ARC REVIEW: Sugar Rush by Sawyer Bennett

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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!

“God, it hurts.
So much.

My heart, my chest, my head.

My lungs.

My bones. I even feel the crushing weight of defeat and loss in my bones."

This was so deliciously good! After reading Sugar Daddy, I hadn't really warmed up to Beck and Sela, in the beginning I wasn't feeling their relationship and I felt like the whole situation wasn't credible enough for me. But boy did this book just blow my previous thoughts to pieces. Sugar Rush is what's really sold me to this series. It was emotionally gripping, suspenseful and really just a solid plot in my opinion.

After Beck's douche baggery at the end of Sugar Daddy, I had little hope for these two characters' relationship. And when I started reading Sugar Rush I may have called Beck by a selection of less than savoury words. But as I got into the story and as Sela and Beck's relationship grew my shipdom started to soldify. I can now with a clear conscience tell you that I love these two characters, Beck probably most of all. His palpable emotions for Sela, his fierce protectiveness toward her and just how he wears his heart on his sleeve were a major factor.

“She turns her face, chin still resting on her arms, and gives me a smile filled with gratitude and tenderness. It causes my breath to hitch, because it’s the most expressive I’ve ever seen her, and she’s more beautiful than I can ever imagine anything being."

I think my issues with the first book may have centred around Sela mostly and how troubled she seemed. I really had trouble with her vendetta and not for the reasons behind it but I felt like she had lost all perspective and couldn't recongnise how dangerous it was. And I think I was probably a little too hard in judging her, I think the indepth glimpse into her character in this book helped a lot. Meeting Beck probably helped a lot too.

Like I said in the beginning, this book was so suspenseful, that Mariota vs VanZant fight had me sweating. The introduction of a new character, Dennis was a very welcome addition and I have to I'd love for him to get his own book. Perhaps a pairing with Caroline? I think Caroline needs her won knight in shining armour.

The ending was actually a surprise for me, of all the different scenarios I had cooking in my head I hardly expected the one I got. Which is a good thing. I'm so excited to read the next book, excited and a little scared actually!

ARC kindly provided by publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review

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