Sugar Daddy (Travis Family #1)
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 Devil” and “Smooth Talking Stranger”, both of which had sparked my interest. I honestly didn’t have very high expectations of “Sugar Daddy” based on the mediocre book jacket description, after reading some of the mixed reviews referring to it as chick-lit rather than romance, and that it’s written solely in first person point of vi...more
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
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...more
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...more
The Texas setting...more
Liberty Jones is our heroine and this book is basically her life - starting when she's a teen. Her mother is a single mom, originally fr...more
I loved the Texas references in this story. I'm almost jealous that I am not from such a cool state! LOL. There are almost inside jokes about how the wealth’s statuses are different from Dallas vs. say...Houston or Austin. They all seem to look down on the other. Also, the hero's hair was twice referred to as 'lik...more
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.)
Churchill and Diana’s heartbreakingly sad past. (My tears were uncontrollable while reading their story.)
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*)
Too descriptive. (It was agonizing!)
I think I really need...more
Having read and loved most of Lisa Kleypas’ historical novels, I was unsure what to expect from her first foray in to contemporary romance. However, I wasn’t disappointed. Although this wasn’t my favourite of her books, I really enjoyed it.
It is told through the eyes of Liberty Jones, and it tracks her life, the first part showing her childhood in a trailer park with her mother, and her unrequited love for Hardy Cates, and then later her beloved l...more
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...more
I originally picked this book off the shelf several months ago at the library after only having read one Lisa Kleypas book. I read the book cover and wrinkled my...more
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...more
To sum it up: 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.
When Hardy leaves town to purs...more
Liberty Jones was fourteen years old when she first met the local hunky boy next door Hardy Cates. Unfortunately, Hardy Cates ends up leaving the...more
(Note: This review is not for Gale fans and certainly will have Mockingjay Spoilers.)
So I just happen to go in a bookstore and saw this pinkish sort of orangery book and I thought it look like a candy and I want to
Then before I read this I search the book on Goodreads because I've no idea what's this book is all about and who was the author Lisa Kleypas.
So I found out that Kleypas has so many psycho fans that I was really excited to read it and I was jumping up and d...more
This reminded me of Maeve Binchy’s style of writing, but with a little more romance. There is more in depth character and plot development than I was expecting. I give 5 stars to a book when my immediate reaction after reading it is “I loved this.” My reaction to “Sugar Daddy” was more of “Wow. That was great.” I was close to giving it a 5 because it was such good quality.
There is a lot of heartache and sadness in the first...more
Although this isn't solely a romance, the chick lit side of this is so well thought-out in typical Kleypas style and strength to her main characters that...more
This is a type of book, that I usually feel 5 STARS just won't do it justice! More like 10 STARS!!!
While putting this amazing book on to my favourite shelf, I can't stop feeling overwhelmed by the story I just read. The story that covered almost a lifetime of a small family, but what a journey it has been.
Liberty Jones fell in love with Hardy Cates when she was just fourteen. But Hardy craves a life bigger and better than their hometown of Welcome can offer. While he's fond of Liberty and feels...more
It starts out following the lives of young Liberty and Hardy growing up disadvantaged and living in a trailer park and trying to make it in life. When the book started, I thought I know exactly where the book was headed and it was a nice surprise to see that I was wrong. I love it when an author throws a curve ball and surprises me.
I found myself routing for Liberty all the way through the b...more
I have to admit it was the glimpses of Hardy that kept me reading because there was something about Liberty that made it hard for me to warm up to her though I find it...more