I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Sawyer Bennett
Released: August 2nd 2016
Series: Sugar Bowl #2
Published by Loveswept
“What I wasn’t so crazy over: The pacing. Book one and two moved s-l-o-w for me. And sometimes felt repetitive.”
~ Under the Covers
– SPOILER WARNING –
Yes, I was seduced by Bennett’s cliffie in Sugar Daddy (Book One) and HAD to continue reading this series. I totally blame J.T. Townsend. He is evil incarnate. A sick bastard. And I HAD to see him get his ass kicked by karma.
The overall story line for the Sugar Bowl series is as follows (and if you haven’t read book one, then you might be a little lost):
On her sixteenth birthday, Sela Halstead is raped by three men. One of them she has identified as J.T. Townsend, the rich (and slimy, morally corrupt) co-business owner of an elite computer “dating” service. A dating service where beautiful, young women search for wealthy men (AKA Sugar Daddies) who help them financially in exchange for other (AHEM) services.
Sela plans her murderous revenge and hooks up with Beckett North, the other co-owner of the online escort service, in hopes of finding out more about Townsend and, hopefully, identifying the other two men who participated in the rape. What she didn’t expect to happen was falling in love with Beckett. She reconsiders her plans but her snooping kills Beckett’s trust and, ultimately ends their relationship. When Sela comes clean and tells Beckett that J.T. raped her, Beckett doesn’t believe her. He feels betrayed by her deception and kicks her out of his apartment, breaking Sela’s heart.
So, book two is where Beckett realizes his huge mistake. Sela had been telling the truth and he rushes after her to ask for her forgiveness. The plot then twists and turns as Beckett and Sela plan to ruin J.T. while Beckett distances himself financially from his business partner.
What I love about the book: I love it when the author creates a character that is soooooo vile, you cannot wait to see him get what he deserves. And Sawyer Bennett definitely does this in her series. J.T. is disgusting. He is the shit you cannot scrape off the bottom of your shoe. I want to see Sela use a butter knife and castrate the bastard, yank out his vas deferens ( Google it, J ) and string it along the highway so other people can run over his junk.
I also enjoyed reading about Dennis, a secondary character who had a lot of potential. He is the P.I. hired by Beckett to get concrete evidence about J.T.’s corrupt behavior. He has a secretive past that provides some much needed build-up in this story.
What I wasn’t so crazy over: The pacing. Book one and two moved s-l-o-w for me. And sometimes felt repetitive. The rape scene is HARSH and hard to read and I felt like the author overused it to develop reader sympathy. Highly unnecessary. It was an ugly rape. I had buckets of sympathy for Sela. Move on, please.
Another disappointment for me was when Sela decided to show up at J.T.’s apartment alone. HELLLOOOOOO—not so smucking fart, Sela. This is the guy who raped you and you are going to his place—ALONE—and not telling anyone?
Predictably, Sugar Rush ends in another cliffhanger and had me totally frustrated. Why? Because although I don’t want to read Sugar Free, (Book Three) I know I more than likely will. I need closure and Sawyer Bennett is the only author who can provide them. Well played, Ms. Bennett.
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