Smooth talking Stranger Lorraine Heath Summary Serena Hamilton has never had a one-night stand, but the supreme loneli. Smooth Talking Stranger. Home · Smooth Talking Stranger Smooth-Talking Texan (A Family Circle) (Silhouette Intimate Moments) · Read more. 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.

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Librarian note: an alternate cover for this edition can be found Gentry is reputed to be the most skillful lover in all England. Known for solving delicate. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Finding herself responsible for her troubled sister's newborn son, advice columnist Ella Varner is determined to track . Smooth Talking Stranger book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Jack Travis leads the uncomplicated life of a millionair.

Sorry, I just can't relate and don't feel any compassion at all. Kleypas' work. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. Smooth Talking Stranger has many swoon-worthy moments.

It's a wonderfully penned and highly entertaining read. View all 87 comments. Aug 13, Auntee rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Fans of Lisa Kleypas; fans of hot contemporary romance. No summary, just some thoughts Ohhh, where do I begin?

All my GR friends said "wait until you get to Jack's book" I adored milionaire playboy Jack Travis--he was absolute perfection! To tell you the truth, I thought it might take a while for him to win me over, since I expected him to be sort of a shallow man-slut. I was surprised that he put that all behind him and was ready for something different when he met advice columnist Ella.

I wish I knew what it was exactly No summary, just some thoughts I wish I knew what it was exactly that made Ella so attractive to him besides what he tells Ella--how he admires her for taking care of her sister's baby and how he likes arguing with her.

This is where I really felt that dreaded first person POV--it didn't bother me most of the time but there were times where I was dying to get inside Jack's head! Sometimes words just aren't enough--I needed his thoughts too!

Just add some chest hair, and this could be Jack… Ella didn't win me over right away--she sort of grew on me. She was a little too stubborn about some of her beliefs about love and marriage and a little too independent. I realize she had it rough as a child what a winner that mother of hers was! I loved seeing her fall in love with baby Luke though..

I thought all the parts LK wrote about Ella's feelings towards Luke really rang true. And when she finally gave the idea of having a real relationship with Jack a chance, that's when I softened towards her. I felt bad for her when she thought to herself I lose everyone I care about, sooner or later.

No wonder she never wanted to put her heart on the line. I think Ella underwent a real transformation in this book, and became a much more likable and sympathetic character as the story progressed and she opened herself up and became more vulnerable.

I loved Ella and Jack together. I loved how he didn't push her beyond what she was ready for, but was there for her always. He was patient, strong, generous, and so darn sexy! Loved him with baby Luke too. Made me forget all about Hardy! And oh God the love scenes? Red hot , and way more numerous and inventive than in the previous books! I have no real complaints about this book or series. Lisa Kleypas is probably one of the few authors skilled enough in her storytelling to make me forget most of the time that these stories were all told in the dreaded 1st person POV.

I will admit that there were times where I thought how wonderful would it be if I knew what Jack was thinking It would've made a delicious story even more delicious.

So I won't complain, and I'll be satisfied that LK served up one fantastic story, a very likable couple, and especially one yummy hero. So he wasn't covered in whipped cream and with a cherry on top Jack Travis was still one tasty treat! View all 68 comments. Brown-Eyed Girl finally has the release date of August 11th http: Now, I'm finally caught up in the series for the release of this book. Mom has never been a motherly figure to the girls. She's always been about herself and how she can land a rich man to take care of her.

Ella's forced to take on the baby, Luke, for the next 3 months while Tara's getting mental health help at an institution. Sounds simple right? He thinks Ella's family manipulates her and she'd be better off without them.

But Ella can't turn her back on the abandon baby. Ella has always been the one to pick up the pieces for Tara. Any church would want me. Kleypas shines Jack Travis is no exception to this rule because he is one sexy alpha male.

Ella and Dane have made their relationship about no rules and no promises to each other. You can have your cake and eat it too. Ella never wanted children and she definitely didn't plan to ever marry. Her childhood was no picnic in the park and left her jaded towards having those types things. As luck would have it, Jack was not easily dissuaded by Ella's constant pushing him away.

As reader we could see that Jack was exactly what Ella needed to start challenging her life. The getting out of her head and actually living a life that came with risk was the best healing of past transgressions she could do. Continuing story where secondary characters from the first book become the main focus in subsequent books. View all 40 comments. Okay, apparently I am a pretty fickle woman. Have you read any of these books?

He is the middle son of Churchill Travis. He enjoys his life and the women in it. Things were pretty simple for Jack. That is until he meets Ella Varner. She was unexpected and a bit of a whirlwind. Just WOW. He certainly was a smooth talking guy. He was also hot, sexy, sweet and incredibly charming. He was a Travis so of course he was successful and wealthy too. But there was a simplicity about him that was irresitable. I loved that it was his smile that sent tingles to every part of Ella. She was fun.

She was strong and such a beautiful person on the inside and outside. Life had left her a little skeptical when it came to love and happiness. She was living a life that was comfortable and safe. But things were about to change in ways that she never expected. Ella finds herself in a situation that she has no choice with. What swirls around Tara is a bit unsettling and Ella is determined to do what is right for Luke.

But Ella soon finds out that nothing is as it seems. Her life with Luke becomes filled with more than just sleepless nights, dirty diapers and endless bottles. In the middle of all the chaos she finds a man that does funny things her heart.

Life has a funny way of unfolding. Ella never planned to have a baby but now she has Luke. He made her want more in her life. He made her want him. I absolutely loved the connection and chemistry Ella and Jack had. Their relationship was filled with laughter, kindness and passion.

And the anticipation to their intimate moments was crazy! I loved every minute. I truly enjoy all things romance but I have to say Smooth Talking Stranger gave me a bit more than the traditional sexy romance story that I have come to love. This was such a heartfelt story. Watching Ella and Jack both change in ways both did not expect and little Luke being at the center of it all was wonderful.

I loved this book and I highly recommend it! View all 46 comments. Mar 23, Shawna rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Contemporary romance fans. Bachelor playboy Jack Travis is positively delicious I kept screaming The banter between Ella and Jack is a real delight. And good lord, the scenes with Jack caring for and playing with the baby nearly made me faint!

He could pursue me any day girlfriends! View all 22 comments. Miss Kleypas, are you reading my mind? How do you get me where I live emotionally so easily? I felt as though reading this book you had delved deeply inside my psyche, laying my issues out for me to examine in the context of a character with whom I found myself identifying very deeply. You see, I too have control issues. I too am afraid to love deeply and to care, because when you do, you lose something, and you can't get it back.

It seems so much easier to hide behind your fortress of heart.

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Rea Miss Kleypas, are you reading my mind? Reading your book was therapy for me. Because it helped me to look at things and to realize that holding oneself in won't save you from hurt.

It just makes you feel more alone and hurting than if you did open yourself to loving others. You made me cry with Ella's feelings for Luke. I could feel from the beginning, that tender thread of love that blossomed in Ella's wary heart for that helpless bundle of humanity.

Babies are the secret weapon, and I think you know that. How can you not love a baby, who looks up at you and knows only how to love and trust you? They sink beneath your skin and find your tender areas of the heart that you have no defense or protection for.

And that love builds a bridge between them to you, and from there, to the rest of the world. Luke felt like the way to open Ella up so that she could love Jack.

I also think that Jack fell for Ella because he saw who she truly was in the way she cared for Luke, because she forgot to keep up her armor up then. I totally, totally got that. You also made me laugh with this story. I loved the dialogue and the conversations. They feel very genuine to me. Like people I know talk, like conversations I might have.

Texas is my stomping ground, although not Houston so much. But this book felt just like the Texas I know, the folks I see and live with every day, even if I don't really know the richer echelons. But people are people, no matter what how much money they have.

You captured that beautifully. And the romance. Ma'am you have a gift for writing romance that blesses your readers. You capture that deep, irresistible powerful intensity of a love story--the steam, the emotional connection, the powerful bond between a man and a woman. This book is one of your more steamy ones, and you definitely had me fanning myself as I read.

As for Jack Travis--yeah, he's irresistible. He's a mix of charm, determination, and realness that a woman can't overlook. Ella stood no chance. I'm glad she didn't, because they were made for each other. I don't go for that slick ladies man type, but you crafted Jack with a substance that goes beyond the charm and the playboy exterior to make him a fully realized character.

I liked his confidence, and I liked that he also had vulnerabilities. Even though he'd been hurt in the past, he didn't hold back from Ella. He gave of himself deeply, and that's what I love in a man. He's not just saying what you want to hear. He's there to back up his words. His actions show where his heart is. Yeah, he played around in the past. In theory, that doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. But, on a realistic level, you take the good and the bad, the experiences that make a person who they are, and you love them for the unique creation that they have been made into by the experiences that have shaped them, along with their intrinsic core.

That was my long, drawn-out way of saying that I loved Jack for who he was in this story, and that was a complex mix that worked very well for this story.

He needed to be that man to be the right man for Ella. Yes, I can see why Jack is a favorite of many of your fans. I still love Hardy the best out of this series. I just do. But Jack I was surprised at the fact that I think I love Ella even more than Jack. It helps that I walked around in her skin in this book.

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I told you earlier that I felt a lot of identification with her, not on a superficial level. But on a deeper level, in the arena of the psyche. It was cathartic to see her work through her issues, and gave me something to think about. I loved the way she loved Luke, and I loved the way she loved Jack. I loved that she was a loyal sister and a patient daughter to a very difficult mother who needed that kind of love from her daughter. I liked that she picked herself from the ashes of a troubled childhood, and made a good life for herself, and sought mental and emotional wholeness.

If she hadn't started that before she ever met Jack and Luke, then those relationships wouldn't have had the same hopeful resolution. I'm glad that's not the case. Once again, you've given me a great read, and hours of pleasure, but also a read that engaged me fully.

Thanks again, Ms. View all 80 comments. Apr 23, MelissaB rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas was a wonderful read. I loved the characters and the storyline. Ella was a heroine who I could identify with, especially about trying to help out your family and the constant guilt you feel when you can never do enough. She has a very complicated relationship with her sister but she is there for her when her sister needs her.

Ella knows her mother cannot handle a baby, so she drives to Houston to try to figure out what is going on. Once there, she has to take over responsibility for baby Luke and try to figure out where her sister ran off to, along with finding out whom the father might be. Ella hears that Jake Travis, a rich local businessman, might be the father, so she goes to his office with Luke to demand a paternity test but he denies ever sleeping with her. Despite their rocky first meeting, Jack and Ella have a very powerful attraction to each other from the start.

Jack finds an apartment for Ella and proceeds to help her as she adjusts to being a sudden mother to a newborn. Jack falls hard and fast for Ella but she has a lot of problems with commitment due to her bad childhood. Not to worry though, Jack is more than enough of a man to help her through her problems! Jack Travis was quite a hero — he was sexy, responsible and the type of guy you would dream about having in real life. He loves Ella just the way she is and does everything he can to support and help her.

He is a manly Texas man who loves hunting and fishing but he still helps with the baby and putting together a crib. I love how Jack was dominant and possessive toward Ella but he still gave her time and space to work out her feelings. There were a lot more love scenes in this book than the last two, which was great because Jack was quite a lover — nice and dominant in the bedroom just the way I like them.

The whole story was sweet and wonderfully romantic, I loved reading it. She manages to write women who I can identify with because I have some of the same life experiences.

She does a great job characterizing the various feelings and emotions women go through as a result of bad childhoods and dysfunctional families.

All of her heroes have been just amazingly sexy and powerful. I would have a problem choosing between them, but Hardy and Jack would have the top spots.

Hardy was just such an overwhelmingly sexy man with a rough edge, while Jack was the sexy, dominant man who was always fun to be around. View all 27 comments. A wonderful steamy romantic story with a great and satisfying ending.

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The title really suites too! Jack was such a smooth talker. As with the other books in the series, there is an underline storyline of personal growth and recovery, but these characters weren't so deeply damaged emotionally as the characters in the previous books.

I loved the realistic feel of their relationship from the start. Thier growing together, and finally the realization they are meant for each other. I just starte A wonderful steamy romantic story with a great and satisfying ending. I just started to skim chapter one as I am already in the middle of another book, but I couldn't put this one down.

Now I'll go back and finish my other book. View all 21 comments. This book follows cynic Ella Varner, who finds herself the guardian of her newborn nephew rather abruptly.

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Jack Travis takes an immediate liking to Ella and begins pursuing her, much to her chagrin. I think of 4. I love characters like Ella, I love in a romance novel when the woman needs convincing and the man is so sure of his feelings. Maybe because I hate wishy washy heroes, but Jack was just perfect. The heart of this story was Ella's relationship with her nephew Luke, and I found myself tearing up a few times when reading about them.

If you haven't read a Kleypas book yet and I know who you are you need to. She's the perfect escape from reality. In fact, there is some scientific evidence to suggest that on a genetic level, the people who are the most opposite are the most likely to have a healthy and long-lasting pairing. View all 4 comments.

Feb 13, Jill rated it really liked it Shelves: Sometimes a novel just resonates with you. Enjoyed the writing, the stories. Loved the heroines. Adored the heroes. The books in this series are fine reads, but Lisa Kleypas' characterisations of Gage, Hardy and Jack make these books unforgettable.

She writes my type of hero. Sometimes i 4. Sometimes it's just a sentence, a phrase, a remark they make that has them coming off the page in 3-D technicolor. Very few authors are able to manage this. She writes alpha males, but not OTT. She writes Real Men. So much so that in my next life I'm marrying a Texan. I want to be called Darlin' for the rest of my life in that slow, thick-and-smooth-as-molasses drawl of Gage, Hardy and Jack. This isn't a sexy or romantic quote but it so exemplifies what I love about Lisa Kleypas' men.

I find this quote not only funny but perversely, sexy - "Well, you missed out on some important protocol, Ella. You can't stand between a Texan and his power tools. We like them. Big ones that drain the national grid. We also like truck-stop breakfasts, large moving objects, Monday night football, and the missionary position.

We don't drink light beer, drive Smart Cars, or admit to knowing the names of more than about five or six colors. And we don't wax our chests. Trust me, it's a perfect arrangement. The Travis series is in my opinion a must-read for lovers of contemporary romance. View all 73 comments. Adorables los dos. View all 6 comments. Mar 05, Clau rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 13 comments. Emily Durante is the narrator for this third installment of Ms. I must admit I found subtle, unrealized things in the book when it was read to me.

There is one spot where Ella apologizes to Jack; I always thought she should have done a better job of it. However, on the audio, Ms. Durante makes her sound quite contrite. Very nice. Who am I to argue with Lady Jayne? Auntee also has the best picture of Jack. In case you want a close up. View all 28 comments. Nov 03, Susanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: He was tall and big-framed, all hard muscle and easy masculinity, with dark eyes and heavy well-cut black hair.

The way he carried himself — the confidence in his walk, the relaxed set of shoulders — proclaiming that he was accustomed to being in charge. Say hello to Jack Travis! He is fantastic. He is hot but he is also warm and caring without losing his alphaness. As soon as they meet, sparks fly.

Do they make you nervous? Ella is comfortable with keeping people at a distance until her sister dumps a baby on her. She lives in Austin with her boyfriend Dane who doesn't want anything to do with the baby and wants an open relationship. So Ella stays in Houston and try to hunt down the father.

Which is how she meets Jack Travis. Jack takes an interest in Ella and the baby — and he keeps inserting himself in their lives. I really missed his POV in this book. Lisa Kleypas is a wonderful author. I adore her historical romances but I tried Sugar Daddy and I was not impressed. I decided to give her CR one more chance and I'm really glad I did.

It is a classical contemporary romance in line with Susan Elizabeth Phillips. They tend to be a forgotten genre with all the Fifty-spin offs. I adored it. If you want to read a well-written romance with a hunky adorable hero and a slightly broken heroine and a baby — then this is the book for you! I guess it's better to read Blue-Eyed Devil before as they play a big side part but you can easily read it as a stand-alone.

View all 44 comments. Contemporary romance fans and LK fans. Vincent, Craven and McKenna. Wow, talk about hot heroes! Jack Travis is the ideal man. I loved that he pushed Ella to her limits, stepping on her toes when she started to shy away. He was always up-front and direct, never allowing his feelings to go unnoticed. He knew what he wanted and he took it. Ella Varner is probably my favourite heroine out of the entire series. She was patient and kind with Luke.

And most of all, she never allowed Jack Travis to use her. I loved how their relationship developed. There were sooo many instances where LK spent the time to make sure she got their chemistry right and I thought she did a wonderful job with this blooming relationship.

And her little snippets of Miss Independent were quite good too. I thought I could get through this book without tearing up. I almost did, except the last 20 pages got me and I may have teared up towards the end. LK always does this to me! You make me look like a ninny! Nevertheless, Smooth-Talking Stranger was, in my opinion, the best of the series.

It had everything I wanted in a contemporary romance and more, making it a definite favourite for years to come. View all 37 comments. According to Wikipedia, " Chick lit is genre fiction within women's fiction which addresses issues of modern women often humorously and lightheartedly. Although sometimes it includes romantic elements, women's fiction including chick lit is generally not considered a direct subcategory of the romance novel genre, because in chick lit the heroine's relationship with her family or friends may be just as important as her romantic relationships.

Why am I making a fuss about this distinction? Because I don't like chick lit Trust Ms. Kleypas to make me enjoy something I normally don't care about. This book made me smile, sigh, cry, laugh and curse in anger, because Ella the heroine pulled me into her story and didn't let me go. I didn't like her all the time - and I came close to hating her in one particular moment just have a look at my status updates, if you're curious - but I rooted for her and I wanted her to find her HEA with Jack and baby Luke.

Now Jack, oh Jack He was gorgeous, wealthy beyond reason, caring, sensitive, protective, charming, amazing in bed In one word, perfect. From beginning to end. That was a problem, believe it or not. He had no character development in the story, and I "blame" the 1st person POV narration for that.

As I only saw him through Ella's eyes, I could only guess what he felt and what moved him. Even though he talked about some of that a little later, after he got together with Ella for good, it was too little, too late for me. That said, I wouldn't kick him out of my bed, though. They're supposed to be even more focused on the heroine's story and have less romance than this book, and that isn't appealing to me.

Oct 24, Tammy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Smooth Talking Stranger is a fabulous book. Absolutely wonderful. Unlike the other books in the series, this one reads like a solid romance with Jack and Ella's relationship being the main focus. This book has an honorary place on my Keeper Shelf for one reason and one reason only: Bi Smooth Talking Stranger is a fabulous book. Billionaire Texas Playboy, Jack Travis, with his blackstrap molasses eyes, male confidence and possessive attitude is about as sexy as all get out.

And let me tell you that this man is totally yummy! Here is a great mental picture of Jack The way he carried himself - the confidence in his walk, the relaxed set of his shoulders - proclaimed that he was accustomed to being in charge.

How often do you see that happen? His attitude may have been borderline chauvinistic at times, but honestly Or wanted to argue about who was paying for dinner? It was a nice change and I really enjoyed watching Ella struggle with her opinions on love and marriage. It took an almost fatal tragedy for her to realize she was wrong and finally change her mind.

And finally I was thrilled to see that the author's sense of humor is back! I giggled more than once at the dialogue in this book. For example And it's too late to play dumb, and you're cute as hell without make-up. You're like one of those pharmaceutical commercials where they warn about four-hour erections.

You need to go see your doctor. The creative way Jack proposed to Ella made my heart go pitter patter and the HEA was the perfect ending to this book. Kudos to the author for throwing an epilogue our way too! So even if you didn't care for the first two books in this series there have been discussions! I think it is safe to say that it can be read as a stand-alone. And I dare you NOT to smile! My favorite!!! View 2 comments.

It was my third re-read and every time I re-read it, I love it even more! Jack Travis is definitely book boyfriend material! Ella Varner is a woman who didn't expect to have such an abrupt change in her life.

She had a normal but good life in Austin, where she lived with her boyfriend Dane. What she absolutely didn't expect was to find herself in Houston , having to take care of her sister's newborn son, Luke. Lucky Ella! Dazai watched as he shook hands with the bouncers, hugged a few people and made his circuit of the club. Dazai let his gaze linger on the man as he took the only empty spot at the bar which—luckily for Dazai—was right next to him.

He wore black leather pants that hugged every inch of his ass and surprisingly long legs. His long-sleeved black top was loose and had a wide neck that hung off one shoulder, revealing a red tank top.

His hair was tied into a bun at the nape of his neck, and Dazai could see a trail of silver studs going up the length of his ear. She placed a drink on the bar allowing the stranger to take her hand and kiss it. Still engaged? She stepped away to take care of other patrons and Chuuya—thank you lady bartender—turned his attention back to Dazai. The crowd seemed to part around him like he owned the place and everyone knew to step away and let the king through. He moved like the music was written for his pleasure alone.

Every beat, lyric, and measure was met with his movements. Chuuya smiled, laughed, and never missed a step, as though the music only gave him more energy the more he danced. Dazai bit his bottom lip hungrily when Chuuya grabbed the bottom of his shirt and lifted it over his head, revealing a hint of pale hips decorated in black ink. The red tank top clung to his body as much as his pants, and even in the dim light of the club Dazai could make out the shape of nipple rings under the fabric.

He called the bartender over and ordered a shot of whiskey and a bottle of water when the music seemed to be slowing down. The whiskey burned, but gave him the last bit of confidence to make his next move. He slipped onto the dance floor and made his way to where Chuuya stood, slowly swaying in the short interval where the two songs mingled.

He grinned as Dazai approached and accepted the bottle of water with a surprised lift to his brows. Dazai felt the back of his throat grow dry at the realization that he was getting hard. He was half hard, with a sexy stranger grinding against him in the middle of a goth club. He barely had a chance to breathe as Chuuya pushed him against the wall and kissed him senseless. Osamu Dazai.

He grabbed Dazai by the back of the neck and pulled him up to kiss him hungrily. Chuuya pushed him back down onto the bed when he tried to sit up.

De la nuit si nulle, et du jour en feu. Nor did he care much for the French language or French anything. And to think He blinked several times, trying to determine where the hell he was before remembering his impromptu one-night stand the previous evening. He fell back against the pillow and winced at the ache in his legs. He slid his boxers on and found a hoodie on the back of the door that looked big enough to fit him.

Apparently Chuuya liked to bury himself in fleece. He stumbled down the hall, following the smell of coffee and some sort of pastry. Chuuya hummed at the stove. He was wearing a pair of tight red boxer briefs and the missing shirt. Chuuya caught him looking and gave him a wide smile. A second one sat on the table with a sugar bowl and cream, and Chuuya poured coffee into it as Dazai took a seat. Chuuya eyed him with a hint of amusement.

Dazai had a guess he took his coffee black, or at the very least, nowhere near the dessert consistency Dazai made his. You seem like the roll out of bed minutes after the final alarm has gone off and dash to class type.

He let out a soft little moan as he licked it clean. He pondered going to look for his own phone wherever it might be. He was pretty sure it was still in his pants pocket, not that he thought anyone was looking for him.

Three cinnamon rolls, two pancakes, and another pot of coffee later, Chuuya was in his lap as Dazai slowly sucked icing from his lips, groaning as Chuuya grinded against him.So when Ella finally came to the realization she had about Jack, I was estatic!

Whichever I discovered is so that affecting course of action some people gab clientry is very different, sometimes fundamentally false. Then it comes Jack. I also thought this book seemed more interesting: He's sure of what he wants and loyal and dependable and so god-damn lovable. Be sure that they are totally legally-valid and can even serve as evidence during disputes and in court.

She placed a drink on the bar allowing the stranger to take her hand and kiss it.