Title: Craving Sugar
Author: Elena M. Reyes
Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Travel, eat and have your every expense taken care of.The catch: I’ll be someone’s sugar baby for a year. Paid to be a private escort.
Beau Carter is young and beautiful with a bright future ahead of her. Her dreams of becoming the first woman in her family to graduate from college are just within her grasp, when the financial aid runs out. Up to her eyeballs in debt, she works night and day to make ends meet, but even that can only last for so long.
Hendrix Parker lost it all four years ago. Angry at the world, he’s become an asshole—a bitter shell of the man his family once loved. A recluse, he is now forced to leave his sanctuary in the Florida Keys and become an active member of the real estate developer community he now dominates.
Problem is—he’s all alone and needs a buffer. Someone to draw attention away from him.
“I bought you to be my whore.”
“I’m not hiring a whore,” I all but snarled, pissed at the idiot in front of me. I was tired and stressed; lacked the basic urge to be an understanding individual,
much less give the asshole in front of me the benefit of doubt.
Headache now pounding, I pushed back my seat as if I were standing to leave. “Still not interested—”
Elena M. Reyes was born and raised in Miami Florida. She is the epitome of a Floridian and if she could live in her beloved flip-flops, she would.
As a small child, she was always intrigued with all forms of art—whether it was dancing to island rhythms, or painting with any medium she could get her hands on. Her first taste of writing came to her during her fifth grade year when her class was prompted to participate in the D. A. R. E. Program and write an essay on what they’d learned.
Her passion for reading over the years has amassed her with hours of pleasure. It wasn’t until she stumbled upon fanfiction that her thirst to write overtook her world. She now resides in Central Florida with her husband and son, spending all her down time letting her creativity flow and letting her characters grow.
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I really wanted to like this one and don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a BAD book by any means, but honestly? The hero ruined this one for me. I don’t mind a good asshole, but this guy went SOOO far past that. From calling the heroine a “whore” and “a piece of ass I want to own” to doing manipulative and illegal things to get his way…sigh. I just couldn’t STAND him. He crossed so many lines that I wanted the heroine to go to the police and slap a restraining order on his ass. There was never a moment in the entire book where I liked him or warmed up to him or even respected him in any way, shape, or form. That was a bummer. The heroine, on the other hand, I did like (for the most part). She was doing what she was doing for her family. She was smart and had a big heart. Unfortunately, because the hero was such a douche it often made her look like a doormat.
Now like I said it wasn’t all bad. From the big drama on (maybe the last 15%) it was very good and wished we had gotten more of THAT a bit earlier in the book. I also found the writing and pace to be excellent. There was no OW/OM drama. The hero does have a dead ex, so do be aware of that. The sex scenes were hot. Angst lovers will more than likely enjoy this one as there is a lot of push/pull and hot/cold behavior. It had some interesting secondary characters (I’d love to read about Zoey and more about Jax), and it wrapped up in a sweet little ending. So a bit of a mixed bag with this book and I suppose it depends on how high your tolerance is for epic douchenoodles on whether it is a hit or miss for you. Still, overall it gets a thumbs up from yours truly.
SIDE NOTE: I HATED the endearment NYMPH in this one. Had it been used sparingly it might have been OK, but it is repeated no less than 85 friggin times! 85 people!! It got to the point where I wanted to throat punch the hero every time he said it!
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