Is Lisa Kleypas the best romance writer ever or what?
I'm still dashing tears from my eyes after finishing Smooth Talking Stranger.
In a way this book was a little unusual in that there is no overarching hidden secret, no mystery, no ticking bomb that one character was hiding in a closet. Everybody's cards were on the table pretty early in the story and what we had was a slowly built very believable romance. This book is literally about love. Falling in love, how people love, the shapes and forms of it. As an avid romance reader, works for me. There's still great tension in the story, don't get me wrong, but I really enjoyed the differences in this book from others of its ilk.
Kleypas writes a sexy story with characters who are mature and smart. I think she really shows how smart the heroine is and conveys a convincing sketch of life as a new "mother" (child isn't hers).
Par for the course, Kleypas writes romance and sex together and this book is full of beautifully written steamy scenes.
Ella's younger sister Tara dumps her newborn infant and Ella steps up to do the right thing - loosing her lame-ass boyfriend in the process. It's possible that Jack Travis could be the father so Ella tries to get him to take a paternity test. Even though jack is a rogue and a womanizer, the interest is instant and mutual. So even though Jack is positive he couldn't be the father, he starts hanging around Ella and Luke.
This is typical Lisa Kleypas - a sweet love story, a beautiful morally-correct heroine, a to-die-for hero and a cataclysmic plot. EXCELLENT!
When Ella Varner is left with her sister's newborn baby, she takes matters into her own hands and decides to make the father take responsibility. With a couple possibilities as to who the daddy is, Ella centers on playboy Jack Travis. Jack has a reputation as a ladies man but finally agrees to take a paternity test.
I totally loved the hero and heroine of this book. Jack is the kind of guy any woman would love to meet. He helps Ella with the baby, even when her lousy boyfriend wants nothing to do with the infant. Ella doesn't want to get close to anybody, including Jack or baby Luke. But we know it is a losing cause in both cases. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
Very good read, fast paced, interesting, and witty. Much prefer Ms Kleypas' contemporary writing to her historical. This is one of a trilogy. Loved them all.
I'm beginning to think that Kleypas is better at contemporary than historic romances. This was a very quick, easy to read book. Very sweet. This is a continuation to the Travis family series.
Ella has distanced herself from her narcissitic mother and a sister she have always taken care of. But then her sister dumps her newborn on Mom who plans to report it to child services since her new younger boyfriend can't find out she is a grandmother, so Ella to the rescue again. Her boyfriend had told her not to bring the baby home. She thinks billionaire playboy Jack Travis might be the father and hunts him down baby in tow hoping to convince him to take responsibility. And the romance begins.
Ella is a great character but the scenes with her mother in particular is really hard to sit through. Really she needs to cut her off. But other than that, she is a very likeable character and the banter between Jack is lighthearted and fun.
It isn't as much of a tearjerker as Haven's story of "Blue-eyed Devil" but well worth the read.