Title: Smooth Talking Stranger (Travis series #3)
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Release Date: 2010
Medium: Kindle E-book
Smooth Talking Stranger is the third of four books in the Travis series by Lisa Kleypas. This story focuses on Ella, a woman who finds herself suddenly the guardian of her sister’s infant son. Like the other books in this series, the main character has some dysfunctional relationships and issues they have to overcome to end up happily ever after.
I think this novel is not quite as good as the previous two, but still is better pacing wise and depth wise then the fourth novel, which apparently came out years after the rest of the series. I don’t think the issues that Ella face are dealt with. Dane, her boyfriend, is a bit too laid-back a character. Some of the other minor characters are rather two-dimensional and not memorable at all which was a let down, as other books had such memorable secondary characters.
I did have an issue with some of the macho-man stuff that has come across in this book. It was in the other two, but perhaps because I read three books within 48 hours it just stood out more to be here. It also reuses the love triangle plot line where the woman in question has to decide between her ex and her current interests and the guy insists that she not sleep with him simply because she is theirs. The possessive part bothers me, especially when it’s followed by sex and then the guy ignoring his significant other after she meets up with the ex to determine where to go.
Perhaps its the formula-like of it within the series or it, or perhaps the questionable relationship if you can’t trust that your significant other would choose you.
That being said, it was an enjoyable read.