Friday, July 09, 2010

REVIEW: Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

COPYRIGHT: 2009
PAGES: 352
SETTING: Contemporary
TYPE: Straight Romance
SENSUALITY: Hot
REASON FOR READING: Loved the previous two books, Sugar Daddy and Blue-Eyed Devil, and hey, it's Lisa Kleypas, what other reason do you need?

SUMMARY: 
Ella Varner has it all--a successful career as an advice columnist, a handsome boyfriend, and a circle of friends in Austin. When anyone has a problem, Ella knows the answers.

But one night she receives a call that changes everything. And as Ella's world is turned upside-down, she meets a man who is the opposite of everything she ever wanted . . . a man who will offer her the most irresistible challenge she has ever known . . .
THOUGHTS/OPINIONS:
I'm a huge fan of Lisa Kleypas and am thoroughly enjoying this series. At first I was reluctant to try these contemporaries because I have enjoyed so many of her historicals but I shouldn't have worried. Her writing seems to get better and better as the years roll by.

Kleypas' heroes are to die for and Jack Travis is no exception. I think I'm in love! Wow, seriously. Have you ever wanted to jump into the pages of a book and BE the heroine? Ella Varner is an OK heroine but I'm not too fond of heroines who are basically doormats. She lets her mother, sister, and boyfriend walk all over her but she had a difficult childhood and some people may find her behavior understandable but I was just a wee bit irritated with her. And don't get me started on the sister. But Ella does surprisingly confront Jack (who she believes is the father of the baby) which redeemed her a tad bit in my mind. I'm glad this book was written first person POV so I knew what Ella was going through and I did have a certain amount of sympathy for her. I just wanted to smack the self-centered sister upside the head.

This should have been an A read but I disliked the sister so much and was disappointed that she never got what she deserved so I settled on a slightly lower grade. This is a very worthwhile read, just for Jack Travis alone.

GRADE: B+

Friday, July 02, 2010

New Anne Stuart Trilogy

Some of you may know I'm a huge Anne Stuart fan (Cindy - I'm talking to you - where are you girl?). Anyway, I was cruising on over to Ms. Stuart's website and discovered she has a new trilogy coming out with the first book set to release August 1. Woohoo!

Yeah, I know, most of you already know this, but with school and all I have missed the newest developments in the romance book world.

Another cool thing is that a FREE e-book prequel titled The Wicked House of Rohan is available for download from eHarlequin starting July 1 (yesterday).  Another woohoo!






The books all have lovely covers with the first book titled Ruthless. Here they are:



I can hardly wait!