Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas – Review

The Ravenels #4


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.

Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas - Review
Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas – Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.


Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas is a historical romance worth salivating over and will set your hearts aflutter.

Hello Stranger is the fourth book in The Ravenels series that I am reading, and I am highly impressed by the way Kleypas crafts three-dimensional characters.

She creates swoon-worthy heroes and intelligent as well as independent heroines but she also gives them flaws. So, the reader knows the protagonists are going to falter somewhere in the future. And you wait with bated breath for that moment to occur because you also know that the man and woman will protect and help each other and gradually realize they love each other.

This transition from not liking/being attracted to each other to lovers is beautifully done by Kleypas in all her novels. Hello Stranger is no exception.

I liked how Ethan was always there to protect Garrett even if it irritated her initially. Garrett has seldom depended on a man before. So, being saved by a man annoys Garrett. However, she soon realizes Ethan is unlike any other man she has met.

An illegitimate child of a wealthy man (guess who?) thrust into poverty because his biological father refused to accept him, Ethan is now a brilliant detective in Scotland Yard. However, unlike other rags-to-riches heroes, Ethan has neither lost his conscience nor his sense of humor. He is a sensible man.

Garrett, meanwhile, is the first female doctor to practice in England which makes her an unconventional heroine. Marriage is not a priority for her for she will never sacrifice her independence.

The thought of her was deep inside him, at the center of every thought and sensation, as if he existed only as a vessel to contain her.

Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Ethan respects her wishes and admires her, unlike the men of the nineteenth century or even today. He does not patronize her. This is what thaws Garrett’s heart.

“This is mine.” Her fingers spread wider over his heart, collecting precious heartbeats as if they were scattered pearls. “You’re mine, you belong to me now.”

Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

I loved how Garrett tended to Ethan when he was injured due to a mission gone awry. Their devotion to each other bowled me over.

As with all her previous books, Kleypas seamlessly introduces the hero of her next book, West Ravenel. I liked his humor and wit. He would bring levity in even the gravest of situations. I am looking forward to the next book where I would get to read his love story.

Moreover, the intrigue element of the story where Ethan works as a spy was well-executed. The romance and the mystery were gripping enough to keep me leafing through the pages.

Once again, I felt the intimate scenes lacked the oomph that the first two books in this series possessed, which is why, I am giving the book a solid 4 stars but not 5.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Hello Stranger and would heartily recommend it to historical romance lovers.

Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas - book cover
Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas


Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance || Pages: 400 || Published on February 27th 2018 by Avon



Lisa Kleypas

LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.

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8 thoughts on “Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas – Review”

  1. Such a great review, Debjani! My mother is also a big fan of Lisa Kleypas 🙂 I love flawed characters- they are much easier to love and relate to! I can see why Garrett would have found being patronised irritating. I admire first women doctors for their tenacity, dedication and spirit and what they did to change the society attitudes. Hope you love the next book as much as you did these three ones!

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