Sugar Daddy Audiobook
By: Lisa Kleypas
Narrated by: Jeannie Stith
Published by: Brilliance Audio-2007
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She’s from the wrong side of the tracks….
Liberty Jones has dreams and determination that will take her far away from Welcome, Texas – if she can keep her wild heart from ruling her mind. Hardy Cates sees Liberty as completely off-limits. His own ambitions are bigger than Welcome, and Liberty Jones is a complication he doesn’t need. But something magical and potent draws them to each other, in a dangerous attraction that is stronger than both of them.
He’s the one man she can’t have….
When Hardy leaves town to pursue his plans, Liberty finds herself alone with a young sister to raise. Soon Liberty finds herself under the spell of a billionaire tycoon – a Sugar Daddy, one might say. But the relationship goes deeper than people think, and Liberty begins to discover secrets about her own family’s past.
Will they find their heart’s desires?….
Two men. One woman. A choice that can make her or break her. A woman you’ll root for every step of the way. A love story you’ll never forget.
©2007 Lisa Kleypas; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Reviewed by Lisa Kay
This is my favorite LK series. Yes, I know, I know. I’m mainly a historical romance reader. Plus, I’ve never really been thrilled over first-person POV*, but these books sold me. This book leading the series is truly wonderful.
Goodness, I love the Sugar Daddy audiobook. I’ve already skim-read it once this year. It is one of those books I want to “share” when I see one of my GoodReads friends reading it too. That’s a sign of a special book. However, this time I thought I’d try the audiobook. So glad I did. Jeannie Stith does a great job of narrating this one. This book is first person POV, and Liberty’s shoes are impossibly hard to fill; still, Ms. Stith does an admirable job. I cracked up hearing Carrington, when she was just a toddler, with a baby southern accent. That was well worth the listen right there! Here is my original review of the paperback and good if you want to see a picture of an emu.
I still remember when I first saw the paperback was finally out in the bookstore and being so disappointed because yet another one of my favorite HR authors was bowing to pressure and going mainstream. I wasn’t reading contemporary romances at the time, so I actually hesitated over the purchase of Sugar Daddy. In addition, I really loathed the title. Ugh! I started reading it standing there, eventually grouped blindly for a chair while I kept my eyes glued to the pages, then went running to the cash-register, my heart pumping erratically with adrenaline coursing to unmentionable pulse points for poor Liberty, the pit bulls, and Hardy. Man-oh-man! Don’t you love finding a
worthy new book by a great author? I’m having the “Big O” just recalling it.
BTW, at the risk of sharing too much, I was right there with Liberty and the whole 68 thing and started reviewing my past loves. Oh, and the part about the emu? Absolutely killed me I was laughing so hard.
*My GR friend, Sans, calls first person POV “a flaming pile of crap in printed format”. This expression worked nicely for me until this book.
SPOILER added 4/10/11
I liked what Kleypas did with Sugar Daddy, though it certainly ruffled a few feathers and made people call it “chick-lit” instead of “contemporary-romance”. (I think it’s a brilliant blend of the two, but maybe I’m repeating myself.) Anywayz…
I think most of us have a first love, or close to first love; one that was bittersweet; an “if only” young love, if you will. In this, we can all empathize with Liberty. I was right there with her, falling hard for young Hardy (gee, why did she name him that?). Kleypas wanted us to!
And “young” is the operative word here. We do things in our youth, and feel things so differently, that the passions of youth can resonate still, years later. (This theme is also accented with Churchill’s enduring love of Liberty’s mom, Diana Jones.) However, after Liberty’s journey, I was ready to fall for Gage, in all his sophistication and power, and I did totally; he’s perfect for Liberty. Yet, just like my first love, I wanted Hardy to be happy. I think that is a true sign of love, though certainly morphed into something else, when you want someone’s happiness.
Kleypas gives that to Hardy – and us too! – in Blue-Eyed Devil, where he struggles with the meaning of mature love and sacrifice too!