’t even remember what she was wearing. Totally useless.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sawyer Bennett did it again ! Sometimes the second book in a trilogy can let you down but not this one! Just need to hold on till October to see how Sela and Beck's story ends.
I couldn't wait to read this book after the first book Sugar daddy left off on such a cliffhanger. Sugar Rush was full of twists and turns and I didn't put it down until I was finished. Guess what Sawyer Bennett has left us with another cliffhanger and even more anticipation for the next book Sugar Free to finally come out to discover what happens. I cant wait to find out what Sela has done to JT. I really enjoy reading about Sela. She has a strength about her with all that she has been through. She has picked herself back up since she was raped as a teenager. She has plotted and planned her revenge on her rapist and she is not showing a weak side that would have just given up in her situation. Sela has Beck to help he through anything and this books shows that he would do anything for her, even it is illegal. I would definitely recommend this series and I am trying to wait patiently for the last book Sugar Free.
Seriously, you are going to love it.
I am so wishing I had a time machine to jump to release day for Sugar Free because this ended on a real nail biter! Sugar Rush continues the story of Sela Halstead's quest for revenge against one man who drugged and assaulted her ten years prior on the night of her 16th birthday. Not wanting to give anything major away, I will say Beck joins her in planning their revenge, but things do not go smoothly. If you enjoyed Sugar Baby you will love this one even more, because the action and suspense are crazy good. There are also lots of romantic, hot, and intense times. My brain is still spinning!
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!! Sugar Rush is absobloodylutely amazing. Is thrilling, intriguing, entertaining, captivating and mind-gripping! The story is well-written, just flawless. An amazing continuation to the series. It's fast paced, an automatic page turner, and kept me on the edge of my seat! I love the well-built plot. The characters are all amazing, likeable, memorable and important regardless how evil, dark or sweet the may be. I loved and enjoyed every minute of it and can't wait for the final installment! Just remember, this is book #2 of the amazing series Sugar Bowl, and as well as book #1, this one also ends with a cliffhanger.
Love it. Highly recommended....!!!!!!!!
Wow this book was so good I couldn't put it down. Now I am ready to start the last book. Boy no sleep for me tonight. Keep up the good work.
In the second book of the Sugar Bowl series, things are rocky between Sela Halstead and Beckett North. They had a serious misunderstanding, but Beck came to his senses quickly, and no time was lost in miscommunication of all sorts. But Sela still wants to make Jonathon Townsend pay for what he did. Beck has some ideas, but Sela needs convincing. I had really loved the first book in this series, Sugar Daddy, and I was very much looking forward to SUGAR RUSH, which picks up right after Sugar Daddy left off. Ms. Bennett is a terrific writer, and the writing is amazing, especially with how she conveys the characters’ feelings and thoughts. SUGAR RUSH is told in alternate points of view, and while I don’t care one way or the other for this stylistic technique, in this series, I think it adds to the story because Sela and Beck have very dissimilar ways of looking at things, their “relationship” to Jonathon, at the beginning at least, couldn’t be any different. However, there was one thing I found rather odd, especially from Sawyer Bennett: an overuse of “softly”, and several words of that ilk, which made it a tad too obvious that we should understand that Sela is soft-spoken, gentle, and so on. While SUGAR RUSH started well, I thought the pace slowed down too much, it dragged even, when Beck and Sela get really comfortable with each other, and fell even more deeply in love. Strangely enough, I had thought the choice of cover art was a bit peculiar – pink while the theme is rather dark – but it fits SUGAR RUSH, I might add, unfortunately; as far as I’m concerned Sela and a “pink” atmosphere don’t quite go together. To be honest, the not-so-angry-and-in-love Sela is not that interesting, and as Beck is not much more compelling either, I found SUGAR RUSH rather sedate, and I did not race through it. While the sightseeing in Europe is lovely and all that, I was missing the real gritty story, it just dragged on and on while Sela and Beck were mostly floating away in a pink cloud of blissful love, and I found that atypical of Ms. Bennett. It’s not that SUGAR RUSH is bad, but it was not what I expected. I’m wondering if the series might have been better as a duology, because there is a lot of filler in SUGAR RUSH. I was expecting to rush through this book, instead it took me forever to read, and I must admit I was tempted to skim several times, but I kept hoping things would pick up. I understand it was to make us grasp that Sela was in a better place, but I was numb from all this pastel, fuzzy fluff, and by the time we get back to the nitty-gritty, I found it difficult to get out of my sweet, pink coma. I think I understand what the author was trying to do, but as far as I’m concerned, it didn’t work. It’s a good thing there was Dennis Flaherty, a fascinating secondary character. And then Sela does something really stupid that a whole star fell here, but something so stupid that I’m not even sure if I will read the next book, Sugar Free, and there is a cliffhanger… I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Very thankful this series was complete when I started reading. I couldn't imagine waiting for each release. I was left just as heartbroken as Sela was at the end of Sugar Daddy and was dying to see if Sela and Beck could work their way back to each other. Fast paced and full of surprises. Read it in hours and cannot wait to see how this series ends.
This is book #2 in a series that must be read in order. If you haven't read Sugar Daddy, stop reading now. Sugar Rush picks up at the cliffhanger from Sugar Daddy that had my heart pumping with anger and anticipation. Beck messed up in a big way. Thankfully he figures that out rather quickly, otherwise this would have ended up being a rather frustrating and uneventful story without any sexy times, right? Just saying! The Sugar Bowl series delves deep into the dark, murky waters of rape. It is handled with the utmost care and respect for the subject, but the pain and darkness is soothed a little bit by Beck's complete love and devotion to Sela. As important the message of the total destruction this act of violation creates, the message of love and healing is just as powerful. I'm not going to go into a play by play of what happens in this book because I don't want to ruin any of the surprises. Since this is the second book in a three book series so you know this one is going to end in a cliffhanger as well. So between Beck figuring out he screwed this up in an epic way and another heart-stopping and anxiety inducing cliffhanger, there was some intense heat, BIG heartbreaking & heartwarming feels and some plot twists and shocking revelations that I never saw coming. This book was panty melting, jaw dropping and so worthy of the anxiety attack I nearly had in the end! I'm not sure how I'm going to survive the wait for Sugar Free!
Sugar Rush by Sawyer Bennett is the second book in her new Sugar Bowl trilogy. It is a stunning, romantic, erotic, suspense filled story that picks up immediately where the cliffhanger from Sugar Daddy left us, literally, hanging and slowly pieces the lives of Sela and Beck back together only to start to have things unravel yet again in another cliffhanger. Well-written with excelelnt pace and endearing characters that are flawed and all the more perfect for those flaws, this is another stunning book from Sawyer Bennett **********Potential spoilers ahead: You have been warned!!!!! The connection and desire for revenge that becomes a shared goal between these two is exquisite in it's purity. The PI that gets drawn in and befriends them is an extremely intriguing side character and I absolutely cannot wait for more. Up next is Sugar Free and it is the concluding book in this series but I'm hoping that we may see more from this particular world of characters.
Another great book in this series, it just keeps getting better and better! More drama, plotting revenge, and sexy times! Oh and plot twists! Many plot twists! And I looooved them! After the shocking finale of the last book I didn’t know what to expect, I was hoping for the book to start right where it left off and it did! And we got to see both characters dealing or not dealing with the aftermath of the big revelation. Throughout the book Sawyer managed to give her characters more layers, they became more intense and other revelations about the past were made, it is impossible to not like and even love them, it was also impossible to stop reading and plotting revenge in my own head. The last few chapter I was on the edge of my seat, well more like reading couch but still on the edge, it was one thing after another, I was stressed until the last word. Another big ending for the book that makes you look forward to the next one.
Good quick read, the sex pages got really boring after a while. I didn't read any of them in this book. I love the story of Sela & Beck but as I said in my last review, I wish the author just wrote 1 book instead on breaking it up into 3. It really isn't necessary in my opinion especially since they're barely 200 pgs(nook). Good & interesting story otherwise.
"Sugar Rush" picks up at the climactic and heart wrenching ending of "Sugar Daddy" but from Sela's point of view. Sawyer Bennett shows the growth that these characters have developed in their feelings toward one another in the first two chapters. The storyline in this installment is incredibly gripping and the addition of a new "cast member" is fabulous. Dennis is a fantastic character that rounds out Sela and Beck's group of friends and family and is a key player. The plan to exact revenge on JT is complex and ingenious and the twists at the end … that darned cliffhanger that has you turning the page and moaning, "Not again, Sawyer Bennet you sadistic wench!!!" Is glorious torment in it's genius and it's torture. To read the entire review please visit: http://wp.me/p4XqxF-1jn This novel was provided in exchange for an unbiased review
A terrific follow up to Sugar Daddy. This takes place right after Sugar Daddy ends. Sela tells him Beck the reasons behind her betraying his trust & together they work to bring down his business partner (and half brother). These books need to be read in order. This ends in a cliff hanger & I can't wait to read Sugar Free- the conclusion to this spectacular series. Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Whoa. Sugar Rush is really very aptly named--reading it is quite a rush! It begins pretty much exactly where Sugar Daddy ended and throws you right into the thick of things. To be honest, I started out feeling a tad bit lost, because it's been a while since book 1 came out. (Okay, okay, it's not really a matter of time, but the sheer amount of other stuff I've read in between...it's been said that I read a lot. Which I take as a compliment, of course. That's how it's meant, right?) But no worries, I pulled up Sugar Daddy, re-read the ending, and was all good to go. And go we all did--Sela, Beck, and me--right up until that OMG ending. And yep, it's a cliffhanger. And yeah, you really do need to have read book 1 to really appreciate where they go in book 2. And gah, Sugar Free isn't coming out until October. October! (Note to self: check and see if it's up on NG already, and see if there's any room in the calendar for it before classes start on August 29. What are the chances??? ;)) Even though we left Sela and Beck in a pretty bad place at the end of Sugar Daddy, they manage to resolve their differences fairly quickly (a little too quickly, to be honest. I appreciate the path that Beck took to get there, and am all for getting the story moving, but still, he "got there" a bit too fast to be totally believable) and are soon moving full speed ahead both with their relationship and with the make-JT-pay-for-his-crimes plan, which of course Beck gets behind 100%. Their plan is decent, if not entirely ethical (okay, not really ethical at all, but look at what he did) and holy schmoly, are the two of them ever good together. The tension steadily amps up as they go along, leaving us with one heck of an are-you-kidding-me-it's-ending-there? cliffhanger. And now all that's left is waiting for OCTOBER. Sigh :) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
So after the cliff hanger we had with Sugar Daddy I was not sure what this book would bring us. From the first sentences in chapter one, I was hooked to see what was going to happen. There was betrayal, hurt feelings, fear and love that all had to be figured out. Could what was not shared before, now out in the open be forgiven and life move forward? Beck and Sela come back together in book two with more turns that ever thought. Sawyer did a great job keeping you on your toes with their relationship, feelings and plans for the future. Things however did not go according to plan and in the last few chapters your heart was ripped out with the events that occurred. And once again Sawyer left you wondering what the hell was going to happen in the next book. It can't get here fast enough.... Has once again there's a cliffhanger leaving you thinking of all of the possibilities that are waiting for us in book 3, Sugar Free. Loved it, thought it was well written and outside anything I have read from her.
Don't let the cover fool you, it looks like a sexy, fun, chick read...it is anything but. The Sugar Bowl Novels are very intense, and based on very traumatic events in a young girls life, and the choices she makes to bring about justice...or maybe...revenge...or maybe, she will give it all up for the love of a very good man? Be prepared to sit on the edge of your seat, and maybe chew on a nail or two while routing for the good guys, and waiting for the bad guys to pounce...intense! Be sure to read them in order, very important...happy reading:)
This was a good read for me. The second book in the Sugar Rush series and I am looking forward to book three and finding out what happens next. This drama filled read and I liked the relationship between Sela and Beck. There are plenty of twists and turns throughout the book to keep you guessing. I really liked it.
Oh, my gosh, the twists…5+ stars! Dayum! This story is mind bending, and it gets better and better. I got anxious towards the end of the book, I skipped chapter 23 since I knew something bad was going to happen to Sela, skimmed the last chapter just to find out if Sela made it out. Yup, I’m a romance reader cheater, if there is a group, I belong to it. I couldn’t help myself, Ms. Bennett made me do it. I don’t do it often, but when I do, it’s because the story is so…...darn good. I had to rush to put my words down while everything is so fresh in my mind. Sugar Rush is the second novel in the Sugar Bowl series, and it continues right where Sugar Daddy ends. The tenuous relationship of Beck North and Sela Halstead felt in the first book, develops to one of solidarity, understanding and love. Beck gently embraces Sela once she reveals the truth about her revenge plot against JT, Beck’s partner in the their business, Sugar Bowl. The tragic event in Sela’s past bring a deep understanding with Beck, it resonates so deeply to what also happened with his sister, Caroline. I don’t want to divulge this spoiler because it’s so pivotal to the storyline. But, it’s a must read, and so far it’s rocking the inner romance girly in me, I’m loving it. The plot thickens, they enlist the help of Dennis Flaherty, a private investigator who’s not averse to crossing ethical lines. I sure hope he gets his story, he’s one interesting guy, and a great secondary character. The other twist in the plot is that Beck’s father is also JT’s dad. Wow! I was just glued to the book. Sugar Rush has it all, plot, intrigue, romance, and sizzling sex. Ms. Bennett’s writing is stellar, she doesn’t mince her words, and has made her work so enjoyable to read. It’s been an amazing ride so far, and now I’ve got to face my worries and read the last two chapters which I don’t want to end. I can’t wait for the final book in this series, Sugar Free and how Sela and Beck get their HEA. Nicely done, Ms. Beckett. Copy provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Love this series great read
The perfect follow-up to Sugar Daddy, Sugar Rush has every possible thing you want in a book... angst, betrayal, revenge, suspense, secrets, loyalty, hot sex scenes, overwhelming emotions, love, a great story-line, and interesting and intriguing characters. I received a courtesy ARC of this book for an honest review.