"Suspenseful Historical Romance"
Reviewed by Susan Gorman
Posted March 7, 2018
Dr. Garrett Gibson is devoted to her work and spends
evenings treating patients in a workhouse infirmary in
East London. She has a feeling that she's being watched
as she walks from the infirmary towards the main road.
Garrett is accosted by three drunken soldiers and she is
able to fend off one of them. She shocked to discover
that the other two men were sprawled on the ground.
Garrett calls out and asks that the mystery person show
himself. Garrett recognizes her protector; Ethan Ransom,
a Scotland Yard detective, whom she has met on several
I loved both of the characters individually and adored
them as a couple. Garrett and Ethan are two lonely people
who are immersed in their careers. Garrett is independent
and extremely dedicated to her work but, she is beginning
to realize that she is lonely. Ethan is a handsome,
charming man who is attracted to Garrett. He is an agent
for the Crown who specializes in covert missions.
Although he desires Garrett, he knows that they cannot
become more than friends. His job is too dangerous.
I loved the scene when Ethan escorts Garrett to a street
fair. Ethan takes Garrett from one food stand to another
and I loved that she wouldn't try spaghetti because it
looked like worms! The author crafts a fabulous
setting which enabled the characters to get to know each
other, the dialogue was wonderful. It was clear as
the fireworks in the London sky that the couple desired
each other. Ethan endeared himself to me when he bought
Garrett a bouquet of violets and tenderly kissed her.
These pages highlight the author's descriptive voice and
each word adds to the depth of the couple's emotions and
Lisa Kleypas is able to balance Garrett and Ethan's
romance with an undercurrent of suspense throughout the
novel. This choice added an element of intrigue which
appealed to me and made the novel an excellent read. The
cat and mouse games played by the spymaster and his men
intensifies with each page of the novel. I loved the sense
of knowing that something was going to happen but not
knowing when or how or if it would occur. I appreciated the
author's attention to detail with regard to medical
procedures, secret political activities, and social
niceties of the time period. The secondary characters of
West Ravenel, Eliza and Garrett's father added humor and
depth to the story. The novel's conclusion is very
suspenseful. Several well thought out plot twists and
turns kept me reading past my bedtime.
I adored HELLO STRANGER. It's a well-plotted,
well-researched, suspenseful romance with characters who will
steal your heart!
New York Times bestselling author Lisa
Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of an unconventional
beauty who finds passion with the spy who can’t resist
A woman who defies her time
Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is
as daring and independent as any man—why not take her
pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark
on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective
for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a
rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one
exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction
before becoming strangers again.
A man who breaks every rule
As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little
interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold
and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each
other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his
most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong,
it will take all of Garrett’s skill and courage to save him.
As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot,
Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most
extraordinary woman he’s ever known.
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