Mar 12, 2018

LLL Recommends...Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas ~Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway!

*Giveaway!* Easy Entry! U.S. only~Ends 3/25/18


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Hello Stranger


New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of an unconventional beauty who finds passion with the spy who can’t resist her


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.




LLL Recommends...

I loved Hello Stranger! No, I mean I love, Love, LOOOVE HELLO STRANGER! I swooned and sighed in about every chapter. Seriously!
I had to share my thoughts with a fellow blogger who read it before I did, so we could gush and share our mutual adoration and comment about the scenes as I read. It's one of the most romantic novels in the series. I really enjoyed Garrett since she appeared in the series, as well as Ethan. They are a perfect match. Garrett is an unconventional heroine, she's a doctor, independent, wonderful daughter, great friend with a big heart. She knows what she wants and goes after it, no matter the obstacles. Ethan has a tormented background, a former Scotland yard detective and works undercover as a spy in one of the most dangerous missions. He's also the most gallant of heroes. Just read the excerpt included in this post. You'll see. <3
I love Lisa Kleypas's writing style and voice, and I've read almost every book, but this one, I fell really hard for this story. Did I already mention it's so romantic? There's adventure, intrigue, action, swoony love scenes and The Ravenels! West, who plays a big roll in this story is so charming and fun! I can't wait for his happily ever after, too! Hello Stranger will definitely be on my top favorites list. I'm going to listen to the audiobook next.
 Honestly, pretty much all Lisa Kleypas's books are, historical and contemporary. I hope you give Hello Stranger, and any of the Ravenel novels a try. Marrying Winterborne is tied with this one as favorites in the series.
  

Meet Lisa Kleypas
More books by Lisa Kleypas

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.
Connect with Lisa Kleypas
Facebook: @LisaKleypas
Twitter: @LisaKleypas
Instagram: @lisakleypas 

Excerpt 

(be prepared to sigh & swoon...)

He heard her muffled chuckle. She continued to lean against him while the trio of constables expressed sympathy for the unfortunate patient. Eventually the men departed with a chorus of hearty farewells. Ethan discovered that his other arm had stolen around Garrett. Making himself let go of her was like trying to uncoil a steel spring.

“You should go up to your father now,” he said with difficulty.

“Eliza will look after him while I take a few minutes to show you some slides. I have insect wings . . . pollen grains . . . flower petals . . . What would you like to see?”

“The inside of a hansom cab,” he said softly. “I can’t be alone with you, darlin’.”

Garrett touched the edges of his vest, fingers clamping on the thin leather. “Ethan.” A blush rose in her face, like light glowing through pink frosted glass. “I don’t want to end this. We . . . we could meet in secret, now and then. No one would have to know. We would make no claims on each other. We’ll just . . . do as we please.”

The way she fumbled with the words, so unlike her usual precise way of speaking, devastated Ethan. He could only guess what it cost her to lay open her pride like this. He wasn’t certain what she was offering, or even if she knew. Not that it mattered. He wanted, craved, needed anything she was willing to give. But he had to make her understand that it was impossible. And even if it were, the idea was beneath her.

“Have you had that kind of arrangement with a man before?” he brought himself to ask.

Her eyes were the green of deep summer and lush growing things. “I’m a woman who makes her own decisions and handles the consequences.”

“That means no,” Ethan said softly. At her silence, he continued, “You’d be risking your reputation. Your career.”

“Believe me, I understand that better than you.”

“Have you ever shared a bed with a man? Even once?”

“Why is that relevant?”

Her evasive response sent a pleasure-pang down to the pit of his stomach. “That means no,” he said again, his voice even softer than before. He took a slow breath, trying to steady himself, while his blood sang with the knowledge that she’d been waiting for him. She was meant to be his. God, he wanted her beyond any reckoning of earth or heaven. But her well-being mattered a thousand times more than his own desires.

“Garrett . . . I’m a man full o’ trouble. When I vowed to let nothing harm you, I included myself on that list.”

A frown crimped her forehead. She closed her grip on his vest until her fists were tight as pine knots. “I’m not afraid of you, or your trouble.” Her green eyes were narrowed and intent as she tugged him closer. “Kiss me,” she urged in a whisper.

“I have to go,” he said shortly, and pulled back while he was still able.

But Garrett moved with him, her hands reaching up to grip his head on either side, the way he’d taught her at Baujart’s. The strength of her fingers electrified him.

“Kiss me,” she commanded, “or I’ll break your nose.”

The threat startled a ragged laugh from him. He shook his head as he looked at her, this fearsomely capable woman who loved geese and was afraid of spaghetti, and could either wield a scalpel in a complex surgical procedure or use it as a throwing-knife.

There had always been a cold streak in him, but he couldn’t seem to find it now, when he needed it most. He was breaking apart inside. He would never be the same after this.

“Christ, you’ve ruined me,” he whispered.

His arms went around her, one hand gripping the heavy silken mass of her braided chignon. She guided his head down, and he lost the battle, all his will vanquished as he began to kiss her as if the world were about to end.

For him, it was.

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Giveaway!

You can win a copy of Hello Stranger !(U.S. only) 
To enter, simply leave a comment, telling me if you're a fan of Lisa Kleypas or is she new to you? Which are your favorites by Lisa Kleypas
Giveaway ends on 3/25/18.

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19 comments:

  1. I have never read this author but this story line sounds fun. Love a strong heroine. Also, that cover is so beautiful! That dress is breathtaking!

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    1. It is Fun, and romantic. It's a wonderful series and Lisa Kleypas also writes contemporary if you like those too. Thanks for sharing and good luck!

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  2. I have read Lisa Kleypas. Both historical and contemporary. Its been a while. But I saw her newest one on the shelf at the library, so I grabbed it. What a fabulous cover!! I started it this weekend.

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    1. Lisa Kleypas is a favorite! I hope you like the story you picked! Let me know ... Thanks for sharing and good luck!

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  3. I love Lisa Kleypas! My favorites are Suddenly You, Cold-Hearted Rake, and Marrying Winterbourne.

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    1. Oh! Yay! Another Fangirl! CHR and MW were so good! Winterbourne-I still sigh and love his participation in the whole series. Thanks for sharing and good luck!

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  4. Lisa is a new author to me and thanks for the chance :)

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    1. Lisa Kleypas is a must read/favorite/will read all her books kind of author. I hope you get a chance to try her. Good luck and thanks for visiting!

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  5. i have read one of her previoua books. fantastic author. love the book cover art.

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  6. My daughter is a huge fan and has told me for years that I need to read her books. I know, bad me!!

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  7. I love Lisa Kleypas. Devil in Winter and Dreaming of You are my favorite books written by her.

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  8. Kathleen Rex InfeliceMar 13, 2018, 11:34:00 AM

    She is sorta new to me, I have read a few books of hers on my Kindle and I loved them. So would love the chance to win this one, thanks

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    1. Congratulations, Kathleen! You won a copy of Hello Stranger! Please email me to claim your prize. Be sure to comment so I know it's you! Congrats!

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    2. wow I just came back from dinner and received this message thanks so much ...Kathleen

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    3. hI tHANKS JUST SAW THE MESSAGE! i'LL EMAIL YOU <3 ......kATHLEEN

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  9. I love Lisa Kleypas. I discovered her just a couple years ago, so I had tons of her books to keep me busy. I love every book she writes :)

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  10. Big fan of Lisa's but haven't read any of this series. Now, after your review, and THAT excerpt, I want to very much. This heroine has true moxey. Love it. Thanks!

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  11. I am so behind in this series! I loved Cold-Hearted Rake but haven't read anything since, by Kleypas. I did love Cold-Hearted Rake though - it's definitely my favorite of hers. I have some backlist that I need to read though, like Devil in Winter.

    That excerpt was sigh-worthy. :D :D :D :D Thank you for sharing and thank you for the giveaway! *crosses fingers*

    Have a wonderful week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  12. I have a shelf of Lisa Kleypas books. Some are keepers and some are waiting to be read. I thoroughly enjoyed THE WALLFLOWERS series. I look forward to reading HELLO STRANGER. From the excerpt and blurb, these are the impressions I have of the characters. Garrett is a woman to be admired. She is fighting for the place in society she wants and deserves. She is strong, talented, and determined. Ethan is the "soft" person in this relationship. He is capable, honorable, and strong doing what is right for the ones he cares for. It is nice to see the juxtaposition of these two to the characteristics we usually expect of them.

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