Book Review | Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Action, Danger, Passion. . . Good Thing She’s a Doctor

POSTED ON February 15, 2019 BY Austine IN Book Review

Book Review | Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
Hello Stranger
by Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #4
Published on February 27, 2018 by Avon
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 375
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance

A woman who defies her time

Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.

A man who breaks every rule

As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett's skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he's ever known.

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Content & Trigger Warnings: graphic sexual content, physical violence and attempted assault

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Knight's Judgment
Writing Style

Okay, I have to say, Hello Stranger might be my new favorite book in the series so far!

Rather than focus on a lord or lady as most of these historical romances tend to do, the 4th in the Ravenels series centers around Dr. Garrett Gibson, a female physician in a time where women were banned from the practice. She was introduced in a previous book and I immediately liked her straightforward attitude. She knows she’s good at her job and she owns it! And Hello Stranger only reinforces that personality. Garrett isn’t the type of woman to let things happen to her. She makes things happen and goes for what she wants, which worked both in her professional and romantic life in the case of this book.

(On a side note, I also loved that she’s based on a real person (check the author’s note for me info!) and just the entire female doctor concept for a protagonist makes this book stand out for me.)

Her counterpart, Ethan Ransom, was the perfect blend of broody and mysterious without frustrating me. I liked that, instead of going full alpha protector on Garrett, he showed her how to better defend herself so she was capable on her own. Additionally, he’s just a character you want to have a happy life after everything he went through and is still dealing with. My only major complaint about Ransom was his constant “we can’t see each other again” argument that never stuck for more than a scene or two before he turned around and did the opposite. It grew old real fast.

The story itself is filled with action and danger to both Garrett and Random. It had the tension I wanted in Devil in Spring but rather than throwing it all at the end, Kleypas spread it through the story to keep things moving. Combined with the chemistry of the couple, it made for a quick-paced and exciting read.

Lisa Kleypas is quickly becoming a must-read author when it comes to historical romances and I definitely recommend checking out Hello Stranger and the entire Ravenels series!

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