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Sugar Daddy (The Travises #1)

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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 doesnt need. But something magical and potent draws them t
Published (first published January 1st 2007)
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Feb 08, 2015 Shawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance fans; anyone who loves a great heroine
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5++++ stars – Contemporary Romance

Edited 8/24/13: Sugar Daddy is the book that initially made me a Lisa Kleypas fan, but I love everything she’s written. I’ve reread this several times now and it’s still one of my top all-time favorite beloved romances. I can’t wait for Joe’s story!

I really wish this series would get made into a movie!

Original Review 4/24/09:

This is the first novel I have read by Lisa Kleypas, and I mainly read it in order to have the necessary background to read “Blue-Eyed De
Oct 15, 2011 Auntee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Lisa Kleypas
With already 446 reviews of this book, I'm sure everything's already been said..but I'll add in my 2 cents!

I've had this book on the TBR pile for years--and I don't know why. I love LK's historicals (she's one of the few historical authors I read), so I don't know what kept me from trying this one. Maybe I didn't have faith that Kleypas could weave her magic with a contemporary as well as a historical? Well was I ever wrong! I thought this book was just wonderful. Yes, there were just a few thin
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter

Sometimes life has a cruel sense of humor, giving you the thing you always wanted at the worst time possible. The irony of it split my heart open, setting loose more bitter regret than I could bear.


Be aware that my review is a little bit spoiler-ish; nothing major though

About my rating
When you read my review you will ask yourself why I rated this book so high. Well, even though I dislike chick lit I think it wouldn't be fair to give it a low rating. That's a personal pref
♥~♥Geri ~ the Racy Lit Reader ♥~♥
The first time I read this book, I wasn't too enamored by it. First of all, the hero and heroine didn't meet until halfway through the book. Second, I thought another guy was going to be the hero and I was rooting for him. Turns out, he wasn't the hero. The latter turned out to be a blessing in disguise since this guy became the hero in the second book, which is my favorite in the series. So it's not surprising that I liked this better the second time around because I've gained some perspective ...more
Mar 22, 2015 ♥Sharon♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Lisa Kleypas. I stumbled upon it a few days ago and when I realized a lot of my GR friends loved it I decided to give it a go.

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When Sugar Daddy starts out we meet a young Liberty Jones. She is living with her mom, trying to find her spot in world, dreaming about her future and falling in love like any other teenager. She doesn’t have much but she surrounds herself with people that matter knowing that someday her life would be different.

While fluttering through her young
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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Lisa Kay
This is my favorite LK series. Yes, I know, I know. I'm mainly a historical romance reader. Plus, I've never really been thrilled over first-person POV*, but these books sold me. This book leading the series is truly wonderful.

I still remember when I first saw the paperback was finally out in the bookstore and being so disappointed because yet another one of my favorite HR authors was bowing to pressure and going mainstream. I wasn't reading contemporary romances at the time, so I actually hesit
Sep 15, 2013 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a re-read – loved it the first time around….

Liberty Jones, living in a trailer, with her Mom, with no prospects …

She meets Hardy Gates, an older guy, living in the trailer park also. They become friends but he wants OUT of Welcome and he knows if he gets involved with her, that won’t happen.

He leaves town and Liberty has to grow up fast…. Her Mom has another child, Carrington, who Liberty loves, as if she were her own…

It takes place over a number of years…. Liberty takes control of her
A keeper, a favorite and just love, love, love it!

Gage Travis

You've won a fan here Lisa Kleypas.
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*

I initially gave this 3-stars but revised it to 4-Stars on second read.

Thoughts on first read (in 2009):

I am a huge fan of Kleypas’ historical romances and was somewhat disappointed in this contemporary story. It read like the life story of Liberty Jones as opposed to a contemporary romance. I did really love Liberty and really felt for her through her hardships, but felt a lot of the things that happened in the first half of the book could have been shorter. Based on the blurb at the back of t

Apr 19, 2009 Eastofoz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eastofoz by: Tammy
Shelves: chick-lit
What an utter disappointment this book was. I was tempted to give this two stars but then I changed my mind to three stars because it’s more like 2.5 seeing as it is generally well-written, but in no way is this a romance in my book. I’ve read mixed reviews from some saying it’s romance and others it’s women’s fiction. It’s 100% chick-lit which I dislike. I don’t care about the main character’s “journey” through hardship and angst, I want to see the romance, the emotional connection with the oth ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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5 Stars!

This was the second time I experienced this wonderful story and I still like it as much as I did the first time and maybe even a little more. I still remember picking this book up the first time at my local library shortly after its release. I remember looking for something new to read and the bright colors on the cover of this book called to me. I had never heard of Lisa Kleypas but I decided to take that book home with me and give i
Amy (Foxy)
Dec 10, 2013 Amy (Foxy) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy (Foxy) by: Shreya
Sugar Daddy is Liberty's story from childhood to adulthood. She experiences everything from love to heartache. In her teen years she's forced to become an adult after tragedy strikes. Growing up poor and not wanting to take handouts she's determined not to end up with a Sugar Daddy like some of her co-workers have done.

Liberty has decided she is destined to be an old maid. Her life changes when two men want her affection.
"I'm thinking how thankful I am for everything even the bad stuff. Every
EDIT! I just read a bunch of the lower starred reviews, and NO ONE seems to be upset about the stuff that I'm upset about. So I guess it's official - I'm just a weirdo.

I don't know how to rate this book! I hated the last 15%. HATE.

But I really loved most of it up till then. I loved the way Liberty's life was chronicled from the time she was 14 years old all the way through her 20's. I loved the way Kleypas captured the essence of the small town of Welcome, Texas, and the artful way she painted
I approached this book with much trepedition. Lisa Kleypas is my favorite historical romance author, so I wasn't thrilled about her recent move to contemporaries. (Very few authors can actually pull this off.) And then there is the fact that this book is written in first person. (Not a fan!) The blurb on the back of the book does not do it justice either.

Frankly, I thought I would be forcing myself to plow through a Danielle Steel-esque type of soap opera.

But I found that I was pleasantly surp
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Apr 13, 2016 Future-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Future-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮ by: Nenia Campbell
When Nenia suggested I read this as part of the very first buddy read happening over at Unapologetic Romance Readers, I jumped at the chance. As a lot of you know, I find it very hard to pass up a buddy read. And a lot of the time I don't even read the blurb for the books we are reading. I just get it from the library and jump right on in. That's what I did with this book. I had no idea what to expect.

So color me happy, when the start of this book is all about young love. I really enjoy reading
Buddy read with the foxiest of all Foxy's

Liz* Fashionably Late

Amazing! :D Kleypas really knows how to do it.

I know without a doubt this man loves me for exactly who I am. No conditions, no limits. That’s a miracle too. In fact, every day is filled with ordinary miracles. You don’t have to look far to find them.

You know how sometimes you look back at simpler times and realize how all the shit in your life was actually necessary and good? How all those things that you went through were part of this bigger plan and brought you to this moment and maybe fo
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Despite being forewarned that this wasn’t exactly a contemporary romance, I was still surprised to read that Sugar Daddy was more of a women’s fiction read. It was a heartfelt coming-of-age story involving one of the best heroines I’ve read in a long time. Liberty Jones wasn’t born into a lavish life. She lived with her mother in a trailer park with her useless boyfriend in a place where being half-Mexican wasn’t entirely accepted. But despite being dealt bad cards, Liberty has an inner strengt ...more
Duchess Nicole
I love, love, loved this book. It was so much more than I expected! Much different and more involved than her other historical novels. This is, I think, her first attempt at contemporary romance, but its more than your typical romance book. Highly recommend this one, and the next two in the series are just as wonderful!
Oct 25, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 2007 when Sugar Daddy first came out I grabbed my copy from the library and settled in for a great read. Unfortunately I only got about a third the way through and bailed. Four years later and I'm sure with the same library copy - a little the worse for wear - I completed it.

Sometimes you read a story and it just doesn't go the way you want it to. And yet you still love the book. That's how I view Sugar Daddy. It is a testament to the brilliance of Lisa Kleypas as a writer that though she has
Jun 14, 2010 Caty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really hard to review.

For the first 200 pages (and yes, the book has like 312 pages) i was constantly checking at the cover image of my e-book, wondering if i'd somehow screwed up the purchase and was reading some story from the wrong author. I'm a recently initiated Lisa Kleypas' lover, but i think i've come to know her style, but to me, 3/4 of the book was an awful narrative experience, with lots and lots of pages of over descriptive chapters telling us the struggles Liberty had t
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Reread in preparation for Brown-Eyed Girl

This is a review after the fourth reread, so it's not really worth the title of a review, but of some, or rather many, thoughts about the novel. And this reads much better if you've read the novel already, which leads again to the unworthiness as a review.

I love, love, love this novel. I can understand everyone who has the typical bothersome aspects, but still, this is one of Lisa Kleypas' greatest works.

I'm a big fan of romance and love stories, so it
Sugar Daddy is about Liberty Jones. Liberty's father died while she was very young in an oil accident. He was Mexican while her mother is blond and fair. Liberty inherited her father's coloring though and feels like her family isn't enough with only her and her mom. They move to a trailer park in Welcome, TX and that's where she meets Hardy. Hardy is pure trouble, but from the moment they met Liberty is in head over heels. They are a few years apart however and Hardy plans on leaving Welcome. He ...more
*** 4.5 STARS! ***

I won't bother with a long review considering I read Blue-Eyed Devil and Smooth Talking Stranger first. I will say however, THE TRAVIS MEN ARE LETHAL.

I am in love with this world. Everything about it is so intriguing, including the men that make it up. These Texans are pure, unadulterated ALPHAS. They are smooth, sultry and capable of many unspeakable things, ;-)).

I loved Liberty. Enduring all she did and coming out stronger for it makes her a heroine worth rooting for and admi
OMG. Seriously, there are no words to describe how I feel about Lisa Kleypas's books. How is it that every book I read of hers ends up being even better. Her books are so good that once I start with them I can't stop.

But after starting with this series I have to admit that I would like to say several things.

This has automatically become my fave series. I mean, the wallflowers was amazing but this book... Damn... there is anything I can say that will actually describe how I felt after reading it
Jun 14, 2010 Mahyar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: made-me-cry
[image error] Including her childhood.

[image error] Truly unpredictable ending. (Guessing who the heroine’s going to end up with is usually easy, but I never could have guessed the ending of this one.)

[image error] Churchill and Diana’s heartbreakingly sad past. (My tears were uncontrollable while reading their story.)

[image error] Beautiful ending. (Though a happy ending, I feel depressed. I really wish Hardy hadn't changed. How can I ever forget her beautiful childhood memories? *sigh*)

Beanbag Love
Jan 28, 2011 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this one 3.5, but I'll round it up.

I actually really enjoyed this book until the last 15-20%. Yes, the structure was a little bizarre with extremely important characters not even showing up until halfway through the book, but I loved the specifics of the small town Texas lifestyle. Kleypas delivers an intimate look into the coming of age of Liberty, a girl who's had few breaks, but alternates between trudging on and powering through. Always moving forward, no matter what.

My problem
May 01, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I do not know what planet that I have been living on to have never heard of Lisa Kleypas, I know, shocking, until I joined GR. I've seen nothing but rave reviews for her work and very much wanted to try a book of hers. Being that historical romance is just not my thing, I decided to start with a contemporary of hers and once I did, I couldn't put it down. Literally. I read this entire book in one day and am now kicking myself because it's over.
This is a story about Liberty and all the trials she
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LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.
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