BOOK REVIEW: Sugar Daddy by Rie Warren


Shay Greer is pure GRITS—a Girl Raised In The South–but nowhere near a demure southern belle. She’s looking for a way out of her broken down marriage when she lands an unexpected job offer she really should refuse. Position? Mistress. Fringe Benefits? Of course. Fraternization with sexy CEO Reardon Boone? Required. Lured by the promise of intimacy missing from her failed marriage, Shay signs on. She’s barely survived a hellish year of heartbreak and needs a fresh start, but she gets more than she bargained for with lowcountry-boy-made-good Reardon Boone.

Bankrolling Shay into his bedroom, Reardon sticks by his tried and true rules: no-strings-attached seduction, no messy emotions, absolutely nothing resembling a relationship. This sassy, sultry woman fits the bill precisely…until she arouses more than his erotic appetite.

So desirable he sets hearts on fire in everyone from downtown debutantes to downhome mommas, Reardon is as irresistible as he is unattainable. Shay falls hard despite their unorthodox arrangement. Determined to discover what’s concealed beneath his Forbes 400 façade, she has no idea how close to home the truth will hit.

CONTENT WARNING: Hotter than a South Carolina summer.


  “Woman, I have a feeling you’re going to make me break all my rules, ” he growled.


Rie Warren, you’re my hero! There, I said it. Not many people can pull off the kind of epic humor and volcanic sex appeal like Miss Rie.


Her characters are as rich as creamy grits, and the men, oh the Boone men of South Carolina, they’re the stuff calendars are made of. This northern girl found herself fanning vigorously like any true southern belle would. I skipped ahead just to read the descriptions! The women of this story are complex, 3-D, and the kind of people I would include in my marvelous circle of friends. They are fierce lovers and fighters.


There are a few spoilers in this review, so hold on tight.


Maybe I’d won the Looney Housewife Lottery because I’d been out of the workforce for more than a year…

Shay Greer is over her head in emotional carry-on luggage and you find yourself rooting and crying for her. The loss of the spark in her marriage, the loss of a child, and the general financial burden she carries would cost her dearly on an airline, but Shay is determined to fight her way out.  Her Mae West (Come up and see me sometime), no-apologies hold on life is enough to make you proud to be a woman, I tell you! Her mama is a no sass kind of gal, and the other supporting women are just as determined to see Shay get a new lease on life.


 The man looked like he wanted to serve me for dinner, naked and spread for a bare bodied, all-you-could-eat Shay buffet.

Reardon Boone is as sex-hawt as they come. He’s looking for no complications and brooks no nonsense when it comes to finding himself a woman. He’s loaded in bed, his bank book, and the tycoon-smarts department. He sets his sights on Shay and doesn’t let her be the one that got away. Reardon has a family who are as funny and quirky as anybody else’s. His brothers, who I hope Rie is going to write about (Please, God. Let Rie write allll about them), are bonded together by thick S.C. pluff-mud and a mother’s love.


 Thanks, but I’d rather give myself a Brazilian with a pair of safety scissors than sit across from you two under any circumstances.

As far as the humor goes, Rie Warren’s grasp of exactly how far she can hilariously twist a sentence is serious belly-laugh material. Shay’s inner monologue is sure to tittalize, tantalize, and help you visualize exactly what she wants.  No one is safe when it comes to the comicality of Rie’s pen, cough-cough, the Dugger-super-reproducer (you’ll see). I highlighted and made so many notes in my Nook as I read the story, I couldn’t list them all here. You’ll have to find out for yourself.


When these two embark on their journey, expect smoke and embers. They burn brighter and hotter than the mid-August, South Carolina sun. I hope you enjoy reading their voyage as much as I did. Pick this story up as fast as you can and hope Rie’s as fast at bringing us the next books in this series as she is at turning a delicious phrase!


XoXo –

A.D. Wayy

Title: Sugar Daddy
Rie Warren
Lyrical Press
Pub Date: 3 June 2013



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