This is the first book in the Sugar Bowl trilogy. At sixteen, Sela Halstead was violated in one the worst ways possible. She has spent years trying to recover from that night. The brutal night is a blur except she remembers her rapists’ tattoos. One day, she recognizes that tattoo on Jonathan Townsend, owner of The Sugar Bowl. She is sure she has found one of her rapists and plots revenge. As she begins her revenge, her plan takes a detour as she finds herself becoming Beckett North’s sugar baby, Townsend’s business partner. Sela is lost as falling in love was never part of the plan. Can their love survive the truth? What is the truth?
If you are a fan of Sawyer Bennett, you will be pleasantly surprised. I have read many of her books and I think this might be one of my favorites. The downside is that it’s a trilogy and I have to wait for two more books!! The writing is fantastic and the plot is brilliant. It’s a nice mix of steamy hot sexiness, romance, mystery, and a little bit of crime.
Sela is a great character. Honestly, I think I would be a lot like her if I was in her shoes. The woman and human being in me wants justice for her; her own justice. From the beginning, I was rooting for her.
“Infiltrate. Murder. Repeat.”
I find Sela such a real character and her thought process is rational. I like my heroines strong and I definitely think Sela is strong. It takes a lot of courage to pick up your life after such a horrific night, but she does! But the best part about her character is that she is strong and hard on the outside, but her heart remains soft. Beckett helps her see the good in life and that vengeance isn’t all that it seems to be.
“Me…Seal Halstead…perhaps no longer a victim? Perhaps becoming a normal woman who enjoys intimacy?”
I like that her heart thaws and she begins to see there can be more to her life than her rape. She doesn’t let it define her anymore. More than that though, she realizes vengeance is empty; it won’t bring her happiness–what she and Beckett have is happiness and worth more than revenge. What a smart woman!!
“I realized revenge on JT was not ever going to be worth the hurt I could put on Beck.”
Beckett is also a great character. I’m not exactly sure how he even came to be friends with the hideous Jonathan Townsend. They are such opposite characters… Jonathan is disgusting and Beckett is a good person with morals. He’s such a cute character and he embraces falling in love with Sela. He is honest, kind, reasonable, and I know in my heart he will protect Sela and learn to believe her. At the end, we are left with a cliffhanger as Sela tries to tell Beckett the truth, but Beckett refuses to believe her after catching her in all her lies.
“Don’t ever lie to me, don’t ever do anything to make me distrust you and everything is golden.”
I’m not worried, though. I know Beckett will come around in the next books. He is just that type of guy.
So now, I’m patiently waiting for the next books, Sugar Rush and Sugar Free, to come out. Happy Reading!