Un extraño en mis brazos
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Un extraño en mis brazos

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  5,707 ratings  ·  349 reviews
Cuando le dijeron a Lara que su esposo había muerto, la vida de la joven se convirtió en un caos. Hunter, conde de Hawksworth, había naufragado en alta mar, dando fin así a su desdichado matrimonio, carente de ternura y pasión.
Pero ahora Lara tenía frente a sí a un hombre de fogosos ojos oscuros, que exponía secretos que sólo un esposo podía conocer y juraba que ella volv...more
Mass Market Paperback, 350 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Ediciones B (first published January 1st 1998)
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

Attention! It appears that someone thinks this story is full of spoilers, however, it's been so long since I read it that I'm not sure if there are spoilers, or if it's just a recap of the book blurb. Therefore - proceed at your own risk.

This is one of my favorite storylines; unaffectionate husband leaves, presumably dies, shows up not dead and has miraculously become one hot, passionate and attentive lover. What more could a woman ask for? Perhaps it’s my love of this story theme that had my e...more
Barks & Bites
Using the premise of the famous "Sommersby" movie, but set in Regency England, STRANGER IN MY ARMS tells the tale of a woman married to a horror of a man who has been lost at sea and is presumed dead. When he returns she is shocked and upset. She's made a new life for herself and does not want him back. But the man who returns to her is a changed one, he's kinder, he's honorable, he acts like he genuinely cares for her, and he awakens feelings in her she never had for her husband. He's now a man...more
Jul 02, 2009 Eastofoz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who like impersonation themes
Recommended to Eastofoz by: new_user
An « okay » read at best for me. The writing is good but for some reason the story just didn’t click for me. I didn’t really feel much of anything for Lara and Alex. Impersonation stories are not a favourite of mine but if done right they could have potential. This one was missing a bit of ‘something’.

I had a hard time believing the hero could have loved or even desired the heroine based on some sad letters. All that seemed too far-fetched. The heroine was also somewhat too good. She needed to s...more
This was such an enjoyable read that I re-read twice already!

I adored Hunter and Lara, both were great with one hiding from the past and another hiding in plain sight.
Hunter was the type of male character I love, strong but not forceful, as he slowly drew Lara out of her hard shell she lived in before and after his disappearance. Although he acted like he didn’t give a damn, his actions prove otherwise time and time again. He did hide many things from Lara but, you knew he loved her very dee...more
2.5 stars.

I can't believe I'm seriously rating an LK book this low but seriously, I just can't give more.

It started out pretty good. A very interesting plot. I found the idea of her husband coming back from the dead after being lost for a year incredibly entertaining. Specially because he was an ass before and then he turned everything she had ever wanted.

But then we get to meet the heroine better, and let me just say that that was the worst thing I have had to read about for a long time. She is...more
5+ stars – Historical Romance

This is a brilliant, poignant, and achingly romantic read with an element of mystery and suspense as well from the master of historical romance, Lisa Kleypas. Hunter, the Earl of Hawksworth, is a captivating, tortured hero to die for that you can’t help but fall hard for. It’s another winner and LK favorite worthy of big 5 stars!
DNF in audio. I really, really hate the heroine. She's cold and self-righteous. The details of her charity work are sticky-sweet and boring. I may skim the library copy so I can satisfy my curiosity about Hunter, who is a great character, btw.

Rosalyn Landor is the narrator for the audiobook. I didn't care for her voice for Hunter. She is too gruff and he sounds old instead of sexy.

Edited to add: I skimmed the library copy of the book. It was okay, so I'm upgrading to 2 stars. I still disliked th...more
Huma Rashid
This book was an absolute waste of time, except for the hero, Hunter. Hunter was a great character with an interesting backstory. The same could not be said for the rest of the characters, especially the heroine.

Lara is cold and unreasonable, and it gets incredibly annoying. At first I was prepared to be really sympathetic: Kleypas bangs us over the head with the fact that every time this woman slept with her husband, it was painful, and she was very aware of how he was in love with another woma...more
While this wasn't my favorite LK read it was still very good. Lara is a widow satisfied with how her life is arranged. She now lives simply with her good works and an orphanage that she supports, what more could a woman need. So when she finds out that her supposedly dead husband is back in town, she isn't happy at all.

He sailed away to India three years earlier and had died on the sea in a crash a year before. So color her surprised when she gets a look at her husband. He looks like her husban...more
Sophie ♥
I know I've said this after 90% of the books I've read lately, but I did not like the heroine at all. Lara was such a feint character to me. Somehow she came across as stubborn and a little self-absorbed. I just didn't find anything appealing about her. I could see that Lisa Kleypas was trying to evoke a soft, gentle character with a big heart, but the way that she kept prattling about the orphans was NOT endearing to me. I can see why this is one of Lisa's earlier books because the characters a...more

It really depresses me to give anything written by Lisa Kleypas below a 4 stars rating (3 in this case *cries*) but this just wasn't a winner for me. A complete first. :( She's my Queen of all things Historical Romance. I relish reading her work and never worry about what I'm gonna get when I start a book by her. It's always a treat and I end up devouring her books rather quickly. The first for me in this case was that I found the heroine Larissa absolutely intolerable throughout most of the sto...more
4.5/5 stars. This was another winner for me by Lisa Kleypas. It was somewhat darker, and almost reminded me of a Sherry Thomas novel. It had a fun mystery that kept me guessing until nearly the end. There was some really steamy scenes. The characters were likeable.

So why 4.5 stars, and not 5? The ending of the book devolved into a Jerry Springer story 1800s-style. It was almost laughable how soap opera like the ending was. My husband was reading over my shoulder as I read the ending last night...more
This is a take on The Return of Martin Guerre (which was also the inspiration for the film Sommersby), in which a widow is suddenly confronted with the reappearance of her dead husband. It’s been a while since I saw either film, but if I recall correctly in both cases – as in this book – the reader isn’t in on the secret as to whether the returning husband is, in fact, the man he says he is, or an imposter come to worm his way into his ‘wife’s’ affections and establish himself in the local socie...more
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Carolyn F.
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Lisa Kay
Really 3 1/2 stars. Not her earliest work, but she had not yet perfected her heroine in this story and uses her in a way that I didn't like to further the plot. But it is neat to see an author grow and improve by leaps and bounds like Kleypas has.
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Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Jul 14, 2010 Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lisa Kleypas Fans; Historical Romance fans
3.5 Stars

After three years of being without her husband, and one year in widowhood, Lara, the former Lady Hawksworth is shocked, but not pleasantly, when rumours reach her that her boorish late husband has made a miraculous return from the dead. When Hunter, Lords Hawksworth returns however, he is much changed from what she remembers, no longer does he seem to be the selfish, indifferent husband, but now he seeks to woo and seduce her and to take pleasure in her company. But is he really Hunter...more
Caution:- This is going to be a long review despite the fact that this is a romance novel and I usually don't write long reviews for romance novels.

A year ago I had discovered Lisa Kleypas when I got my hands on the Blue-Eyed Devil. A book which did not capture my imagination right at the onset but which reeled me in very slowly and left me quite charmed by the end.
I thought, here's a romance novelist who doesn't sugar-coat domestic abuse, try to make it appear less than it actually is and give...more
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Mary Chen *Nulla in mundo pax sincera*
This book holds a special place in my heart because it's the first historical romance I've read. I think maybe the first pure "romance" book I've read, period!

Since there are a lot of great reviews out there for this book, I'll just say that this really awakened my adolescent mind to the beauty of the genre. I didn't get into the genre until a year later, but were it not for the cover having caught my interest as I browsed through the library, I might have never become interested in this fantas...more
Lara has finally started enjoying her widowhood (who wouldn’t after the marriage she had), when news comes that her husband is still alive. But the man she takes under her roof is completely different from the man she married. Though he looks the same, his behavior, his obvious changes make him appear a stranger…

This is one of my favorite LK stories out there. A nice dose of mystery interspersed with the (budding) romance, with danger looming at the horizon. A great story, nicely paced, with won...more
«Lady Hawksworth, o seu marido não está morto…»

Esta frase só por si já seria suficiente para que o livro captasse a minha atenção, afinal quem não gosta de uma história em que o marido regressa do Mundo dos Mortos, fazendo com que a vida da “viúva” fique de pernas para o ar?! Juntem-lhe uma boa crítica- como a da Sara Delgado do Blog O Meu Momento Zen- e é certo e sabido que não levará muito tempo até que eu vá a correr adquirir o livro.

Foi assim que Stanger in My Arms, ou Um Estranho nos Meus B...more
This book is a mess, but the hero is good enough to make it a 3.

I'm pretty sure I read this a couple years ago and I think I liked it better as a book than in audio. Still, my complaints with it don't have much to do with Rosalyn Landor's narration so I'm not sure why I liked it the first time around. It is not a good sign when you are screaming at the heroine for being a self-righteous, unfeeling IDIOT as you drive down the street. (view spoiler)...more
Ugh... So it turns out this is the second Lisa Kleypas I haven't been able to finish. I've definitely liked some of her books more than others but I wanted to be able to at least finish all of them. Granted this is one of her older novels republished so it's not quite the same as her newer books.
I liked the plot line here and I was actually kinda warming for the 'hero' here so to speak. My main problem was the very annoyingly saintly heroine. I can understand that she was unhappy in her marriag...more
I both really liked and really hated aspects of this book. It seemed like a huge rip off of the Richard Gere movie "Sommersby" at first, just with a different ending.

I adored Hunter. What a guy! He was determined to right the wrongs of the past and make a life with Lara. He deserved all that and more.

I hated Lara - absolutely hated her. She never once gave Hunter a chance, even though it was BEYOND obvious he had "changed". (Spoiler I won't discuss) She didn't deserve Hunter in the least. Spoi...more
*Probably 3.5 Stars*

This is a difficult book for me to rate. On one hand, I loved how I was never really sure - was he or wasn't he? On the other, the heroine did something that really upset me. All in all, I enjoyed the story and liked the characters. Hunter was really pretty amazing and Lara had many admirable qualities. I really liked them together. Not my favorite Kleypas, but still a good read.
Lady Darcie
Jun 24, 2009 Lady Darcie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Recommended to Lady Darcie by: other books
OH MY GOSH!!!! Why did i have to finish this book? It was so amazing!! I love Hunter he's so sweet and handsome and i want someone like him. Lara was so kind and gentle hearted that i couldn't imagin the suffering she had to go through with the the Crosslands! I was so happy when Lara and Hunter finally found their happy ending :)
4 Solid Stars.

This was actually a good read! I am a big fan of Lisa Kelypas, and I enjoyed this story as well.

This particular story is all from the heroine's perspective. The hero is allusive, and we all wonder "Is he good, or bad?"

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LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.
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“He turned back to Lara, his alert gaze raking over her tearful face. Somehow the solid reality of his presence eased her panic. He folded her in his arms, anchoring her against his chest, murmuring quietly into her hair.
Sniffling, Lara reached inside his waistcoat until her palm rested over the steady beat of his heart. The sensation of his warm breath sinking down to her scalp me her quiver. It was so terribly intimate, crying in his arms... even more personal than making love. But he had never felt so much like a husband to her as he did in this moment. Quieting, she inhaled his familiar scent and let out a shaky sigh.”
“Coming to stand by her husband's side, Lara touched his arm tentatively."My lord," she said gratefully. "Thank you for protecting my sister. Thank you."

He shot her a gaze of hot black intensity. "Thank me in bed," he said, barely audible.

Lara stared at him, startled. "Now?" she whispered, feeling her cheeks prickle with heat. Hunter didn't reply, only continued to stare at her in that alarming way.”
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