Series: Sugar Bowl #1
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Release date: May 24th 2016
Main characters: Sela Halstead (the wronged heroine), Beckett North (the hero) and Jonathon Townsend (the villain)
Blurb: 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.
Why you should read it: I don’t read a lot of suspense/thrillers – usually 1 or 2 a year. My heart just can’t take more! This book is a tough read – not due to the way it’s written, but due to the opening scenes of the book. Heed the trigger warnings if you’re vulnerable. After you get past the opening chapters, the story begins immediately and you are drawn into a plot of deceit and revenge. I stormed through it – I had to know what was going to happen. Sela is a tough cookie and I think you’ll be on her side throughout. Her burgeoning relationship with Beck is interesting. They’re both feeling their way through their situation – neither knowing the first thing about relationships. I totally enjoyed their dynamic, but was waiting for the other shoe to drop. And boy did it!
What you may not like: I know some of you hate cliffhangers, trilogies, stories dealing with very difficult topics. If any of these apply to you, then maybe give it a miss. This is a new departure for Sawyer – she’s never written anything this heavy before. It was difficult but a very accomplished book in my opinion. The tough scenes weren’t for titillation – but I guess the reader needs to be the judge of that.
Rating: 4/5 – it was edge of the seat stuff. I now have to wait a month until book 2 – not great for someone with no patience whatsoever! It’s not for the faint of heart, but I’m hanging on for the day of reckoning!