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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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    mia 03-30-09
    mia 03-30-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Lisa Kleypas does it again!"

    This is another great book by Lisa Kleypas. It is the story of Churchill's second son, Jack Travis and Ella Varner. What I appreciate about this author is that she spares her fans a repeat of the details of the stories of the rest of the family, providing just enough for new readers to place the family in context. Ella has always played the role of protector and counselor to her young sister Tara. So when the latter cannot handle her new born, it is Ella to the rescue. Believing Jack Travis to be the father, she barges into his office demanding that he takes responsibility for his child. Of course, this is just the beginning for these two. This has all the Kleypas trademarks, sparks flying, passion, humorous banter, a lot of heart, and of course a very dysfunctional family. I loved seeing more of Haven & Hardy (Blue Eyed devil); Liberty, Gage and even Carrington (Sugar Daddy). I listened to this book all day on saturday and could not put it down. I recommend it as well as the previous 2 before it by the same author. They are in this order: Sugar Daddy, Blue Eyed devil, and Smooth Talking Stranger. I can't wait for Joe's story now.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 07-01-13
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 07-01-13 Member Since 2011

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "Crushing Disappointment..."

    Let me start by saying that I am a Lisa Kleypass fan. I've listened to several of her historical romances and loved them all. So I was looking forward to listening to a contemporary romance written by her. Unfortunately it was a crushing disappointment. The story was very generic. I've read the same storyline in many a Harlequin book: crazy sister has a baby, she can't take care of him and doesn't say who the father is. The responsible sister takes care of the baby and goes looking for the mysterious baby daddy only to end up hopelessly in love with him. There was no originality and the hero was overly sweet. The heroine's mother and sister were horrible characters. It was terrible to listen to how the mother would try to have sex with the heroines boyfriends. Ewwww

    Narration: I thoroughly disliked the narration. I did not like Emily Durante's tone of voice. Her Texan drawl was pathetic and her constant whispers and breathlessness were very annoying. She even made love scenes sound boring. I will avoid any book narrated by her in the future.

    Bottom line: I do not recommend this book at all. If you like this author stick to her historical romances which are excellent. If you are looking for a good contemporary romance with that special Texas cowboy drawl and good narration I suggest you try any of Katie Lane's audiobooks.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Book Worm Merrillville, IN 04-23-09
    Book Worm Merrillville, IN 04-23-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Addictive Read"

    The best so far in Kleypas' Travis series. Ella was my kind of heroine, flawed yet strong and loving. And Jack made a great alpha-hero, handsome, protective, yet down to earth and not too over bearing. The thing I liked most about this book is the fact that their romance evolved slowly, realistically. By the time they get together, you really like and care about what happens to them. There is also plenty of humor in this book, and I laughed out loud a few times. I highly recommend.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 09-03-10
    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 09-03-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Third Book"

    Good book, but could not get into the narrator, which is why I gave it three stars. Enjoyed the first two better. I wish Ms. Kleypas would write a book about the last character in the book, but do not use this narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L.D. Lebanon, TN, USA 01-30-10
    L.D. Lebanon, TN, USA 01-30-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Read all 3"

    Sugar Daddy, Blue-Eyed Devil then Smooth Talking Stranger. Must read in this order to follow the Texas family saga. This book is about JACK.

    LOVED it. You will listen to these books more than once. Very much worth the credits.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Veronica Pasadena, TX, USA 03-30-09
    Veronica Pasadena, TX, USA 03-30-09
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    "Great Book!"

    Being a native Houstonian I can honestly say her references to the Houston area, Uptown, River Oaks, Tanglewood, Galleria and even 1800 Main Street are spot on, with a few artistic liberties. The story is great addition to the other 2 in this series, I wonder what to took her so long to write contempory books? I wonder if we will get book about Joe? I have to say my favorite is Blue Eyed Devil...love the character of Hardy Cates he is introduced in Sugar Daddy. If you haven't read any in this series read all of them you won't be disappointed.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    11-24-09
    11-24-09 Member Since 2008

    deeofoz

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    "Good read, but terrible narrator!"

    I really enjoyed this 3rd installment of the Travis Family, but it was very hard getting over the awful narration. She tried to do a Texas drawl and she was so way off the mark that it just grated on my nerves. Her southern drawl was so guttural sounding it was as if the main character Jack Travis came off a chuck wagon instead of a smooth as glass drawl educated Texans are known for. Loved the book, but the narration was off on every level. I would give the story itself a 5 star, but the narration brought it down to 3 stars for me.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Bentonville, AR, United States 04-08-12
    Holly Bentonville, AR, United States 04-08-12 Member Since 2008

    I believe there are 3 elements to a great romance audible book: good narration, believable plot, flawed characters and great dialogue!

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    "Great Listen!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite Lisa Kleypas listens. I do not care for her historical romances, they seem contrived. However, I really like her contemporaries and this one does not disappoint. It has believable characters and a few steamy scenes. I love the addition of a baby, which provides an opportunity to see the softer side of Jack Travis. The narrators voice can be a little distracting at times, but not enough to take away from the plot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 09-20-10
    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 09-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Story"

    The story is fresh and the characters were great. Delving deeper into the Travis family is fun. Narroration was good, but the male voices sometimes resembled each other a little too closely.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cassandra HINESVILLE, GA, USA 06-08-09
    Cassandra HINESVILLE, GA, USA 06-08-09
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    "First time reader of LK"

    This is the first book I've read/listened to by Lisa Kleypas and I'm very pleased with the storyline. Nothing overly dramatic, but a nice listen to get you through your day. Another member posted about the reader....I'll admit I was initially turned off by her voice, but it only took me a few minutes to get used to it, and by then I was so engrossed in the story that her voice didn't bother me at all. I got used to it. Overall, a great listen. I'll definitely be checking out some of her other books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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