by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Series: Sugar Baby #1
Published by the Author (Self-Published) on September 29, 2015
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Desperate times call for desperate measures...
And desperate is the only way to describe Kayla Davis's current situation. Out of work and almost out of money to cover her bills, Kayla finally caves to her roommate's nagging and follows her to Arrangements, an online dating site that matches pretty young women with older men of a certain tax bracket.
Convinced this "make-rent-quick" scheme will surely fail - or saddle her with an 80 year old boyfriend - Kayla is shocked when Michael Bradbury, Internet billionaire and stone-cold salt and pepper fox, offers her a solution to all her financial troubles. It's hard enough for Kayla to accept his generosity, but what's a girl to do when the wealthiest man she's ever met is a dream in and outside of the bedroom?
Where to begin? 😖 I see this author recommended a lot and I enjoyed her novella Fit. So Sweet sounded like a light, fluffy read—but it didn’t really turn out to be that. It’s heavy on the smut for sure, but without much substance or emotion to back it up.
Kayla has been laid off from her human resources job and hasn’t had much luck on the job search front. Her best friend and roommate, Adler, suggests that Kayla join her on the Arrangements website—a service that introduces sugar babies to sugar daddies.
Kayla (24) meets Michael (49) at her first sugar party and it’s basically lust at first sight. Beginner’s luck, in Kayla’s case. It turns out that Michael owns Arrangements and he’s also a billionaire. His work is his life, but he wants a companion who isn’t just a random gold digger, social climber, or sex worker. Hence, the sugar daddy scenario.
Everything happens so fast. Kayla and Michael meet, then it’s boom they’ve slept together, then boom they’re having feelings for each other, then boom they’re moving in together? Within what, a couple of weeks? He might be a billionaire, but he’s not too smart, in my opinion. I’m also supposed to believe that Kayla is smart, but I’m not buying it. Yes, she’s still looking for jobs in the meantime because she doesn’t want to become dependent on Michael long-term. But that kind of flies out the window when they decide to get serious about each other within weeks.
Additionally, there are several conflicts inherent to their arrangement: Kayla has a falling-out with someone close to her and it directly involves Michael; Kayla has to figure out how to break the news to her family, once she and Michael decide to move in together; and Kayla and Michael’s age difference is a real sticking point for her parents.
Lastly, I just didn’t enjoy the writing style, which reads more like a laundry list than an engaging narrative. We get Kayla’s point of view about what she does every day and what happens, but I didn’t get a sense of who she really is as a character. Same for Michael: why is Kayla so drawn to him, other than for his money and the security it offers?
There are sex scenes galore, but without a substantial emotional connection, they feel empty and generic. Both Kayla and Michael profess deep feelings; but to me, it was a case of telling and not showing because I just didn’t understand where this supposed meaningful relationship was.
So Sweet didn’t work for me on any level, so I won’t be reading the next book in the series.
Rating: 1 star