Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
Jack Travis, a millionaire Texas playboy meets the infamous Miss Independent, Ella Varner, a columnist working in Austin…why?
A little bundle of joy named Luke, needs someone responsible that can love him and take care of him.
His mama is having a mental breakdown and his aunty Ella is the only one that steps up, even if her boyfriend wants her to find another solution because he doesn’t want babies around.
Ella falls quickly in love with little Luke but she has other responsabilities and decides his father needs to take responsability for him too.
Jack is absolutely certain he’s not baby Luke’s father but Ella is persistent.
Stubborn sexy woman!
Things are going to get interesting…
When I first read this book, more then 3 years ago, I rated it 4 stars but I did not write a review so I don’t know what made me give such high rating.
I just finished listening to the audiobook version and it definitely wasn’t a 4 stars read this time.
I was probably blinded with the sweetness overload caused by little Luke…I can’t explain it otherwise.
I have 2 main issue with this book:
She writes on a magazines as “Miss Independence” giving advice to people for a living but she seems the person least qualified to do such a thing.
I know I was supposed to feel for her and empathize but I couldn’t connect with Ella’s character.
Even if the author tells us she’s an independent woman with issues that are a result of an horrible childhood, I just couldn’t see past her lack of backbone.
Maybe it was the writing or… maybe it’s just me.
She’s very happy with the “perfect life” she’s build for herself after her terrible childhood.
When Luke comes into the picture, her family’s troubles ruin what she perceived as perfect.
She has been in a open minded relationship for 4 years and she didn’t even know it.
When her “boyfriend” enlightens her…she’s not bothered AT ALL!
She actually wants to go back to that “open minded” relashionship.
Yep, she want to crawl back to the guy that left her on her own when she needed him the most!
And if Ella annoyed me to no end, her sister and their relashionship made completely furious!
Again she shows no backbone whatsoever.
Even with the hero, Jack, Ella’s attitude bothered me because she kept comparing him to that same ex “boyfriend” and she often asked about Jack’s previous lovers.
We all know EVERYONE has a past but who would repetitively mention another woman while having sex?
Also, the voice of the actress in the audiobook didn’t help the fact that I was annoyed with Ella 80% of this book.
I’m used to Lisa Kleypas’s brilliant writing in her historical romances.
In Smooth Talking Stranger I loved some quotes here and there but overall, I couldn’t find much of that witty, humorous, brilliant writing.
Jack is the stereotypical “reformed rake” and Ella is kind of a doormat.
The only good thing about this story was little Luke and Jack & Ella interactions with him, everything else was either annoying or just “meh”.
⭐ 2 Stars ⭐
Abuse victim, heroine has a boyfriend, sexually explicit scenes.
Adult Romance Readers.
~ Quotes ~
“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.”
“Unbelievable,” I said in disgust.
“Your ego. It’s surrounded by its own cloud of antimatter. You’re a black hole of…of hubris!”
“Are you amused?” I demanded. “What the hell is so funny?”
“I was just thinking if the sex with you is one-tenth as fun as arguing with you, I’ll be one happy bastard.”
“Well, you missed out on some important protocol, Ella. 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.” He hefted the drill. “Now let me do the guy stuff while you go to the kitchen. Trust me, it’s a perfect arrangement.”
“Dear Miss Independent,
I’ve decided that of all the women I’ve ever known, you are the only one I will ever love more than hunting, fishing, football, and power tools.
You may not know this, but the other time I asked you to marry me, the night I put the crib together, I meant it. Even though I knew you weren’t ready.
God, I hope you’re ready now.
Marry me, Ella. Because no matter where you go or what you do, I’ll love you every day for the rest of my life.
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