Title: Sugar: My Life as a Sugar Babe
Author: Monique X
Book Length: 328 pages
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Genre: Nonfiction, Erotica, Autobiography, Memoir, Romance
Read Start Date: October 28, 2018
Read Finish Date: November 5, 2018
Brief Summary of the Plot from Goodreads: After her divorce, Monique decides to inject some fun into the drudgery of life as a single mother, by dating a wealthy older gentleman, which is known as ‘sugar daddy’ dating. It all starts quite innocently, but when Monique finds a thousand pounds in her wallet after one night of hot, steamy sex, she realises that sugar dating could be her way to survive as a single mother.
Soon life is a whirlwind of wealthy men, luxury hotels and glamorous experiences. She goes skydiving in Dubai and flies to Paris, Barcelona, Vienna, Milan, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Thanks to her sugar daddies Monique can take care of her children, she gets a new sense of independence, discovers her sexual drive, and experiments with a whole new range of sexual fantasies.
But when she loses her job and her ex-husband stops paying alimony, she is prepared to do anything to safeguard her children and keep a roof over their heads. Money becomes her main focus and she starts living on the periphery of the escort world. Now she realises the truth: she needs to find a way out.
My Review: I received an advance copy of this book via Netgalley. As with all books that I read, I went to Goodreads to mark that I was “currently reading” the book.
However, the cover of “Sugar” by Monique X, is basically exactly the same as “Sugar Daddy” by Sawyer Bennett. So, that’s super confusing. Are these by the same person? Or did one copy the cover art of the other?? I have included both covers for comparison.
Anyway, this book (told as a memoir) is about a single mom raising two kids after her divorce from her deadbeat husband. In order to make ends-meat, the main character “Monique” joins a sugar daddy dating site called “Seeking Arrangements”. Basically, a “Sugar Babe” is a woman who receives money from older, wealthy (sometimes married) “Sugar Daddies”. In general, from what I understand, a Sugar Babe is like a kept mistress who gets a monthly allowance, and in return, accompanies the guys on fancy dinners, trips abroad, and of course, engages in very illicit sexual activities.
As the author says: “what all men really want: a lady on their arm and a hooker in their bed.”
I haven’t really read many erotica books, except for maybe 50 Shades of Grey 1-3, and like 50 Shades of Grey, this Sugar story is more interesting than the writing is good. But, as Stephen King says, a book is about the story, and not the writing technique — and this story is fast paced, entertaining, adventurous, and full of very sexually graphic scenes (which are exciting). The men Monique met were fun and exotic and took her around the globe on world-wind adventurous filled with fine dining, high priced wine / cocktails, and mind blowing sex.
If you have ever fantasized about what it could be like to live dangerously or on the edge, this book will definitely intrigue you.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”