Saturday, June 13, 2009

Book Review: Smooth Talking Stranger

Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Description:Ella Varner grew up with a mother who put herself first always. So when Ella went out into the world she formed relationships with people that were very surface relationships - even with her boyfriend. She didn't want marriage, she didn't want children.

Then one day she wakes up and finds that she is the one that her family is counting on to take care of her sister's child while she gets herself better. The last thing Ella wants is to be left with a child - let alone deal with a man who left her sister alone and pregnant. If her sister is going to be the responsible one - she will find out who the man is and make sure he makes arrangements to take care of the child.

This leads Ella to Jack Travis. He says he isn't the babies father - but isn't that what they all say. When proof shows that he is telling the truth - Ella doesn't understand why he doesn't walk away. Instead he stays to help. Why? What does he want? Maybe he wants Ella.

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. Once I started reading this book I remembered that I had read a previous book in the series and enjoyed it as well. They both deal with families that love you, families or people that wrong you in some way and how sometimes what you think you want is really what you don't want at all.

In this case the main heroine doesn't want a certain type of romantic relationship because of how she grew up. She is the child that decided to love someone and be stable - and yet distancing herself from things that made her feel to deeply. But who can resist a child.

I loved the interaction between a woman who had no desire to have a child but when put in the situation couldn't help but love him. I know this wouldn't always be the case but for her who had put her other relationships in a holding pattern this was all she needed to recognize that she could open her heart and it may hurt - but is the good stuff worth the pain - definitely.

What genre would you consider this?


1 comment:

Jess said...

I don't read a lot of romance, but I really enjoyed this book. I loved the ending especially -- thanks for the review.