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Book Review: Hello Stranger (The Ravenels #4) by Lisa Kleypas


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.

My Thoughts

This book is another miss for me from The Ravenels series. I disliked most of the books except Marrying Winterborne and it’s making me sad. I expected this book to be about conspiracy and more action-packed but instead this book is just about a guy telling a girl that “We can’t see each other again because it’s too dangerous”. But they still see each other again and again and again. It was tiring for me.

It was also surprising for me that I didn’t like the main characters. Dr. Garrett Gibson is a strong heroine and I would have liked her if I met her today… but in this book, I wasn’t able to connect with her. I was searching for something more. I mean, I’m a medical student so I should’ve related more to her, right? Maybe I didn’t because in the end, she contradicted everything she was. She was an independent young woman until she meets a man. I mean that’s the usual criticism on independent young women- that they are only independent because they are currently single. So, Garrett Gibson who I previously looked at as a calm woman who can carry herself well wasn’t. As she is pining for Ethan, she became grumpy and took it out on a patient. Major no for me. Also, in the end, she was a woman who would throw away everything she worked for because of love. Don’t get me wrong, I know what love does to people. But I guess, I just expected more from her character. I mean, Pandora compromised for Gabriel but she didn’t really lose herself.

I also really disliked Ethan Ransom. Some might find him charming but I find him creepy. He was a bordering on being a stalker at first even with his good intentions. Also, I noticed that his feelings on Garrett seemed more like an obsession. Ugh. The only thing I liked this book is West. I guess I shipped West  and Garrett harder than the main ship. West really has personality and he and Garrett have a certain chemistry. I hope that doesn’t change when he gets his own book.

Overall, this book is so dull for me. I barely endured reading it until the end.

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