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From New York Times Bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a sexy and sizzling, enemies-to-lovers romp with bite.
He's rude. Arrogant. And too hot to handle.
And she's stranded with him for an entire week.
He knows the sexy stranger doesn't belong in his small town, but he's determined to keep her there. The second she opens her smart mouth, he wants to swap a whole lot more than insults with her. She’s got a secret. But he’s got his own agenda.
"A steamy and red-hot enemies-to-lovers romance like I've never read before!" - Beneath the Covers Book Blog
"It was FREAKING FANTASTIC! Sexy, charming, and full of witty banter, I couldn't get enough of Luke and Charlotte!" - Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads
"Luke was just so damn sexy, I couldn’t resist him." - Becca, #1 Top Goodreads Reader
Fun, quick and smexy read!
***4 ‘It’s All About the Whiskey’ Stars***
Okay, maybe it’s not all about the whiskey, but it was an important part of the Luke and Charlotte’s budding romance so it fits. Sexy Stranger was a fun, quick and smexy read that was filled with interesting characters, both the MC’s and the supporting cast, that made the town of Shady Grove come alive that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next and wanting more when I reached the end.
Here’s the deal with Luke and Charlotte, when everything was said and done I actually loved them, but dear lord did they have their moments. Charlotte is in limbo. She doesn’t want the life she had, but isn’t all too sure what she wants her new life to be just yet. Once she gets over a few things and opens her eyes to what is right in front of she starts to become the woman she was always meant to be. Luke is a good ‘ole country boy with who has almost everything he could ask for to live the life he wants. His heart is a bit bruised, which has made him wary of letting anyone close, but he hasn’t let it turn him into a full blown cynic.
They definitely start out on rocky ground, but with a little help of the various inhabitants of Shady Grove they find a more even footing with each other and that’s when things start to get real interesting. In some ways things move quickly, but it worked because they did get to know each other and actually see who the other was and could be. I loved their bantering and the sexual chemistry was HAWT! They had their bumps in the road and, for the most part, dealt with them well. There were a couple of things that I’m still waffling over how I feel about them, not that I hated them because I don’t, I totally understand why things happened the way they did, I just wanted something else to happen. I know it’s vague #sorrynotsorry. But in the end I really enjoyed their journey and where they were at in the end.
Sexy Stranger was a quick and addictive read and part of that has to do with the inhabitants of Shady Grove. The small town feel was definitely in full effect with how everyone was up in each other’s business. I loved Luke’s family and from what was going towards the end, I’m keeping my toes crossed that we’ll be visiting Shady Grove again. But my favorite was Audrey, so I’m hoping that we’ll see more of her in the future and that she may just get a book of her down the road.
~ Copy provided by the author via InkSlinger PR & voluntarily reviewed ~
A Fun & Easy Enemies to Lovers Romance!
Sexy Stranger was a fun and easy enemies to lovers romance. It definitely had a Pride & Prejudice vibe, with the hero and heroine making judgments and assumptions about the other without getting to know each other first. This is a standalone romance and is told from the points of view of both the hero, Luke, and the heroine, Charlotte.
Things start off a bit rocky when Charlotte and Luke first meet. There are lots of insults and barbs thrown and though there is an immediate attraction between the two, they both try desperately to bury those feelings. As things heat up (and boy do they heat up!), they both realize that they aren't quite as different as they seem to be. Will they be able to get past their emotional baggage filled pasts and insecurities though to find a happily ever after?
I did feel that there was some unnecessary drama thanks to a lack of communication and stubbornness by our characters. I also thought the appearance of a certain character at the end felt rushed and sort of out of place. I understand why this character showed up and where Luke and Charlotte were coming from, but it just seemed silly and forced. I did really like the secondary characters in this book though, especially Luke's siblings, Duke and Molly. They were honest and loyal and added some great comic relief throughout the story. I also really liked Charlotte's best friend, Valentina. A love connection was hinted at at the end of the book, but it's unclear if any more will be written with any of these characters.
Overall, this was a light and easy romance that fans of Kendall Ryan will definitely enjoy!
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
Rivals to lovers
Fantastic-- loved every minute of Luke and Charlottes banter.