Hello Stranger: The Ravenels #4 by Lisa Kleypas

Hello Stranger: The Ravenels #4 by Lisa Kleypas

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.

Hello Stranger

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.

Hello Stranger: The Ravenels #4 by Lisa Kleypas

Title: Hello Stranger
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #4
Genre: Historical Romance, Victorian
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 0062371916
Published on: 27 February, 2018
Source: Publisher
Pages: 400
Audio Length: 10 Hours
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

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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.


He heard her muffled chuckle. She continued to lean against him while the trio of constables expressed sympathy for the unfortunate patient. Eventually the men departed with a chorus of hearty farewells. Ethan discovered that his other arm had stolen around Garrett. Making himself let go of her was like trying to uncoil a steel spring.

“You should go up to your father now,” he said with difficulty.

“Eliza will look after him while I take a few minutes to show you some slides. I have insect wings . . . pollen grains . . . flower petals . . . What would you like to see?”

“The inside of a hansom cab,” he said softly. “I can’t be alone with you, darlin’.”

Garrett touched the edges of his vest, fingers clamping on the thin leather. “Ethan.” A blush rose in her face, like light glowing through pink frosted glass. “I don’t want to end this. We . . . we could meet in secret, now and then. No one would have to know. We would make no claims on each other. We’ll just . . . do as we please.”

The way she fumbled with the words, so unlike her usual precise way of speaking, devastated Ethan. He could only guess what it cost her to lay open her pride like this. He wasn’t certain what she was offering, or even if she knew. Not that it mattered. He wanted, craved, needed anything she was willing to give. But he had to make her understand that it was impossible. And even if it were, the idea was beneath her.

“Have you had that kind of arrangement with a man before?” he brought himself to ask.

Her eyes were the green of deep summer and lush growing things. “I’m a woman who makes her own decisions and handles the consequences.”

“That means no,” Ethan said softly. At her silence, he continued, “You’d be risking your reputation. Your career.”

“Believe me, I understand that better than you.”

“Have you ever shared a bed with a man? Even once?”

“Why is that relevant?”

Her evasive response sent a pleasure-pang down to the pit of his stomach. “That means no,” he said again, his voice even softer than before. He took a slow breath, trying to steady himself, while his blood sang with the knowledge that she’d been waiting for him. She was meant to be his. God, he wanted her beyond any reckoning of earth or heaven. But her well-being mattered a thousand times more than his own desires.

“Garrett . . . I’m a man full o’ trouble. When I vowed to let nothing harm you, I included myself on that list.”

A frown crimped her forehead. She closed her grip on his vest until her fists were tight as pine knots. “I’m not afraid of you, or your trouble.” Her green eyes were narrowed and intent as she tugged him closer. “Kiss me,” she urged in a whisper.

“I have to go,” he said shortly, and pulled back while he was still able.

But Garrett moved with him, her hands reaching up to grip his head on either side, the way he’d taught her at Baujart’s. The strength of her fingers electrified him.

“Kiss me,” she commanded, “or I’ll break your nose.”

The threat startled a ragged laugh from him. He shook his head as he looked at her, this fearsomely capable woman who loved geese and was afraid of spaghetti, and could either wield a scalpel in a complex surgical procedure or use it as a throwing-knife.

There had always been a cold streak in him, but he couldn’t seem to find it now, when he needed it most. He was breaking apart inside. He would never be the same after this.

“Christ, you’ve ruined me,” he whispered.

His arms went around her, one hand gripping the heavy silken mass of her braided chignon. She guided his head down, and he lost the battle, all his will vanquished as he began to kiss her as if the world were about to end.

For him, it was.





About Lisa Kleypas

New York Times bestselling author 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.


3 responses to “Hello Stranger: The Ravenels #4 by Lisa Kleypas

  1. Anita H.

    I’ve loved Lisa Kleypas’ books ever since I read her Wallflowers and The Hathaway series, it’s so hard to pick a favorite from her but Love In The Afternoon ranks high on my list. (I’m assuming the question posed for commenting is for Lisa’s books and not Jill Shalvis’ books although I do love Jill’s Lucky Harbor series! ) Thanks for sharing your review and also for the chance to win!

      • Anita H.

        Oh I know what you mean, so many books so little time. My TBR pile is huge since I just don’t have as much time to read nowadays. If I could just read all day, that would make me so happy, LOL

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