“Innocent and fresh. Two words that should never be used to describe the dark and damaged woman I’ve become.”
Yet again, I am impressed by another new to me author. I would like to thank Pearl of PAGES OF PEARL for giving this book a chance and from her Goodreads status updates, I got intrigued and curiosity got the better of me.
This is the story of Sela who was brutally drugged and gang raped when she was younger by the now rich and famous Jonathon Townsend or JT. Sela closed off over the years after her rape and was determined that the only thing that can give her back her peace of mind is by getting revenge. On her way to the path of retribution, she came across, Beck, JT’s business partner and childhood friend. From there, Sela began an unexpected ride of steam, lies, and attraction.
I found this story very entertaining and such an easy read. For starters, I like the idea of the Sugar Bowl, a dating site used to match men and women. It kind of feels like the Super Bowl. While the Super Bowl is the gathering of football greatness, Sugar Bowl, on the other hand is the gathering of the richest and most prominent men and the most delectable females.
I was initially intrigued because of the revenge premise since Sela wanted to find her abusers and have her vengeance. She was repeating her mantra, over and over and over.
Infiltrate. Murder. Repeat, she said.
Focus on JT, she said.
Find her other rapists, she said.
What she has accomplished so far? None. Except getting a super hot boyfriend/live in partner/Sugar Daddy who is super sweet and gives her all the O’s she has missed out on.
I feel like the goal of revenge has been an initial priority which has been placed in the back burner. She has been damaged over the years because of what was done to her and then she meets one hot, swoon worthy Beck and she got easily sidetracked. I mean, I can’t blame her but she was so motivated during the start like her sanity was depending on it. Then one guy, one guy came along and her determination wavered. There was actually a point where she was thinking of giving up her chance to avenge herself in favor of having a real and more honest relationship with Beck. Until things happened which pushed her to do something that would really tear her and Beck apart.
Sela, although a bit lacking in character development is still a likable character. She is strong and honest (except with Beck), true to herself and a real survivor. Beck on the other hand is perfection delivered to us hot off the oven. Need I say more?
This book is fun to read, engaging at best and heartfelt for most. It has a lot of potential, a lot of other points to explore like more on JT’s backstory (Why is he such a crude maniac in the first place?), Beck’s background and his big issue with lying (Is there a story behind that or just basic human nature to despise lies?), Sela and her drive to get revenge. With all these, I was just a teeny, tiny bit perplexed that most scenes ended up in the bedroom. I need more of the story and a little less sex.
I found this author’s writing to be clean and direct. Overall, I truly enjoyed reading this and could not believe that heck of a cliffhanger. The most powerful part in my opinion is that last 10% which was spectacularly done. I am definitely getting the second book.
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.