Review: Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas

Posted on August 26, 2016 in 5 STARS, Review

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Review: Sugar Daddy by Lisa KleypasSugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas
on March 6, 2007
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Travises #1
Published by St. Martin's Press
Source: Self-Purchase


Lisa Kleypas has enthralled millions of readers with her powerfully seductive novels. Now she delivers a story featuring her most unforgettable characters yet...

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 pursue his plans, Liberty finds herself alone with a young sister to raise. Soon Liberty finds herself under the spell of a billionaire tycoon—a Sugar Daddy, one might say. But the relationship goes deeper than people think, and Liberty begins to discover secrets about her own family's past.

Two men. One woman. A choice that can make her or break her. A woman you'll root for every step of the way. A love story you'll never forget.

Ever had the right book at just the right time fall into your lap? Well, Sugar Daddy was that book for me. I haven’t read much lately and what I have has just been meh. I was a little nervous when my friend Hildy from The Book Bosses messaged me and said I should pick this up and start reading it with her. I love Lisa Kleypas’ historical novels and was a little nervous to pick a contemporary one. I wasn’t sure I’d like it as much. I’m so glad I scooped this up. I started early last evening and devoured this in  one night. I just loved it!

Liberty Jones grew up in a trailer park raised by her beautiful single mother. When they move in, the first person 14-year-old Liberty meets is Hardy Cates. He’s an older handsome boy who lives in the park with his mom and 3 siblings. She is immediately drawn to Hardy and doesn’t quite understand why. As the years pass a genuine friendship develops between Liberty and Hardy but there’s always that underlying attraction between the two. Hardy refuses to act on this. He knows if he lets himself get tangled up with Liberty he’ll never leave the trailer park behind and make anything of his life and once Liberty’s mom gives birth to her half-sister Liberty’s responsibility to her family and ties to there are only more firmly entrenched.

Liberty has to grow up too fast and they both move on but she never forgot Hardy and that first love feeling she had. She really wants to capture that feeling again and feels she just never will. Eventually, Liberty takes a job as a personal assistant to a very rich older man and gets to live this life she only dreamed of with her little sister. The only sticking point is Gage, her employer’s son who thinks she’s nothing but a gold digger.

Both Gage and Liberty have some pretty thick walls. Neither of them want to open up themselves up to hurt and disappointment.  Additionally,  Liberty has this hazy memory of Hardy in her head that she compares every man to.  It seems pretty impossible that anyone could ever measure up. All of these factors create really great tension and a little angst at first as Liberty and Gage square off. The banter was spot on! Liberty really held her own with Gage no matter what he initially thought of her. I loved that about her! Once Gage starts to see Liberty for the person she really is the sparks really fly and the sexy times were off the charts!!  I just kept turning the pages anxiously waiting to see if Liberty could let go of the past and decide to trust in Gage and the life they could have! I just could not put this down.

The best part of this whole novel was the relationships, not just the romantic one. This is truly the story of Liberty’s life and how she built a family around her with some terrific people after hers fell apart. I’m always a sucker for a good story with great secondary characters that become this crazy family together despite not having blood ties. Those are usually some of the best reads I’ve found. Liberty had such a great support system right from the beginning in the trailer park and she never let go of that even after she moved on from that life. That really sealed the deal for me with this book and made it the full package for me.  I cannot wait to dive into the other books in the series!




About Lisa Kleypas

LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.


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  • Great review, Tonya! I agree with your point that the romance is great but it’s so much more than a romance. It really was the whole package. Have you started Blue-Eyed Devil? I’m halfway through and it’s awesome!

    • Tonya SSBR

      I’m finished with Blue-Eyed Devil AND Smooth Talking Stranger. Have you started Brown Eyed Girl yet?

  • Nikki H

    Great review! Great series!