Sep 6, 2013

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Review Revisited: Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

This is a review I posted shortly after I started blogging in 2010. It is (obviously) for Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas – one of the very first contemporary romance books I ever read.  I had, of course, heard of the genre but never thought I would enjoy it because it was contemporary.  The word ‘contemporary’ made the think of the books in the general fiction section of the bookstore and the books you saw on Oprah that made you want to take up drinking just to cope with the absolute heaviness of them.  What I didn’t realize at the time was that by adding the word ‘romance’ to the genre, you are guaranteeing a happily ever after and therefore, a warmth flooding through your mind and body by ‘the end’.  After seeing tons of reviews for this book, I thought I would give it a try and boy, was I happy I did.  Such a heart-warming story fill with such amazing characters, I instantly saw why Lisa was a favorite author of many of my romance reading friends.

I thought I would post this review again today to give you a chance to find this book too – if you have not already.  I still have not read the other books in this series (they are sitting in my book closet though) so don’t worry about this being a book three.  You’ll be fine.  If you like a wonderfully written contemporary romance book, you have to check this one out.

Happy reading!

Contemporary Romance
March 31 2009
Mass Market Paperback
384 pages
St. Martin’s Press

Yummy Man – Jack Travis
Kick Ass Chick – Ella Varner

From Goodreads
Jack Travis leads the uncomplicated life of a millionaire Texas playboy. He makes no commitments, he loves many women, he lives for pleasure. But no one has ever truly touched his heart or soul. Until one day, a woman appears on his doorstep with fury on her face and a baby in her arms. It seems Jack is the father and this woman is the baby’s aunt. The real mother has abandoned the child to her more responsible sister. And now, Jack is being called upon to take responsibility for the first time in his life. With delicious romantic tension, characters so real they walk onto the page and into your heart, Lisa Kleypas delivers the kind of novel that makes you laugh, love; cry and cheer.


I just loved this book. Loved it. (Just thought I would get that out of the way)

January of this year (2010) was a turning point for me and my reading habits. That was when, after reading many positive reviews about a particular contemporary romance book, I decided to pick it up and give it a try. I must say that I was taken aback by how much I enjoyed the genre. Now, I pick up a couple contemporary titles a month. I tend to research books before purchasing them. That way I (hopefully) won’t waste my time and money. While researching on Goodreads, I came across the list ‘Best Ever Contemporary Romance Books’. I read the book descriptions for the top 25 books and picked up the ones I thought I might enjoy. At #20 sat “Smooth Talking Stranger”.

And that is how I came across this book.

Lisa Kleypas is primarily a historical romance writer and since I don’t read many historical romance books, I had not had the pleasure of reading her before now.  Smooth Talking Stranger is the third book in her contemporary Travis Family series.  You absolutely do not have to read the other two books to enjoy this one.  I haven’t and not once while reading this installment did I feel befuddled.  I believe the book is so well done, it comes across as a single title.  Now let’s talk about why I just loved this book.

Loved it.

The plot is rich.  Ella’s character is ‘real’ and dealing well with a crappy childhood, an insane mother and a huge surprise!  I liked how she dealt with her hardships  – how she dealt was never too far fetched.  Ella is wonderful.  The emotions in this book are lush.  From the very beginning you feel for the people involved and you root for them all the way through!  By the way, get a box of Kleenex ready for the last 75 pages or so – you are going to need them.  Even though you KNOW what is going to happen from the very beginning of this book, and you KNOW everything will work out the way it’s supposed to, (it is, after all, a romance novel with a guaranteed HEA) you will still ball like a baby!  If you are a mother, I believe you will get the most out of this story.  It is really good at pulling those heart strings that seem to activate only the moment you deliver a baby. (I don’t mean you won’t get anything out of it if you don’t have kids; I mean to say you’ll get a whole other level from it if you do.)   Now let’s talk about the last reason I just loved this book.

Loved it.  Two words:

Jack Travis. *feeling faint at the near mention of his name*

I can’t tell you exactly what the reason is, but boy oh boy do you fall in love quickly and deeply with this guy! cHe is yummy with a capital YUM!  He’s sweet and rugged and smart and strong and yummy yum yum.  I immediately added Jack to my list of favorite characters on my ‘favorites’ page.  He’s been hurt, but he’s not overly damaged.  He’s rough and masculine, but he can rock a suit and tie…*drool*  Um, what was I saying.  Oh yeah.  Jack.  And to see him interact with the baby… *sigh*

With all that said, I strongly recommend this book.  I really believe do it has something for everyone.

Except Jack.  He’s mine.

5+ stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“You can’t stand between a Texan and his power tools. We like them. Big ones that drain the national grid. We also like truck-stop breakfasts, large moving objects, Monday night football, and the missionary position. We don’t drink light beer, drive Smart Cars, or admit to knowing the names of more than about five or six colors. And we don’t wax our chests. Ever.”
“My parents were from two different churches, so I was raised Baptist and Methodist.  With the result that I’ve never been sure if it’s okay to dance in public.  And for a while I thought Lent was something you brushed off your jacket.”
“’I don’t even get cheesy seduction music?’
Jack shook his head. ‘I usually do this a Capella.’
‘You mean unaccompanied?’
‘No, I haven’t done this unaccompanied since I was fourteen’”

Books in the Travis Family series –
Sugar Daddy
Blue-Eyed Devil
Smooth Talking Stranger
Brown-Eyed Girl (2014)

  1. I LOVED this book!! It is my go to read when I need a good happy fix! Can’t you share Jack with me???

  2. I loved this series and her historical romances. LK just announced that she’s going to write a fourth book for the last brother too.

  3. Oh yeah! One of my old time favorites,

    Now I’m going to have do re-visit…LOL. I never going to get through my TBL pile this way, but I can help it when I come across wonderful reviews of books I love, and that I have not re-visited in a long time.
    Thanks Julie 🙂

  4. I loved all three of the books in this series. Thanks for the reminder. I really would love to reread each of them. Sugar Daddy I think is my favorite. I also love Lisa’s HR’s.

  5. O wow, I am so in the minority here. I read the first one, and hated it. I love her historical romances, all of them, but her contemporaries are just not for me.

  6. I LOVE this series and I can’t wait for the Joe’s book to finally come out.

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