Title: Sugar Rush (Sugar Bowl, Book #2) Author: Sawyer Bennett Release Date: August 16, 2016
Synopsis: In the steamy and suspenseful sequel to Sugar Daddy (“A totally gripping take on romance and revenge!”—Lauren Blakely), a heartbreaking rift threatens to unravel a dangerous alliance . . . and a fragile new love.
After posing as an escort for the Sugar Bowl online dating service, Sela Halstead is looking for one thing: payback. She’s closing in on the site’s heartless founder, Jonathon Townsend, and she needs Beckett North, Townsend’s business partner and her lover, by her side. She’d thought that their intimate nights together had forged an unbreakable bond, but after a shocking betrayal, Sela begins to doubt the brilliant bad boy. When push comes to shove, can she trust Beck to do the right thing?
Now that he understands the truth, Beck will stop at nothing to secure the reckoning Sela deserves. But between his desire for her and his disgust for JT, Beck doesn’t exactly have a lot of control over his emotional state. Left with no other choice, he must summon all his discipline to maintain JT’s trust and pretend that they’re still friends. But how far will Beck go to prove his loyalty to Sela? He nearly lost her once. To keep her, Beck might have to kill for her.
Note: Sugar Rush ends on a cliffhanger. Sela and Beck’s story concludes in Sugar Free!
Sugar Rush by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Revenge, murder and romance. All the necessary elements for the sizzling, spine-tingling continuation of the equally hot and exciting “Sugar Daddy” by Sawyer Bennett.
A few months ago, Sela Halstead couldn’t see beyond the retaliation she needed to exact on her attacker Jonathon Townsend, co-founder of the Sugar Bowl. After meeting and living with JT’s partner, Beck North, for almost a month, she thought that her happiness with the bad boy turned romance novel hero was better than revenge. But while JT is still in Beck’s life, can she really let go? Will she ever trust Beck enough to tell him the truth?
“When I gave my fill trust to you, I knew that you were more important than my revenge.”
Will one transgression from Sela destroy the tenuous but incredibly fulfilling relationship his built with her? Beck understands more about Sela’s situation than either of them could imagine. Once Beck allows her sincerity to sink in and he finds out the entire truth, their bond will become unbreakable and nothing will stand in his way to avenge her. But how far is he willing to go?
“Two souls who have preferred to be alone for holidays past, now bonded through circumstance, passion and a focused need for revenge.”
Sugar Rush picks up right where Sugar Daddy left off, in heartrending cliffhanger when Beck kicks Sela out of his condo after finding her going through his office, but just before he closes the door on her, she blurts out her tragic truth about how she knows his friend and business associate.
I would never dream of telling you what happens and spoil your fun and enjoyment. I will say that Sawyer Bennett’s story telling ability goes beyond hooking the reader with a scorching hot story, she creates an addicting tale with unpredictable twists that is impossible to put down. I literally couldn’t sleep until I completely devoured this new phase in Sela and Beck’s story and then went back to read it all over again even though it ends with another cliffhanger, or perhaps because of it because I want more of Beck and Sela.
“My core essence as a human being finally recognizes with complete clarity it’s other half.” ~ Sela
“My feelings for Sela are overwhelming to me at the worst of times, and infinitely comforting at the best of times.” ~ Beck
The direction Bennett takes Beck and Sela is completely different than what I had expected but I definitely liked it. Of course they go through a difficult patch in which they need to learn to trust each other, but once they do, their growth is wonderful to see. We get a lot more of Beck and his sister Caroline’s backstory. If I liked him before, I totally adored him in this book. He’s sexy, caring, protective, understanding, did I mention sexy? Yep, absolutely swoon worthy.
“Everything I do is with the idea in mind of solidifying my future with her.”
We also get the sad details about what happened to Sela that horrible night ten years ago on her birthday and there are many other revelations that almost make me want to start a betting pool on how things will unravel. I can’t wait to see where she takes them in the final book.
Sugar Rush is book #2 in the Sugar Bowl series by Sawyer Bennett. It is a thrillingly hot contemporary romance. This is not a standalone book, its predecessor should be read first. Told from both point of view that ends with a shocking cliffhanger that left me wanting the next and final book yesterday. Sela and Beck’s story will conclude with Sugar Free.
* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy.
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.
A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.
Sawyer likes her Bloody Mary’s strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.