Friday, August 21, 2015

Blog Tour: Sugar Baby Beautiful by J.J. McAvoy


Publication Date: 21 August 2015 

Tour: Sugar Baby Beautiful by J.J. McAvoy
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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4.5 star Review by Lisa Kane

It's difficult to write a review for this story without giving too much away. As I started to read it, I thought this would be about a girl surrendering to a man who likes to dominate and control. I could tell Felicity Harper was strong willed and although Theodore Darcy had it all-looks, money, intelligence, respect-he was going to meet his match. 

Felicity's two best friends, Cleo and Mark encourage her to attend a Sugar Baby party-where like minded people meet to hook up. They fulfill each other's needs and in some cases money or goods are exchanged. Reluctantly, Felicity goes. She doesn't want money, but she is craving some no strings sex. But when she gets there she sees a piano and she can't help herself from playing. That's when she catches the eye of the ultimate prize-Theo.  He is intrigued by her and wants to possess her. Bad thing for him-she may be attracted but she's not going to follow through. 

"When I saw you last night, I was jealous."
"Of what?"
He smirked. "The piano. You were like a vision in white, yet yo only had eyes for my piano. You gravitated to it, dropped everything in your hands, stepped out of your heels, and gave yourself over to it. You played with your back arched, eyes closed, and mouth ajar. I thought, "if she's this passionate with music, how passionate would she be in my bed? How could I make her back arch? Would her lips part for me? Would her eyes open as I buried myself in her? The more you played, the more I wanted you."

Eventually he tracks her down, they have wild, no holds barred sex and she loves it. All the while telling herself that this is a very temporary thing and she can't let herself feel anything for him. She goes on with her life-she works multiple job-a waitress, a janitor, and a credit call center operator. Her two friends are divided-Cleo doesn't want her getting involved with Theo at all and Mark encourages her to go for it. 

Theo learns quite by accident that the piano is not her only forte. She is an accomplished dancer and her involvement in a gala he is producing is going to affect them all. There is a reason Felicity has little contact with the outside world and carries her secret and guilt about her like a winter coat; bundling herself up in it and refusing to let it go. But when she reveals her secret, I thought okay that makes sense. Hold that thought. 

"I grew up in Hollywood, saw everyone and everything imaginable. So moving me is damn near impossible, or at least I believed so until I met a young musician and dancer who, just a few short weeks ago, spent her mornings pouring coffee, her afternoons as a janitor for high school students, and her nights as a credit card call operator. Tonight she dances for all of you and serves as a reminder that talent lurks in the most common and unexpected of places, that what we do and create is not just for ourselves but those around us." 

As this story progresses, it becomes apparent maybe we don't know all there is to know about Felicity and then BAM! Another secret is revealed and just when I thought that one is hard to take just like an onion, there are more layers and each one shocks and leaves the reader exhausted. There are so many twists on this story's journey that I wish I had taken some motion sickness medicine before picking it up. While I enjoyed the epilogue, I was disconcerted by Theo's brother Arty. I didn't see any mention of another book with him as the main character and I felt like his story needed to be told. I hope I find closure for him at some point. Sugar Baby Beautiful is like one of those mirrors at a carnival, there are so many different distortions and just when you think you have the right version to the story, it shifts and your perception is changed once again. Brilliant twists! 

"How about Sugar Baby Beautiful?" I replied.
He looked confused. "What does that mean?"
"I'd like to think it means the kind of beauty even the richest people can't buy."

About J.J. mcavoy

J. 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

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