I don’t know how it’s taken me so long to read a Lisa Kleypas title, but here we are with the fourth in The Ravenels historic romance series, with an excerpt and a chance for you to enter a blog-exclusive giveaway for a print copy of the title.
I had every intention of reading the first three before this: but that (along with every other plan I made this month) went left and disappeared down the rabbit hole. But, I didn’t have to worry since I was able to follow the story without issues, and delight in the connections made within the book. Garret is a wonderfully independent, rebellious and intelligent woman with zero care for convention or societal pressures. She’s a physician with her own successful clinic and little time or patience for fancy society parties or the marriage-mart atmosphere. She’s not interested in marriage or other more traditional paths for women, but she’d never thought that it was because she hadn’t met the right man.
Ethan Ransom is a man without limits, with a nodding acquaintance with rules, even as he chooses to ignore most of them. Headstrong, intelligent, capable and accomplished, his tenure with Scotland Yard is over, and he’s finding intrigue and interest in a beautiful physician, one that spurns the rigamarole of society as vehemently as he does himself. Now when the intrigue and danger for him have grown tenfold, he’s finding that keeping all these secrets and staying aloof, particularly when Garett is involved and potentially in danger, doesn’t seem quite so interesting or fulfilling.
This was a wonderful story of growth and self-realization as both Garrett and Ransom come to discover their attraction is far more than superficial, and that unexpected (and perhaps even once thought unwanted) connections are possibly the best things ever. Both of them are very similar in their disdain for the overblown affectations of society, preferring self-determination and effort to make their ways in the world. While Garrett tilted to the slightly too modern end of the scale for a woman of her time, she was consistent in her beliefs and actions, and her willingness to accept the changes that would include Ransom felt natural and possible. For his part, Ransom is a wonderfully drawn character: protective, honest, intelligent and not afraid to accept or ask for advice from Garrett, and his moments where he shares his heart are lovely. He fits with Garrett, and she with him, in ways that make them both better people, while giving readers moments to swoon and enjoy.
Title: Hello Stranger
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #4
Genre: Historical Romance, Victorian
Published by: Avon
Published on: 27 February, 2018
Audio Length: 10 Hours
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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of an unconventional beauty who finds passion with the spy who can’t resist her
A woman who defies her time
Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.
A man who breaks every rule
As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett’s skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he’s ever known.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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