Book Review

by Lisa Kleypas

Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance
Sensuality: HOT

2007 Contemporary Romance Nominee

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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.

Liberty Jones grew up in trailer-park poverty in rural Texas, the child of a widowed mother with a mysterious past and a current string of no-good boyfriends. But young Liberty is smart, determined and willing to work hard to make her dreams come true. She's inexplicitly drawn to Hardy Cates, the boy down the street who forever claimed her heart at age 13. But he too has ambitions, and they take him out of town and away from Liberty.

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)

Reviewed By: Marilyn Weigel

Publisher: St. Martin's

Published: March 2007

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Sugar Daddy

Submitted by Robin in PA on December 24, 2010 - 8:00pm.

Liberty Jones has loved Hardy Cates since she was 15, but Hardy saw her as off-limits. When Hardy leaves town to pursue his life plans, Liberty finds herself alone with a young sister to raise. Soon she is befriended by a older man, a billionaire who offers her a job at his home. His oldest son, Gage, thinks Liberty is a gold-digger looking for a sugar daddy. But secrets from the past soon come out...and Liberty will have to pick between the two men in her life.

This story had many elements that I don't like in my books---Hundreds of pages of background story, H/h don't meet until past the middle of the book, and a love triangle. Yet, I loved it. This book is written in the first-person point-of-view and you feel everything that Liberty is going through. You couldn't help but root for her and wonder which man she would pick in the end. Can't wait to read the next book in the series. My rating: 5 Stars.