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Month: April 2016

Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas

Feature: ‘Sugar Daddy’
Lisa Kleypas

St. Martin’s 0-312-35162-3 2007

Overall: Four 1/2 Stars

Sensuality: Three 1/4 Hearts

Cover Cheese: Cheese Free

If you got your hands on the advance copies of some of the 2007 romance releases on my desk right now, you can bet you’d be squealing like a little girlie girl. Historicals, contemps – oh, lookee here: there seems to be one about a bunch of sexy vampire brethren and their cop friend, Butch.

That was mean, I know. But give me a chance to make it up to you, please?

How about this: today, you get to read an excerpt from one of the most anticipated works of romance fiction of 2007, “Sugar Daddy,” the stunning contemporary debut of NY Times bestseller and historical romance phenom, Lisa Kleypas.

But let me tell you a bit about it first.

Liberty Jones loved Hardy Cates since the day he saved her skinny adolescent self from a couple pit bulls threatening her on the lot of the run-down, Texas trailer park in which the Jones and Cates families lived.

Hardy loves her in his own way, but protects her from himself by keeping her at a distance, only occasionally giving in to the attraction he feels for her. Yet still he leaves her flat as he searches for a way out of poverty and his mother’s over-crowded single wide.

Heartbroken and with no one to help her take care of her infant sister after their mother dies, Liberty struggles for years to keep a roof over their heads. Then, she takes an almost-too-good-to-be-true job as assistant to Texas billionaire, Churchill Travis.

Travis’ son, Gage, is a brilliant oil industry exec, handsome, and alpha, to boot. And Liberty hates that he’s the first man to really affect her since Hardy, because Gage Travis resents her and thinks she’s a gold-digger looking for a sugar daddy. His daddy, to be exact.

Then who shows up just when things look like they’re going to smooth out between Liberty and Gage, but Hardy Cates, self-made millionaire oilman with two things on his mind: winning Liberty’s heart, and crushing Gage Travis every way he knows how.

Sure, “Sugar Daddy” sounds like it’s got all the makings of a 1980s TV series, but it’s just too literarily sophisticated not to be taken seriously.

Kleypas’ enormous talent for writing, storytelling, and evoking the romantic fantasies and intimate emotional desires of women makes “Sugar Daddy” a contemporary romance that’s as intensely entertaining as it is dramatically emotional.

And reading a Kleypas written in the first person – the story as told by the heroine rather than the “all-knowing” narrator – is a marvelous way to explore and enjoy yet another facet of what makes Kleypas one of the best authors of romance fiction, really, any fiction.

So read this excerpt from Sugar Daddy, then –

Buy the book.