Review: Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas (Travis’ #3)
March 31 2009
Mass Market Paperback
St. Martin’s Press
Yummy Man – Jack Travis
Kick Ass Chick – Ella Varner
“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 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’’ 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. Not too far fetched. (Even though you are reading a fictional story, you still want the characters’ essence to be realistic, or you’ll never feel a bond with them.) 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 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! He is yummy with a capital YUM! He’s sweet and rugged and smart and strong and yummy yum yum. Oh, and he is described as having a hairy chest. (Don’t worry girls, I already told Mandi she has to read this book for that very reason) I immediately added Jack to my list of favorite characters situated on my updated ‘favorites’ page (and I added the book to my favorite books list, and I’m going to start tracking down Lisa Kleypas for her signature…) He’s been hurt, but he’s not 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*
I strongly recommend this book. I really believe it has something for everyone. Except Jack. He’s mine.
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 cappella.’
‘You mean unaccompanied?’
‘No, I haven’t done this unaccompanied since I was fourteen’”