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Product Details

  • Series: Intimate Moments, 1011 (Book 1011)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Silhouette; First Edition edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037327081x
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373270811
  • ASIN: 037327081X
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,837,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 8, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love romances, but it's so hard to find one that's really well-written, one that grabs me and hangs on to my attention throughout. This one did.
The heroine is the most perfectly ordinary heroine I've ever come across in a romance novel (except of course for one tiny detail). Not only that, but she's dealing with issues that I can understand. Yay!
And the hero--while undeniably rugged and handsome--is also ordinary. He's just a man, like any other man...flaws and all.
It's refreshing to read a story that doesn't rely on unrealistic contrivances to drag out the conflict. These are 'real' people dealing with real issues. They have their flaws and their foibles. And they work it out like adults.
This book isn't just about love-at-first-sight and it's not just about sex. Yes, there's instant attraction between the hero and heroine, but there's more to their relationship than their physical attraction. These characters genuinely talk about their likes and their dislikes. They actually have a relationship based on what they have in common--which is something you don't often find in a romance novel.
And the relationships the hero and heroine had with other characters also had a very strong realistic feel to them. I understood these characters' motivations and fears. In fact I felt I could empathize with them. I love that in a story! It's like meeting new friends...
Another thing I enjoyed about this book was the portrayal of the twin bond... It wasn't magical, it wasn't mystical...it just *was*. And that's how these things really work... It's yet another dose of realism that drew me into the story. The heroine and her twin actually seemed like two halves of the same person...and yet that seemed perfectly natural within the context of the story.
I am now on a personal quest to find anything else this author may have written. It's always a pleasure to discover another favorite! :)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By pontmarie on June 8, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ruth Wind/Barbara Samuel has yet to write a book I don't like. In this story, Marissa Pierce has recently lost a great deal of weight and has a bit more to go. Now men look at her as a desirable woman but it is Robert Martinez, the gorgeous uncle of one of her troubled students, whom Marissa wants.
To Robert, Marissa's privileged background is something that will always be there, just like in her mind, Marissa will always be the fat twin no one bothers to look at.
This is such a well written book, the characters are well delineated, Marissa and Robert, of course, but also the secondary ones, especially Crystal, Robert's niece. If you've never read Ruth Wind, give Beautiful Stranger a try.
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Nothing surprised or delighted me. A gorgeous hunky Native American guy, Robert, has wounds from growing up poor and seeing ugliness in the military. He thinks he's not good enough for Marissa. She is a rich girl with her own wounds from the past. She used to be fat and now is thinner. Men now find her desirable. She teaches in a small town, has a good heart and does significant charity work with her inheritance. She wants Robert, but he is hesitant about wanting her.

There was one memorable part, which I have periodically thought about. I enjoyed the way she lost weight. She just started walking every day, a little bit more each day. I enjoyed the way she gave herself just three taco chips at the restaurant and then pushed the bowl away. She would have one-half of a doughnut. It was pleasant watching the way she chose her food, thought about it and ate. For that reason alone, I gave this 3 stars instead of 2.

Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: three short ones. Setting: current day Red Creek, Colorado. Copyright: 2000. Genre: contemporary romance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Guadalupe McCall on May 17, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
So often, when I read a romance novel, I get to the third chapter and put it down, never to be picked up again. Okay, so some of them hit the corner and end up in the "I can't believe I bought that stupid book" pile. But not this one!
Ruth Wind's characters are real people, dealing with real issues. The heroine is not model perfect and she probably never will be. I love that about her. She is aware of her issues with food and even tells the hero she thinks she can control herself if they go to a Mexican food restaurant. He, of course, is wonderful enough not to make an issue of her weight, except to tell her she's always been beautiful. Oh, and how my heart warmed to this book. But it wasn't just the main characters that made me keep reading, the hero's niece, and her "teen in crisis" issues make this book a great read.
If you're looking for your run of the mill, soap-like, romance, go to your nearest book store. If you're looking for true love, try this book -- if you can find it in a resale store. As for me, I'm holding on to my copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. I. on May 4, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love a good,light read... and though "Beautiful Stranger" was indeed light, it definitely was not fluff. Marissa has struggled with her self esteem her whole life...all that she really wants is for someone to really see her, not just her face, her body, or her money, but her...inside. Along comes Robert and wow, he is just what she needed. I loved that this book focused on their liking eachother, not just craving eachother. This is the kind of book that can be devoured in one sitting. It is full of likeable, realistic characters that I feel sure will remain in love once the luster wears off. Not quite a keeper,but definitely worthwhile.
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