Thursday 28 January 2021

πŸ“– Book Review ~ The Sugar Game by Ashley Brown


15 January 2021

My thanks to Cameron Publicity for my copy of this book

Jessica and Holly don’t want love, they want independence. They don’t want predictable, they want adventure. They don’t want a relationship they want to play.

Jessica and Holly’s friendship was inevitable as sunrise and hungry for life beyond sleep, eat and repeat, they land in the bright lights of London.

When Holly stumbles across a sugar-baby dating website, a glamorous world of entertaining wealthy men lures them in. They make their own rules, choose an alias and the Sugar Game begins. Jessica’s pursuit of independence is rocked when Jerod, a workaholic scientist opens the door of her latest date. Jessica’s mask slips as he loosens the grip on her stubborn heart. But when he pulls back, her insecurities flare, what is he hiding?

A shadowy figure from his mysterious past may have the answer. What he reveals locks Jessica into a dangerous conflict, putting her security on the line. Determined to find the truth, she battles between her heart and head.

Whatever choice she makes, this is not going to be easy. As rules get broken, will the girls ever win the sweet futures they signed up for?

πŸ“– My thoughts..

Jessica and Holly are best friends who always look out for each other. They both sign up to a sugar-baby dating website and it's not long before they are both inundated with requests for meet ups from wealthy men. Holly and Jessica choose their own alias and play the game by their own set of rules, each conscious of their own safety. However, when Jessica meets the enigmatic business man, Jarod Harris, the whole idea of keeping emotionally detached goes by the board and Jessica is soon swept into a very dangerous world. Struggling between what's in her head, and not her heart, Jessica has some difficult decisions to make and the author explores this dilemma with a realistic edginess.

The story fairly sizzles along mixing together the strange world of sugar-daddy/sugar-baby relationships with that of a corporate mystery. The author writes well, with a good eye for storytelling, I especially liked the development of the best friend bond between Jessica and Holly. The way they each looked out for the other when times were tough just reiterated that the seemingly glamorous 'sugar' world could have its dangers, difficulties and dodgy dealings.

Coming in at just 185 pages, The Sugar Game is a quick, easy and enjoyable read.

The Sugar Game is available in paperback (£7.99) and ebook (£4.99) at all good bookshops and online retailers.

ASHLEY BROWN is a London-based author and writing coach. Turning her back on a career in law led her to becoming a notorious jobslut, inspiring her first book, published in 2018. She has completed various writing courses with Michelle Danner in LA and Faber & Faber. The Sugar game is her second novel. She believes a sense of humor is the only seatbelt required for a creative life, pursued with infectious optimism. Her writing is inspired by the rollercoaster of life, fueled by coffee and an insatiable sweet tooth.

The Sugar Game is available in paperback (£7.99) and ebook (£4.99) at all good bookshops and online retailers.

Twitter @ashleyloulondon #TheSugarGame


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