My rating: 4 of 5 stars
THEME: Romance, Chick Lit
REVIEW:My first novel by Lisa Kleypas and it definitely won’t be my last. This was recommended to me and I cant believe hadn’t read this series sooner. Kleypas does a fantastic job defining her lead female character, detailing her life, her struggles and her hopes. Oh and don’t let the title fool you, Sugar Daddy doesn’t mean in the story what it hints.
Sugar Daddy follows Liberty Jones a young girl whose young life was a roller coaster. After befriending a young and handsome boy named Hardy, they grow up together; they began a friendship and began to feel more for each other with each passing year. But Hardy has plan but they don’t involve Liberty and their town. While Hardy’s life takes him away, Liberty is sucked into a world where she ends up raising her baby sister and trying to build a life for them. But with Liberty’s determination as years go by she ends up in a happy place but is faced with the past she thought she always wanted.
Liberty is a girl who knows the ins and outs of living a hard life. She deals with the loss of both her parents and having to grow up fast along with taking care of her baby sister. Most of the book follows her journey in her young life and how in the present as an adult, she has changed and realizes what she wants the most. Liberty to the core is the best sister and mother; she knows that her sister needs the support and good people around her. But what was great is that Liberty always had a guardian angle looking out for her, not even realizing she and her sister were loved.
The men of this story are both important in different times of Liberty’s life. Hardy is her youth, the love of her life and one person who knew she was the best of the best. Gage is her adulthood, the one man she discovers is someone who is her other half and only wants the best for her. At the beginning I thought there would be no one better for Liberty than Hardy, but Hardy as an adult made me realize how money and growing up can change a person. Gage stole my heart and even more so on how much he sweetly treated Liberty’s little sister like she was a princess.
Overall this was a drama full story, I haven’t read a book that concentrated so much on the past and eased its way into the future. It helped me understand Liberty so much, I was able to connect and feel for her with all the losses, sacrificed and romance. There is so much that happens, but the main message is everything happens for a reason. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series and hope that Hardy gets a wake up call.
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