- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First edition (March 4 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312351631
- ISBN-13: 978-0312351632
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sugar Daddy: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – Mar 4 2008
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“Kleypas shines.” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews (Top Pick!)
“An entertaining chronicle of Liberty Jones's rise from the trailer park to life in a Texas mansion….Kleypas's many readers will root for Liberty, a fiery and likable underdog.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Lisa Kleypas's move from historical to contemporary romance is a rousing success!” ―Romance Junkies
“Kleypas's passion for the people and culture of the Lone Star State takes the reader on a highly enjoyable ride.” ―BookPage
“Sinfully pleasurable.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“A first effort as enjoyable and unusual as this one needs to be followed by many, many sequels.” ―Wordcandy.net
“An emotionally compelling and superbly satisfying tale of family, friendship, hope, and love. Writing with wit, wisdom, and warmth, Kleypas has created a book to treasure.” ―Booklist
“Kleypas is a New York Times bestselling author for a reason. As a beloved historical romance writer, she's mastered her craft, and it shows in this novel, her first work of contemporary romance and her hardcover debut. The well-rendered characters, fluid narration and skillfully composed dialogue shine, and the plot remains compelling even as it spans more than a decade of change.” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews (Top Pick!)
From the Back Cover
Lisa Kleypas has enthralled millions of readers with her powerfully seductive novels. Now she delivers a story featuring her most unforgettable characters yet....
SHE'S FROM THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS
Liberty Jones has dreams and determination that will take her far away from Welcome, Texas―if she can keep her wild heart from ruling her mind. Hardy Cates sees Liberty as completely off-limits. His own ambitions are bigger than Welcome, and Liberty is a complication he doesn't need. But something magical and potent draws them to each other, in a dangerous attraction that is stronger than both of them.
HE'S THE ONE MAN SHE CAN'T HAVE
When Hardy leaves town to pursue his plans, Liberty finds herself alone with a young sister to raise. Soon Liberty is under the spell of a billionaire tycoon―a Sugar Daddy, one might say. But the relationship goes deeper than people think, and Liberty begins to discover secrets about her own family's past.
Will they find their hearts' desires―
or will HEARTBREAK tear them apart?
Two men. One woman. A choice that can make her or break her. A woman you'll root for every step of the way. A love story you'll never forget.
"Kleypas shines." ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews (Top Pick!)
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Narrated by Jeannie Stith
The Travises #1
I really enjoyed this book. Had life not gotten in the way so much, I would have finished it sooner! I did not read the synopsis before starting this book, so I didn't have any real expectations, other than a few good reviews (which I only glance at as I hate spoilers.)
In the beginning I had started to wonder if it was a YA novel, as by chapter 5 the leads were still sophomores in high school. Liberty was a strong leading lady. Her persistence and caring for her sister were admirable.
I thought Hardy and Liberty together were great, and as things started to happen and change in the story, I kept waiting for him to show up in the book more. Until Gage entered the picture that is. The chemistry between these two' whoa! It was awesome. Then Hardy shows up. Oy! Talk about a hard decision!
While I wish there was a bit more romance in this story, what was there was well written. Most of the book is spent reliving Liberty's story (from her point of view), and all the trials and such that comes along with being a guardian of a young child, at a young age, while not having access to a lot of money. Don't misunderstand, this is not a bad thing. It kept me listening and I never found myself feeling bored. I will definitely read the next book the series.
Jeannie Stith did a good job with the narration, her southern accents were great and brought me into Texas. I would listen to a book she read again.
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I highly recommend this novel!
I can't wait for more contemporaries from this wonderful author.
Eventually, Hardy comes back into Liberty's life, but she's not the same naive young girl he knew. In fact, there are more secrets to her family than she realized. And she's moved on, her mended heart - broken when Hardy and her mother died - finally open to loving another. Who will Liberty choose? The man from her past or the man who could be her future?
Although this books drags heavily at the beginning, it finishes in an emotional rush. Well over a third of this book seems to be primarily Liberty ruminating on life, love, and the people around her. Although it has the sweeping saga feel of 80's nighttime dramas (eg. <i>Dallas, Dynasty</i>) I found myself not caring very much about Liberty. It's not until she's an adult and out on her own that she interacts more with others, and gets out of her head. The ending is satisfying as it fits with the more active storyline.
Although it ends well, I'm in no rush to pick up the next in the series. <i>Dallas</i> was fun while it lasted, but there's a good reason why the new version didn't last long.
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