Wednesday, January 15, 2014

[Book Review] Sugar Babies

Sugar Babies
by Mickey Corrigan
November 4, 2013
Champagne Books
Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Suspense


A sugar daddy can make your money woes disappear overnight. But for sugar babies, life is like a chocolate covered time bomb: sweet on the outside, deadly on the inside. 
Young, beautiful, and hungry, Maire, Esme and Niki want what every woman wants: love, work, safe shelter, the bills paid off, a diamond-studded Rolex, and a two-bedroom condo with an ocean view. Working as sugar babies seems to be the only way to make this happen. But the sugar life is more dangerous than they thought. 
Maire O’Rourke is too hot to handle herself properly. She tends to wear too tight clothes and too much make-up, but she’s got more than sex on her mind. She’s already landed one of the richest sugar daddies in Coconut City, a tropical paradise boasting more lonely men per multimillion dollar estate than just about anywhere else. 
Sweet Esme Grant is a buxom blonde with a rough and tumble lover she’s left behind somewhere in hill country. She’s come to Coconut City in order to find herself a sugar daddy, a rich older man willing to fund her, along with her hometown boyfriend and their Mayberry-gone-bad dreams. 
Niki Stephanopoulos, a dark, iconoclastic artist enrolled in a teaching certification program at Coconut College, struggles with depression fueled by guilt. She is embarrassed by her dependence on her family for the money she needs to survive. But she feels even worse after sleeping with her sexy, much older landlord when she’s short the rent. 
Welcome to the secret lives of sugar babies. On the first day of the month, Maire, Esme and Niki struggle with overdue bills and sexy beaus. Readers can join them as they figure out ways to pay the rent, make decent love to indecent men, and stay upright on the rough road to happiness. Sugar Babies is a modern-day romance, a blue martini with a nasty twist. An intoxicating mystery steeped in social satire, the story of Esme, Niki and Maire is an all-American morality tale. 
Three beautiful young women: place your order now.

Every once in a while, we need a reminder that not all stories in books have happy endings; Sugar Babies is such a reminder. It's intriguing, captivating and beautifully grim. It kept me on my toes and made me read non-stop until I reached the very last page.

The beginning of the book was really intriguing. It easily got me hooked and interested from the onset. It also helps that the intro of the book has a sort of mystery-suspense vibe to it. In no time at all, I was sucked into the lives of three very beautiful women.

The story-line is surprisingly edgy despite the fact that the world portrayed in this book is supposed to be all about beauty, wealth and glamour. I also really liked the slow build-up of the lives of the three ladies in the story. At every turn, I was kept in the dark as to the identity of the person who wrote the note at the beginning of the story. I kept guessing and I kept missing! Despite being a little frustrated at not being able to correctly guess the identity of the mystery person in the story, I actually had fun guessing. This is one of the strengths of this story: it keeps the reader guessing, and each twist was designed to confuse and lead the reader into a rabbit-hole with false leads.

As for the characters, I really felt sad for the women whose lives are narrated in this story. They world they live in is fascinating because they're practically being given everything they want by the men who keep them, but at the same time, it's sad because they seem to feel like they have no other choice but to use their beauty and bodies to survive. I also appreciate that each woman was distinctly fleshed out that it's not confusing to read about all three of them. What's interesting is the common denominator of the three women: superficiality. Many times during the course of reading this story, I thought of alternatives as to what they could do to survive. Surely, there must be some other way to earn money without being a sugar baby. But then again, the women in the story were somehow a little naive, and the big bad world simply wasn't so good to them.

All in all, Sugar Babies is a highly engrossing read with an intriguing start and an equally satisfying finish!

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