Saturday, March 19, 2011

Review: Stranger in My Arms

Stranger in My Arms by Lisa Kleypas
Genre: Romance, Historical Romance
Pages: 360 (Paperback)

Back Cover:
"Lady Hawksworth, your husband is not dead..."
With these words, Lara's life is turned upside down.  Her unhappy, loveless marriage had ended when the Earl of Hawksworth was lost at sea.  But now a man stands before her, virile and powerful, who says he is her missing husband, revealing secrets that only he would know.  While this dark-eyed stranger closely resembles the earl, he is attentive and loving as Hunter was cruel and cold, promising to make Lara his wife once again in every way.  With every beat of her heart, she aches to believe that this remarkable man is who he claims to be.  But is he truly the rake returned and reformed... or is Lara being seduced by a cunning imposter?

My Rating:
My Review:

I know, I know... I'm reviewing Lisa Kleypas once again.  I can't help it.  It's spring break and I know if I want something romantic, light-hearted, and good, she's pretty consistent and this one is no different.  The idea that one is/isn't sure if a person is the person they claim to be is ludicrous but it works here.   Lara had a hard time of it with her husband before he left for India and since the three years that he was thought to be dead, she had become very free and independent (especially for the times).  So one can imagine that she did not relish the idea of returning to her past life.  Surprisingly, her husband appears to be nothing like the brute who left for India.  She isn't sure what is going on.  Is he the person he says he is?  Or did the traumatic experiences change him so drastically.

I feel like the story line was unique but Lara could have been developed a little more.  I enjoyed learning about the unconventional practice of imprisoning children with their parents.  The story is a great beach read but the connection between Lara and Hawksworth could have been a little more steamy.  The ending was fantastic and I couldn't have thought of a better way to wrap everything up.

Please leave a comment and tell me what you think.  Are you familiar with Lisa Kleypas?  Do you like her as an author?  What do you do with authors that you encounter over and over?  Do you just enjoy the read and avoid reviewing or do you think readers want to hear about the same author time and time again?
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