May 24, 2017


I love me some Kendall Ryan. And I LOVED me some Sexy Stranger.

Sexy Stranger, by Kendall Ryan
Publish Date:
May 23, 2017
Publisher: self-published
Format: e-ARC, provided by the author and Inkslinger PR
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 4.5 STARS

(Synopsis) 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.

Buckle up.

These fish-out-of-water books are so much freaking fun. Take a metropolitan city girl and drop her in the middle of nowhere without the comforts of home, and she's forced to focus on her surroundings in a way she wouldn't have otherwise. And it also results in tons of super awkward moments. #bonus

In Sexy Stranger, Charlotte is road tripping from NYC to Los Angeles when her $120K car breaks down in a tiny Texas town with spotty cell service, no Uber and nosey townspeople. She's forced to wait a week for her car to get fixed, which gives her lots of time to observe the wildlife - namely local  boy Luke and his twin brother Duke (cue the Dukes of Hazard fantasies). Too bad, she pissed him off and insulted his brother in their first meeting. 

Luke and his family have been struggling to make a go of his family's whiskey business since his parents died. He's a family man - would love to settle down and have some kids, and even though Charlotte is beautiful and smart and interesting, she's not sticking around, so she's not part of his master plan. But, he decides she could be a fun distraction. 

If I only had Charlotte until her car was fixed, I was going to make the most of it.

I gotta admit - I wasn't a big Charlotte fan at all. She blew into town with her judgy attitude and inappropriate attire and I just couldn't wait for someone to put her in her place. I didn't even feel bad that she was obviously running from a situation at home. 

But, I also gotta admit that Charlotte grew on me very quickly. Once she was forced to accept her situation and make the most of it, she did just that. She used her marketing skills to help out Luke's business. She got to know some of the townspeople and realized she liked them. And she started to realize that there are wonderful things about small towns. 

I wasn't used to a man who had nothing to offer but himself and yet gave it so freely - letting his interest be known, to hell with the consequences.

There's hurt in both Luke's past and in Charlotte's and in both cases, that hurt gets in the way of their happiness. But, I was so pleased to see how even just one week of small town living affected Charlotte and her perspective on both hers and Luke's situations. It showed so much growth on her part in just a short time. I loved that about her. 

I know Sexy Stranger is just a standalone, but I would LOVE to see more stories from this town. Duke needs to stop his manwhoring ways and settle down - preferably with Charlotte's bestie Valentina. And their little sister Molly needs to find a good man. If their stories all end up as wonderful as Luke's, then they can't lose. 

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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