Series: Travis Family,
Published by St Martin's Press on 06 May 2007
Genres: Adolescence, Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friends to Lovers, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
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Place(s) Traveled To: Welcome, Texas // Houston, Texas
First Line(s): When I was four, my father died in an oil-rig accident.
Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas came to my attention when I stumbled on some Twitter chatter about swoon worthy male leads and there was much talk about Hardy Cates who makes his debut in this book. As I’d heard about Sugar Daddy from others I decided to move it up on my list of books to read. I’ve become a more active reader of adult contemporary romances recently and was familiar with Kleypas’s historicals and so was looking forward to reading this one. However, I ended up being pretty disappointed in it. This book was a very on the surface read and it involves a lot of Liberty Jones inner monologue and there is very little in the way of character dialogue. Much of the book seems to be her reflecting on events as opposed to directly interacting with the characters that she talks about.
Sugar Daddy is also a divided book there is the part that is the Liberty/Hardy interaction and then there is the time that comes after when she finds her ‘sugar daddy.’ Or who her new friends assume is her sugar daddy but in truth is just an older man who becomes a father figure of sorts. But her friends aren’t the only ones who make assumptions, his son does as well. This bring in the second romance that is contained within Sugar Daddy and the reader is supposed to be torn between Hardy and Gage. Both of whom are abusive, alpha males and there is very little appeal to either of them. In fact, Gage does some pretty horrible things all in the interest of “protecting what’s his” and what he considers his is Liberty. Which is annoying and frustrating on so many levels.
Overall, I found Sugar Daddy to be a very slow and boring book. There is very little in the actual way of romance in the story and its more of just a recounting of Liberty’s life, her past and where she is now. For a romance novel there was very little romance in the story. Liberty never dated Harday and they only shared a few kisses before he left without a word to make his fortune. The same goes with Gage and at 70% through the book there really wasn’t a ton going on. Many times I wondered why I was still reading the book. Sugar Daddy wasn’t a story for me and at this time I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of the books in the series. I will still read Kleypas’s historicals but for now I’ll think twice before trying one of her contemporaries again.
People who liked this book better than I did
Dear Author – “The first person POV totally works, mainly because Liberty is such a terrific heroine. She’s funny, self-deprecating and strong.”
Not Another Romance Blog – “This is the first 5 out of 5 Aww review on the blog and with great reason. This book was a Journey! We sat back and watched as a naive, self-conscious 14 year-old is transformed by life and grows into a strong young woman. This book was just GOLD. plainly, and simply, gold.”