Aug 14 2013 11:00am

H&H Reads: Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas (Part 1 of 6)


Stay tuned for another exciting book in the H&H Reads program soon!

Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas

Lisa Kleypas recently announced that the next book in the Travis Family series, Brown-Eyed Girl, will tell the long-awaited story of Joe Travis (!!!!!). Clearly a reread of where it all began is in order, right? And obviously nothing beats being able to read (and discuss) a book together! So with that in mind...

Today, we're excited to kick off a brand-new program, H&H Reads, with the Travis story that started it all—Sugar Daddy!

Every Wednesday and Sunday from now until September 1, we'll be posting Sugar Daddy in six easy-to-read (if not so easy to wait for!) parts. Right before each new part goes up, we'll be taking down the previous one, so make sure you don't miss a single piece of the book. Whether you're a long-time fan of the book or completely new to the Travises, we hope you'll read along and then come discuss each section of the book with us!

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Don't think you can wait? Catch up on the whole story now. (See the links at the bottom of this post for more info on where you can get your copy of Sugar Daddy.) Then, come back to share your thoughts!


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 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.

When Hardy leaves town to pursue his plans, Liberty finds herself alone with a young sister to raise. Soon Liberty is 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.


Discussion Questions:

1. Liberty/Hardy 4Ever, am I right?

2. No but really, can we talk about how great Liberty, Hardy, and Liberty/Hardy are? Want. More. Now.


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Lisa Kleypas is the RITA Award-winning author of many contemporary and historical romance novels, including the Hathaways series, A Wallflower Christmas, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, and Love in the Afternoon. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College and published her first novel at the age of 21. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts in the Miss America competition. She lives in Washington with her husband and two children.

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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
I've read Sugar Daddy a few times, but I don't want to spoil anything for those new to the story and discussion (and I encourage anyone wanting to talk spoilers to highlight any spoilers and change the color to white so that those OK with spoilers can highlight it to read the spoilers) so I'll keep my thoughts focused on Part 1.

Basically, I am always surprised by how thoroughly in love with Hardy I am from very early in the story. We don't know as much about the inner workings of his mind since the story is told from Liberty's perspective, but she understands him enough that we can sympathize with this really great guy who's clearly torn between wanting Liberty and wanting to make something of himself, which he feels he can only do if he leaves town. Gah! The angst. I dig it.

And Liberty. She's just such a likable heroine IMO. You want nothing but the best for her, so you both want her to get with Hardy because you know she really wants him and that he would be good to her; but you also fear her getting with him because you know he may very well accidentally break her heart if he leaves town.

Also, I've only been to Texas a couple times and all but once I've only been passing through, but I always enjoy Lisa Kleypas' take on the state and its people.

I am very curious about what fellow readers make of Liberty's mom at this point of the story, especially those reading for the first time. What's her secret, do you think? What do you think of the mother-daughter relationship she has with Liberty, etc.

And finally, I think it's lovely that Liberty is so excited about having a sibling. When you're that much older I could see it being a difficult adjustment (no longer the only child) so I admire that.
Saundra Peck
2. sk1336
This is awesome...getting started right now!!!! Thanks H&H!!!
3. carmenlire
I, too, have read this a few times and I believe that it was actually the first LK I read (that or Mine Till Midnight) when it first came out. I love Hardy and I can totally see that how they could have a HEA. Similar backgrounds, attraction, deep feelings. . . I love them so much!
However, I must say that I believe the ending is what it should have been and that all parties ended up with their True Love.
Liberty is such a great character. I love her depth and determination and the way that she is so observant and mature, no matter her age.
It's also great to see Hardy, and how strong he is, despite his surroundings and the lack of hope that seems to permeat his environment. And although I could see him being soley focused on his own circumstances, he helps his family soo much, and he's always their for Liberty.
Redline-- I agree with you on everything! And I'm eager too, what do others think of Liberty's mom?
Heather Waters
4. HeatherWaters
@Carmenlire -- Exactly! Hardy could be laser-focused on just getting out of town and not give a thought to anything else, but instead he's very giving to his family and friends. And the reason he resists Liberty like he does (aside from the age difference, I would guess, because when you're younger a couple years is a bigger deal) is because he DOES care and knows she would expect more and he couldn't give it to her. Aww. Other guys might just take what they could get in the moment and not worry too much about the future, so it's hard not to like Hardy for being conscious of that.

SPOILERS BELOW (highlight to read)
It's funny, when I first read Sugar Daddy I was SURE I could not like another hero as much as I liked Hardy. No way would I be happy if she ended up with anyone else! And yet, at the end of the day, I totally agree with you that everyone ends up with the one they should and I ALSO adore Gage. Crazy! This has to be one of the best love triangles I've read, because usually I'm not torn at all, but in this case I really would have been happy if she'd ended up with either of them. But we'll talk more about that in later parts, I'm sure! I could go on about it for a while.
5. wsl0612
This is so great, darn it! Now I'm going to have to buy the book because I can't wait this long to find out what happens. Really Lisa, this is just too low of a move for you ;-)
Heather Waters
6. HeatherWaters
@wsl0612 -- I'm not even going to lie, it makes me happy you say that, because I chose where to end each section. *cue evil laugh*

Honestly, though, glad you enjoyed! Hope you come back to talk about the rest of the book because I think each part has some great moments worth calling out and I'm SO CURIOUS to see what new readers think of where the story goes...
Julia Broadbooks
7. juliabroadbooks
I don't have time to read today but I just snapped up the book. It's the only Travis book I don't already own! Can't wait to get reading.
9. carmenlire
Redline: (Spoilers)
Usually I'm not a fan of the love triangle but I loved this one! Gage is a very memorable hero to me and I love the contrasts that these two men provide. Hardy has brought himself up and gives to everyone. But when he comes back, he's just not the man that Liberty knew. He's grown hard and cynical. Gage on the other hand is a man whose never known financial hardship and yet he can empathize with Liberty. I love that Liberty ends up with Gage and then Hardy and Haven definitely belong together. I like that this story follows Liberty from being a young teenager to an adult because at one point Hardy was perfect, but Kleypas brilliantly shows that people change and what was good ten years ago is definitely not good now.
10. Kim
I know a lot of people don't like first person narrations, but it really works in this book. I think Liberty's sister needs a book of her own, too.
Carmen Pinzon
11. bungluna
@Carmenlire - Exactly!!

I think this was the first book I ever read that made a great case for different loves at different point in your life. I loved Hardy precisely because he helped his family and Liberty at a point in his life when he could have been solely focused on himself.

I loved Liberty also because she chose to help 'family' instead of being selfish.

At first I wasn't too thrilled with Gage, though, but that's a thought for later.
12. wsl0612
Okay so I've read about half the book so far, and I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but it's really interesting and not at all what I was expecting :-) Liberty's choices aren't what I anticipated. I do have one tiny complaint, I was puzzled by her choice of career because even though she talks about enjoying doing that when she was younger, I would've rather been shown that at some time in her interactions.
Heather Waters
13. HeatherWaters
I had this whole long comment typed out last night and was just about ready to post it when my laptop apparently overheated and then shut itself down. Nooooooo! So, guys, FYI, that kind of stuff happens to H&H staffers too. Boo.


@carmenlire: I think you and I are on the exact same page when it comes to why this book is just brilliant. As you said, we see that what's right for Liberty at the beginning of the story isn't what's right for her at the end, and Kleypas has written it so well that we are totally OK with that fact. Also, I too am glad that Hardy gets his own HEA, because I would've been sad if Liberty found her new love and Hardy didn't.

@Kim -- I'm so glad you brought up the first-person POV. That's usually not my favorite either, but I can't imagine this book working any other way because it's such a personal story--with the first person we really get to go along with Liberty on her journey from childhood to adulthood and see her fall in love--twice! And I am glad I'm not the only one: I'd love to see Carrington get her own story too!

@bungluna -- YES! Same here. Once I have a favorite relationship in a story you can almost never pry me away from it and get me to root for another pairing, so I think that's a big part of why this book is a favorite--Lisa Kleypas made me switch teams! :D And yep, Liberty's dedication to her family is a huge part of why I like her so much.

*rubs hands together* Can't wait to talk about everyone's first impressions of Gage!

@wsl0612 -- So glad you're enjoying the book and I know exactly what you mean about it not going where you'd expect. As for her choice in career, I think back to how much she loved getting that makeover and how the fancy salon they went to was the grandest place to her because she wasn't used to that sort of luxury. For that reason it makes sense to me that she'd find herself back there, though I could have seen her going into another career too--she's a smart cookie, no doubt about it.
Megan Frampton
14. MFrampton
I've never read this before, and started it on the subway this morning. I haven't even gotten up to where this bit stops, I'm just where Hardy is showing her how to make a free throw.

So my initial thoughts: This is not at all like what contemporary romance is now--it's way more women's fiction, but that is fine, it's definitely got enough romance to satisfy that angle as well. And the language, and the way Liberty describes her surroundings is just lovely, lovely writing. I like Liberty, I'm already rooting for her, and I like the other characters.
I've been spoiled as to who Liberty ends up with (kinda hard not to be), so it makes the read different, but in my opinion, better. You can really see Kleypas's craft here, and I want to read more now. Sadly, I have to work.
15. AmyM
Just finished Part 1. This is my first time reading this book.

I immediately liked Hardy. I was prepared for it to be one of those "first loves" where he doesn't really like or notice Liberty, but their relationship thus far has been unexpected for me. He's a good guy who's just trying to help his family and actually do what's best for himself. You can't fault him for that.

I really liked Liberty too. At first I was waiting for the book to skip ahead to when she's older, but as I got more involved in the story, I found I liked her younger voice. She's just so curious about things, but she's unapologetic about who she is. She knows her family doesn't have the most or the best stuff but she makes the best of it.

One thing I will say is I just got a bad feeling about her mother. I don't know, too much in her past that's up for question. And the fact that it's Liberty's POV means we may not get the full / truthful side of things all the time from her, only however Liberty perceives them.

I look forward to when the baby is born. I hope the baby is everything Liberty expects. She wants a sibling so badly, and she's the type of character that I just want to see good things happen to.

Ok, now the waiting until Sunday!
16. Travelover
I LOVED this book. I have the series, and I am patiently waiting for the last one in the set to come out.
Jennifer Proffitt
17. JenniferProffitt
@AmyM, yeah I got the same vibe. For some reason I'm just very leery of Liberty's mom.

Loved this first part, this is my first time read Sugar Daddy so very excited for more!
18. wsl0612
Just finished and LOVED it! (sung in my best Sponge Bob voice)

I will not post spoilers but I wanted to add that I think this almost qualifies as New Adult.
19. fire_dragon31
This is the first time I read this story. When I first started reading it I found I wasn't getting into the story and almost stopped reading after the first chapter. However, I thought "why not keep reading till you hit the end and if your not into it at least you tried." Now I can say with all certainty, I'm extreamely glad I kept reading. Now with more of the book being released I fully plan to read the rest and buy the book to read at my leisure.
Heather Waters
20. HeatherWaters
@MFrampton -- Great point about it being women's fiction-like. It's very much about Liberty's journey first and foremost. Which is why that love triangle I spoiled for you (sorry!) works so well, probably; since the story is about Liberty rather than a particular pairing, affection for the men develops and surprises you as much as Liberty.

@AmyM -- So glad you're enjoying the read! Yes, it's hard NOT to like Hardy and Liberty, isn't it? They're so great. And you are right, Liberty's mom is a mysterious one, and so I'd be curious to get your thoughts on things that happen later in the story...
Heather Waters
21. HeatherWaters
@JenniferProffitt -- Woo-hoo, love hearing from all the first-timers, since this is one of my favorite Lisa Kleypas books. :)

@wsl0612 -- Yay! New Adult, you say? I never thought of it that way, but I can see it. Love triangles are certainly big in NA right now, and of course they deal a lot with heroines finding out who they really are in their 20s...

@fire_dragon31 -- Thanks so much for sharing that! Really glad you kept reading and now you'll be checking out the rest of the story.
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