Jack Travis leads the uncomplicated life of a millionaire Texas playboy. He makes no commitments, he loves many women, he lives for pleasure. But no one has ever truly touched his heart or soul. Until one day, a woman appears on his doorstep with fury on her face and a baby in her arms.
It seems Jack is the father and this woman is the baby’s aunt. The real mother has abandoned the child to her more responsible sister. And now, Jack is being called upon to take responsibility for the first time in his life. With delicious romantic tension, characters so real they walk onto the page and into your heart, Lisa Kleypas delivers the kind of novel that makes you laugh, love; cry and cheer …in Smooth Talking Stranger.
I absolutely LOVE, LOVE , LOVED it! Jack just may be my favorite Travis brother / hero from this series yet. I don’t know why I waited a year to read this after reading the first two. After reading it, it made me realize my love for Lisa’s characters and the magical stories she always weaves in her books.
Ella, our heroine, was constantly told by her mother while she was growing up that she wasn’t the prettier of the two (her and her sister), that she was a bit overweight, the only thing she had going for her was her smarts. She nor her sister had a good life growing up, their mother wasn’t what you’d think a mother should be – she was just some floozy looking for the next big fish she could snag. After enduring what she had growing up, she has trouble trusting and getting close to anyone. She is finally in a place in her life where she is comfortable with her 4 year relationship with her boyfriend. They don’t speak of marriage, nor children, which is just fine with her as she doesn’t believe she could handle more or give more of herself to man for that to happen. But her world gets turned upside down when she suddenly and unexpectedly has to take care of her sister’s newborn baby, which that leads her in the direction of our delicious hero, Jack Travis.
Jack…Jack, Jack, Jack. Oh how I loved that man. I thought I liked Gage and Hardy, but woo wee ladies, he takes the cake! With dark hair, tan skin, midnight velvet eyes, this charmer was em em good, way better than Campbell’s soup! Jack is the ‘playboy’ of the Travis family and boy does he love women. I don’t think there is one that he hasn’t met and didn’t like. He is a bit of a horn dog – has a high libido, oh heck, lets just say that man loves him some good ‘ol rompin’ bed play. He doesn’t have serious relationships, and hops from one to another, which all the women knows this, but that doesn’t mean they don’t try to snag him. Jack first meets Ella in his office building, where she demands him take a paternity test, thinking that he is Luke’s – her sister’s baby – father. He states he isn’t, and thank heaven, it’s true. From then on, he can’t get Ella off his mind. He constantly tries to help her and turns into the bad – ‘good’ – penny whom always shows up in her life.
I loved his personality, how he flirted with Ella, boy he was a smooth talker. He could practically charm you out of anything, he was that good. He fell fast and hard for Ella from the very beginning (when Jack loves, he loves intensely and fully) which overwhelms her as she doesn’t know what to do, nor does she want this kind of attention, she wants something safe, and she has that with her boyfriend Dane. Jack tries his damnedest to woo her and make her fall for him as he wants her – badly -, but not just in his bed, he wants her in his life permanently – forever. He decides pretty early on that he wants to marry her, and even jokes with her about marrying him during a scene, but deep down, he really meant it. I loved how he got insanely jealous about Dane coming to visit Ella. He wanted her to drop Dane like a hot potato and choose him. He didn’t want her to see Dane, have him stay in her apartment, nor have any romantic relations with him as he saw her as ‘his’ – he even goes as far as telling her that ‘your mine’. Yes he can be a bit possessive of what he considers his, but I dunno, it worked for me in this story because that is just who Jack is, a man that loves furiously and doesn’t want another man come sniffing on what he considers his ‘territory’.
And the ‘real’ proposal. Oh…..how sweet it was. I loved how he worded it and asked her. When she accepts – she realizes she loves him a little bit before -, he was afraid she’d reject him or be angry as he knows how she feels about marriage and how hesitant she is with it, but with his superb charm and personality, he manages to change her mind on the idea of being married, that it is not just a piece of paper.
Another thing that I loved about this book is how Lisa wrote Luke’s part. I know he was a baby, just a week old and ages up to little over a year at the end, and people probably think, ‘oh he’s a baby, so what? Lots of books has babies or children in them’. Yes they do, but the way Lisa wrote it, describing his first ‘gummy’ smile he bestowed upon Ella, the way his eyes lights up when Ella is near, his little baby hands grabbing and gripping his toys and objects, and how Ella kisses his baby toes really brings things to life. I have read other books with babies and children in them, which they were depicted pretty good, but nothing like what Lisa did with little Luke. She brought this literary baby to life with her magical words.
But back to Jack. Jack was just great, period, hands down, that is all there is too it folks. He was just AWESOME and I will leave it at that.