Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Publication Date: March 31st, 2009
St. Martin’s Press
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars
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 ever truly touched his heart or soul.  Until one day, a woman appears on his doorstep with fury on her face and a baby in her arms.  It seems Jack is the father and this woman is the baby’s aunt. The real mother has abandoned the child to her more responsible sister.  And now, Jack is being called upon to take responsibility for the first time in his life.  With delicious romantic tension, characters so real they walk onto the page and into your heart, Lisa Kleypas delivers the kind of novel that makes you laugh, love; cry and cheer. 

The third book to the Travises series is the story of Jack Travis, playboy extraordinaire, womanizer and cut-throat property management guru. With all the women he’s been involved with, a paternity suit is just the norm. So when Ella Varner walked into his life with a baby boy in tow, he wasn’t at all surprised.

Ella has always been the one to pick up the pieces when her sister, Tara’s life explodes. But the gravity of the situation left an innocent, week-old baby Luke abandoned. Her vapid, selfish, immature mother didn’t want anything to do with her own grandchild, so Ella’s left to take care of her nephew while Tara finds herself. She sets out to find the father of the child, starting with Jack Travis – a man every woman has been gunning for. She was ready to hate the man, but Jack’s charms and sincere kindness surprised her; not to mention the animalistic attraction they have with one other. Together, they made the baby’s life a bit stable for the time being. But at the end of the three months, could she walk away from Luke or Jack?

It makes me mad when I have to read about insipid, selfish characters like Ella’s mom and her sister. At times they made me want to scream. The logic that these two believed in was enough to induce a head-desking on a surface, preferably with nails sticking out. They were, by far, a couple of the shallowest personalites that I’ve read in a while.

Ella was such a contradiction. She was supposed to be an independent woman whose beliefs and convictions made reading about her a delight. She was ballsy and didn’t take crap from anyone. But when it comes to dealing with her mother and sister, she goes all wilted violet on me. It drove me nuts. I do love how loving she was with Luke. Her interactions with him were funny and just what you’d expect from someone who’s got no experience with an infant. I love the quirky way she talked to him like an adult.

I also had a problem with how easy Candy (Ella’s & Tara’s mom) and Tara herself, dismissed Luke like he was a puppy to be given out to who wants him (in Tara’s case, she abandoned him twice). What the heck, people? He’s a human being! I know Luke would be better off to someone who wanted him and who’d love him but come on, people. You can’t just give a baby away! What’s wrong with you?

Anyway, let’s talk about Jack. Well, he’s a Travis, so of course he’s hot…and protective…and rich. I don’t need to go on further. That should be enough to whet your appetite for him.

VERDICT: This was also enjoyable read. I always choke up when there’s an abandoned baby involved. The romance was good and the banters were funny. This series is definitely worth checking out.

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