Book Reviews of Sugar Daddy (Travis Family, Bk 1)

Sugar Daddy (Travis Family, Bk 1)
Sugar Daddy - Travis Family, Bk 1
Author: Lisa Kleypas
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780312351632
ISBN-10: 0312351631
Publication Date: 3/4/2008
Pages: 432
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 298 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 7
Wow. This was great! When I read the description on the back, I thought I knew what it was about. I was wrong. It was better. You go through a range of emotions reading this book and I couldn't put it down. Ignore what your gut tells you when you read the title. This is definitely one of those "you can't judge a book from its cover" types.
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Helpful Score: 5
I did not want to like this book. I bought it at a buck-a-bag booksale and left it sitting on my shelf for months. I picked it up out of boredom, and then (sigh),I couldn't put it down. I thought about it while I was at work, I read a page or two at stoplights, and I found myself turning off the American Idol finale just so I could finish the book. This story is different from what I have been reading lately--sweet and memorable. It reminded me of the best of Dorothy Garlock, with that little underlying edge that only Kleypas could write. I found myself caring about Liberty, Hardy, Gage, Churchill, and Carrington more than I have cared about other characters since I read my first Kathleen Woodiwiss book. 4 Stars!!
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Helpful Score: 4
This is Kleypas' first outing in the contemporary market. She does not disappoint.

I won't say what the book is about, but it's not what you think. Give yourself plenty of time to read it because you are not going to put it down. It's a really great book and I truely hope that one character gets his own story.
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Helpful Score: 4
OH MY OH MY... I originally got this book from the library, HOWEVER, after reading chapter 7, I knew it was going to be a favorite and purchased it. Lisa Kleypas is such a gifted writer. This is my first book of hers, and I can't wait to read more books by her, historical or contemporary.

I wasn't sure I would enjoy reading a book in first person, but I did. I felt everything Liberty felt, anger, frustration, butterflies, pain, tiredness and tears. This story was especially enjoyable, as I could appreciate all that she went through.

If you have not read this story, it's in paperback now, GO GET IT.
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Helpful Score: 3
Loved this - read it in 2 days - couldn't put it down. Want to read Blue eyed devil now. Lisa Kleypas is awesome!
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Helpful Score: 3
I am a big fan of her historical romances and this was another great book by Lisa Kleypas. I have to say though that I think one of the characters change in personality at the end was a little unbelieveable, or maybe it just didn't end the way I wanted it to end. Definitely worth a read.
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Helpful Score: 3
This was an awesome book. I couldn't believe how quickly I read this! I don't read a lot of romance because you typically get some mushy, sex-ridden book with no plot. This book had just the right amount of romance with lots of content and character building. Loved the closure at the end and of course the very happy ending. Great read and looking forward to Blue-Eyed Devil!

If you enjoyed this book you might also like Lucky's Lady by Tami Hoag. I really enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 3
Loved this book..her first Contemp. and it lives up to her reputation
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a very well written first contemporary for Lisa Kleypas. I enjoyed all the characters and loved the plot.
You root for Liberty and Hardy from the get go..and then the twist will leave saying "Why?"
Can't wait for Blue Eyed Devil...next in the series
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Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book;I read it in one sitting. Lisa's follow up book "Blue-Eyed Devil" continues with Haven(Gage's baby sister) and Hardy. Both of these books are must reads if you're a Lisa Kleypas fan.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a great book! I definitely recommend it as I couldn't put it down! Wish she'd write more contemporary novels as I'm not a fan of historical romances!
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Helpful Score: 1
Having read this book now three times, I must modify my original review. Kleypas is a great writer. This is a departure from her typical historical-romance books and also written in the first person. Usually we see the perspectives of both hero and heroine but using first person, we are involved in only one character's life.

Maybe we spent too much time on Liberty's youth - it began to feel a bit more Danielle Steel than Lisa Kleypas. I liked Liberty's story with Hardy and you certainly felt sorry for the both of them. But I kept wishing she'd move things along. Yet in my re-reads, I really enjoy the backstory more each time and see so much more depth to Kleypas as a writer than ever before in her historical fiction.

That said, later in the book, as we got to know Churchill and then Gage, I think the pacing got better and you were wondering until the very end whom Liberty would wind up with.

Honestly some of the best parts of the book are the descriptions of food. Kleypas always gives great attention to the sights and smells and sounds around the characters, but she's taken it to a new level with her food porn. Who knew that something as simple as chicken and dumplings could read like foreplay?
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Helpful Score: 1
Absolutely loved it! Read it in one day. She kept me interested until the very end. Kudos for Kleypas!
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Helpful Score: 1
I didn't guess the family secret... Pretty well done.
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Helpful Score: 1
SUGAR DADDY is not your typical romance, it was nothing like I had expected and I found it a refreshing change. First person is not my favorite perspective to read, in fact I usually avoid it, but Lisa Kleypas made it work for me. Her storyline and characters captivated me from the start. While at first I was leary of where the story was going, soon I was so enthralled, I just couldn't wait to see how it all unfolded!

I really liked Liberty, she was a strong person, that no matter what obstacle came up, she was able to overcome it. I liked that she had friends who helped her through difficult times, and she wasn't to stubborn to accept it when it was truly needed. I thought she was doing the best to raise her sister.

I could understand Hardy's determination to make something of himself. His leaving to chase his dreams, while hurtful to Liberty was the right choice. There was a heat between that had me wanting to see them get together, at least until she met Gage. Gage was a strong man with a great sense of integrity. He knew what he wanted, but he was smart enough not to give Liberty and ultimatum. The chemistry between Gage and Liberty was intense.
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Helpful Score: 1
An excellent book...I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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Helpful Score: 1
I was impressed by this book. Kleypas is not my favorite writer although I do enjoy a few things by her. She has a tendency to reuse characters and plotlines and I find that insulting. Albeit she did fall back on illness as a form of bonding here (she uses it in her historic romances a lot), I didn't mind it as much because it wasn't so melodramatic.

If you are looking for a typical romance, you will be surprised. This is more like a Cinderella story. So the first half of the book is set in Liberty's teenage years and her relationship with Hardy. I actually loved this part of the book because so much of what happened formed who she is as an adult. I thought Kleypas took a risk by spending a lot of time here when Liberty might not end up with Hardy at the end, but it was worth it to me. So much of this book is really just about Liberty and how she dealt with life (in some ways more like chick lit than romance).

The second part of the story is mostly about Liberty being flung full-fledge into adulthood when her mother dies and she has to take care of her little sister. Kleypas did a great job of showing how although Liberty was already more of a mother than a sister beforehand, there is a huge difference in being soley responsible for a young child. Gabe enters on in the later half and I felt their relationship was somewhat rushed compared to what was spent on Hardy, but it was still good. Of course Hardy returns and tries to win Liberty back and she has to picked between two millionaires. (Hard to feel sorry for a girl with choices like that).

I spent so much time in this review breaking down the book because I can't emphasis enough that it isn't written as your typical romance. It works here because it is written in Liberty's perspective and the reader needs to know why it was hard for her to choose between the two men, especially because Hardy played such a major role in her life.

Good book. The two books that follow in the series are more typical romances and I'm glad I read them first. If I read this one first, I don't think I would have liked them as much.
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Helpful Score: 1
I have read every one of Lisa Kleypas's books. THis one is the best so far.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was okay. Not your typical Kleypas, but I was definitely curious to see how this one would be. Contemporary romance written in first-person perspective. Except I think the romance fell flat. It seemed to me more like a story of a girls life, beginning with adolescence and wrapping up pretty quickly after the main character and her eventual husband get together.
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I sort of enjoyed this book. It's not the type of Lisa Kleypas books I usually read. It kinda reminded me of Nora Roberts [book:Black Hills|6013511] where the heroine pines after the bad boy whose left town to better himself heedless of the situation he leaves her in. She then has stunted relationships because she's hung up on this old love. This book is basically the same thing. Liberty loves Hardy who is determined to get out of the small town and make something of himself. He leaves and doesn't call or write for ten years and then shows up unexpectedly acting like nothing has changed and thinks Liberty should drop everything because now he's ready. However, Liberty has moved on with her life and has just now become involved with a terrific man. Choices, choices.

If you like the whole small town gossipy kind of life, this is your type of book. It goes into minute detail on small town living and I found most of the book rather boring. It follows Liberty from a 14 year old girl with all the teenage dilemnas and problems thru college and then some. Don't get me wrong, it's a good book but too much of the gossipy feel for me.
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I love Liberty and her sister and the journey she goes through to become an accomplished and interesting young woman
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First book in the series. Very enjoyable romance. Strong female character.
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I read Blue-Eyed Devil fisrt and I adored it, it was one of the best books I've ever read. This was a great book but I can't give it as high of a review just because I like the next one better. Lisa writes heart wrenching and warming stories, I love the drama, the heat and the realism of her contemporary series. I highly recommend this series, even if you don't read them in order!
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First off, this was a really good book. No question. But it was a lot more than a romance, somebody told me it was more chick-lit, but I don't agree with that either. There was just a lot going on in this book. Liberty is an incredibly strong person and I admire her tremendously. I really did not undertsand the relationship with her sister and mother, and probably never will. But, that's okay. Gage was incredible too. I wish there was more detail in how their relationship began. That's always the sweetest part of any love story. Then there's Hardy, a lot of people said they didn't get him in the end. I did. It wasn't really hard to understand for me. I loved him in Blue Eyed Devil, and nothing's changed for me, I still liked that book better.
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Two men, one woman. A choice that can make or break her. A love story that you will never forget.
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I didn't think I would like this book, but I ended up LOVING it! It has a lot of emotion and is engaging. I didn't want to stop reading it. If you're on the fence about whether or not you want to read it, give it a try! You might be pleasantly surprised.
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I guess you can consider this to be a pre-qual toKleypas' book "Blue Eyed Devil" - for those of you who have read blue eyed devil-which i read prior to this and absolutly loved by the way!--it doesnt really matter which one you read (or listen to in this case) first eventhough blue eyed devil does technically pick up where sugar daddy leaves off. And the only similarities to the books is that the same characters in both books & in both books Hardy Cates romances the Heroine/main femail character (He romances Liberty in Sugar Daddy and Haven in Blue eyed Devil (Haven's name is only mentioned in Sugar Daddy but she doesnt make an appearance until Blue eyed Devil)

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This audio CD was 5 discs (about 6 hours)and had me entertained and engaged from beginning to end.... The narrator portrayed sweet yet sassy & headstrong Texan Liberty perfectly. The book is a great combo of ROmance, Love, heartbreak (relationship and family based) & Suspense (there were many unexpected surprises and shocking family secrets revealed that brings an already entertaining plot up several notches to the point that I would sit in my garage after i got home for at least 10 min before reluctantly shutting my car off and having to wait until my next road trip to continue the story (luckily i listened to it on 2 3 hour road trips so i didnt have to wait too long to find out what happened next))

I really liked this one and would reccomend it to anyone wishing to be entertained during their next flight or car ride!!
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I'm a big fan of Kleypas's historical novels, but I avoided this book for a long time because very few authors can do both genres well. Plus, I don't much like first person point of view. But boy, was I glad I finally picked it up. This turned out to be a great book, although it starts out a little slow, spending time on the heroine's childhood.
The hero is hot! I recommend all 3 of the books in this series, read them in order.
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She's from the wrong side of the tracks and he's the one man she can't have. Lisa Leypas shines as she tells the story of Liberty Jones who falls under the spell of a billionaire tycoon - a Sugar Daddy as they say. But the relationship goes deeper than people think and Liberty begins to discover secrets about her own family's past.
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I wanted to like this better than I actually did. The heroine spends the majority of the book growing up and hung up on another man. There was little to no development in the relationship between the "hero" and the heroine.
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Great read,storyline and lovable characters!The story moved along smoothly with some plot twists and a great ending. I am looking forward to the next in the series "Blue Eyed Devil"
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If you love western romances you will love this. Set in modern times it is a great love story. You get to know the main character really well through out the book. You really grow with her as the book unfolds. Lets not forget the COWBOYS in the story. A page turner that leaves wanting to read all of Lisa Kleypas books!!!
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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.
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Wow. Just.....wow. Not what I expected. Pretty heavy, but, amazing. I will admit to skimming some parts in the middle of the book, finding the long back story just a little too long for me. But, even that didn't take away from the richness of the story. One that I thought about when I wasn't reading it. Excellent. Wonderful. 5 stars.
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Great book, loved the characters. Paced well and well written. If you love this book, you won't be disappointed with Blue eyed devil a continuation of the series with more of these great characters.
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Lisa Kleypas is a surprisingly good writer. I loved Sugar Daddy and the Sequel Blue Eyed Devil. Not only a great romance novel, but a wonderful, heartfelt story.
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I loved this book and like the other review I read I also read it in record time. Great book !!!!
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Love this book.
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I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more of her work.
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Lisa Kleypas usually writes hostorical romance, which for the most part isn't my cup of tea. I do however love this book, her first contemporary romance. It was engaging and real.
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I loved this book!!! The best read in a long time!!!
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I'm a big fan of Kleypas's historical novels, but I avoided this book for a long time because very few authors can do both genres well. Plus, I don't much like first person point of view. But boy, was I glad I finally picked it up. This turned out to be a great book, although it starts out a little slow, spending time on the heroine's childhood.
The hero is hot! I recommend all 3 of the books in this series, read them in order.
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If you like Lavyrle Spencer's contemporary romances, you'll like this book.
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This was a fun easy read, very enjoyable.
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This is a great series