Friday, August 21, 2015

review || SUGAR BABY BEAUTIFUL { blog tour } by J.J. McAvoy

Tour: Sugar Baby Beautiful by J.J. McAvoy

NYLA | August 21, 2015 | New Adult Romance


When twenty-four-year-old Felicity Harper is dragged to a sugar party, an event where wealthy men and women seek “companionship,” she never expects this one simple decision to drastically change her whole life. Her past is nothing but broken dreams and heartache. Her present is detached and dull. And her future? Well, before meeting Theodore Darcy, the famed film director, writer, producer and CEO of Darcy Entertainment, she would have expected more of the same. Love is just a fantasy and she wants no part of it—even if she can’t deny the undeniable attraction between the two of them. So their arrangement is simple: sex with no strings attracted. But as their intimacy becomes more powerful, so do Felicity’s demons. Can Theo really shoulder her past and his own? And could Felicity even let him?

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{ about j.j. mcavoy } .

65497_1541399449440285_8932564999068005789_nJ. J. McAvoy first started working on Ruthless People during a Morality and Ethics lecture her freshman year of college. X number of years later, she is an insomniac who has changed her major three times, and is a master in the art of procrastination. If you ask her why she began writing, she will simply tell you “They wanted to get their story out.” She is currently working on her next novel . . . so please bug her on Twitter @JJMcAvoy

{ review } .

Prior to a Bethenny Frankel show on the subject, I had never heard of the term 'sugar babies'. And quite honestly, the term isn't one that I think about often so when I saw this book, I had no idea what it was going to be about.

Enter Felicity's roommates, and I was reminded of the prissy girl in the red dress on that BF show. I have to give kudos to J.J. McAvoy for using the subject for her story as it's not one I think I've read.

If you've never heard the term 'sugar baby', the long and short of it is this: young people get paid for their companionship, whether that be just for social events or for sexual matters. Essentially, it's an escort service, if you want to liken it to something. These young people are typically joining up as sugar babies as a way to pay for college and to pay off student loans, etc. Felicity is working too many jobs and her friends just want her to get laid, so they bring her to a sugar baby party -- where she ends up meeting Theo.

I have to say... thank goodness that Theo isn't too much older than Felicity. I could not get behind a book with a twenty year difference... Theo definitely was one to call the shots, though. He was self-assured, set in his ways, and went after what he wanted -- and that included Felicity.

These agreements are not meant to find love, but I suppose in any situation, it is possible. 

Felicity, too, was self-assured -- she had a mouth and was quite sassy with it, something that she wasn't afraid to showcase again and again. I enjoyed the balance between Felicity and Theo throughout the story, and I truly enjoyed the surprises along the way.

This is a book far greater than the 'sugar baby' theme -- that's just the opening. Outside of that, we have family drama, individual drama, medical drama... and an unyielding love with a super strong alpha man and his equally strong, feisty woman. They face battles and demons, and they do it side-by-side.

The term "sugar baby beautiful" is one that is stated at the beginning of the story, but is redefined in the end -- an end that is one of my favorites, simply because it helps showcase that both Theo and Felicity were able to keep their strengths and were perfectly complimentary with one another.

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