Apparently, Lisa Kleypas decided to rewrite the movie Somersby to her liking. Though she changed to setting, she barely changed the name of the heroine I found it too much like the movie (which I'm very familiar with) to enjoy the book. The echoes of the movie were everywhere, but unlike a novelization, everything was just slightly off enough to be distracting and feel wrong. She even lifts a line of dialog straight from the movie which I found extremely jarring. Thumbs down.
I really liked this book. If you like "steamy" romances Lisa Kleypas sure delivers. I find most of her books quite entertaining and this was one was a fun read with a little mystery thrown in.
I really enjoyed this book of LK's. It was different than many of her later books, not nearly as light hearted. I had a hard time putting it down.
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.