Stranger in My Arms Author:Lisa Kleypas A classic tale of sensuous deception and bold new beginnings, from the remarkable New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas — "Lady Hawksworth, your husband is not dead . . ." — With these words, Lara's life is turned upside down. Her unhappy, loveless marriage had ended when the Earl of Hawksworth was lost at sea. But now a man stands before... more » her, virile and powerful, who says he is her missing husband, revealing secrets that only he would know. While this dark-eyed stranger closely resembles the earl, he is as attentive and loving as Hunter was cruel and cold, promising to make Lara his wife once again in every way. With every beat of her heart, she aches to believe that this remarkable man is who he claims to be. But is he truly the rake returned and reformed . . . or is Lara being seduced by a cunning imposter?« less
The love story in Stranger in My Arms is very complex. The hero is a man "returned from the dead" whom the heroine is forced to embrace as her hated and presumed dead husband.
The central romantic tension in the book is the very slow development of a romantic relationship between Hunter and Lara. The marriage between the couple was extremely unhappy and with Hunter's return as a Changed Man he has much to overcome in gaining the love and trust of his wife.
There is a continuing sense of uncertainty about whether he is whom he claims to be which establishes a mystery to be resolved through the book. I was anxious to finish the story, not so much to resolve the love story but to know whether he was or wasn't. I am not sure I was completely satisfied with how the story ended, but I think Kleypas did a fine job of writing a story that grabbed my intereste immediately and kept hold through the end.
Compared to other books in the genre, 4 stars. For a Kleypas book, only 3.