Book: Sugar Daddy
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Series: Stand Alone
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Looking over a lot of readers "best of" lists, I noticed that one author's name continually appeared. Whether it was for her first contemporary romance, Sugar Daddy or her second one, Blue Eyed Devil, or her historical romances, Lisa Kleypas was definitely a favorite of many this year. With that in mind I tried my first Lisa Kleypas contemporary, and soon knew why it topped the lists of so many. Warning: This review contains a few minor spoilers.
As an young girl, Liberty Jones moves with her mother to a trailer park in rural Welcome Texas and loses her heart to a handsome boy in the process. Liberty's mother works hard to make ends meet and though they aren't rich in fortune they have love to keep them afloat. Hardy Cates is a boy that has always been there for Liberty when she needed someone, he's also the guy that she wants but can't have. She's loved him since she met him and as she grew up from an awkward girl to a pretty teenager, Hardy fell for Liberty too. But he refuses to act on their attraction, making Liberty the reason why he wouldn't be able to leave a town he wants to get far away from if he did.
When Liberty's mother gets pregnant, Liberty is there to help her through the difficult time and when her baby sister Carrington is born, Liberty steps in for her mother who doesn't take to the baby. Because of this, Liberty has to grow up fast, and when she needs a shoulder to cry on, Hardy is always there. But then Hardy leaves Welcome Texas to seek his fortune, leaving Liberty broken hearted over a love that never was. She does what she can to move on, but then tragedy strikes and seventeen year old Liberty is left alone to care for her sister. This turn of events takes Liberty from Welcome Texas to Houston where she works in an upscale hair salon and eventually meets Churchill Travis, a wealthy older man.
Liberty and Churchill form a bond that to the outside world appears to be that of a sugar daddy and sugar baby, but in reality is paternal. With Churchill's persuasion Liberty leaves the salon to apprentice under him, moving into the Travis home. The move puts her in direct contact with Churchill's son Gage, a thirty year old man who works for his father and dislikes Liberty on sight, thinking her to be his fathers sugar baby. As "chance" would have it, a romance blooms between Liberty and Gage. But then Hardy shows back up, ready for the relationship that he wouldn't let happen as a young man. Liberty must decide if she wants to move forward with Gage or grab her chance with Hardy, the man who's held her heart forever.
Told in first person, from her perspective, Sugar Daddy is very much Liberty's story. I almost hesitate to call it a contemporary romance since it is more of a coming of age story with romance. It focuses on Liberty's relationships with the people around her. Her mother, her sister who she loves like her own, her first love, Hardy, her reliable neighbor, Marva, Churchill, her only father figure, and Gage, the man she falls for as an adult. It also pays special attention to Liberty's life, growing pains, successes, heartbreaks, and happiness.
I went into this book not knowing how it would turn out, I didn't even read the back cover, so I had no idea that there would be a triangle. I simply went with the flow and hoped that Liberty would find happiness with the right man. In the end, she did. Sugar Daddy is my first real leap into the world of contemporary romance and it won't be my last. Having read only one Lisa Kleypas in the past, I had no expectations for this book and only hoped that it would be worthy of all of the online praise. Luckily for me it was. Liberty charmed her way into my heart and when the story ended I was completely happy for her. Grade A.
I'm hosting a giveaway for Sugar Daddy. All you have to do is leave a comment recommending a contemporary romance that you have read and loved to me and you're entered. The giveaway runs through January 15. The winner will go up on the 16th. Good Luck!