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Stranger in My Arms | [Lisa Kleypas]

Stranger in My Arms

“Lady Hawksworth, your husband is not dead.” With those words, Lara’s life turned upside down. Hunter, Earl of Hawksworth, had been lost at sea. Or so she’d been told. Their unhappy marriage - with its cold caresses and passionless kisses – was over. But now a powerful, virile man stood before her, telling secrets only a husband could know, and vowing she would once again be his wife in every way.
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“Lady Hawksworth, your husband is not dead.” With those words, Lara’s life turned upside down. Hunter, Earl of Hawksworth, had been lost at sea. Or so she’d been told. Their unhappy marriage - with its cold caresses and passionless kisses – was over. But now a powerful, virile man stood before her, telling secrets only a husband could know, and vowing she would once again be his wife in every way. While Lara couldn’t deny that this man with the smoldering dark eyes resembled Hunter, he was attentive and loving in ways he never was before. Soon she desperately wanted to believe, with every beat of her heart, that this stranger was truly her husband. But had this rake reformed – or was Lara being seduced by a cunning stranger?

©2008 Lisa Kleypas (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Bird Lady 147 05-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Story"

    Lisa Kleypas has gone above and beyond proving her writing skills over the years with many enjoyable romances and the only thing I find better than reading one of LK novels is listening to one read by the always pleasurable narrator Rosalyn Landor. These two are a perfect pair.
    STRANGER IN MY ARMS was an intelligent as well as sultry romance. No over the top sex scenes (but there are steamy scenes between the two main) and the sex wasn't used to fill in blank story lines. I am on who will skip over scenes that aren't needed in books or ones that go for shock value, none of that here. This story gave a great love story with some mystery thrown in. It all wrapped up nicely as well with no big questions left unanswered. Although a secondary characters story was left open at the end which may or may not be covered in another book. Nothing left me needing more, although I do WANT more and will go looking for it!
    Well done a lovely read!

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    Carol Dexter, MI, United States 07-15-14
    Carol Dexter, MI, United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2010

    I am a singer and Celtic harper specializing in the music of Scotland, where I go often to study and perform. I love romance books because I like a light hearted story with a happy ending!

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    "Disappointing"

    I usually love Lisa Kleypas' books but this one was really disappointing. It's one of those books where you look at the time remaining, see 2 hours and groan "Oh NO. I have to listen to two more hours of this!!! Ugh" The "heroine" was SO annoying. Weak and whinny. It was painful to listen to. I would definitely recommend that you save your credit on this one. Rosalyn Landor does her usual wonderful job but even she can't save this one.

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    Amazon Customer 03-18-14
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    "Story is "OK" but..."
    Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Kleypas again?

    It depends on the story and how each character is portrayed. I like some of Lisa Kleypas books, but sometimes her stories and characters are a hit or miss with me.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the hero he's all that you would want for the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    The heroine acts like a "Mother Teresa" with her charitable works and yet she can't bring herself to be understanding and considerate and at least try to reconcile with her husband when he wanted to start over with her and their marriage. Heroine's character not very appealing.

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    Elizabeth 02-15-14
    Elizabeth 02-15-14 Member Since 2012

    I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must

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    "Hard to put down Mystery and Sexy Romance"

    This book was hard to put down. It got to the meat of the story quickly and I immediately started to try to figure out what the outcome would be. Although some reviewers said it was predictable....and parts were (it is a HEA after all!)...I was shocked once the mystery was solved. So it kept my interest throughout.

    I did spend most of the book wishing Lara would give in and become a little less suspect of Hunter, BUT I also asked..."what if I were in her shoes" I would be just as skeptical and guarded. It made the story more realistic. Lara wasn't unlikable in my opinion...I became to like her quite a bit.

    Its obvious from the reviews that this is one of those books you either love or don't like. I loved it. I thought the author did a great job with the romance between Lara and Hunter. It made me want more and I became impatient...but not out of boredom...because it was just that good!

    Narration was great. Landor is one of my favorite although she does make the men sound a little older than I wish she would....she makes up for it in every other aspect of her narration.

    This is my first Kleypas book and it will not be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel it is definitely credit worthy!

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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-12-13
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"
    Any additional comments?

    After reading the other reviews, positive and quite a few negatives, I decided to purchase the book anyway because I am a fan of Lisa and her writing. I am glad I did. The story was great and I love how the female character became so much stronger as a person after she felt love and support in her marriage. This is a very accurate depiction in real life as well. The narrator is ok although I wish she could have more than one voice for all the male and female characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angie 05-02-12
    Angie 05-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a great narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, narration not great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stranger in My Arms?

    All of it, this is my second time reading it and Lisa always writes a good story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her reading of the Male charactors made them sound old and unattrative.


    Do you think Stranger in My Arms needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it is a well rounded book.


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    L. Hamilton-Harris PHOENIX, AZ, United States 03-26-12
    L. Hamilton-Harris PHOENIX, AZ, United States 03-26-12

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    "Lisa Kleypas...gifted storyteller!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stranger in My Arms to be better than the print version?

    This audio edition was actually my first that I actually finished and truly enjoyed! I am a hardcore printed reader. But I have every intention of listening to this version again and again as well as more books written by this author!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Hunter so much because it was a consummate pleasure to sense his self-restraint reach the breaking point in regards to his beautiful, modest wife that kept him at bay due to her past emotional and sexual scars that left her bereft of any desire for him because they were painful and ungratifying. I truly enjoyed


    What three words best describe Rosalyn Landor’s voice?

    Interchangeable, husky and pleasant


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a roller coaster of intense emotions. I really experienced the angst and fire that developed between the two main characters. A slow burn that crackled with sensuality!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the plot very much and the idea of the storyline. Excellent! Lisa Kleypas has become my favorite romance authoress.

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    Lady M 03-17-13
    Lady M 03-17-13
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    "Great Story -- Great Narration"

    I read this book years ago, and although I didn't remember much about it, I did remember I'd enjoyed reading it. Kleypas is one of my favorite Historical Romance writers, and with the talented Rosalyn Landor narrating, I knew it couldn't miss.

    It's an emotionally moving book, and it keeps you guessing -- "Just who is Lord Hawksworth".

    Although it's worth a credit, I was happy to see it on sale. It's a great read/listen!!!!

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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 08-26-13
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2014

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "Frustrating Heroine...."

    This story had a lot of great pieces to it, but the puzzle just didn't come together as I would have liked. The best part of the book is the hero, Hunter....He is just irresistible because of his love for Lara. Let me clarify...the Hunter (post-disappearance) was simply amazing. Poor Lara is the annoying part of the book because of her fierce resistance to Hunter after he came back from a mysterious disappearance.

    The reader can sympathize with Lara because Hunter was such a jerk and absolute bastard to her before his disappearance. But, it's safe to say that the reader is more likely to forgive Hunter before Lara does. Oh the long and drawn out hoops that Lara makes Hunter figuratively jump through before she opens up to him was just ......annoying and frustrating.

    Even after she had given her heart to Hunter, I did not like how she treated him when she found out some revealing truth about their situation. Overall, nice ending..and Hunter is vindicated. Both Lara & Hunter get their happy ending :-)a

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    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 07-02-12
    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2012

    Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.

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    "Terrible narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the narrator would've been better


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She made it very hard to listen to and I couldn't enjoy the book.


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