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Smooth Talking Stranger Hardcover – March 31, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Smooth Talking Stranger was every bit as wonderful as the first two books. Jack and Ella's story was so good. Love, passion, angst, oh and the steamy sex! I definitely recommend this one (and the other two).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas (Audio Edition)
Narrated by Emily Durante
The Travises #3
Jack Travis.. gotta love him! Read more
I love this book. It's such a keeper. I have read it over and over again. I love the relationship between Jack and Ella.Published 2 months ago by KDE
This is just the third book in a five star series. Lisa really knows how to get you hooked from the beginning and keep you hooked through the end.Published 3 months ago by M L Stockwell
I've always been a huge Lisa Kleypas fan but never wanted to read any of the contemporary stories. Don't know what sparked my interest to give this one a try, but SO glad I did!Published 3 months ago by AnnSark
I've read this book before, and I keep coming back to it again and again. There's something that you can't get out of your mind with Jack-he's the type of man every woman wishes... Read morePublished 5 months ago by M.C.S.
I originally read this book in 2010 and I thought it to be fantastic. It checked all of my boxes. Confident, self-assured, and powerful alpha male with the the right amount of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tee. Gee.
My favorite book out of the series!!! Jack is so freakin SEXY I couldn't put my book down!!! I read this series 2yrs ago and the other books were alright but this one was... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer