Hello Stranger (Ravenels Series #4)

Hello Stranger (Ravenels Series #4)

by Lisa Kleypas

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Hello Stranger (Ravenels Series #4) by Lisa Kleypas

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062371911
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Series: Ravenels Series , #4
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 25,977
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She’s a RITA award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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Hello Stranger 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisa has the gifted skills combining historical facts, romance and a little mystery in her novels that keep the reader interested until the final page. Looking forward to the next novel in the series!
gaele More than 1 year ago
I had every intention of reading the first three before this: but that (along with every other plan I made this month) went left and disappeared down the rabbit hole. But, I didn’t have to worry since I was able to follow the story without issues, and delight in the connections made within the book. Garret is a wonderfully independent, rebellious and intelligent woman with zero care for convention or societal pressures. She’s a physician with her own successful clinic and little time or patience for fancy society parties or the marriage-mart atmosphere. She’s not interested in marriage or other more traditional paths for women, but she’d never thought that it was because she hadn’t met the right man. Ethan Ransom is a man without limits, with a nodding acquaintance with rules, even as he chooses to ignore most of them. Headstrong, intelligent, capable and accomplished, his tenure with Scotland Yard is over, and he’s finding intrigue and interest in a beautiful physician, one that spurns the rigamarole of society as vehemently as he does himself. Now when the intrigue and danger for him have grown tenfold, he’s finding that keeping all these secrets and staying aloof, particularly when Garett is involved and potentially in danger, doesn’t seem quite so interesting or fulfilling. This was a wonderful story of growth and self-realization as both Garrett and Ransom come to discover their attraction is far more than superficial, and that unexpected (and perhaps even once thought unwanted) connections are possibly the best things ever. Both of them are very similar in their disdain for the overblown affectations of society, preferring self-determination and effort to make their ways in the world. While Garrett tilted to the slightly too modern end of the scale for a woman of her time, she was consistent in her beliefs and actions, and her willingness to accept the changes that would include Ransom felt natural and possible. For his part, Ransom is a wonderfully drawn character: protective, honest, intelligent and not afraid to accept or ask for advice from Garrett, and his moments where he shares his heart are lovely. He fits with Garrett, and she with him, in ways that make them both better people, while giving readers moments to swoon and enjoy. I received an ARC copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story especially Garrett. She is a strong character and wonderful to read how Ethan won her over! The next book is West's story and can't wait for that one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Lisa Kleypas! I can’t wait for the next book. The story of Garrett and Ethan was beautiful. I especially loved the fact that Garrett was a Doctor and able to take care of herself. Ethan her perfect match.
WhatsBeyondForks 3 months ago
Garrett has had me intrigued since she first appeared in this series. If you've read the previous books, you probably sensed the chemistry between Garrett and Ransom. You don't have to read the previous books to enjoy this one, but I definitely recommend them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I'm looking forward to the next one. Rumor has it the next book is West's! Finally! *wink*
Anonymous 6 months ago
Great series, loved all the characters. This last one was my fav.
thereadingchick 12 months ago
Lisa Kleypas continues to deliver unusual but extremely likable main characters who may be different than main stream society but have a real-ness that readers can relate to and root for. Dr. Garrett Gibson is the first female physician in England. She works for my favorite Welsh department store owner Rhys Winterbourne and has doctored some of our past heroines, so is a familiar sideline character. In Hello Stranger, Garrett gets rocked out of her steady clinical world when Ethan Ransom, ex-Scotland Yard investigator, steps in to help her fight some men hassling her as she’s walking home through a bad neighborhood after work. His offer to help train her in self defense puts them at close quarters and of course their chemistry sizzles. However, Ethan is in the middle of an investigation and doesn’t want to endanger Garrett so tries to leave her be, but fate keeps throwing her in his path. I love how this authors heroines are unusual for their time. Always smart and in this instance an educated doctor, not your typical society miss. Garrett is a bit stoic and cool, not used to the more passionate emotions but she is so well balanced by Ethan! He has got to be the most romantic historical male I’ve read in quite a long while. As it turns out, he has Irish roots and I don’t know if the author was trying to portray his Irish-ness with a poetic side, but wow. I’m married to an Irishman and I wish he spoke so poetically to me about his feelings! Ethan was a man’s man, yet was definitely not afraid of showing how he felt. If I were Garrett, he would’ve rocked my world too. This was another fun novel by Lisa Kleypas. Was it my favorite of hers? No. Though I did enjoy these characters and learning about the difficulties Garrett had as a female doctor in a man’s world, even if learning about it in a historical romance, was eye opening. I can’t wait for West Ravenels book. He was very present in Hello Stranger and he was hilarious! His romance is going to be worth the wait.
tikinan More than 1 year ago
Outstanding! HELLO, STRANGER is another jewel of a book in the series crown!
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
I’ve been on a Lisa Kleypas reading binge playing catch up with her The Ravenels and Wallflowers series. I’ve just got to say I think this one was my absolute favorite so far. This main couple briefly met in a previous book, Marrying Mr. Winterborne, which also was a huge hit with me. Garrett Gibson may have been given a guy’s name, but Ethan Ransom sure makes her feel like a woman, folks. From the top of her head down to the tips of her toes, she tingles everywhere when that gorgeous hunk of a detective lays those Irish eyes and lips upon her. This hard working, dedicated, way ahead of her time doctor has been too busy saving lives and caring for others to spend much time or attention on herself. That is until Ethan Ransom steals her heart and makes her want more of a life of her own. I especially admired how fearless she was when confronted with bad guys intent on doing harm. Let’s just say, she carries a cane, and she sure knows how to use it. Ethan is one perfect specimen of a handsome, alpha protective, good guy hero, who has been groomed to figuratively and literally fight the good fight for justice for all. But that isn’t easy, my friend, when you find yourself among traitors and you become the prey. Garrett gives back in a very big way when Ethan needs her the most. It was absolutely epic to see this strong leading lady stare death down and refuse to give in to when everyone else has given up hope. Whether it be historical or contemporary, this author proves time and time again she knows romance. Her writing flows, and I always stay fully engaged. Speaking of which, her The Travises series is spectacular, especially Blue-Eyed Devil. It’s a great contemporary romance series that I read several years ago and would like to reread. Title: Hello Stranger: Series: The Ravenels (Book 4), Author: Lisa Kleypas, Pages: 400, stand-alone but part of a series, strong/feisty/doctor heroine, alpha protective good guy hero, some violence, almost dies, very steamy scenes, romance safe, no cheating, no love triangle, no OW/OM drama. (These comments are based on library edition. This is not an ARC review.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well researched and good writing.
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beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I'm shamefully behind on my Lisa Kleypas historical series (The Hathaways might have been my last reads from her?) but have good memories of them, so when I got a chance to read Hello Stranger with a doctor heroine and spy hero, I jumped at the chance. Though the fact that the heroine has a male name (neatly explained early on, but still...) continued to throw me for a loop all book long, this book was a lot of fun to read. Kleypas gave our hero some of the best lines ever, like “The first moment I saw you, I knew you were my share of the world. I’ve always loved you. If I could choose my fate, I’d never be parted from you. Acushla…pulse of my heart, breath of my soul…there’s nothing on this earth more fair and fine than you. Your shadow on the ground is sunlight to me.” (that one while he was literally on death's door!) and “He knows that where you’re concerned, I…have…a preference.” Guiding her past the palms, he opened the service door and took her to the landing of a servants’ stairwell... ...“Preference,” Garrett repeated cautiously. “What does that mean? You prefer me to what?” As they stopped in a corner, Ethan’s head and broad shoulders were silhouetted in the faint glow of a sconce on the opposite wall. She began to tremble as he stood over her, big and dark, his nearness awakening a pulse of high music in her. “I prefer you to everything,” he said gruffly, and bent to take her mouth with his. I mean, really. Could anyone possibly mount a defense against lines like that, I ask you? I resisted the urge to look up 1870s medical procedures and knowledge, so I have no idea how accurate they are in the book, but OMG Kleypas absolutely used them to great effect here. Between the major medical emergency and the suspense drama--along with the aforementioned swoony bits--this one was nearly impossible to put down. Thank goodness it was a Sunday ;) Hello Stranger is the fourth book in The Ravenels series, but worked just fine as a standalone--the Ravenels were very much secondary characters for most of the book; West, who hasn't had a book yet, has the biggest role here...and OMG, does his part have me sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting for his book to come out? Yes. Yes, it does. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done! The romantic connection just sang with sass, and the attention to details -- as always -- was admirable. Kleypas is an excellent writer and uses language like a fine instrument. Well worth the read!!
perriknows More than 1 year ago
First…I heard the controversy surrounding this book. Something so egregious that people were cancelling their pre-orders! What was it? How could one of my favorite authors turn a phrase so appalling that people would not like her work? I soldiered on, and found, nothing, not a thing that made me not want to read this book. More on that later. Hello Stranger is Ethan and Garrett’s book. I’ve like the lead up to these characters story in the previous Ravenel books. A completely different premise than other historical novels, with Garrett being the first female physician in England, loosely based on a real person. I enjoyed the medical information and always enjoy the political intrigue and behind the scenes double dealing that still happens today! I will agree that the book was a bit plodding in some places and is not as good as some of the previous Ravenel family storyline. But all in all, I’m giving it 4.5 stars. Not perfect, but not something I wouldn’t want to read. I loved the excerpt from the next book, too! The controversy I alluded to earlier, has to do with one scene. It is historically accurate in my opinion, and shouldn’t have drawn so much attention. It could have been left out entirely without harming the story. Ms. Kleypas has promised to change the wording, or perhaps will just take it out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never felt an emotional attachment with this couple. I think it's because I would have preferred to read West's and Cassandra's stories first. This book was foisted upon me. I really look forward to West's book, having read the preview for it. I (correctly) guessed way back in Marrying Winterbourne who I thought Cassandra would end up with, and I'm impatiently awaiting her book. Back to the book at hand... Like I said, I don't haven't have an attachment to the couple. It definitely colored the way I read this book. Not to say the Kleypas didn't do a fantastic job as usual. I admire her dedication to research. However, I can't help but point out, that while the technical aspect of Garrett's profession was well done, as someone with no medical training, the effort is wasted upon me. The surgery scene would probably have been better for me if it was from West's POV. Ethan and Garrett do make sense as a couple. They support each other, and their unconventional qualities suit one other. Ethan did have some very lovely lines. I'm always amazed at how individualized Kleypas's characters are. They always act and speak true to themselves. I've read a couple of series by the same author where she reused thoughts or quotes between the two, as if she couldn't come up with anything original. Kleypas imparts this richness into her writing that is so wonderful. That makes it hard for me to give this 3 stars. TL;DR: Kleypas's writing is wonderful, and her attention to detail is very intricate. It was a good book. I just wish I felt more investment into the characters she shared with us.
anneinaz More than 1 year ago
Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas is part of the Ravenels' series of her Regency/Victorianromances. One of the best things about her Regency/Victorian romances is that characters appear and reappear in many of the book so that the reader is able to keep track of each of them. The focus of this novel is Dr Garrett Gibson who has appeared as a minor character in several earlier novels and Ethan Ransom, who we also have met before, but he continues to promise we will not meet him again. Garrett is the first and only female doctor in England and the brilliant surgeon who saved Pandora, Lady St. Vincent's life after she had been shot a short time before. Ethan is a policemen, investigator, and sometime government intelligence agent and assassin. He's been attracted to Garret since the first time he met her, but he knows his chosen profession will probably lead to a short life for himself, and with any woman with whom is involved. He just can't stay away. One night the worst happens and Ethan, who lays dying, requests to see Garrett one last time. To say good-bye. This is not my favorite of Kleypas novels, although that is personal preference and no reflection on the story. These are both engaging characters and another favorite West Ravenel is a major part of the story. The basic premise behind the novel is true although Kleypas invented most of the characters involved, typical of historical novels. I love these books and I can't wait for the next one. I highly recommend these and all of Kleypas' books.
janeeyre01 More than 1 year ago
Can't say how much I loved this book. Such great characters. Garrett and Ethan were wonderful. West Ravenal is a hoot. I love how strong and smart Garrett is how determined
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I have been a huge fan of Lisa Kleypas for a long time but for some reason I haven't read a lot of her work during the past few years. I can see now that this has been a big mistake on my part and that I should have made time for the Ravenels series because this was oh so good. I loved it on the first page, the last page, and all the pages in between. The characters in this book were amazing. Dr. Garrett Gibson was such a refreshing character. She was willing to do what made her happy instead of what society expected of her. Can you even imagine the guts it would take to be the only female doctor in England? Garrett had the toughness needed to excel in her profession. Ethan Ransom was so easy to like. He started out as a bit of a mystery and worked to help keep Garrett safe. The more we learned about Ransom the more that I liked him. Garrett and Ethan were wonderful together. I love that we get to see them with each other at the start of the book and the chemistry is there from the start. It only grows stronger as the book progresses. Ethan quickly showed that he is a romantic at heart and his words had me swooning quite a few times. While the chemistry between them was off the charts, they also really showed a lot of respect for each other and just seemed to enjoy being in each other's company. These two just belonged with each other. There are some pretty exciting moments in the story. I did worry about how things would work out for a little while. There are some pretty serious nail biting moments in this book and a few characters that seemed to make the perfect villain since they were easy to hate. There are also some really lovable secondary characters in this book. I haven't read the other books in the series so I am not sure if West has played a large role in the other stories or not but I loved him. Just as Ethan had the ability to make me swoon, West often made me laugh. I really hope West gets his own book very soon. I highly recommend this book to others. This book had all of the elements that I hope for when I pick up a romance with a fantastic plot, amazing characters, off the chart chemistry, a few laughs, and moments that melted my heart. The only thing about the book that I am not sure that I like is the cover. I think that the cover is very pretty but it looks way too modern for the story. I can deal with a cover that I am not sure about because watching Garrett and Ethan find their happily ever after was a wonderful reading experience. I am definitely going to be reading the other books in the series very soon. I received an advance reader edition of this book from HarperCollins - Avon.
Keoweegirl More than 1 year ago
This is the deeply romantic Lisa Kleypas storytelling that I fell in love with years ago. From beginning to end, it's my favorite book so far in The Ravenels series. I wasn't sure what to expect of Garrett. In previous books we're shown a no-nonsense doctor who hasn't much of a life outside of her career but she really evolves in this book. I enjoyed watching her transition as she begins to embrace her emotional side without sacrificing any of the strength in her straight-forward, scientific, medical attributes. I liked her and was firmly in her corner, cheering her on. And Ethan. ::sigh:: What can I say? Ethan Ransom is one of my all-time favorite Kleypas heroes. I really fell for this guy. A self-made man, lethal government agent, with the soul of a poet, a well-hidden Irish accent that weakens the knees, a heart that beats solely for one unconventional woman, and knowledge of 120 pleasure positions? Yes, please! For fans of the series, West Ravenel has a fair amount of page time in this book and it's only upped my anticipation for his story! I hope we'll be seeing more of Ethan and Garrett in future books as well. I haven't had nearly enough of them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite authors. Can't wait for the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually like this author A LOT, but lately her books have books tedious. Ms. Kleypas in case you haven't noticed we have now entered the age of modernity. Socialism may have been necessary at one time, although that's arguable , because socialism always inevitably fails. Simply because socialism always runs out of other peoples money. Case in point Greece, California and New York. And yes eventually this will effect Washington state. A lot of romance writers want people to take them seriously. How can that happen when the authors themselves treat the reader like they're brain dead idiots just waiting to be brain washed to your political viewpoints. I raised two daughters who have graduate degrees in finance. And believe me I didn't raise them to be socialist progressives. Simply because its a dying philosophy. Socialist progressives are dinosaurs walking into the tar pits. I want my daughters to be successes in life. There for I will not recommend this book to them. I will tell them to move on and stop living in the past. I really don't know what has happened to this author in the last year, but figuratively she's gone off the rails. Would not recommend this book. No escapism at all. Just one hundred percent political lecturing.