Review: Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Shelly

I came away from this without that Ravenel-happiness that I had after reading the first 3 books in Lisa Kleypas’s ‘Ravenel’ series. Book 1, Marrying Winterborne, is still my favorite and Rhys is my favorite hero of the series.

This is Garrett Gibson and Ethan Ransom’s story. I was really looking forward to this because Garrett’s a female physician and I thought her story – being female and a physician in a time when it was virtually unheard of – would be interesting. Since she made her appearance in Marrying Winterborne and her subsequent service as Rhys employee, I saw a great romance for this rare situation.

I can’t decide if this was too long or too short. If I wanted less medical terminology or more. I can’t decide if it’s my expectations or could it possibly have been Garrett’s character didn’t live up to what I saw being developed in the first few books. And I definitely couldn’t decide if I liked Ethan as a hero.

Starting out with a bang or a stick in this case, Garrett and her walking cane are merrily advancing down the street when Ethan ‘saves’ her from a couple of ne’er do wells. It turns our that Garrett’s suspicions about being followed were spot on. She’s not only book smart, she’s got a way and the means to protect herself. I liked that. Thought it was great.

Ethan’s been keeping an eye on Garrett; it’s one of his side jobs that he does for Rhys when he’s not working for a under ground agency that no-one but the director, Jenkins, knows about. The involvement with Jenkins was quite interesting and I would have liked to see a bit more of that along with his replacement for Ethan, but what I got was pretty good. Then there’s the story of how Ethan’s even involved in the Ravenels and it’s an old tale of the bastard child; it’s a shame that Ethan’s feeling towards the family of his father was so…hostile. I thought the non-stereotypical might have been that Ethan didn’t hold his father’s actions against his siblings and judged them based on their actions, but oh well, can’t have everything.

Garrett and Ethan develop a ‘relationship’ that somehow ends up with Garrett offering Ethan a friends with benefits type of thing that really didn’t sit well with me. I’m sure it was supposed to be one of those this woman knows what she wants but that doesn’t come across well to me. And honestly, I didn’t think it fit Garrett’s personality well either.

There’re some great adventures that these two are exposed to and they were fun to get to know. But there was something about this story that didn’t touch my heart as much as its predecessors. I wanted to enjoy, savor, and say with certainty that it’s as good as or better than Rhys and Helen, but instead this went the other direction. There’s just something about it that didn’t hit me between the eyes.

The familiar names and personalities were a wonderful treat and although I think this would read just fine as a stand alone, I highly recommend the series. I think you’ll be pleased.

*Note: This review is for the audio version; the narrator Mary Jane Wells continues to do a wonderful job of bringing life to Kleypas’s characters.

Happy reading folks!

Rating: C

Click to purchase: Amazon

Hello Stranger
by Lisa Kleypas
Release Date: 02/27/2018
Publisher: Avon



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