DATE PUBLISHED: 24th May 2016
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.
I am going to preface this review by stating that this book is an adult contemporary romance and as such contains explicit content that I would recommend for mature audiences.
This book really had me hooked. The main plot was created in such a way that even when it slowed slightly, you received information important to keep the plot going. The characters themselves are flawed. A lot of what drives Sela is her rape at sixteen and her need for revenge based on that. Her relationship with Beck slowly brings Sela out of her single-minded mission and lets her relax and have a fulfilling relationship with someone. However, when a past trauma drives someone it is hard to let go.
The flashbacks to Sela’s past trauma are placed in such a way that the reader slowly gains this information lending to the plot of the book. This book ended on a cliff hanger and I am extremely interested to continue on the story of Sela and Beck.
Keep Calm and Read On,