Review: Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

August 28, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: March, 2009
Genre:Contemporary Romance, Adult
Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
Series: Travises
    Sugar Daddy
    Blue-Eyed Devil
    Smooth Talking Stranger 

    Synopsis (from Goodreads):
    Jack Travis leads the uncomplicated life of a millionaire Texas playboy.  He makes no commitments, he loves many women, he lives for pleasure.  But no one has ever truly touched his heart or soul.  Until one day, a woman appears on his doorstep with fury on her face and a baby in her arms.  It seems Jack is the father and this woman is the baby’s aunt. The real mother has abandoned the child to her more responsible sister.  And now, Jack is being called upon to take responsibility for the first time in his life.  With delicious romantic tension, characters so real they walk onto the page and into your heart, Lisa Kleypas delivers the kind of novel that makes you laugh, love; cry and cheer.


         Smooth Talking Stranger is the final book in the Travises trilogy. I loved Blue-Eyed Devil, so I was expecting a LOT from this book, but unfortunately it wasn't a bang-on fantabulous end to such a good series. Don't get me wrong, Lisa Kleypas is a brilliant writer, and this is the best baby story I've read. It is better than so many books out there. The one and the only thing that didn't work for me was the heroin, Ella.

         In this book, we continue with Jack's story. Now, he is known as player of the Travis family, and I definitely won't mind getting down &dirty with him. He's not all that bad actually, more quite on the good side, and he is smart. He runs his own multimillionaire business. It's like hotness with brain. Now, who wouldn't want that in a man. The good thing about him is that he comes of as very understanding, and charming in his first meeting with Ella, which makes him extremely likable from the start. He is the one who made this book a really enjoyable read for me. Well, obviously besides the star of the book,Luc. He is the sweetest, cutest baby I've ever read about. His unspeakable interactions and silliness were the best parts.

         The only part I didn't get was why Ella was so special for Jack, and why did he have an instant connection towards her. If it wasn't for the baby, they would never have connected that much, and probably not at all. Ella was the no-need-for-marraige kind of girl. I shouldn't bother me that much, but it did when she changed her so-called believes without much of a thought. She was annoying at times, and kept rejecting or regreting Jack after their interactions. I just didn't like her, and didn't understand why Jack Travis would change his lifestyle for her. Also, her mother was such a (excuse my language) Bitch. If she were my mother,  I would've cut off all ties with her way before. All the unlikable things/characters were completely overshadowed (lets be real, to some extent) by Jack's & Luc's character, and Ms. Klepas way of writing.

         Smooth Talking Stranger is a great addition to the Travises series, but certainly not the best. That title still goes to Blue-Eyed Devil. Like I said, the author knows her way around words, and can definately write an addicting, enjoyable read. I will re-read it again sometime because I just can't get enough of Jack Travis ;)  


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