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Intimate Strangers

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  1,701 ratings  ·  139 reviews
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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Published August 19th 2011 by Blue Jay Media Group (first published August 1st 2011)
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Nikki Bywater
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 dispens ...more
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
Diana Hockley
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 -
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
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
Anne OK
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.
Generic "misunderstood but really secretly a nice tough guy" redeemed by the hardheaded woman who is attracted to his misogyny.
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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
Hannah (Well-Thumbed)
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
Julie Burns
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
Charlotte Howard
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
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.
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.

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.
 Patches Braz
Oct 14, 2012 Patches Braz rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
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 ca ...more
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Erin O'Riordan
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 repo ...more
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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
Rachel Johnston
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
Le he puesto 2 estrellas porque solo pongo 1 a los infumables y, aunque no me parezca que tengan ningún sentido los personajes, al menos parece que los ha hecho así ha propósito (ella, al final, repitió unas cuantas veces que era muy cabezota y que cuando se le metía algo en la cabeza se lanzaba a ello sin meditar más hasta que lo conseguía), pero si no lo hubiese leído ese tiempo que podría haber aprovechado en leer algo con un poco más de coherencia y sentido común.
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
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
S.M. Johnson
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,
Julie Baker
It was okay. Once again I find a romance book that has all the right chemistry for a great relationship but it all starts and hits its peak in like 5 days. I know and believe in love at first sight but really? I knew when I first saw my husband in junior high that I would fall in love with him. It still took a while. And that was with teenage hormones in the mix! Just wish they would give more time for their relationship to grow. It was all too quick and it left me feeling a little cold towards ...more
Sherri Hayes
I enjoyed this book. I loved Nicholas and Hannah, both separately and together. I thought they fit each other well.

This book did have some problems though. I found myself skimming the love scenes after a while. They were so wordy that many times I'd lose what was happening and what was where. There were also a lot of POV changes with no really visable markers, so sometimes you weren't sure who was really speaking.

But even with all that, I'm still glad I read this book. It was a good story.

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Story about a guy with ptsd and a girl willing to overlook his past. Nice little novel. Nothing spactacular, if you are looking for something sweet to pass the time. If it were a movie, it would rated R though for language and sexual content.
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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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