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 POThis 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 hesitated over the purchase of Sugar Daddy. In addition, I really loathed the title. Ugh! I started reading it standing there, eventually grouped blindly for a chair while I kept my eyes glued to the pages, then went running to the cash-register, my heart pumping erratically with adrenaline coursing to unmentionable pulse points for poor Liberty, the pit bulls, and Hardy. Man-oh-man! Don’t you love finding a worthy new book by a great author? I'm having the "Big O" just recalling it.
BTW, at the risk of sharing too much, I was right there with Liberty and the whole 68 thing and started reviewing my past loves. Oh, and the part about the emu? Absolutely killed me I was laughing so hard.
SPOILER added 4/10/11 (view spoiler)[ I liked what Kleypas did with , though it certainly ruffled a few feathers and made people call it "chick-lit" instead of "contemporary-romance". (I think it's a brilliant blend of the two, but maybe I'm repeating myself.) Anywayz...
I think most of us have a first love, or close to first love; one that was bittersweet; an "if only" young love, if you will. In this, we can all empathize with Liberty. I was right there with her, falling hard for young Hardy (gee, why did she name him that?). Kleypas wanted us to!
And "young" is the operative word here. We do things in our youth, and feel things so differently, that the passions of youth can resonate still, years later. (This theme is also accented with Churchill's enduring love of Liberty's mom, Diana Jones.) However, after Liberty’s journey, I was ready to fall for Gage, in all his sophistication and power, and I did totally; he’s perfect for Liberty. Yet, just like my first love, I wanted Hardy to be happy. I think that is a true sign of love, though certainly morphed into something else, when you want someone's happiness.
Kleypas gives that to Hardy – and us too! – in Blue-Eyed Devil, where he struggles with the meaning of mature love and sacrifice too! (hide spoiler)]
*My GR friend, Sans, calls first person POV "a flaming pile of crap in printed format". This expression worked nicely for me until this book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Never thought I would like a book about professional fighters, but I loved this one, read it three times in four years, marked it as a favorite, and pNever thought I would like a book about professional fighters, but I loved this one, read it three times in four years, marked it as a favorite, and put it on my keeper shelf. Only bought it because Lori Foster is one of my favorites and she is always an author I can count on. (It was not too melodramatic for me as I had a long lost younger brother who spent his childhood in Foster care – whereas I was adopted into a loving home - and looked me up decades later.) LF did a convincing job of siblings trying to reconnect.
The hero Havoc sucked me into the whole series, though I think this one is the best. He is HOT and tries so hard to be laid-back with the whole family connection and NOT being an older, dependable, protective brother. My roof was leaking at the time I read this book, so there I could relate. LOL. I liked Eve too. When Havoc meets her family was fun and believable. I felt the chemistry between Havoc and Eve was steamy. I could see their affair-turned-to-love happening as the pages turned and knew it was a given when she had her period and he brought ice cream. As a teenager I used to have a boyfriend that worked in an ice cream parlor and brought me rocky road. *Sigh*
The ‘who-done-it?’ kept me guessing; I can usually guess this aspect in romance books, so this was a nice change. The sub-romance plot between Jacki and Gregor was fun and enjoyable too. Not a big fan of tattoos, but the meaning of Havoc’s made me cry. So, yes, everything was firing on all cylinders for me with this one. ...more
Sometimes I find myself rating a book higher than I would on hindsight simply because all the author's other books have been so wonderful. This is proSometimes I find myself rating a book higher than I would on hindsight simply because all the author's other books have been so wonderful. This is probably the case here. Also, LaVyrle Spencer can sure write in a way that tugs at my heartstrings. I have recently been re-reading some of my older books and when I came across this one I felt no desire to re-read it. What does that say? That it was too bittersweet for me? Probably. I remember I kept rooting for the h&h and that when the HEA came I still had an ache in my heart. Now that I am older I can appreciate Lady Danielle “The Book Huntress” comment, ‘I just wanted to shake them.’ Yes! ...more
(This is a review of the audiobook.) This was a “re-read via audio” for me. I can’t believe how much I had forgotThe match lit by the passionate Win!
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) This was a “re-read via audio” for me. I can’t believe how much I had forgotten about Kev and Win’s love story. I have always enjoyed the appearance of these two in the other books in the Hathaways series more than in their own volume. However, on listening to the elegant Rosalyn Landor narrator this one, it is kicked up a ½ star. She is so versatile on the voices and the infection of tones and nuances for the many dramas that take place. I can’t believe I forgot the wardrobe scene, Dodger’s part in it all, Amelia’s pregnancy, and also all the secrets we learn about Kev and Cam. Well worth the “re-read” via my ears.