Monday, November 14, 2011

[NOR Review]: "Stranger in my Arms"

Stranger in my Arms by Lisa Kleypas
PUBLISHER: Avon; (Feb 22, 2011 ~ reprint)
GENRE: Historical Romance
Summary (Amazon.com):
"Lady Hawksworth, your husband is not dead . . ."
With these words, Lara's life is turned upside down. Her unhappy, loveless marriage had ended when the Earl of Hawksworth was lost at sea. But now a man stands before her, virile and powerful, who says he is her missing husband, revealing secrets that only he would know. While this dark-eyed stranger closely resembles the earl, he is as attentive and loving as Hunter was cruel and cold, promising to make Lara his wife once again in every way. With every beat of her heart, she aches to believe that this remarkable man is who he claims to be. But is he truly the rake returned and reformed . . . or is Lara being seduced by a cunning imposter?



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My Review:

Lisa Kleypas in one of the best romance authors out there—hands down. And while this may be a reprint of one of her earlier books, Kleypas proves this again with the release of Stranger in my Arms!



Imagine if you believed you husband to be dead...and suddenly he returned, healthy and ready to take back his duties—all of them. This is what happens to the heroine of this story, Lara. When Hunter “returns” from the dead, her whole life is turned upside down...but not all of it is a bad thing, as she soon finds herself falling for her husband, a man that before all this happened she almost despised. But is this man really her husband, or a superb imitator?



Although many have said that this is one of Kleypas's worst novels, an “okay” read at best, I have to disagree. I loved the story, even if it may be a bit unrealistic, and I enjoyed watching the two characters develop, watching their love slowly bloom. The love scenes were passionate and sexy, but still romantic; something that very few authors can pull off successfully—but Kleypas does it time and time again. The storyline adds just enough drama and suspense to the novel, making it more than just a straight up romance novel like many of the other books on the shelf. Maybe I'm simply a sucker for stories like this, but I don't see how anyone can rate a Kleypas novel as anything under a 4 star rating—and even that is almost too low in my opinion!



5 Stars! Yet another wonderful book from an amazing historical romance author! Full of warm romance and steamy sex, along with a few laughs and even a little mystery to solve, this book makes for a quick and satisfying read for anyone looking for a great time. And as soon as you finish it, be sure to put the rest of Kleypas's books on your list; after just one, you'll be hooked for life!



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Thanks to Night Owl Reviews, where I received this book for free in exchange for reviewing the book. (Free book does not equal biased review, however!) This review is the property of NOR.
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Note: This is a book I read earlier this year, but never posted the review here on the blog after it went up on NOR.





Enjoy!





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