From Publishers Weekly
Scenes of domestic abuse and the journey to recovery make Kleypas's modern romance anything but fluff. A Wellesley grad and daughter of a Houston energy baron, Haven Travis is an unlikely romantic heroine until her brief but ardent encounter with a man who turns out to be Hardy Cates, the East Texas roughneck from Sugar Daddy
who worked his way up from poverty and then outmaneuvered the Travis clan in a business deal. Haven's engaged to Nick Tanner—a man her dad thinks is unfit for her—and though she and Hardy have a charged interaction, she elopes with Nick, and her father cuts her off. Nick turns out to be a bad guy, and a beaten and bruised Haven returns to Houston, where Hardy's still at odds with her family. Their passion proves as fervent as ever, but demons from Haven's recent past—as well as strife with her family and troubles at work and in bed—stand in the way. Kleypas isn't a literary stylist, but she delivers a page-turning, formula-breaking romance that takes on social issues and escalates passion to new heights. (Mar.)
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“A sexy story. Hero Hardy Cates is charming women the world over!” —Lifetime Entertainment
“A page-turning, formula-breaking romance that escalates passion to new heights.” —Publishers Weekly
“An intense, passionate, bigger-than-Texas romance.”—Bookpage
“HOT. Kleypas’s strongly emotional story presents an inside look at what can happen when love turns out to be the desire for complete control.”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews
“The love story [is] incredibly touching…had me reaching for a tissue and staying up into the wee hours of the morning just to finish the book.”—The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)
“Filled with Lisa Kleypas’s smoldering sensuality, breathtaking plots, and unforgettable characters.”—Fantastic Fiction