Series: Travises #1
Published by St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2010
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: Cold-Hearted Rake, Marrying Winterborne
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 Jones 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 finds herself 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.
“… I discovered life sometimes has a way of giving you what you need, but not in the form you expect.”
Last month I was in the mood for a historical romance and asked people on Facebook for some recommendations. Many mentioned Lisa Kleypas and a few of her series (The Hathaways, The Wallflowers and The Gamblers) as ones I should check out. I added them to my TBR and then decided to read something else. Fast forward to this week and I just so happen to be looking at Lisa’s backlist on Goodreads and Sugar Daddy caught my eye as it’s contemporary romance. I decided to dive in blind (i.e. not read the synopsis) and let me tell you that I was NOT expecting that. And the that I am referring to is reading of the best (in my humble opinion) contemporary romances I have ever read.
“A couple times in your life, it happens like that. You meet a stranger, and all you know is that you need to know everything about him.”
I have sat here all weekend trying to collect all of my feelings and I still find myself moved over certain quotes and scenes that I have re-read over and over. Sugar Daddy took what I expected of contemporary romance and turned it over on its’ head. For one, while romance is threaded throughout the whole story, it is not the main focus. In fact I would say that Sugar Daddy is a story about family and perseverance. Liberty is a heroine that is so damn like-able and inspiring. It’s hard to not be smitten with her from the get-go, especially once you see how she overcomes the odds stacked against her. She is a fighter through and through and I LOVE stories like that. Her love and devotion to her mom and her sister Carrington really had me quite the emotional mess. While Liberty had me breezing through the story what really blew me away was the romance.
“Many times in life I’ve regretted the things I’ve said without thinking. But I’ve never regretted the things I said nearly as much as the words I left unspoken.”
I almost don’t want to say anything because had I know where the romance would have gone before I read it I might have decided not to read it. It’s unconventional and it threw me off but once I made peace with it I was SO happy in the direction the story decided to go. View Spoiler »For almost half of the story there is an attraction and a connection between Liberty and Hardy that has been building up but Hardy is NOT the hero of this story. « Hide Spoiler I know a lot of readers that aren’t fans of that type of twist but I loved it. Sugar Daddy could have become predictable or cliched and instead that little twist was so refreshing! I almost rated this 4.5 stars because there was one slight issue I had with the pacing View Spoiler »between Liberty meeting Gage and falling in love with him. I would have preferred that he made an appearance earlier in the story, as more romance time between the two of them « Hide Spoiler but I just loved this SO much I couldn’t rate it less than 5 because after reading I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Sugar Daddy went beyond my expectations and I know I just found myself a new favorite series to read.