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I liked the book, then I didn't like the book, then I liked it, then disliked it, then at the last three pages liked it again. The entire process of reading this novel was a major emotional roller coaster ride, if not assault, to my insides. I get into books that intensely, as many passionate readers do. No, I could not put it down. I had to read through the heroine's experience, find out out how she would fare in her new life experiences and family, new relationships. What would happen to her? I was getting tugged along to find out what would happen between her and her past love...and when he shows up, it's an absolute slap to the face. He behaves so out of character that it is jarring. Yes, he has changed. Time has changed him. Ambition has changed him. But, this much? Enough to make him behave despicably? And Liberty, falling into his arms when she is out with someone else...I felt somehow, disappointed that she would do that to Gage. For some reason, I thought she would have more class than that. I know that it was a unique moment for her. But, still. I felt her character getting weaker as the book progressed, and more objectified. She had been such an independent woman, and now she was allowing herself to fall back on some basic principles? I'm being way too tough on her, I get it. But, she gives away crucial company information to Hardy...is she really that foolish? I thought she was sharp. She should know when somebody is hustling her. I felt like I didn't want to read this book as it progressed, but that I absolutely HAD to read this book. Which means the author is doing her job, right? Then why did I feel so little joy and so much ANXIETY! The writing was so good, and the character triangle at the end felt like a betrayal. If they had had Hardy show up before Gage and Liberty had started anything up, it would have felt better. No, it wouldn't have been a dramatic triangle for the ages, the surprising twist she had made it out to be. But, it could have been a better one. One where I respected the character more and had not felt so bad for all three of them! I felt jolted. I read books for enlightenment or escape. Suspense if fine, but not this much apprehension. That's why I'm giving it a three. The happy ending was too short, too. They should have allowed more happiness and humor in the book. That would have been nice. The problem with trying to create "complex" characters is that both heroes seemed like they were going to be the one for Liberty. It wasn't clear cut, and that bothered me because even though Hardy does some unethical stuff, he still is very likable. Considering the amount of emotion and raw heartache the author built up for these two characters to find each other once again, the reconciliation left a lot wanting. There was no closure. No satisfaction. No that good feeling you get when reading the end of a satisfyingly long novel.
So I’ve now read all 4 books in this series. And while it’s def not the worst in the series (that space is reserved for Joe and Avery) it’s sure as hell not the best (that’s 100% Jack and Ella). I enjoyed the book. Liberty’s voice and story is great. I loved the two love interests she’s caught between and the set up of choosing between the childhood sweetheart you thought you’d end up with and this amazing guy you’re just starting to discover. But. This book had major issues:
1. The description specifically sets it up as being about Liberty Jones and Hardy cates, with a mention of a sugar daddy. But. Is that really... really... what this book is about????? Mmmm. No.
2. Some of the backstory made sense and certain anecdotes were great. I laughed really hard at carrington and the penny. But. Was all of it necessary? I.e. did we really need the full story of the 68? Did we really need to know all about liberty’s first bf and first time, especially when it was with neither of the love interests???? Wouldn’t that space have been better used to give another scene to the h? Which brings me to issue number 3 -
3. H DOESNT SHOW UP TILL CHAPTER 16 OUT OF 25 AND AN EPILOGUE! 60% of the way through the book!!!! The red herring love interest got more chapters than the real one. What????????
I love backstory. Lisa Kleypas hit backstory with issues out of the park with Blue Eyed Devil, the next book in the series. She NAILED less backstory more romance but issues with book 3. This one... yeah
I loved the story but not all of it. This is more like an autobiography book written by Liberty (the h). This goes all the way to when she was a child, I really don't see the need for a backstory to be longer than the actual love story. There were long descriptions of events that were completely unnecessary but the actual encounters with the Love interests was cut so short. So much wasted space and words when the romance could've been a lot lovelier. Don't get me wrong the romance part is really nice but I was left want to read more about it. For the price I feel like I bought 40% of a romance novel. The encounters with Hardy when Liberty is a kid and then a teenager are not even that many. She doesn't see him for long periods of times. Idk why the author was more invested in writing about things that now seem so unimportant to the story. Also I would like to know what are the Lovers thoughts for once. How they feel l, the first impressions when they see her, things like that. This is the second book I have read from this Author and although I loved Blue Eyed Devil, there was a lot of backstory before the romance picked up. Almost half that book too. So if this is a pattern for this author then I don't know if paying $10 for half a book is worth it. All in all, beautiful short love stories, boring long backstories.
Konnten Lisa Kleypas' historische Romanzen stets durch ihre kurzweiligen Handlungen überzeugen, die lebensnahen Charaktere sowie die spritzigen, humorvollen Dialoge, so hatte ich zunächst Schwierigkeiten, ihren üblichen Stil in dem Roman "Sugar Daddy" - dem Auftakt zur Travis-Reihe - wieder zu entdecken.
Die Handlung der Trilogie ist angesiedelt im heutigen Texas. Die Familie Travis, bestehend aus dem Vater Churchill Travis, seinen Söhnen Gage, Jack und Joe sowie der Tochter Haven, ist nicht nur eine der reichsten, sondern auch mächtigsten Familien Houstons. Entsprechend selbstbewusst treten die Männer dieser Familie auf, was deftigen Lesespaß verspricht.
Dennoch beginnt "Sugar Daddy" mit einer wahrhaft langatmigen Erzählung über das Leben von Liberty Jones. Sie lebt allein mit ihrer Mutter in einem Trailerpark, die Familie ist nicht gut situiert, Libertys Zukunftsaussichten entsprechend aussichtslos. Wir lernen Hardy Cates kennen, einen Jungen aus der Nachbarschaft, zu dem sich Liberty hingezogen fühlt, der sich seinerseits jedoch nicht auf eine feste Beziehung einlassen möchte, da er plant, aus dem einfachen Leben auszubrechen und etwas aus sich zu machen - dabei wäre Liberty ihm nur ein Klotz am Bein. Als ihre Mutter unerwartet stirbt, sieht sich Liberty allein der gewaltigen Verantwortung gegenüber, ohne finanzielle Rücklagen und ohne eine entsprechende Ausbildung geschweige denn einen Job, nicht nur ihr Leben zu regeln, sondern auch für den kürzlichen Familienzuwachs - ihre kleine Schwester Carrington - zu sorgen.
Diese ganze ,Vorgeschichte' ist zwar wichtig, jedoch hätte man sie nicht über zweihundert Buchseiten ausdehnen sollen. Manche Erlebnisse ziehen sich zu sehr in die Länge, andere hingegen sind für den weiteren Verlauf der Story unerheblich und hätten gestrichen werden können. Es geschieht nichts wirklich Spannendes, dadurch kommt keine Lesefreude auf! Dennoch sollten man das Buch nicht beiseite legen, denn das Durchhalten wird spätestens ab der zweiten Hälfte belohnt:
Eines Tages tritt Churchill Travis in Libertys Leben. Mit dem Einzug in sein Haus ändert sich nicht nur Libertys Leben von Grund auf, sondern auch der Schreibstil von Lisa Kleypas. Die Geschichte gewinnt enorm an Tempo, es entstehen Konflikte - nicht zuletzt hervorgerufen durch die Spannungen zwischen Travis' Sohn Gage und Liberty. Noch geladener wird die Stimmung, als eines Tages Hardy Cates wieder auftaucht ...
Resümee: Das Buch hat einen mehr als schwachen Anfang, wird jedoch im späteren Verlauf sehr lesenswert. Lediglich drei Sterne vergebe ich, da die erste Hälfte dieses Romans dem Leser viel Überwindung abverlangt und stark gestrafft werden könnte. Auch wenn dieses Buch nicht das Beste ist, was Lisa Kleypas geschrieben hat, lohnt sich das Lesen, weil viele der Figuren einen weiteren Auftritt in den Folgebänden haben. So findet Hardy Cates in "Blue-Eyed Devil" endlich seine große Liebe und auch der bislang letzte Band "Smooth Talking Stranger" ist ein absolutes must-have!
I'm giving this a 3 but I feel 2.5 is the real rating I'd like to give Sugar Daddy. I've read nearly all of Lisa Kleypas's historical novels and was hoping for a sexy, contemporary change of pace. This is not what I expected at all. This is the story of Liberty Jones and it takes you through her adolescence to adulthood before she even meets Gage's father and then Gage. And then there's Hardy Cates, the boy she loved who had to go off in the world to make his way and wouldn't commit to her. Hardy comes back into her life and things get momentarily complicated. This is a well-written book but I kept waiting for Liberty to grow up and for the story to get to the great romance (and great sex) and instead the backstory took up half the book. I was even skimming pages and I'm not a page skimmer. I was a little bored. And the sex scenes - I felt they were a bit tepid. I might add that if you're expecting the passion and humor and the warmth from say, the Hathaway series, you won't find it here. The characters are nice, especially Miss Marva and Churchill but the book should have been longer, I think. I'm afraid to buy the next book in the series because I'm looking for the big romance, not a long backstory. If you understand what I'm saying, you may want to check the library for this title instead of purchasing it straight away. I have noticed more than one historical romance author who attempts to transition into contemporary stories and doesn't get it exactly right or perhaps, is venturing into a different style altogether. Anyway, this is not one I'll be rereading.
A tentative 3.5 Stars because I see myself re-reading this at some point and I overall really liked the latter half of the book, although there were moments where I was thinking what the hell is Liberty doing with Hardy when she had Gage. Her obsession for Hardy I didn't get.
A note of caution as this may annoy some - the hero (Gage) isn't introduced until about half way into the book. I wish this had been done differently and Gage emerged earlier even if it resulted in some big time angst and tension.
My first read of Kleypas' contemporary books, and overall a nice introduction it was, although her HR books are on a whole other awesome level.
I generally really Lisa Kleypas books. I love when her heros are imperfect and her heroines are similarly imperfect and somehow they just fit perfectly. In this case, Liberty Jones is gorgeous and so naturally wonderful that, even though she grew up in a trailer park, she can just waltz in and mix with the super-rich elite, no problem. No class issues, no social mis-steps, nothing! Just knows exactly how to dress down to her Stewart Weitzman shoes (because every working gal has to have her 300 dollar shoes!)
And then we get to Gage -- another perfect specimen of humanity. Everything he does, he does superbly, better than anyone else! He went to the best schools and excelled at all of them, and who should he chose for his lady love? Why, his dad's manicurist, of course!
Anyway, that being said, Lisa K is a great storyteller and the book is a decent read. Nowhere near as good as some of her other books, but still entertaining.
I was very disappointed. Spoiler.. I thought Liberty and Hardy would end up together. It was a lovely love story in the beginning about Liberty and Hardy. I thought when Hardy came back and found Liberty they would see each other and find out they never lost that love they had for each other when they were young and be happily together forever. I can't believe you made Hardy out to be a man to get what ever he could, and Liberty ending up with Gage. I think Hardy and Liberty were made for each other. Very disappointed that you didn't put Hardy and Liberty together..
Not her best but still better than many books out there. I mean, it Lisa Kleypas and there’s a basic level of quality in everything she does. Which may be why I’m only giving it three stars... I have higher expectations from her.
I did have issues with the tense, especially when going to present tense in the epilogue. And the rhythm if the dialogue wasn’t that Texan, but still better than most romance novels set in Texas.
Sugar Daddy This is a book by Lisa Kleypas. I like this author but am used to her writing historical romances. This is the first contemporary novel I have read by this author. The only memorable part of the book for me is the process of change from a young ambitious goal oriented boy rising from his trailer park roots to become ruthless, “all is fair in business as long as there is profit”, morally lacking man. It made me sad to see him so changed. Still handsome, still charming but not at all nice anymore. It was a perfect beach read, but I don’t think I would read it again.