Title: Hello Stranger (The Ravenels #4)
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publication: February 27, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance
Synopsis: (From Goodreads)
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.
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
When asked to read this book the idea of it intrigued me. The story of a female British doctor and a former Scotland Yard detective. However, when I actually received the book the cover totally turned me off. It’s neon pink and the woman is wearing a ball gown that is rather ugly in my opinion. I got even more confused when I opened it and saw that it was set in London in 1876. I was flummoxed. The cover did not suggest that timeframe to me. Neither had the blurb that I had read before making my decision. My excitement started to come back again to read it.
Garrett is the first women in Britain to become a doctor. She had to go to France to get her education because no place in England would allow her to study. She was lucky. She was able to test and receive her M.D. before the officials changed to rules to completely prevent women from becoming physicians. Ethan is a supposed rogue secret agent/detective/trained killer. The works. Their paths cross when he saves her from being accosted by drunken men while walking home from the inner city hospital where she provides free medical care once a week to those less fortunate. Ethan has been following her every time she comes down here just to make sure she gets home ok. Ethan is called to a house where he is blindsided by the news that he is the son of a very rich man in the area. He is the sole owner of a large house and the property that goes with it. He is being asked to do something with the property, either live at it or sell it to the other family members so they can do with it as they please. He refuses to move there but offers to sell it for 1 pound. Garrett slowly begins to find herself falling for the bad boy that is Ethan. She is shocked. She doesn’t have time for this. It isn’t something that she can control and it drives her nuts. Ethan gives her a police whistle to blow whenever she is in trouble and needs him. One night she decides that she needs him so she blows it. While he does come as he is never far away, he is irritated that she isn’t actually in danger. She tells him that she is hungry. He walks with her to a local festival a few blocks away. Their night out leads to him walking her home and then her inviting him in to show off her office and lab. This leads to a very hot a steamy kiss between the two. They also realize that they are falling for each other. If Ethan is going to keep her safe he needs to distance himself from her. Can Ethan keep Garrett safe? With Garrett be able to save his life with more than her doctor skills?
Oh my goodness, this book! I finished it in easily two days. It read quickly, had some substance and wasn’t all kissy-kissy. There are some rather descriptive sex scenes but I can count them on one hand. The medical portions of the book are well researched but are written in a way the layperson can understand. It is a well-written book and not a fluff piece. Over the years I have told myself that I am not a huge romance reader. However, the last two books I have read for review have both been well-written romances with substance. Call me a convert…within reason. The book is the 4th book in a series but reading it I found absolutely nothing that made me feel forced to read the other three to understand it.
STAR RATING: 5/5
Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas is available now on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads. Make sure to check out author Lisa Kleypas’ other books on her website HERE! She is a New York Time’s Bestselling author and has other great books available.