Smooth Talking Stranger
by: Lisa Kleypas
Published by: St. Martin's Press (March 31 release)
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Reviewed by Heather Durow
Ella Varner had a rough childhood with her younger sister, Tara. Their father had left, which their overbearing, selfish mother blamed them for. They were abused by their stepfather, which of course is untrue, if you talked to their mother. After all of this, Ella grew up with a fear of commitment and a hardheaded personality.
Years of therapy later, and not speaking to either her mother or sister for two years, Ella is in a steady, safe relationship with ultra-environmentalist and vegan, Dane. She has a fairly successful career as an advice columnist, “Miss Independent,” and is seemingly happy in her quiet life.
However, with one phone call, Ella’s life is turned on its head. Ella’s mother is up in arms because Tara showed up at her door with a baby, no husband and no explanation. Thinking only of herself, Ella’s mother insists that she come get the baby because Tara left with no clue as to when she would return. Being the fixer in the family, Ella agrees, against Dane’s emphatic wishes. Not knowing what it will do to her relationship, Ella heads to Houston to retrieve her new nephew and figure out what has happened to her sister.
In hopes of finding the baby’s father, whom Tara is unwilling to name, Ella takes matters into her own hands and heads to the office of one possibility…Jack Travis, millionaire playboy. As soon as she lays eyes on him, Ella knows she is in for something she is not prepared for.
Far too intelligent and gripping to be a typical romance, Smooth Talking Stranger is sharp, sexy and will keep you captivated from beginning to end. Ella and Jack are both intoxicating characters with great depth and strong personalities. Lisa Kleypas takes us through Ella’s thought process with great ease and unique descriptiveness.
An overall wonderful novel that will leave the reader wanting more.
Armchair Interviews says: Definitely not your average chick-lit fluff!
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