Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sugar Daddy: Review + Giveaway

Book: Sugar Daddy
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Category: Contemporary
Setting: Texas
Series: Stand Alone
Sensuality: Hot

*Scroll down for giveaway*

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.


If you haven't read Sugar Daddy yet and want to, here's your chance.

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!


  1. Sugar Daddy does seem interesting...

    Have you ever read Susan Elizabeth Phillips MATCH ME IF YOU CAN? It's one of my favorites.

  2. I'm in! I've been hearing a lot of stuff about this author lately yet I've never read any of her books!

    Rachel Gibson's books are really awesome contemp romances. I love her See Jane Score (get it?) Erin McCarthy, Jill Shalvis, Susan Donovan.

    I remember back when I went on a Contemp. Romance kick, it was awesome! lol.

  3. I will enter your contest! I've heard so much positive feedback for this book it's amazing. So I'm guessing by now the book must be too. Thanks for the chance at the book! And thanks for your review too.

  4. This is my all-time favorite contemporary. I wanted to walk up to strangers on the street and tell them about it, it was so good!
    I actually listened to the audiobook, which was excellent. The narrator really caught Liberty's beautiful spirit.
    Since I have the audio version, I'll sit out the drawing.
    Of course, your next read has got to be Blue Eyed Devil, which continues the story of some of the main characters!
    Glad you enjoyed it so much, Brie!

  5. I'm so happy you enjoyed Sugar Daddy so much! Of course, you simply HAVE to read Blue Eyed Devil, which is just as good, if not better. I own both of Lisa Kleypas' contemporaries in HC, so please do not enter me in your contest.

    As far as recommending more contemporary romance, I recommend anything by Megan Hart. Like Kleypas' contemps, Hart's contemporary works are not exactly straight romance either. Megan Hart is kind of in her own unique genre that combines romance and woman's fiction/soul searching kind of fiction with erotic tones. Very thought provoking. Anyway, I'm reading her latest release Stranger right now and I can't put it down. And when I do put it down, I can't get it out of my head!

  6. Unhinged, Wendy, KMont you're all entered. Thanks for the rec's Unhinged and Wendy, I'm looking into both.

    Renee, it was so good. I can't believe I waited so long to read it.

    Christine, I'm starting Blue Eyed Devil really soon, can't wait to read it. Thanks for the Megan Hart rec's. I'll be looking into her.

  7. "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."

    Exactly. Wonderful review Brie. Welcome to the world of Kleypas. lol I really enjoyed Sugar Daddy and Blue Eyed Devil. As for other contemporaries I too would recommend SEP. I just finished two of hers - Natural Born Charmer and Match Me If You Can. Both were fun reads.
    *I have both Kleypas contemps so don't add my name*

  8. I need to hurry up and read BED but I'm so glad that you enjoyed this one, I loved it!

  9. Ooh I have never read this book. Oooo! Oooo! Pick me! Pick me!

  10. Hi thanks for stopping by and you've been entered. :-)

  11. No need to enter me - but I'm thrilled that you love this one!! And BED is just as wonderful as SD you are in for a treat with it too :)

  12. Hi Kristie, I really loved. I can't believe that I waited so long to actually read it.

  13. i can not pick just one that i have loved most of what i have read has such endearing qualities

  14. I enjoyed Blue Eyed Devil.

  15. One of my current favorite contemporary romance authors is Susan Andersen. Her books and fun, sexy, and engaging. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Hi Mindy, Liane66 and Julie, thanks for stopping by. Julie thank you for the recommendation.

  17. Try Dianna Galbadoon's Highlander Series. She is amazing!

  18. After the Night by Linda Howard.. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. I love Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

  20. I love Nora Roberts books. One of my favorites is the Midnight Bayou

  21. Great review. You made me want to read this book. I'm enjoying your Contemporary Romance Challenge. Looking forward to a fun year.