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When Strangers Marry (Vallerands, Bk 1)
When Strangers Marry - Vallerands, Bk 1
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Lysette buried her face against Max's throat. "But he's going to take me away. Don't let him, don't -- " — "You're not going anywhere," Max interrupted. "Calm yourself, Lysette. It's not good for you to become excited." His possessiveness made her strangely giddy. As far as he was concerned, s...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780060507367
ISBN-10: 0060507365
Publication Date: 8/1/2002
Pages: 400
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 242 ratings
Publisher: Avon Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed When Strangers Marry (Vallerands, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 4
Alpha male hero with a scandal hanging over his head, feisty heroine who redeems him. Don't do the math on their ages though, because she is really, really young.
boydbear avatar reviewed When Strangers Marry (Vallerands, Bk 1) on + 112 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This book is a rewrite of Lisa Kleypas first book Only in Your Arms. She has updated and improved on the original story. In her words, "I had a great time rediscovering the story of Maximilien Ballerand and his stolen bride, Lysette. The promise of this handsome, though mysterious, man's love proves irresistible to her, but she doesn't know the secrets he hides."
reviewed When Strangers Marry (Vallerands, Bk 1) on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I was so disenchanted with the first half of the book, that I almost put it down unfinished. However, the second half of the book improves. I could not overlook the age difference in the characters and found his attraction to her quite creepy.
reviewed When Strangers Marry (Vallerands, Bk 1) on + 929 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Prior to this book I have only read one short story by Kleypas and enjoyed it. When I was thinking of starting this book I wasn't sure I wanted to read it, but it caught me right away.

I love Lysette: her strength and her struggles. The scenes her and Max were so playful and lighthearted. I loved the little bit of mystery and the family dynamics. I even found the politics of Lousiana interesting which shocked me. I had just finished a book with a very similar storyline but I still adored this one immensely. Nice side characters as well and would love to read more about them.

There was a bit of an age difference but I was under the impression that it was common at that time. Since Max was never too overbearing or condescending, I didn't mind.

Great read. Would definitely check out all her other books.
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reviewed When Strangers Marry (Vallerands, Bk 1) on + 5 more book reviews
Love Lisa Kleypas. This wasn't my favorite one by a longshot but she's still so good.
reviewed When Strangers Marry (Vallerands, Bk 1) on + 503 more book reviews
Initially I was a bit put off by the age difference in the hero and heroine, almost wanting to put the book down. But after some thought, I realize most regency era romances (although this book takes place in New Orleans) have a hero in his 30's and a heroine in her early 20's. I think what is uncomfortable is that she is closer in age to his teenage sons than she is to him.

However, the story is sweet and although the start is a bit uncomfortable, they are a good couple and as with all Kleypas books, the dialogue is smart and the romance believable. The story had charm because the couple is married for most of the book and it is more about two people learning to be married and fall in love. Plenty of sensuality although not as hot at more recent Kleypas fare.

Not the best Kleypas book but knowing it was her first, you can see what amazing talent she had right from the start. If you're a Kleypas fan, it should be on your reading list.

3 stars
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great book. when i find a lisa kleypas i go right home and read all night. this was a great book.


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