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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

My rating: 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Sex: I found it to be leave it to your imagination.

This was my first book by Lisa Kleypas. I don't usually care for first person books, but this one held my attention, especially, when the sexy laid back billionaire Jack appeared in this book. He was known to be a womanizer, but in this book, he was a gentlemen. He had eyes only for the heroine - Ella. This is book three, so that means that he did his womanizing in the other books or one of the previous books.

Lets see how Ella and Jack came about meeting one another. Ella is an advice columinist and she's known as Miss Independent. She answers to women that needs advice about their love life. She's dedicated to helping them, but what about her own love life? She's dating a guy name Dane and man that she had to change her life to fit his. He eats healthy, so she eats healthy. Eating healthy is not a bad thing, but if you don't get certain things, then I feel you shouldn't do it to make the next person happy. If I like real beef, don't bring me no soy meat.

Ella was with Dane, because he was safe to her. She didn't love him. He wanted the same thing that she wanted. He didn't want to get married or have children. They've dated for four years and double up on their protection to make sure that Ella didn't get pregnant. Both of them looked at marriage as basically two people having a paper bonding them together. The husband had papers on the wife and the wife had papers on the husband, which marriage is not like that.

One day, Ella's mother called her. These two haven't talked to each other in years. I felt sorry for Ella and her sister Tara, because they had to grow up with a woman that didn't love them. Yes, she had them, because to her, she felt that's what a wife did. She gave her husband children. But, what does a mother do with her children? Candy Varner didn't care. She put men over her children and blamed them, when her new husband left her. She didn't believe her children, when they told her that her husband was interested in them and wanted to be with them. It's sad, but a lot of parents ignore what their children are saying, because they don't want to believe that the man in their live, would dare try anything with their children.

Any, Candy called Ella, because Tara left her with a situation that she didn't want to be bothered with. She wanted to be young and she didn't want anything cramping her style. Poor Candy. This world has a lot of Candy's today. She isn't young and she will never be young, even if she's dating a younger man. The woman is nasty too. Why did I say that? Let me just say that she wasn't Ella, but yet, she was with Ella's boyfriend and Ella walked in on them. The guy is nasty too. But, it would be even more hurtful, I would think, if a daughter walked in on their boyfriend with their mother. Their mother, For crying out loud! The woman that gave birth to them and suppose to love them and not go there with a boyfriend or even husband. But, Candy didn't care. The woman tried to make a move on a future man as well.

Ella had no choice but to go see about Tara's baby. Her mother wasn't going to take care of him. She was going to give him to the state. She didn't want her boyfriend to know that she was a grandmother.

Since, Dane was her boyfriend and roommate, because they were living together and sharing the rent - Ella talked to Dane about going to get Tara's baby. Dane came out and told Ella that she could go see about the baby, but that she better come back home alone. What kind of man would do that?

To make a long story short. Ella goes to her mother's house and gets her nephew Luke. Her mother didn't know who the father was and Ella was determined to find out, who the father was, so she gotten in touch with her cousin, who Tara was living with and asked her who the father was. The cousin told her that Tara said it was Jack Travis.

Ella seeks out Jack Travis. She goes to his office and tells him that she wanted him to take a paternity test. He told her that he didn't sleep with Tara. Little to say, she found out quickly from Tara that Jack wasn't the father, because they never slept together.

Tara gives her three months to take care of Luke, while she's in rehab to get some help. Ella falls in love with her nephew. Jack too. From the beginning, Jack showed that he cared for children. He didn't have any of his own, but he did have a nephew too.

Jack falls hard for Ella; to me it was love at first sight. He has been hurt before and his ex never left him alone since she hurt him. They were going to get married, but she broke Jack's heart and gotten married to another man. But that man wasn't good enough for her. Every chance that she has gotten, she came to Jack to bleed on him about her husband.

Jack didn't love his ex. His love for her died a long time ago. I don't blame him, because she hurt him. He didn't deserve what she did to him, no matter what. 

Over the weeks, Jack showed Ella that true love existed. He showed her that opening your heart to truly be love isn't a bad thing. He didn't like Dane. He hated the man from the start. Jack was possessive over Ella and Jealous. He didn't care that she was with Dane. She was his woman. He made his claim on her.

Ella was falling for Jack too, but she wanted to be faithful to Dane. Dane basically told Ella that she wasn't the only one for him. That they had an open relationship. Something that she didn't know about. She been with this man for four years and just found out that their relationship was an open relationship. That showed me that Dane was messing around on Ella. The man didn't love her, because if he did, there wouldn't have been an open relationship and he definitely wouldn't have encourage her to go after Jack. Even Jack was surprised by the man's action. He wondered why Dane didn't want to fight him for Ella. It proved to Jack that Dane never loved Ella.

Okay, I've said enough. Jack and Ella gets their HEA and Luke is included too. Tara gave her son up to Ella.

Why did I give the book three stars? I wanted more. The book was missing something major in my eyes. Don't get me wrong, it's a good quick read, but it did leave me wishing there was more and plus I wanted Ella to give Jack something. You'll have to read the book, to guess what I am talking about.

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