Sugar Daddy (Travis Family #1)
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 ...more
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 ...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
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
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 ...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
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 ...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
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...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
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 ...more
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 ...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
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 ...more
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 ...more
[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*)
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 ...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
This is a story about Liberty and all the trials she ...more
So glad I followed the lead of a friend reading this... I ended up devouring the 3 books in 3 days!
And now can't wait for book 4 to come out this year!
This was a book I had on my shelves for a very long time, one I definitely regret not starting sooner!
Loved it! ...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 through her life. The first half shows us her childhood in a trailer park with her mother and her unrequited love for Hardy Cates, then later her beloved little sister Carrington. The second half sho ...more
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