Smooth talking stranger / Lisa Kleypas.
Booklist Reviews 2009 February #2
As advice columnist "Miss Independent," Ella Varner thought she had all the answers, but when her sister, Tara, leaves her brand-new baby with their mother and then disappears, Ella discovers that problems in the real world are not quite as easy to solve as those in print. Ella s mother insists that she come and deal with the situation, since the very idea of her being a grandmother will ruin her social life. When Ella arrives in Houston, her first goal is to find the baby s father—one of Tara s friends believes it s millionaire Texas real-estate developer Jack Travis. When Ella shows up at Jack s office, she is surprised to discover that not only is Jack more considerate than she imagined—especially since he insists the baby is not his—but way sexier than she thought possible. RITA Award–winning Kleypas clever pairing of a testosterone-rich hero and a wonderfully endearing heroine gives her latest romance its irresistibly sexy flavor, while adding fresh zest to her exceedingly successful series of loosely connected contemporary romances, which began with Sugar Daddy (2007). Kleypas fans and readers of women s fiction alike will take to this richly rewarding story of love, commitment, and family. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2008 November #2
Texas playboy Jack Travis hasn't a care in the world-until one very angry woman arrives on his doorstep carrying a baby he fathered with the woman's sister. With a one-day laydown on March 17. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
PW Reviews 2009 February #1
Ella Varner grew up with a troublesome mother and an insecure sister, but she has managed to come out of it reasonably sane, with a good (if vegan) boyfriend, Dane, and a job as an advice columnist. All of this gets turned upside down when her sister disappears and sticks Ella with her newborn, Luke. Determined to find Luke's father, Ella tracks down a likely suspect—millionaire playboy Jack Travis. The encounter results in Travis and Ella unexpectedly engaged in an irrepressible attraction. Meanwhile, Ella grows fond of baby Luke and fears what will happen when Tara returns. As Ella grapples with conflicting desires, she learns some important lessons about love and trust. Though Kleypas has trouble breaking her male characters out of archetype and the arc is familiar, Ella's familial dysfunction distinguishes her from other heroines, and her self-awareness draws her out of a stereotypical shell. This will please romance fans, even if it hews a bit too closely to genre conventions. (Apr.)[Page 29]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.