October 11, 2016

RELEASE DAY REVIEW: Sugar Free (Sugar Bowl #3)

What a finale. Sawyer Bennett' Sugar Bowl series comes to an end with Sugar Free's release today. Check out my review, and if you haven't experienced this series for yourself yet, make that the next item on your to read list!

Sugar Free (Sugar Bowl #3), by Sawyer Bennett
Publish Date:
October 11, 2016
Publisher: Loveswept
Format: ARC, provided by the author
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 4.5 STARS

(Synopsis) For years Sela Halstead dreamed of revenge, but the quest for payback has been anything but sweet. Now, once again, she finds herself at the mercy of Jonathon Townsend, his hands crushing the very breath from her body. And even though she escapes with her life, Sela fears she may never recover. In desperate need of shelter and comfort, she runs to the one man she can trust. Beckett North has stood by Sela since the beginning. But can he handle the brutal truth?

Beck will do anything to protect what is his—and make no mistake, Sela belongs to him, heart and soul. The passion between them runs hot, even as their world begins to unravel. With the legacy of his ruthless business partner hanging in the balance, Beck stands to lose everything: his fortune, his family, his freedom. But each touch of Sela’s mouth on his skin, her nails down his back, makes it harder to let her go—and it might not even be his choice to make.

Sugar Free is an incredible, frustrating, heart-pounding, sexy conclusion to Beck and Sela's story. If you like books where the HEA seems completely elusive, then you'll love this one. For so many chapters, I found myself biting my nails wondering how Beck and Sela were going to get out of the mess in which they both now find themselves. 

Sugar Free picks up moments after the end of Sugar Rush - with a blood-stained Sela standing in front of Beck and his sister after her encounter with JT at his house. Sela has made her bed and is prepared to lie in it, but Beck is not willing to leave her fate to chance. Instead, he puts himself in harm's way, but more and more it seems like there will be no HEA for either of them. 

I knew from the first two books in this series that Beck was a special kind of alpha male. It was clear in Sugar Rush that he had fallen completely in love with Sela and would protect her from JT at all costs. He went to some pretty extreme measures in that book to make that happen. But, as it turns out, we hadn't seen even the tip of the iceberg when it came to Beck's devotion to this woman. 

As frustrating as it was when Beck stood in for Sela in front of the police and lawyers and his family, it was also incredibly sexy. That this man would go that far to protect his woman was incredible to me. He never wavered. Never questioned what he felt he had to do. His loyalty was first and foremost to Sela, and that made him the absolute best kind of hero. 

Don't worry - Sela is not the kind of woman to tolerate anyone taking any sort of punishment that was really meant for her. ESPECIALLY the man she is absolutely devoted to. She is always trying to do the right thing. Beck is telling her that that is to let him handle things. Her heart is telling her that that is to woman up and tell the whole truth. 

Despite all the stress and uncertainty that permeates this book, there was still plenty of time for the sexy times that Beck and Sela do so very well. Their chemistry and depth of emotion with one another makes for some super hot scenes. I just love how open and honest and loving they are with each other. They always seem to know what the other needs, and that makes for a pretty dynamic couple. 

We see a lot more of Beck's sister in Sugar Free, which was nice. And, I don't think it gives anything away to say that, by the very end, all questions are answered and all loose ends are tied up. And the epilogue - WOW. What an incredible conclusion. Thinking about it makes me feel all emotional again - it was SO well done. I can't wait for you to read it.

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.

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