I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #4
Published by Avon on February 27th 2018
Genres: Historical, Irish, Regency, Romance
Source: the publisher
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This book gave me such happy feelings, Garett and Ethan made me extremely soft and sappy with their story!!
Firstly I want to mention that Lisa Kleypas writes very beautiful, she makes everything vivid. Her writing is also has this lyrical quality that makes historicals also seem very fairytale like which I love. She often writes heroes/heroines in romance that are not from nobility or what you consider to be nobility. I have honestly loved all the books in this series even though all the stories are very different from each other, Lisa Kleypas makes me fall in love with both of them and in love with their love.
Hello Stranger centres around Dr. Garett Gibson, the sole female doctor in Britain and Ethan Ransom, the Irish assassin/spy who also happens to be the illegitimate Ravenel. We first met in them in second book in the series (Marrying Mr Winterborne) where Ethan saves Garett and Lady Helen much to the displeasure of Garett.
Lisa Kleypas has written very different heroines, from a writer to widows to shy wallflowers to now a female doctor. And Garett is one of her most interesting heroines. She is extremely intelligent, unapologetic of who she is (which I adored) but she could be soft and vulnerable. She’s unconventional to other females in that day and age and not just because she’s doctor. She’s also a great fencer and can protect herself from any ruffians that come her way. I think Ethan described her quite well when he said “She was sunlight and steel, spun into a substance he’d never encountered before.”
Ethan Ransom on the other hand had a difficult childhood which shaped him to be the man he is today. Like Garett, he is also extremely intelligent, unlike Garett though he has no family and he considers his boss to be father like figure. Even though he is a spy, he is still honourable and a protecter of innocents. Ethan too was a mixture was of sweetness and badassery.
“My genie of the whistle.” ~Dr. Garett Gibson to Ethan.
I loved them two together, they were perfect for each other. I loved how they understood each other, how Ethan never tried to change Garett for who she was but loved her and encouraged her more. Garett only bought out the poet in Ethan, he was quite possibly the most romantic assassin/spy I’ve read . All their interactions from the moment they meet again at the start of book to the end made me feel quite joy. They had such a soft, pure love for each other.
“I prefer you to everything,” ~Ethan Ransom.
They made me laugh, smile and sniffle! And their HEA left a big ole smile on my face because they were such unique and wonderful characters that you couldn’t help love and cheer for.
“Garrett Gibson . . . as long as I’m on this earth, I’ll want to be wherever you are”. ~Ethan Ransom.
AHHH also I can’t wait for West and Phoebe’s story, it seemed he had been in love with someone and she’s the daughter of Sebastian, Duke of Kengiston (Devil in Winter) and a widow. West has changed quite a lot from the start of the series so I’m really looking forward to his story, I mean he’s a farmer now who cares for his animals and his tenants instead of the spoiled rake we met and of course more of the St. Vincents.
Honestly I didn’t want to give away the story so I’m trying to keep it spoiler free as I can, it was honestly such a great read with a beautiful romance, the undertones of family, friendship and the spy/assassin aspect made for a perfect blend of historical romance…All in all this is another wonderful book by Lisa Kleypas!! While this is book is part of a series, you can easily read it as a standalone but the other books are just as wonderful as this one so I hope anyone who hasn’t tired the series would give it a try!!
As is the case everytime I read a newer Lisa Kleypas book I want to reread all of her books again, so I’m off to read Eve and Sebastian’s story (probably for like the nth time).