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Strangers | [Barbara Elsborg]

Strangers

Kate Snow's had enough of bad boys until a one-way swim in the ocean puts her on a collision course with a man she can’t resist. Charlie Storm has turned being a bad boy into an art form. Already a famous pop star, mega-success in the movie business beckons until his inner demons send him spiraling out of control and right out to sea. The last thing he expects to do before he dies is crash into a suicidal woman. When the worlds of these two strangers collide, their lives take an upward twist.
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Audible Editor Reviews

When she sees the word goodbye written in the sand Kate Snow takes it as an ironic sign directed at her on the day she has decided to walk into the ocean, ending her life. But it’s really a sign that she’s about to make a one-in-a-million connection with a man who picked the same stretch of water for the same purpose. Both plagued by demons - he by the price of fame, she by relationships of lies and abuse - they find each other in their lowest moment and love pulls them out of the depths. Tilly Hooper plunges into this emotional tidal wave, giving the characters real voices of damaged souls, but not wallowing in sorrow. As the passion and romance take over, the audiobook heats up and Hooper’s delivery takes the sensuous tone of pleasure and desire.

Publisher's Summary

Kate Snow's had enough of bad boys until a one-way swim in the ocean puts her on a collision course with a man she can’t resist. Charlie Storm has turned being a bad boy into an art form. Already a famous pop star, mega-success in the movie business beckons until his inner demons send him spiraling out of control and right out to sea. The last thing he expects to do before he dies is crash into a suicidal woman.

When the worlds of these two strangers collide, their lives take an upward twist. In surviving the waves, they find they can’t stand to be apart, in or out of bed. Kate seizes a chance for happiness, seeing in Charlie a man she can finally trust to love her. Charlie can't let go of Kate because she’s the only woman able to see the man he wants to be.

But the price of fame is high and when the world wants to drive them apart, life only seems safe in Kate’s bed.

©2009 Barbara Elsborg (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Jordy United States 10-14-13
    Jordy United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "Barbara Elsborg takes erotica to another level!"

    I can honestly say this book surpassed all my expectation! Strangers is my first book by Barbara Elsborg and will definitely not be my last. This book has all my favorite redeeming qualities... a creative plot, intriguing characters that you can't help but fall in love with, smart quirky laugh out loud dialog, the most sensual delicious erotica, deep gut wrenching drama, a complete mix of pure PERFECTION! This sweet seductive romance between two unlikely characters that meet in the most desperate of situations. You will be captivated from the very first page. Prepare yourself for a definite emotional rollercoaster ride! It's not every day that the book's romantic couple meets because they've chosen the same place for a suicide attempt. I will admit that their first interaction was a bit unconventional but it only makes this story even more unique. They end up reconsidering their plans of suicide after their attempts are interrupted by evil seaweed, mermaid talk, a bloody nose, and possible shark attack. From that very day, both Charlie & Kate start to create a bond and trust one another. They both struggle to heal from their broken dark pasts, start developing a relationship, learn to love & be loved. Even though Kate, a waitress, part-time phone sex operator, sexy lingerie maker and Charlie, a self destructive former singer turned actor live in completely different worlds, we soon discover they have a lot more in common with each other.
    Their vulnerabilities were so pure and honest. When starting to learn more about their pasts I was so heartbroken and deeply sad for them. Eventually, I become mortified & completely disgusted over what Kate had to endure through out her life. It was refreshing to see characters that didn't allow their pasts to dictate their futures. The author has an interesting way of using humor to smooth over more delicate subject matter. The humor just propels this story along through every bump and struggle. I absolutely adored Kate and Charlie's snarky but affectionate exchanges. Mermaid & Hippo's story was all kinds of HOT, with a lot of witty banter, and yes, drama. Some intense drama, which fortunately isn't too tortuously drawn out.There are delicious amounts of SMEXY scenes that are not for the faint hearted:)
    Barbara Elsborg is very talented writer. This book was SUPERB & the narrator (Tilly Hooper) was FANTASTIC! I really hope Audible releases more books by this author. I without a doubt recommend this compelling love story!

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 09-30-13
    Amazon Customer INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Humor Amongst the Tragedies"
    What made the experience of listening to Strangers the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed listening to the accents and the humor of the characters even while dealing with unpleasant topics such as suicide.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate was my favorite character because she's witty even in the face of disappointment and loss.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to choose just one - I loved the opening to the book and the way it book-ended with the epilogue.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to this narration of Strangers. I love Barbara Elsborg's humor and I really hope that more of her books are made into audiobooks (such as Something About Polly, An Ordinary Girl, Kiss A Falling Star, etc.).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin 09-29-13
    Kristin 09-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Really really good!"

    First, I liked the length which didn't drag so that was good so you get your money's worth. Second, even though the subject matters were serious and nothing to joke about, the writer had a way of adding a little humor which drew you in, pulled heartstrings and made the characters so lovable. Charlie is a celebrity that is continually making poor choices ruining his reputation in the industry and Kate grew up in foster care with abusive relationships. They met by both attempting to swim out to sea to commit suicide but bumped into each other out in the water and from there the relationship started. They brought out the best in each other and they began to heal. It's an odd mixture of deep and humor. Charlie is pitiful and adorable and Kate is sweet and kind and somehow it works. I thought it was totally worth the credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tauna United States 10-17-13
    Tauna United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Not funny."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing


    Has Strangers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Strangers had great sex, but the abuse factor REALLY should have been revealed beforehand. What was reported by other reviewers as funny was sweet, but not hilarious at all. Then the woman who had been abused all her life, was abused again by the "hero." Aaaaand of course she forgave him every time he hurt her. Not funny. Not a good love story. And now that I think about it, the rape scene was NOT great sex, either. Neither was the statutory rape that was swept under the rug. This woman needs medication and a therapist, not another abuser. Who cares if he's rich and famous and handsome?

    Anyone who has had abuse in their life- skip this one.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed. How could this be a beloved book??? The little bit of happiness at the end was too suspect and not funny at all.


    Any additional comments?

    Beware this book if you've had any kind of trauma in your life.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    heather SUNLAND, CA, United States 09-26-13
    heather SUNLAND, CA, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book!!!"

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. Best love story I've read in a long time. It hit all of my emotions. Both characters were awesome and it was well read. I was sad when it was over. It had all the angst and misunderstandings that all books of this type do but not over done. Love scenes were perfect as well. defiantly worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 02-22-14
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 02-22-14 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "Heart pulling Emotional and Very Addictive listen"
    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoyed this book, Soooo very much, I could not stop listening. From the first few lines, this book draws you inside its story-line like a tidal wave and you stand no chance of escaping it.

    It is in essence a love story, of course, but it also deals with issues such as suicide. It does it so beautifully, with humor and wit, without being too morbid and overpowering the love story itself. We meet the two main characters, Kate and Charlie, while they are both trying to commit suicide. Completely different events in their lives have made them so helpless and hopeless to resort to such drastic acts against themselves, but instead of “drowning” with them, we find ourselves laughing with them, laughing at their interaction with each other and hoping that two hopeless souls can equate to a hopeful ending.

    This amazingly compelling story that elates you rather than depress you. It also gave one an insight of how a person might feel just before losing all hope and what can bring them to that desperate act. I understood all there feelings and that's why i connected with this book so much.

    Tilly Hooper;s narration was spot on for all the characters. She is a true talent. I don't know what book to follow up from this one. I feel a little lost after listening to this emotional story. I'll have to go hunting on Audible for my next adventure. :)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 06-11-14
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2012

    Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!

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    "Slow, long, and not hot, but decent"

    This is one of those books that it's hard to describe. On the one hand it kept me interested all the way until the end, but on the other hand it took a very long time to get there. On the one hand there were very descriptive sex scenes, but on the other hand it still wasn't hot. In the beginning I really liked the heroin, but by the end she was kind of cliché. In the beginning I wondered if the male lead would ever get his act together, but by the end I was thinking how did he get so straight so fast.

    There was contrived drama, but in the life of a multi mega bucks superstar how could there not be when he dates a common person. There was backstabbing, secrets, and a slew of personal problems. So why did I keep listening… Yeah I've been wondering that too all I can say is that over the hours and hours and hours I actually got invested in the characters and wanted to see how it all turned out.

    The narrator for the main characters was pretty good, good inflection, good emotion but her male voices for anybody but the main character was a little bit like nails on a chalkboard.

    I think I got this book for five dollars during a sale in which case I think it was five dollars well spent but I would not spend a credit on this book nor would I buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dresden Parsons Folsom, CA, United States 12-22-13
    Dresden Parsons Folsom, CA, United States 12-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Best written and narrated romance I've read lately"
    Would you listen to Strangers again? Why?

    Yes.

    Refreshing "hot" sensual romance without the usual - excruciatingly weak and stupid or supposedly tough, independent stupid female described as intelligent then written to say and/or do ridiculously stupid things. I'm female and it annoys me that so many romance books written by women portray their heroines as such vapid creatures.

    The characters in Strangers were intelligent and believable. The author created two awesome people both of whom are broken in different ways. The dialogue is very sharp and witty in parts and breathtakingly bittersweet in parts.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Strangers?

    The dialogue between Charlie and Kate during their chance meeting in the sea is my favorite part.

    Unfortunately, the moment that struck hardest emotionally and thus most memorable is when Kate uses the key card provided her by Charlie's agent.


    Have you listened to any of Tilly Hooper’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, none of which I'm aware. I think Ms. Hooter did a great job with narrating the different characters both male and female. I could easily discern each character. I think she's a great narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Lorton, VA, United States 11-25-13
    Denise Lorton, VA, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Read"
    If you could sum up Strangers in three words, what would they be?

    SEXY, STEAMY.REAL


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Strangers?

    When Charlie FINALLY realized the truth


    What does Tilly Hooper bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brought the emotion that made you really feel what the character felt


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

    yes...you will both laugh and cry The word Wanker is used alot


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the credit. You wont be disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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