November 21, 2013

Book Review: Sugar Babies by Mickey J. Corrigan

Sugar Babies by Mickey J. Corrigan
Publication date: November 4th 2013
Genres: Adult, Romance, Thriller

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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.

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Sugar BabiesSugar Babies by Mickey J. Corrigan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Three women. I broke one’s spirit, I broke another’s neck, and I married the third.

The opening lines of this book and the phenomenal cover had me hooked on page one. However, I quickly realized that this book was not going to quite live up to my expectations.

I love the darker more gritty romance stories. I actually prefer them over the fluff that is out there. This book seemed like it was going to fit the bill nicely, and in most ways it did. But there was just something off about it that made me only like it and not love it. I think it was mostly the layout of the story. The book starts with the excerpt from the Sugar Daddy's Diary. In fact the whole book is supposedly his manuscript, or documentation of how he interacted with the three main sugar babies: Maire, Niki and Esme. I think that if Corrigan would have stuck with his perspective through the whole book, it would have given it more clarity and fluidity. Instead, there are interspersed excerpts from the Sugar Daddy's Diary, and then each chapter is told from one of the girl's perspective. It wasn't confusing to follow, it just kind of made things seem disjointed. I would really be getting comfortable with Esme's viewpoint, and connecting with her, and then it would jump to Maire or Niki.

Overall, the story was good, I just couldn't connect with it like I wanted. I also think that while Corrigan was trying to portray the girls, except Niki, as strong and resourceful, they mostly just came across as indecisive and shallow. Esme turned out to be my favorite character, but there was several times she could have used a kick in the head. None of them actually made a plan and saw it through. They changed it on a whim, or because of some small occurrence that they blew way out of proportion.

The whole idea of the Sugar world was very fascinating. I'm sure there are women and men all over the world who actually live this life day to day, but to ordinary people like me, it seems crazy. I enjoy peeking into a world that is so foreign to me and seeing how they live. Totally loved that aspect of the story.

I also really liked the mysterious side of the "whodunit." I was guessing from page one who the ultimate Sugar Daddy was. I had him pegged early on and then began second guessing myself, and was still wrong by the time it was revealed. It definitely added another enjoyable layer to the story though.

Overall, the story was good, and I enjoyed reading it.

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Author Mickey J. Corrigan lies and works and gets into trouble in the lurid tropics of South Florida, where sugar babies are as common as gators, skeeters and snowbirds. Other titles include the novellas Geekus Interruptus, Dream Job, Professional Grievers, and Me Go Mango. Sugar Babies is her first novel.

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  1. The Sugar world sounds intriguing! Great review, Jessica! Glad you liked it even though you had a hard tie connecting to the story. Great review!

  2. Will be interesting to read about this type of lifestyle!!


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