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Smooth Talking Stranger: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – March 2, 2010
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Ella is determined to do her best by Luke and Tara and she decides the best choice is to find the father. When Tara names wealthy playboy Jack Travis as the father, Ella marches down to his Houston office to get answers. Jack denies that he is Luke's father straight away, but Ella wants a paternity test. Jack agrees knowing he is not the father. But he sure would not mind spending more time with the feisty Ella. Jack is used to arm candy in the women he dates. Ella is anything but that. She is intelligent, strong-minded, and determined to never truly lose herself to a man. Let the battle of wills commence!
Smooth Talking Stranger is not as intense as the previous Travis story, Blue-Eyed Devil. There is more laughter and a lightness that Haven's story lacked, which makes sense given the very different plots of the story. While I definitely enjoyed Smooth Talking Stranger, it did not pull me in quite as much as Haven and Hardy's story. This is a romance that skims along the surface rather than delves deep into the characters' hearts and souls. This is not a bad thing but it is just a major difference. Jack and Ella's story is very enjoyable, and perhaps the most romantic out of all of Lisa Kleypas's contemporary romances but it just did not totally grab me.Read more ›
Plus, their banter is fantastic! They're both incredibly bright and funny, and a lot of their conversations and back-and-forth snark are a lot of fun to read. That said, Kleypas doesn't skimp on meaningful conversations, either; Ella and Jack have many serious, meaningful talks that give us real insight into their ever-growing and intensifying feelings for one another.
The actual progression of their relationship is very well done. It does not move at a snail's pace, but it doesn't happen overnight, either. The reader is treated to seeing how their initial attraction to, and wariness of, one other develops into real friendship and trust, heat and passion, a breaking down of old walls and defenses, and a truly beautiful, strong love. Kleypas does all of this while managing to avoid a cliche or two that are repeated ad nauseum in books that feature alpha male playboys, and does so in such a way as to turn those cliches to her advantage, and strengthen the bond between the characters.
Then, too, there is involvement by other members of the Travis family (particularly Haven), and their significant others/spouses. It was a great to read about how their lives have grown and changed, and Kleypas integrated them very well into Jack and Ella's story.Read more ›
I hope Lisa Kleypas continues to write about the Travises. Is Joe next?
Back to the book. It's a bit brilliant, really. Ella has been so determined to be her own woman and not live her life according to the dictates of society or men that she fails to see her life is utterly bound by dogma and most of that is her boyfriend's dogma. When her toxic mother calls to disrupt her carefully planned existence, Ella has the first of many ultimatums placed before her - come get her unexpected newborn nephew or he goes to foster care. Within moments, she's handed the second - don't come home with a baby. Does Ella want the baby? Does she want to keep her relationship of four years? Where is her sister and what was the girl thinking? All of it falls to Ella, because the only answer she has is that she does not want baby Luke abandoned.
Ella's mother is a wonderful train wreck of a woman, recognizable and real. Anyone would remove a child from her care, so Ella does. Her cousin leads her to believe the baby's father is Jack Travis, wealthy and known to womanize. Ella decides it's time for daddy to step up to the plate. Jack what Ella needs is a healthy dose of himself. And it's on. Jack walks the line between dominating Ella and allowing her to discover that the things she believes and the woman she's made herself into are not choices but reactions. In reacting against her upbringing, Ella has signed on to some beliefs that are more about what she doesn't want than what she does. Entering a world of wealth ($17,000 a month in child support?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having read several of LK historical books, I know what a great storyteller Ms. Kleypas can be. Her characters are (for the most part) well developed, with stories that flow and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tontheos
I have read the first three books of the Texas series, and while I loved them all, my favorite had to be this one! Read morePublished 2 months ago by southerngal0823
I adored Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas. Lisa Kleypas is one of the authors that can take a story that is seeming ordinary and turn it into something vibrant, emotive and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by SoCalGal5
One of my favorite series! Loved Sugar Daddy too. I had to re-read it again for the 4th or 5th time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anonymous
I enjoyed Smooth Talking Stranger. I liked the development and personal growth in the heroine, Ella, as she connects first with her newborn nephew and then eventually with the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by chrissieny
The Travis family is full of wonderful stories and great characters. I have enjoyed each in this series and this did not disappoint!Published 4 months ago by Merry
I am a huge fan of Lisa Kleypas' Travis Family. Smooth Talking Stranger is Jack's story. He is the one who followed his own path not his father's and started his own construction... Read morePublished 5 months ago by NanaCav