"Smooth Talking Stranger"
By: Lisa Kleypas
Lisa Kleypas is one of those authors for me that when she's on, she's fire hot...but when she is a little off her game, she loses me. "Smooth Talking Stranger" is Kleypas at her best, with a wonderful romance, great characters, strong women and a pretty awesome hero.
Jack Travis is the brother of Gage Travis, the hero of "Sugar Daddy." Jack is a son of a millionaire, owns his own business, and isn't used to anyone telling him what to do or telling him no. He meets Ella Varner, our heroine, when she accuses him of fathering her sister's baby. When its proven that he isn't, Jack sets out to help Ella out with this brand new baby she has kind of inherited.
Characterization is so important, and I think that its something Kleypas shines at. Writing a character so well that you can know she is going to do next or how she will feel is something pretty unique and wonderful. The romance was wonderful, no doubt about that, but it was so fun to see Ella come out of her shell. She was reserved and knew everything when she arrived in town, and it was interesting to see her character develop. The characters are real too. If your sister is a druggie who doesn't take care of her child, what do you do? Your mad but you help - which is what Ella did superbly in this novel.
"Smooth Talking Stranger," is a wonderful romance, that should be an example of what is great about romance today. The only gripe I have is that Kleypas isn't going to write any more in this series, leaving the youngest brother without his own story. A uniquely written contemporary romance that leaves you wanting more! What else can you ask for? Really?
Publisher: St. Martins Publications
Date of Publication: March 31, 2009
# of Pages: 352