Four and a half but rounded up for making me cry.
This definitely has a better, more organic through line and ending than Sugar Daddy. It didn't start out as wonderfully (I really loved Liberty's coming-of-age in SD), but the story was engaging throughout.
I loved Hardy and Haven as a couple. I thought their chemistry was great. I was plagued slightly with doubts by the way SD made Hardy so smarmy at the end, but he redeems himself well here. I wasn't sure I was going to like Haven as a romantic lead after being introduced to her in Sugar Daddy, but her story is very poignant and absorbing.
Yes, it was a bit didactic, which seems to be a theme for these contemporaries. I'm not a fan of that particular trend, which is why it loses a half star, but she's a little better at it than most. While it's "in your face" it's at least more of a throw pillow effect than a sledge hammer, so it's forgivable.
I've seen mixed reviews of Kleypas's contemporaries which is probably why I put off reading them for so long (that and the HC/Kindle ripoff price tag). But I bought these at the UBS and I'm so glad I dove in. As always, Kleypas delivers a romance that's satisfying and lovely and leaves me with a smile.