Review of Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
Sex Scene Length: 🍆🍆🍆
Let me just say that I was determined to not like this book. Something about Dr. Garrett Gibson just didn’t interest me. I picked it up and put it down about twelve times until this week. I just couldn’t get into it. However, I’m glad I picked it back up. It’s a lovely book. It’s not the steamiest book I’ve read, although we know Lisa is wonderful with her love scenes. And the tension wasn’t necessarily there though the whole book, but I’ll tell you what was: love. I think it’s truly a book about love.
We begin with lady doctor Garrett Gibson, who is so like many of our modern day women: passionate…about her career, caring…about her family, strong…in that she can defend herself, loyal…when it comes to her friendships. BUT she neglects her love life and doesn’t quite know how to relax. When she meets Ethan Ransom, well, her world is turned upside down. He sweeps her off her feet, but finds it hard to commit to a life with her due to his work, which is understandable considering he does some dangerous things. Garrett falls head over heels, and he for her, which is refreshing that the love came so easy to them, when it’s so difficult to unearth in many books that you often want to shake the characters. This love Lisa builds within Garrett and Ethan is the kind where there’s instantly something exclusive and intimate about it.
Of course, with Garrett being a physician, there’s an injury and some danger. There’s a little political bit and some long lost family members, just to make it interesting, but it’s all believable and incredibly well put together. The words of Garrett’s Irish accented lover are poetic and gentle, leading us to believe he truly does cherish Garrett, even through her moments of insecurity as she tumbles headway into love, and becoming a woman outside of her title of Doctor. He supports her, includes her, and doesn’t belittle her by telling her that her help isn’t wanted. He figures out a way for her to help, and in the end she saves him.
Like I said, I didn’t expect to like Garrett, probably because she was a lot like myself in that we were so interested in our career with few romantic interactions, that when we did fall in love, it is the stuff of magic. This magic came with both the practicality and hopefulness we secretly have inside, that someone will accept us for ourselves and the fact that the only self-confidence we have in ourselves is through our work. At the half-way mark, I felt what she felt. I felt the love she had and how she had self-doubt at moments, but dove fully into love. And that is why I loved Garrett. Now Ethan has my heart from the second he had Garrett’s heart. His little Irish accent, his pet words for her, and his gentleness endeared me to him, but the fact that he didn’t try to change Garrett made me love him. It’s like he seemed to recognize this woman needed cherishing.
All in all, wonderful story. Don’t let the lack of tension or sensuality dissuade you from reading this book; sometimes you just need a book about love. No trauma, although they have it, no denial of feelings, nothing but honest to goodness, true love. Happy reading!