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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; First Edition edition (July 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060507365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060507367
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Kleypas has given Only in Your Arms, her first title for Avon, a makeover, and the resulting book boasts a tighter plot and richer characterizations. Set in New Orleans in the early 19th century, this atmospheric tale portrays the romance between Lysette Kersaint, a strong-willed Creole who is on the run from her abusive stepfather and an arranged marriage to a man she loathes, and Maximilien Vallerand, a notorious rake and widower who is rumored to have strangled his adulterous wife. Lysette finds protection in Max's home, but she soon learns that he plans to use her as a pawn to exact revenge against her intended, Etienne Sagesse, his sworn enemy. The tension between the two quickly heats up, but before they can find happiness together, they must settle the mysteries of Max's past. The romance between Max and Lysette is compelling, but what really sets this book apart is Kleypass ability to make the period come alive. With the ease of a skilled seamstress, Kleypas weaves in dozens of details, touching on everything from the political tensions between Mexico and the American territories to the cultural differences between Creoles and Americans. Kleypas doesn't shy away from developing her characters either. Max emerges as a tortured but admirable hero, and even secondary figures like Maxs mother and brothers take on a life of their own.
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About the Author

Lisa Kleypas is the author of nineteen historical romance novels that have been published in twelve languages. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts and competed in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, she published her first novel at age twenty-one. Her books have appeared on bestseller lists such as the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and WaldenBooks. Lisa is married and has two children.

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Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women's fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

Customer Reviews

I found the story to be well written and very good.
I would have hated to read the first version of this book.
The story gets you hocked, you cant put the book down!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lee Haskell on August 13, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kleypas is one of those Authors that is on my "Auto buy" list. My immediate reaction upon getting the book and reading the back of the book was that I was cheated out of a brand new story. I had read OIYA and didn't recall much and remembered it was not my favorite Kleypas book. (A 4 star Kleypas book is better than the average 5 star romance by your churn-them-out-every-month romance author) My disappointment stems from my experience with the revised version of Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught. I wasn't impressed with her revisions. Therefore, my fear was great here we go again.
Boy was I wrong! I should have known Kleyas wouldn't cheat me out of my "new" story. Unlike McNaught's revision, When Strangers Marry is not the same story with a few more details added here and there. She actually rewrote the ENTIRE STORY!
If OIYA was worthy of 4 stars, then WSM deserves 7!
I enjoyed reading this romance as if it was a new story.
To me, OIYA was a rough draft and WSM is the final polished version.
And the best part? The intimate scenes between Max and Lysette are hotter and spicier! Obviously, 10 years makes a difference in what was acceptable in historical romances then verses now. I say Viva la 10 years and VIVA LA KLEYPAS!
I definitely got my money's worth and recommend When Strangers Marry for anyone wanting a sensual and well-told romance.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on October 1, 2002
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Okay, so I am a huge fan of Lisa Kleypas and I absolutely adored Only in Your Arms only I never remembered the sexual encounters to be as HOT as they were in this re-write! WOW - score a 10 on the sensuality scale!
I liked Maximillian Vallerand before but loved him here....so absolutely in control! I don't remember Lysette as being quite so spunky before either. All in all, if you are looking for a VERY STEAMY romance to put you in the mood.... look no futher because this one will positively ignite you!
Briefly, the story is the same....Lysette is running from a mean step-father who is forcing her to marry, Etienne Legesse, a well to do Creole, who is also a bit of a drunken pig. Maximillian's twin sons Phillipe and Justin find Lysette trying to escape in the bayou and bring her home to their father. Upon hearing who she is betrothed to, Max decides then and there that he will ruin her if only to pay back Etienne for having an affair with and murdering Max's wife, Corrine. Naturally, Max comes to care for then admittedly fall in love with, Lysette. The mystery is who really killed Corrine after everyone has assumed it was Max all these years who murdered his own wife.
Great story even when it was Only in Your Arms.....SUPER story with the heightened sensuality!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on November 17, 2002
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I must admit that although I had read "Only In Your Arms" waaaay back when, it had not "stayed" with me even though she is one of my favorite authors. I had a hard time recalling characters and the story line so for me this was like reading a new book. This was a great story full of the trademarks that make a Lisa Kleypas book a Lisa Kleypas book. There is great chemistry between Max and Lysette and the story is fast paced and interesting. Set during one of my personal favorite time periods (early 1800's) and in one of my favorite locations (New Orleans) Ms. Kleypas manages to include historic people in their own storyline that is not boring to the reader but at the same time manages to include main characters and move the story along. This is a great example of what Ms. Kleypas is able to to with her writing and storytelling talent.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Prince on March 6, 2006
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I read this book after reading several other Kleypas books, including the Bow Street runner series and the beginnings of the new Wallflower series, but this book, even "modified" from its original form, just doesn't compare.

While I think the time frame and setting are very interesting, the biggest flaw I see with this book is the sketchy relationship between Lysette, Max and his two sons. I'll grant that younger girls often married older men in these historical time periods. However, I found it decidedly creepy that his two sons find her trying to steal their boat or whatever it was and one is all set to make sexual advances to her... but they take her to their father instead. Then she rapidly becomes their stepmother? It just didn't add up to me that they didn't see anything creepy about trying to jump her bones and then following her orders as if she were now their mother.

There are plenty of May-December romances in Kleypas' other books, but this one felt the least authentic to me, and it really affected the way I read the entire story. I just never truly believed the relationship between Max and Lysette, and I definitely didn't believe the relationship between Lysette, Phillipe and Justin. I'm glad this wasn't the first Kleypas book I ever read, because it probably would have kept me from looking into her other books. I think Lisa Kleypas is a fantastic romance author and I would unhesitatingly recommend any of her other books I've read-- Where Dreams Begin, Stranger in My Arms, etc-- but this one just wasn't up to par.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle888 on July 10, 2005
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For years, Lysette has suffered the beatings and torments form her stepfather, Gaspard, who has squandered the money that her beloved father left behind. With the money gone, Gaspard is now forcing her to marry Etienne Sagesse, a cruel and fearful man from New Orleans. Determined to escape a doomed marriage with Etienne, she flees only to find herself caught trying to steal their pirogue by the Vallerand twins, who then take her back to their father, Max Vallerand, a wealthy plantation owner feared and condemned by the New Orleans society. Unbeknownst to Lysette, the Vallerands and Sagasses have a long withstanding feud brought about by Max's late wife's infidelity. Realizing the prize in his hands, Max decides to keep Lysette as payback to Etienne's affair with his dead wife Corinne. Although Lysette was shocked at Max's intention, she decides that she is better off compromised by him, a man who has managed to stir up her feelings, rather than be tied forever with the despicable Etienne. But has Lysette escaped her cruel betrothed only to seek sanctuary from the devil incarnate himself?

Set amidst the political tension between Mexico and the United States, and against the backdrop of the vibrant place that is New Orleans, WHEN STRANGERS MARRY is a tale of how a young but highly-spirited and intelligent woman helps an embittered man comes to grips with his past and live a life free from guilt and regrets. Lysette is a delightful heroine, full of charm and humor. She is the perfect antidote to Max's brooding demeanor. I loved how she endears herself to Max by standing up to him and not putting up with his arrogance.
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