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Smooth Talking Stranger | [Lisa Kleypas]

Smooth Talking Stranger

No one has ever truly touched Jack Travis's heart or soul...until Ella Varner comes along. She appears one day on his doorstep with fury in her eyes and a baby in her arms. Her troubled sister is the mother and, according to Ella, Jack Travis is the father. But when Ella demands that Jack take responsibility for the first time in his life, he ends up taking much more than that.
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Publisher's Summary

He answers to no one... No one has ever truly touched Jack Travis's heart or soul...until Ella Varner comes along. She appears one day on his doorstep with fury in her eyes and a baby in her arms. Her troubled sister is the mother and, according to Ella, Jack Travis is the father. But when Ella demands that Jack take responsibility for the first time in his life, he ends up taking much more than that.... She trusts no one.... Ella Varner is responsible and controlled. Her childhood taught her that love is fleeting and best avoided. That is, until baby Luke appears on her doorstep after her reckless sister, Tara, abandons him. What Luke needs now is stability, and Ella's determined to do what is best for him. As her bond with the helpless child grows stronger every day, Ella goes to Houston in search of the father. What she finds there will change her life forever... And when things heat up between these two, the time for talking is long gone... Lisa Kleypas lets the sparks fly once again in a novel featuring the larger-than-life Travis family. Full of sizzling sensuality and undeniable heart, her storytelling will grab hold of you from the very beginning.

©2009 Lisa Kleypas; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Mon San Francisco, Ca 05-13-12
    Mon San Francisco, Ca 05-13-12 Member Since 2010

    12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!

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    "It was OK"

    I didn't realize this was a series when I purchased the book on sale (sometimes I'm a little too eager to buy during audible sales) so this was my first introduction to the Travis clan. I liked the story but the characters didn't make sense to me. Here is Jack a total alpha male who is business savvy, interesting, super sexed, and possessive. Then there is Ella who is supposed to Ms. Independent but comes off rather weak and pathetic. His passion didn't match hers. She seemed clueless, and lacked total confidence. Of course she has some likable bits but for the most part I found her kinda blah. I wish her character wasn't so insecure. Their passion would have been more believable. Also, the narrator's voice only weakened this audio.

    Still, there are enough enjoyable bits to this book. It is fast paced. The story is good, it just left me wanting for better narration and better character development.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    constanza new york, NY, United States 05-29-11
    constanza new york, NY, United States 05-29-11 Member Since 2011

    **conty**

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    "wish i had more than 5 stars to give"

    can't find something negative to say just can't
    i have always beein proud of the fact that im really hard to be totally pleaced with a book
    i'm a big fan of lisa kleypas,but i was very skeptical that she could do the transition from historical to
    contemporaRY ROMANCES AND EVen if she could there was no way they could be as good as her historicals
    Big Mistake on my part not only it has all the kleypas magic but also is one of her best
    and saying this book was a page turner is the understatement of the century
    i finished the book in a little bit more than 24 hours
    the story is so entertaining and so romantic i couldn't put it down
    now about the hero
    jack travis is my new favorite kleypas hero(sorry st vincent but texan millioner kills english lord any day)
    my only complain:
    It let me wanting so much more from ella and jack
    ......................

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    NanaMeryl Ocala, FL 12-16-09
    NanaMeryl Ocala, FL 12-16-09 Member Since 2008

    11th/12th Grade Reading Teacher Love reading and love listening to audio books in my car.

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    "Narrator Could Be Better"

    Jack Travis is the 3rd guy to fall in love with in this series. In many ways he's the best. I sort of wish this series could go on, but I'll probably try other books by the author.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 09-07-09
    Bonnie Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 09-07-09
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    "Narration is poor quality"

    This is the first Lisa Kleypas book I've listened to. I enjoyed the story, but the narration was not up to the quality I've come to expect of books listed on Audible. I'd return it if I could, just for that reason.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SassiKassi Olympia, WA, United States 05-13-10
    SassiKassi Olympia, WA, United States 05-13-10 Member Since 2010
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    "A new fan"

    After having some audiobooks ruined for me by bad narrators, I almost didn't buy this one based on a review or two saying the narrator was bad, but there were reviews saying the narrator was fine, so I took a chance. Initially the narrator sounded like she had a slight lisp, but that eventually either went away or I just couldn't hear the slight sound anymore. I thought this book was delightful. I'm glad I decided to give Ms. Kleypas a try. I agree with the other reviewers. Hear all three in order and have fun!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Austin, TX, United States 05-02-09
    Lisa Austin, TX, United States 05-02-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Wish I could return this"

    I have listened to the first two chapters of this book and won't listen further. The narrator is terrible! And the beginning of the book is nothing like what's described in the summary, other than a truthful description of Austin and Houston. I do not want to read a book about a dysfunctional mother/daughter relationship, I was looking for a little escape-through-romance. I feel like I wasted my monthly credit.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Books and Cats North Georgia 05-05-13
    Books and Cats North Georgia 05-05-13 Member Since 2012

    I listen to audible with a pile of cats all over me. It's "FUR-tastic!"

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    "good writing. okay story. good performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Smooth Talking Stranger the most enjoyable?

    Lisa Kleypas is an excellent romance writer. I thought the story line was okay and the characters to be interesting. I wasn't blown away by the story. Lisa usually writes historical romances so this is a switch for her. I think the performer was very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerri Port St. Lucie, FL, United States 04-07-13
    Gerri Port St. Lucie, FL, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Good Premise that floundered"

    I was told "this is not the typical bodice ripper. It's a very good story". No, I'm afraid not. The premise of the story was promising, then it went away. If you're into to descriptive sex this book is for you. I wanted the story. It was a waste of a credit. I will not waste any more time on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith Hogue Ada, OK United States 03-26-13
    Meredith Hogue Ada, OK United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Romance."
    What made the experience of listening to Smooth Talking Stranger the most enjoyable?

    I like romance stories, and I thought the characters were realistic.


    What other book might you compare Smooth Talking Stranger to and why?

    This book is comparable to many other modern romance books. Better than a lot of them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The shower scene.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Someone to Watch Over Me.


    Any additional comments?

    The only problem I had was sometimes she would use the same voice for different characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie Narnia 03-16-13
    MickeyMarie Narnia 03-16-13 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

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    "Not as impressed as I wanted to be"

    Normally I rate Kleypas novels very high. This one disappointed me some. For one thing, I was not happy with the narration. It just wasn't as good as I think someone else might have been with the accents

    The story disappointed because the characters weren't all very realistic. Ella supposedly had overcome a really destructive childhood, but struck me as being a pathetic and willing victim of her mother and sister and boyfriend. When she turns from that particular boyfriend to one who is a major Alpha male, the switch isn't realistic. .

    The plot itself could have been better played out in my opinion. Of course it is only my opinion.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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