Book: Sugar Sweet
Series: Sugar series #1
Author: Christine d’Abo
Release date: 7 August 2018
Main characters: Marissa Roy, student struggling with debt caused by a vengeful ex. Vince Taylor, multimillionaire with a reputation for being an ass.
Connecting with a sugar daddy is reserved for a certain kind of woman. But some men make you yearn to be that kind of woman . . .
Marissa Roy never thought she would do it. Until she finds herself overwhelmed by debt, college costs—and a vengeful ex-boyfriend determined to ruin her financially. But once she meets multi-millionaire Vince Taylor, the thought of sleeping with her hot benefactor is a major turn-on. Except Vince has one condition to their dating contract: he wants her by his side, but not in his bed. Finding sex was easy, he said, finding someone he could trust was not. Still, his hungry gaze tells Marissa otherwise . . .
She’s the perfect escort—a natural beauty with the kind of savvy discretion that will keep his personal life out of the tabloids. Only Vince doesn’t expect his body to pulse every time Marissa steps into the room, every time she stands close. Too close. He doesn’t expect to find himself pulling her into his arms, night after night after night. Suddenly he can’t get enough of her intoxicating body. And once he’s broken that rule, it’s only a matter of time until he violates his vow to never, ever fall in love…
Why you should read it: This was a surprising read. I thought I knew what it would be like: a girl, practically forced to auction off her love, time etc. in order to make ends meet. A millionaire, who happens to be attractive, would treat her like his plaything until he realises she’s the one. It wasn’t like that. At all. There was a pragmatic heroine, who is in serious dire straits, and needs money. Fast. So far so trope, right? However, the characters had an engaging sense of humour and a no-sex clause, that forces them to get to know each other as people. It was refreshing. Marissa isn’t immature – she can’t afford to be. She goes into every situation with her eyes open and she owns her decisions. I really liked her. Vince was supposed to be an ass, but he’s not the worst hero you’ll ever meet. He has a conscience, a moral compass of sorts – I really liked him!
What you may not like: You may take issue with the premise and dismiss it as like all the other books, but I think you’ll find something engaging in it. I really do.
Rating: 4/5 for a fun and touching read. I loved the dialogue and the author’s ability to find some originality in this well-known trope.