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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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    Melissa Chandler, AZ, United States 06-09-10
    Melissa Chandler, AZ, United States 06-09-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible Narrator!!"

    I have enjoyed every book by Lisa Kleypas but this story was completely ruined by the narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Wichita, KS, USA 04-11-10
    Jennifer Wichita, KS, USA 04-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Smooth Talking Stranger"

    I loved this storyline and the other two books in the series were great too. I give the story 5 stars .... the narrator gets 1 stars. Her accent was fake and forced compared to the other two narrated books. I wouldn't waste your money on the audible book. Buy the book and read it... I did and enjoyed it much more than the audible version..

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    OLIVIA ATLANTA, GA, United States 10-17-09
    OLIVIA ATLANTA, GA, United States 10-17-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Great listen!"


    I really enjoyed this book and have listened to it multiple times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Prospect, CT, USA 09-22-09
    Ellen Prospect, CT, USA 09-22-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story"

    I loved the story and the dialogue between the characters. I really enjoyed every minute of this one.

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    Katherine Waynesville, OH, United States 07-12-09
    Katherine Waynesville, OH, United States 07-12-09 Member Since 2014
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    "great book"

    It takes a minute to get used to the reader but the book is great.

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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 04-08-09
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 04-08-09 Member Since 2015

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    "Enjoyable read"

    Pretty standard romance story. Kind of predictable, but the likable factor of the main characters makes up for that. Good narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 03-16-13
    MickeyMarie 03-16-13 Member Since 2014

    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 7 people found this review helpful
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    LeftyMom North Carolina 01-17-10
    LeftyMom North Carolina 01-17-10 Member Since 2014

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    "The last was not the best"

    I did as others suggested and listened to all of Lisa Kleypas books in order. The first two were much better than this one. I am with the others that the narrator is bad and she probably had a lot to do with why this one didn't seem as good. As far as the story, I didn't like this one because the female lead character was too weak. She let her mother run her over, sister run her over and I didn't like her. The romance was sweet but I still think the first book was the best. The story of Liberty and Gage was much better than Jack and Ella.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Louise KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 07-21-10
    Louise KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 07-21-10 Member Since 2008
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    "disappointed"

    The story had its moments but the explicit sex became boring and unnecessary.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Allison Jacksonville, FL, USA 02-28-10
    Allison Jacksonville, FL, USA 02-28-10
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    "Great story"

    I loved this book. It took a while for me to get used to the narrator, but the story was great.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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