Kleypas is a New York Times bestselling author for a reason. As a beloved historical romance writer, she's mastered her craft, and it shows in this novel, her first work
of contemporary romance and her
hardcover debut. The well-rendered
characters, fluid narration and skillfully composed dialogue shine, and the plot remains compelling even as it spans
more than a decade of change.
Soon alone and with a young sister to raise, Liberty finds herself in the big city, slowly growing up and piecing her life together. In her 20s, she comes into contact with an extremely wealthy businessman, Gage Travis, who some call her sugar daddy. Their relationship is more intense than many believe, however, and it comes with emotionally dangerous complications. When Hardy, now a rich and powerful man in his own right, re-enters the picture as an enemy of the Travis family, Liberty is forced to consider both her past and her future before making the most difficult choice of her life. (ST. MARTIN'S, Mar., 384 pp., $19.95)