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!
Sugar Daddy is an emotional ride. By the 3rd chapter, you have met all of the main players, Sela, Beck and JT, and have answers regarding the past Sela shares with Jonathan Townsend as well as a pretty good idea what she plans to do about it and get her revenge. You know what happened, although it is not a big surprise as to what happened to her as it is alluded to in the blurb for the book and dealt with almost immediately.
The story takes off, and it is fueled by the quest Sela has for revenge against JT for what he did to her years ago. She is focused, and she is intense, yet you are still able to relate to her, which I found to be impressive. I have little to no personal experience with wanting to kill someone for revenge, so being able to relate to Sela was definitely not an easy thing…but Sawyer Bennett made it seem effortless. Sela is a character that you like, and her thought processes are oddly rational, and in that the reader is able to understand her and empathize with her. I was worried about this at the beginning, wondering if I would be able to connect with her, which I have to do to be able to enjoy a romance, but I was worried for nothing.
Some of it is predictable, it is a romance after all, so there are things that you know will happen, some not so much. You know, or at least I did, what Sela will have to do to get close to JT and to get her revenge plan in motion. Although, it doesn’t go exactly as planned, which is where the story really begins. She is conflicted, more than once she questions what she is doing and why, and, well, if your plan is to kill someone, or you are even thinking about it, I would hope you think and rethink. Instead of seeming wishy-washy, this back and forth Sela goes through makes sense.
I was impressed by the way the author handled the scenes with Beck and Sela, the way she allowed the reader to be more and more present in their relationship, evolving from fade-to-black in some scenes to full descriptions, as it develops from a relationship started with a lie to one that is actually starting to be built on trust and genuine affection for each other.
As it is a romance, it is not a spoiler to say that along the way, Sela and Beck end up involved with one another because they want the relationship and for no other reason. The connection is real. Beck, though, is VERY against being lied to, and Sela is keeping a secret……