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.
He's the one man she can't have....
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.
Will they find their heart's desires?....
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.
©2007 Lisa Kleypas; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
Warning...I do tell who Liberty ends up with in this review so don't read it if you don't want to know.
This was a pretty good story. I liked Liberty and Gage and liked their story overall.
Liberty is a good woman that hasn't had an easy life. She grew up with her mother but her father died when she was young which left her and her mother in a tight situation money wise. Her mother went out with guys that weren't worthy of her and Liberty never understood why her mother did what she did. When she was still in high school, Liberty's mother had another daughter but wasn't much of a mother and Liberty became more of a mother to her sister than her mother was.
The story begins when Liberty is 15 years old and her and her mother have just moved in to a trailer park in Welcome, TX. That's where Liberty meets her first love, Hardy. Hardy is a few years older than her but there's a definite connection between them. Over the years, the attraction between Liberty and Hardy grows stronger but Hardy wont let it go any further because he said if he was with Liberty she might tempt him in to staying in Welcome. Hardy makes it very clear that he's determined to leave town to make something of himself and he's not willing to stick around for anything, including her. Liberty understands this but has lost her young heart to him so it doesn't help much. Liberty tried dating other guys but no one makes her feel like Hardy does and she finds that she's always looking for Hardy in the guys she dates. Hardy leaves town and things get worse for Liberty when her mom dies (without insurance) leaving Liberty on her own with a sister to take care of and little else other than bills. Liberty does have a bit of good luck when she manages to get a scholarship for a beauty school. Once she finishes her training she's able to get a good job in a nice salon. This is where she meets Churchill and becomes friends with him. Many people think that Churchill is her Sugar Daddy but it's not like that at all, they're actually just friends. Liberty and Churchill are friends for a few years when he offers her a new job, one working for him (paying a lot more than what she makes now) as his assistant. Part of the job is living at his house and Liberty isn't sure (especially considering her sister and how things might affect her) but eventually she agrees.
When she first moves in things aren't easy due to Churchill's son, Gage. Gage is convinced that Liberty is sleeping with his dad and is pissed about her moving in. He eventually comes to terms with everything (and realizes Liberty isn't sleeping with his dad) and isn't necessarily nice to Liberty but stops being outright mean to her. At one point, Gage gets sick as a dog and Liberty decides to stop in at his apartment to check on him because no one can get him on the phone and Churchill is upset, thinking something bad might have happened. When she gets there, Liberty finds Gage is very sick and in need of some help. She's rather soft-hearted so she stays for a few hours to fix him some food (home-made chicken and dumplings) and take care of him. After this, things get better between Gage and Liberty and (with some pushing from Gage's family) they end up on a date together. That goes well and they start seeing each other. Liberty hasn't had very good luck up until now with men and sex, typically having a lot of trouble with the big O, but fortunately things work very well between Gage and Liberty in that area. The main strife between Gage and Liberty is the money situation (she doesn't like him spending money on her and he gets annoyed because he just wants to give her what he wants without thinking about how much it costs) but overall they get along pretty well. Just as things are going well for them, Hardy shows back up. He's has some success with his business ventures and now has money, lots of it. Hardy tells Liberty that he wants her now that he's in a position to be with her. Liberty is totally confused at this point because she's been falling for Gage but she still has unresolved feelings for Hardy from their almost romance when they were young. Liberty has a lot of thinking to do and she spends some time with Hardy (with Gage's agreement) trying to see how much of her feelings are still true and how much are leftover from what she used to feel for him. Liberty ends up deciding that her true feelings are for Gage and not Hardy. Soon afterwards, Liberty finds out that Hardy did something pretty lousy and it just proved to me that Hardy had changed (not in a good way) in the years since they knew each other and that Liberty made the right choice in going for Gage. Liberty and Gage come together for good and start their HEA.
Overall this was a pretty good story. I will admit that I ended it with a little bit of mixed feelings because I got invested in Hardy as the hero when I started the story so I couldn't help but be a little disappointed that young love didn't win out in the end. But considering the way things went I think the Liberty and Gage was the right outcome and one I was happy with. I liked Liberty...she felt like a pretty normal woman, not perfect but not a bad person...just someone trying to get as best she can. I liked Gage (once he got over his initial butt-headed behavior) but wished he had been a bigger part of the story (he didn't enter in until around 2/3rds of the way in). I was disappointed that Hardy came back just to end up being a jerk. I'm not sure if I'll try the next book in the series as it's around Hardy and Gage's sister and that almost seems a little too weird for me, especially so soon after this book. I'd recommend this story. :)
Gimme a good story and I'm happy!
I had read and LOVED the book before purchasing to the Audible version, so I was hesitant to tarnish these wonderful characters with a narrator who might not be up to snuff. Jeannie Stith was amazing! At first, I thought she sounded a little young, but as Liberty aged, Jeannie's voice progressed also. Jeannie's version of Liberty was by turns sweet, touching, sassy, flirtatious, hilarious and just the right amount of sexy. Her interpretation of Gage was just downright hot, something I could never have envisioned from a female narrator doing a male part before I started listening to books (as opposed to reading them.) Similarly, her translations of Churchill, Carrington and Gretchen were spot on. The Audible version of Sugar Daddy (a title I hate, by the way, and think detracts immensely from this wonderful book) cemented its place in my top 5 list.
Let me start by saying I love Lisa Kleypas but this book just seemed to drag on. The part of the would be love triangle didn't come until the last few chapters and was pretty uneventful compared to what I was looking forward to. If you read Blue eyed Devil and Smooth Operator you would probably want to read this one to complete the Travis tales so to speak. Even thought these stories aren't like the Wallflower to Hathaway series. Anyway I wouldn't say "Don't bother with this one" however it's a let down compared to her other books especially Blue eyed Devil which was so very good.
This is the first book by Lisa Kleypas, I think. I enjoyed it so much, good story line. I went right on and purchased the next book in this series, Blue Eyed Devil and will get third installment as well, but no historicals. I always want to know what happened to characters in the first book as well as the books following. I did not think I was going to enjoy the narrator in Sugar Daddy, but she turned out to be good. I was reading reviews under Blue Eyed Devil--some were not to pleasing; I am hoping she does not disappoint me. Narrators can make or break a book. No matter, I do enjoy Ms Kleypas' writings.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Lisa Klypas can do no wrong for me and I usually listen to her Historical Romances so I was surprised and excited to see her delve into another era. Unfortunately I was disappointed - most of part 1 was taken up with too much of Liberty's childhood and love for Hardy that it became boring then suddenly at the end we meet Gage and the story seemed to speed up and then finish. You could actually just listen to part 2 only and nothing much would be lost.
Narrator was just too young, which was fine at the beginning for the age she was but not all the way through.
Message to LK the saying "if it ain't broke then don't try to fix it" applies - you had a winning formula and it didn't need fixing.
Worth a credit? I liked the end so, for that it would be a Yes - but for the whole book then I'd have to say No keep your credit (and I thought I'd never say that about a LK book !).
The first 75 percent of this story reads like a teenage girl's diary of her struggles and disappointments and is suitable for a middle school audience. The next 20 percent is the same thing, but during her twenties. The last five percent deals with her love life and plays more like a soap opera. I wouldn't label this a romance but more of a human interest story focusing heavily on one young character. Narrator did have a little-girl's voice but it fit the adolescent theme. Glad when it was over.
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