Sugar Daddy Audiobook (The Travis Series #1) Review

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Review of: Sugar Daddy Audiobook

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Sugar Daddy Audiobook

By: Lisa Kleypas

Narrated by: Jeannie Stith

Published by: Brilliance Audio 09/15/2008

Sugar Daddy Audiobook


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The Travis Series # 1

10 hrs and 18 mins

Whispersync for Voice-ready

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Sugar Daddy Audiobook Sample


Sugar Daddy (5 Hearts)

With the upcoming  release of Brown-Eyed Girl (book #4 in the series), I decided to do a re-listen of this fabulous contemporary romance series. I’m also republishing my review in hopes that you will decide to give it a go before the new book gets published.

Before this novel, I thought I wouldn’t find a believable hero in a contemporary setting. Silly of me, but I believed the attraction I felt for the characters from my previous readings/listenings came a little from the magical, the fantasy, and the fairy tale aspect of the stories. Especially the heroes – let’s face it, they all are utterly gorgeous and hot. They love immensely, they never argue about mundane things, and they’re total alpha males.
Not to mention some of their other physical attributes that you should be mighty familiar with if you are a romance reader/listener.

I see now that “in the end” it all comes down to how good can an author take you into the story and how real the characters feel to you. And in romance, how can you make a contemporary story into a fairy tale?

This is how Kleypas did it:

The first half of the book is like an innocent YA book. Kleypas deals with the relationship between mother and daughter, and the struggles of a mother trying to raise a daughter alone – a daughter who is forced to accept responsibilities far beyond her years.

Liberty had a hard childhood. Her father died when she was very young, and her mother was alienated from her family since she went against them and married outside her race. Now she wonders between a series of interchangeable men of questionable character.

With a careless mother, Liberty’s only support is the relationship with her elderly neighbor, Miss Marva, and the older boy next door Hardy Cates. Hardy’s only goal in life it’s to get the heck out of town, and make something out of himself, this makes a romantic relationship with Liberty impossible.

When her mother dies in a tragic accident, Liberty is left practically penniless to raise her younger sister Carrington.
A scholarship to a beauty school gives her the training to find a job in a top salon in Houston where Liberty finds herself befriending the wealthy Texas businessman, Churchill Travis.

He soon makes her an offer she can’t refuse (to become his personal assistant and move into his home). Churchill’s the eldest son, Gage, finds his father’s actions downright unacceptable, and stars to dislike and hate Liberty, holding her responsible for his father’s unusual behavior.

Gage’s hatred for Liberty soon turns to something more. And as their relationship takes a new turn, secrets about her mother’s past, and an old friend emerge in Liberty’s life. With this, the story evolves into one that will make you laugh, cry and laugh some more.

Liberty is a wonderful heroine, sweet, charming, intelligent, and hardworking. You love her right away. Hardy and Gage are excellent heroes, the kind that make you swoon in romance story.

With such convincing characters, everything works right in Sugar Daddy; I just loved everything about it! I’m hoping, you do too!
The fallowing two books are as fantastic, if not better! These are some Texan men worth getting to know 🙂

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Sugar Daddy Audiobook Narration

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Jeannie Stith’s voice conveys vulnerability, earnestness, self-doubt and inner strength, making Liberty a very likable heroine who immediately wins your heart.
She also does an excellent job as the other characters, especially the men in Liberty’s life, who are difficult but passionate.

Her childhood love, Hardy Cates has a sweet Texas twang that makes him so memorable. Liberty’s employer, a wealthy Texan has a perfect toned voice that brings credibility to his character. Gage’s voice is delivered with a sensuality that will make you fall in love.

You might find her voice a little young at first, but this is perfect for the description of her childhood, somehow she manages to grow with the story delivering a very good narration.

Author Lisa KleypasLisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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Narrator Jeannie StithJeannie Stith is a nationally recognized commercial voice talent and a 2-time Audie Award nominee. Jeannie is also the official promo voice of the nationwide Sprout channel, the voice of Hershey Park, and the voice of Verizon Wireless 411 marketing messaging.

Jeannie Stith lives on the East Coast with her husband Ryan and her second love, her home studio.


Other books in this series

Blue Eye Devil Audiobook
Smooth Talking Stranger

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  1. I’m so glad you posted this!! A friend recommend this book to me forever ago and I forgot all about it.

    • It’s great, but it’s only the beginning, the following books in the series are fantastic. This has slow start, you just have to mange to hang in 🙂

    • This is a good for audio Anna! Myabe one day to decide to give it shot, and I really hope you enjoy it just as much as I did 🙂

  2. I’ve had this book on my TBR forever! I didn’t know a new one is coming out. That’s interesting that the narrator’s voice “grows” as the story develops. Great review!

    • The narrator really does a good job of growing as the character (Liberty) does. I hope one day you give it chance, the following books are even better, IMO 🙂

  3. This is one of my most favorite series! You’ve inspired me to do a reread via audio. Thanks for a great review.

    • Thank you Jonetta 🙂 Audio it’s definitely a great way to re-visit. Even if it’s just the last book, which it was an awesome listen 🙂

  4. I heard great things about this author but I haven’t read any of her books I should try! This book sounds really nice too and I’ll have to keep an eye on it to try it! thanks for the review!

    • She a fabulous author Mellainie, I discovered her historicals first and I LOVED those! And this was my first contemporary romance series, so it has a especial place in my heart 🙂

  5. All right, you convinced me, I’ll give it a try 🙂

    • I hope you loved it just as much Iza! A little slow to start, but it’s worth hanging in 🙂 The following books are fantastic too.

  6. I’m thinking about doing a relisten before Joe’s book comes out in August. I wonder who will be the narrator for it?

    • As long as is not Jeff Cummings we should be OK. That’s the only time I’ve been really disappointed about any of her Audiobooks narrations (he doesn’t have the romance “gene”) All the rest have been great.

  7. I remember reading this one after her historical novels and being pleasantly surprised at how good it was. I went on to read the entire series and recommended it to a few friends a couple of months ago. I’ll have to do a series via audiobook soon. Thanks! =)

    • I adore her Historicals, and that was the reason I decided to venture into a Contemporary Romance. Until then I had only listened to Paranormal and Historicals. She’s the reason i felt in love with the genre 🙂
      I hope you enjoy the audios just as much as I did 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by Livia!

  8. it sounds really good Loupe :)I like that it started of as YA and moved on to adult. I read a book like that before and really enjoyed it. Great review!

    • It is! It was my first contemporary series, so it has a especial place for me 🙂
      Thank you Sharonda.

  9. This sounds good, I am listening to my first truly heated romance and after struggling to get through the first rather explicit scene it is getting poor ears where red and I am sure my face was too.

    • LOL Kimba! I know exactly what you mean, for some reason they do feel naughtier on
      I’d love to have been a fly on the wall…LOL

  10. Her Hathaways series was one of my all time favorites. I will love Kev & Winni forever, even read their book twice back in my historical romance addict days. I should totally do a reread someday via audiobook. I just listened to a sample of of Mine ‘Til Midnight narrated By Rosalyn Landor and it she sounds decent.

    • She’s a fantastic reader! I adore her performances, but I feel I have to warn you about her male voices. Some peeps feel they are not masculine enough and sound old. In my case I quickly got used to them, and I overlooked them b/c the overall readings are phenomenal.

  11. “Not to mention some of their other physical attributes that you should be mighty familiar with if you are a romance reader/listener.”

    Hmmm … please spell this out for me with much detail. LOL. I This sounds like a great book, but I might do better with it in book form.

    • LOL Christy! I was talking about their chiseled jawline, get your mind out the gutter! hehehe 😉

  12. Oooh… Loupe! This sounds like a fun read. I like how it starts as a hate relationship and turns towards the opposite! I think I’d like this one!

    • The series as a whole is fantastic, I love this one but my favorite has to be the next one, Blue Eyed Devil. We meet him in this book 🙂

  13. I read this one MANY years back. I don’t remember much about it, but according to Goodreads I gave it a 3 stars rating. Maybe I should listen to it to see if I like it better on audio.

    • I didn’t read this one, I did the whole series on audio. I was my first contemporary romance so it has special place in my heart. The story could a little slow at first (not a lot romance), and if doesn’t grab you I can see it being a drag, but if grabs you it’s a fantastic start to the series.

    • Liberty is a wonderful heroine, and this is pretty much her journey to finally finding her well deserved happiness 🙂

  14. This sounds good! Convincing characters make a romance go a long way for me too. Great review!

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