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School teacher and advocate of abused children Hannah Cassidy invades a private retreat in the N. Nevada wilderness. Ignoring posted No Trespassing signs and the property's angry owner, she dismisses his threats and demands that he reveal her missing brother's location.

Nicholas Benteen, ex-mercenary and former CIA covert operative, assumes she is yet another adversary inte
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Nook, 154 pages
Published August 19th 2011 by Blue Jay Media Group (first published August 1st 2011)
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Rachel
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Nikki Bywater
Sep 11, 2011 Nikki Bywater rated it it was amazing
Nicholas Benteen is an ex-mercenary who now lives alone in a remote part of Northern Nevada in a secluded location. Nicholas has designed his home himself to be an isolated retreat; it is filled with security devices to protect his privacy. He also owns tens of thousands of acres of land that he has created a safe haven not only for himself but for the people who worked and helped him from his past and he has vowed to keep them safe and protect them. Nicholas sees this as his penance for ...more
Heather
Apr 09, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
A few weekends ago I downloaded INTIMATE STRANGERS by Laura Taylor to my Kindle and began an unforgettable journey of two strangers who feel like anything but. The instant chemistry and connection between Hannah and Nicholas, no matter how much they fought it, was intriguing (and even familiar). Taylor drew this out with just the right amount of tact and patience.

Hannah and Nicholas's storyline developed in a parallel to their intense feelings for one another, something only a talented author ca
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Laurie
May 14, 2013 Laurie rated it liked it
I hate to admit it, but I related more to the male character in this book. Hurt and betrayed one time too many to allow himself to trust, Nicholas was suspicious when Hannah wandered into his life.

Did I mention that Nicholas had a dark past and built himself a fortress in the woods? Some might consider him paranoid, but he prefers to just consider himself cautious. Suddenly a stubborn, petite woman with a shapely hour glass figure arrives at his door and he finds himself aroused just looking a
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Diana Hockley
Dec 22, 2012 Diana Hockley rated it it was amazing
The premise that Nicholas Benteen is holed up on his considerable acres and protecting his former associates (including Hannah's brother who hasn't contacted the family for 15 years)and himself from assassination is interesting and deviates from the usual run of fare in mystery/romance plots. I congratulate the author, because it is extremely difficult to find a different angle for this genre.

Laura Taylor has created great sympathy for her hero - a battle-scarred and grieving former mercenary -
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Michelle [Helen Geek]
Mar 04, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] added it
Recommends it for: if you have nothing else to read
I'm not going to give this one a star rating. Too many disconnects early in the story for me, but others may not notice and may like it. I think the story would be good. I just can't abide emotions that seem outside the characterization the author is trying to develop. When it doesn't make sense, or I think the characters acting "out of character", I have issues.

So, no rating on this one. I did not finish it. Just bothered me too much in the first 5 chapters or so and wasn't in the story at that
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Anne OK
Feb 26, 2012 Anne OK rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
This Amazon freebie was an extraordinary read full of intrigue and romance. A new-to-me author, Laura Taylor weaves a tale of love, hope and joy in this captivating and intense romantic suspense. Quality writing on every front. The only complaint I have with this book is that the ending seemed rushed. I was left with too many questions even though the H/H did get a nice happily ever after.
Sara
Jan 05, 2012 Sara rated it it was ok
Generic "misunderstood but really secretly a nice tough guy" redeemed by the hardheaded woman who is attracted to his misogyny.
Katya
Mar 17, 2012 Katya rated it really liked it
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Bridget Bowers
I picked up this book because Nicholas Benteen is an ex-mercenary who has carved out a private retreat on tens of thousands of Nevada property to protect himself and his friends. I have a hard time resisting a bad boy, and Nicholas didn't disappoint.

With the arrival of Hannah Cassidy on his doorstep, we see Nicholas in action as the gruff mercenary who shuns society and nearly all contact with the world outside his retreat. He doesn't trust anyone seeking him out because he and his friends have
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Hannah
Sep 15, 2012 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Got it for free on my kindle. Yes Yes Yes, I wanna read more. :')

Nicholas Benteen is an ex-assassin for the US and Hannah Cassidy, a kindergarten teacher, hunted him down so she could talk to him about her brother whom was traced back to Nick and worked with him.

While the beginning was going back and forth between Hannah and Nicholas, I felt as if I was in the book beside them. I was waiting for something to happen and it happened. The constant fighting between 2 strangers turned into something
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Julie Burns
Oct 13, 2012 Julie Burns rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read a book without werewolves, vampires, or supernatural beings.
I wasn't sure if I could read anything "normal" anymore.
This book put me straight.
I loved it. Nicholas was a wounded soul (still a big soft spot of mine) his ice cold exterior hid a soul tormented, and a heart yearning for love.
It drew me in, and kept me there till I finished.

I had wondered it the author had written anything on Sean (a secondary character) and had hoped she could do a series in the sou
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Charlotte Howard
Oct 15, 2012 Charlotte Howard rated it it was ok
From the way the story starts, I have to say that I was expecting something so much more than I got. Laura Taylor is clearly a talented writer (hence 2 stars instead of 1), but unfortunately the storyline was bland and cliched. When it came to the more adult scenes, there was far too much of the "I-will-I-won't" toing and froing to keep me interested, and then when the characters did finally succumb to each others charms, the sex was too overly described.

If you're looking for a quick read (I rea
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Grannyvango
Feb 10, 2012 Grannyvango rated it it was amazing
Hannah Cassidy goes looking for her brother ,her mother is ill and wishes to see her son who has not been seen in 15 years.Hannah goes to Navada asking the brooding Nicholas Breeden for help.He tries to get her to leave.She won't.Things get steamy after they are snowed in from a snow storm.
Who can't keep there hands off who.There is a battle of emoiton and frantic need brewing.Does she find her brother and what else does she find.Read the story.
Lovetoread
Aug 08, 2013 Lovetoread rated it it was amazing
The Heroin in this story tresspasses on the Hero's land looking for information on her brother. The Hero becomes very attracted to her. Laura Taylor is a new author to me and this was my first book by this author. I loved the story. Just the right blend of strong story, ALPHA male, incredible love story. Will buy other books by this author and if you should decide to read Intimate Strangers you will not be disappointed.
Lori Henrich
I have never been a fan of sex filled romance stories and if I would have known this was going to be that way I wouldn't have even started reading it. The basic story line of a sister looking for her brother and seeking out someone she knew was his friend was good. The reclusive friend in a lonely secluded spot, mysterious background and antagonistic demeanor were all good aspects. The sex stuff just ruined it for me.

Disappointed.
 Patches Braz
Oct 14, 2012 Patches Braz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: loved, 2013
What A great story. Very Believable. A Re reader Book . Very True To Form of the Mental Conditions, PTSD. But didn't harp on them. This Book would make a Great Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!

This book touches me soo deeply . It is a keeper and always a reread when I need that Positive Feeling that only a few books can give me
Victoria Limbert
Fantastic book and hated that it had to end. I loved the relationship and how hardships were battled. Loved the ending. Was a great, easy reading, all round feel-good love story with added depth.
Cindi
Apr 21, 2012 Cindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, 2012, kindle-free
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Mel
Oct 27, 2016 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing

This was an amazing story with a strong plot and intriguing characters. The story kept me engaged from start to finish.
Norma Budden
Though there were more descriptive sexual scenes in the book than I am accustomed to reading, I enjoyed the overall story.

I was particularly pleased with how Hannah was able to bring Nicholas to the point where he realized he had to make a choice whether to continue living as a recluse or to start living again.

Though the book is not of a Christian nature, the subjects of forgiveness and acceptance does arise. I enjoyed how the author dealt with redeeming the characters from the past choices they
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Norma Budden
Oct 23, 2016 Norma Budden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When redemption draws nigh

Though there were more descriptive sexual scenes in the book than I am accustomed to reading, I enjoyed the overall story.

I was particularly pleased with how Hannah was able to bring Nicholas to the point where he realized he had to make a choice whether to continue living as a recluse or to start living again.

Though the book is not of a Christian nature, the subjects of forgiveness and acceptance does arise. I enjoyed how the author dealt with redeeming the characters
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Taylor Brown
Jul 03, 2016 Taylor Brown rated it liked it
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Valerie
Mar 13, 2012 Valerie rated it really liked it
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Synopsis: School teacher and advocate of abused children Hannah Cassidy invades a private retreat in the N. Nevada wilderness. Ignoring posted No Trespassing signs and the property's angry owner, she dismisses his threats and demands that he reveal her missing brother's location.

Nicholas Benteen, ex-mercenary and former CIA covert operative, assumes she is yet another adversary intent on exacting l
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Erin O'Riordan
May 03, 2012 Erin O'Riordan rated it liked it
The cover blurb says "Ms. Taylor writes with the power and sensuality of the best authors in romance." This may be the case, but if so, this book must represent one of her earlier efforts, before she attained that status. This erotic romance automatically lost one star for use of the phrase "throbbing loins." Twice. There are two extremes the erotic romance writer can fall to that make the book less than pleasurable for the reader: so much clinical detail that it reads like a gynecologist's ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Mar 06, 2014 Merissa (Archaeolibrarian) rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
I have to admit, if I was Nicholas, Hannah would have probably driven me crazy! I've gone to all this trouble to make my life private and to keep my family safe and then this two-bit woman breaks through all the barriers, ignores No Trespassing signs and stomps all over my heart. Okay, so I know that I'm not Nicholas but seriously, I can empathise with him when Hannah shows up. Saying that though, she is the perfect foil for him. She works with abused children and although he is no child, she ...more
Kerry Lambert
Jan 25, 2012 Kerry Lambert rated it really liked it
am just about to start this one so ill let you know another time. AM finish and I LOVE IT.

An inspiring romance for the many cynical minds of the world, i love the bond that has been form among the ex-mercenaries, the drive Hannah has to find her brother and the way she paved the way for his healing through that drive to unite her family once more. Nicholas poor fellow trying to fight the inevitable his process of healing was heart warming and the changes he made to a great man to do such. He sa
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Nicola
Feb 05, 2012 Nicola rated it liked it
If I could give it 3 1/2 stars I would, not quite a 4, but...
The book was really well-written. At times I felt as if I could see the beauty of the location, but perhaps only because I became involved with the characters. While Nicholas was gruff and hard on the exterior, Taylor got me to empathize with him through his background information. At first I though Hannah was merely pig-headed and stubborn, but there was a lot more to her as well. The story was truly a lesson in the importance, and po
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Rachel Johnston
Jun 12, 2012 Rachel Johnston rated it liked it
This is the first Laura Taylor book I have read, I didn't love it and I didn't hate it.
Hannah Cassidy looking for her long lost brother Sean, their mother is sick and would like to see Sean, Hannah's search leads to Nevada and to the wilderness home of Nicholas Benteen. At first Nicholas is reluctant to speak to Hannah but Hannah is stubborn and refuses to leave, then Nicholas caves in and brings Hannah into his home this is when Nicholas is shocked by his physical reaction to Hannah, it's not l
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S.M. Johnson
Jun 26, 2012 S.M. Johnson rated it liked it
With two dozen 1 and 2 star reviews, I wasn't sure what to expect with Intimate Strangers. But honestly? I was pleasantly surprised.

****POSSIBLE SPOILERS**** (but not major spoilers)

I enjoyed the character development, the interpersonal conflict, and even the basic plot-line, that Hannah was searching for her brother, Sean, whom Nicholas was protecting because of Sean's severe PTSD. I enjoyed the verbal conflict between Nicholas and Hannah, and what other readers thought them rude and abrasive,
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LAURA TAYLOR is an award-winning romance writer with over a million books in print. More than a half million digital editions of her books have already been downloaded by eBook readers.

She is the recipient of numerous awards for her writing, including 6 Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement, Reviewer's Choice, and Career Achievement Awards, 2 MAGGIE AWARDS from GRW/RWA, 2 Golden Heart Finalist Award
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