A compact, complete story that touched my heart and steamed up my ereader!
Dear Stranger was a sweet romance with a heroine, Sophie Crandall, who was determined to both follow her heart and to do what is right. At first, it seems this will be an easy task, as she discovers she is very much attracted to the man she plans to marry when she kisses him in a dark garden one night. Only as it turns out, the man she kissed is not who she believed and all her best laid plans go awry.
I loved following Sophie as she struggled with difficult decisions. She has an aunt who is utterly unsympathetic, and an almost fiancé, Henry, who isn’t really any more interested in her than she is in him. But duty is duty, and they both try to do the right thing.
However, Henry’s brother Richard is equally determined to lead Sophie astray. This isn’t such a difficult task as Sophie is desperately attracted to him, and they embark on a secret affair.
Ms. Medeiros makes this quite believable, despite the stifling traditions of the times, as Sophie is not entirely respectable and Richard certainly isn’t. The sex scenes are well written, detailed and certainly get the blood flowing – woo hoo! – but don’t expect much beyond the vanilla. If you’re looking for kink, you won’t find it here, but if you want an adorable couple, who fall sweetly in love and manage to really heat up the sheets while they do and if you enjoy a hard fought happy ending, then Dear Stranger is a good choice. Despite its few pages, it’s a very complete story with heat and heart.
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