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The Stranger I Married

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,754 Ratings  ·  634 Reviews
Lady Pelham could not have designed a husband more suited to her needs. The Marquess of Grayson is a dear and enchanting friend and an unrepentant ladies man. Their union is solid; their hearts safe from one another. But every marriage has its surprises...

They Were Together For All The Wrong Reasons

They are London's most scandalous couple. Isabel, Lady Pelham, and Gerard F
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Brava
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Sammy Loves Books
Well Hot Damn, There is Smoke coming off this book!!!
This book gets ******* 5 Angry Sex Stars ******


What a raunchy, beautiful, sexy, love story. Gerald Grayson is "Hot Shit" and he knows it. Married women want to be his mistress, while the single women compete to be his wife. His mother is hounding him to marry but he just wants to be left alone to his own rakish leisure. So Grayson strikes a wedding bargain that will allow him him that freedom. But even a Rake has a heart! And the bigger they a

4 Stars! Sooo good!

“Theirs was a union made for all the wrong reasons, but in the end it was one that could not have been more right.”

When I started reading this I somewhat thrown by the beginning of the book, even thought of putting it aside for a while. BUT I heard Kathleen in my head telling what a great read this was, plus I loved Sylvia Day’s book, Bared To You, so I forged ahead. I was pleasantly surprised at the turn this book took, and thoroughly enjoyed the development and strength in
Mar 31, 2015 Gina rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Gina by: Kathleen
Shelves: historical, favorites

this is exactly what I needed after the last book i read was such a disappointment!!

This is about Grayson and Isabel, two people who decide to marry to make each of their lives simpler (or so they think of course). Grayson is a scoundrel, he has two lovers and lives for his own pleasure. Isabel was hurt badly from her first marriage and is not going to let another man get close to her heart again. She has a lover as well, and because of her beauty men are constantly ch
Duchess Nicole
4.5 stars
I was ridiculously surprised at how much I loved this book. I think for those who read this expecting a run of the mill Historical Romance will be shocked at the language and amount of sex. But if you can go into it with an open mind and know that it is much more erotic than the norm, you'll realize that there is a new level of intimacy here... one that I don't often read in romances set even in modern times, let alone in regency romance.

Sex is written about in so many different ways.
May 05, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite book from Sylvia Day. I absolutely LOVED it!


Story Rating 5 Stars
Character Rating 5 Stars
Romance Rating 5 Stars
Heat Level 4.5 Stars
Overall Rating 5 stars

It has bee a long time since I have read this book. I remembered that I loved it and not much else. I must say that it was like I was reading this book for the first time and loved it just as much as the first time around.

Isabel and Gerard married but not for the normal reason's. She accepted the proposal knowing it w
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness

I think its truly been a long time since a book twisted and tested my patience and attention the way this book did.

Meet Isabelle and Grayson, young and lively,these two are the definition of the phrase "Friend's with benefits", until they finally decide to throw marriage into the equation to make things more complicated.

Though no matter how chic-lite and funny this Synopsis does sound, this book was the epitome of Dark angry sex and how a wounded lonely past can fest
Jun 02, 2010 Samantha rated it it was ok
Shelves: erotica, historical
I wasted my time off this afternoon reading this nonsense! I'm thoroughly annoyed. First of all the book starts off with the H/H sleeping with everyone. The hero is in love with another woman. Then she go away (I won't spoil it) so he marries the heroine, who is a known slut. Since her late husband, she decided to never get emotionally involved, instead she sleeps with a number of gentlemen. She does give them the attention they so called desire and stay their mistress for a number of years. Wha ...more
Jul 14, 2015 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ok, this is one of my favourite books so, don't say a word or I'll cut your face(?

My reaction to the prologue:


If that's the prologue... Good lord, I thought, how the book will be!?

Just 5 fuckin' pages and I was like


“See your ring on my finger,” he growled, obviously frustrated. “Know that I am yours. That I am different from the others.” Gray licked the shell of her ear, and then bit the lobe. “Want me, damn you. The way I want you.”


His words... His actions..
Jul 11, 2013 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Needed a historical fix and this one fit the bill nicely. It is way too hot here to be online writing reviews so this one is short. Loved it. Great writing. Highly recommend it. I thought once I was on holidays I would have more time to read and review - the opposite is true....

Jennifer Leighton
ETA: I realize now that the reason the age thing struck me as so "off" is because I quite often read May/December romances, where the heroine is much, MUCH younger than the hero in a Historical setting. That sort of pairing seems quite common back then, so it was a bit startling to have so much emphasis put on a mere four years, lol. It appears we have a double standard. (what else is new?!) Anyway, I'll admit I don't often read about the woman being older, as I prefer the opposite, so I will de ...more
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Jun 21, 2012 Alexis *Reality Bites* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers
Spoiler Free Review
Genre: Historical Romance

" I pledge my troth to you my wife. Not for my needs, as i did before, but for yours. You have given me so much- friendship, laughter, acceptance. You have never judged me or chastised. When i did not know who i was, you cared for me anyway." -Gerard in The Stranger I Married

The once married Lady Pelham has no need for a man besides good company and sex. But when Lady Pelham(Isabel)is appraoched by a young Gerard Faulkner the Marquess of Grayso
♡Karlyn P♡
Mar 25, 2012 ♡Karlyn P♡ rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre-historical
A great twist on the story line of marrying for convenience, then falling in love afterwards. Very romantic and sexy. Gray was a yummy, sexy hero too. A very hot read!
Aug 07, 2013 Ingela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ingela by: Mo
3,5 Stars - a slightly silly and predictable, but still pretty sweet, steamy romance

Ms. Day shows again that she is really good at writing a really hot historical romance. I don't know if it's the fact that I read this decadent story in my mother tongue meant that I snorted and thought it was particularly ridiculous compared to other stories in the genre. Perhaps it is so? Either way, this was a perfect quick and entertaining book to read a few sunny days on the beach.

Isabel and her husband Lord
May 19, 2010 Crista rated it it was ok
Wow! This one will definitely forced me to turn on my AC (one of the most erotic stories I've ever read), but unfortunately this one will be one that I will forget all to easily.

My main complaint is this....I didn't care for either of the leads. Pel is about the "most unique" heroine I've ever come across. She is almost more promiscuous than Gray her "husband". This, while in some ways refreshing, kept me from really connecting with her character. She was far to disconnected from her emotions f
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Sep 19, 2012 Aestas Book Blog marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-tbr
Just read this quote on Facebook :)

"I do not require your assistance to find sex. I require you. I want messy. And sweaty and dirty. God give me strength, for I have been cursed with wanting that from my wife." - Gray, in THE STRANGER I MARRIED
Aug 12, 2015 Blair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book.
I think it's my favourite Sylvia Day book.
Dec 28, 2009 Elle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seemed like the perfect arrangement. Lady Isabel Pelham is tired of proposals from men she doesn't want to marry. Gerard Faulkner, Marquess of Grayson, needs a wife. Both Isabel and Gerard are notorious for their romantic liaisons, and both know that any marriage between the two of them would be one of convenience based only on friendship. Soon after their marriage, though, a tragic accident sends Gerard away from London and his new wife. Four years later, when he finally returns, Gerard is n ...more
Jun 15, 2010 Adrienne rated it really liked it
Ok this is going to be quick [last review I wrote up computer froze and I lost it....damn:]

Anyway 4 stars for being a great [married:] friends to [married:] lovers story. I enjoyed the idea of a reformed rake who tries to win the heart of his emotionally guarded wife [in name only:]. The reasons for everyones behaviour was well explained and I liked the fact that this story twisted the usual 'husband takes a mistresss' theme on it's head.

May 20, 2013 ~V~ rated it really liked it

**4 1/2 stars**

I swear, the more historical romances i read the more and more i'm finding i love them!! Stiiiillll, not an overly huge fan of the lingo...i mean...a man's smalls..really?...what the heck are smalls?'s underwear?...can we not just say underwear? or if we want it to be more formal maybe undergarments? Oh well, small nitpick but i thinking i'm coming to understand what it is exactly that i'm loving about this genre! Not only are the men very alpha male and swoon worthy but the
Aug 01, 2008 Coffcat rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, erotica
After reading a ton of awesome reviews about this book I was really excited to finally be able to read it. The first thing I loved about this book was the new and refreshing storyline. The heroine of this story is not a shrinking violet of a girl waiting to be ravished by the handsome suitor. Oh no. Quite the opposite! I loved the fact that she was "experienced" and could handle herself with aplomb. It made me realize how dissatisfied I'd become with book after book of women who couldn't tie a r ...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Jul 19, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] marked it as to-read
Shelves: tbr-kindle
The blurb just sounded so good and I just found Sylvia Day -- yeah!!
Elizabeth (Liz)
So good! You cannot go wrong with any Sylvia Day title!
May 12, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it it was ok
If you are a fan of Thea Devine or Susan Johnson, than Sylvia Day is the author for you. This book has so many sex scenes with our two main characters trying every position imaginable is a feat beyond itself. If you are looking for a juicy plot, look elsewhere.

Everyone is this book who is married sleeps with everyone. Of course the reader doesn't let us see too much of the hanky panky going on between the less than important people in this book, but we read about it in everyone's conversations.
Jun 11, 2015 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly I tried to understand this or have patience to endure but it was exhausting. I did enjoy Slyvia previous novels, but the last book I read from her got a three. I just got tired of the endless lovemaking without any plot like the first two books I read from the trilogy. Now unto to this book, this does not even fall into the same category. For one, I actually did not see any redeemed qualities in any of the characters, they were boring, trite and forgettable.

I liked Gideon and Anatashia
Apr 10, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this was so good!!! I didn't expect anything less though, bc I absolutely love Sylvia Day.
I believe this is my first erotic historical romance and I loved it. The characters were endearing, nicely fleshed out and there was wicked chemistry between Gray and Pel. Sylvia Day is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
Aug 07, 2011 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-re-read, own-ebook
4.5 stars.

I'd forgotten that I'd already read this months and months ago! I remember loving it but am adding to my re-read shelf so I can review properly.
Love,love LOVED the book!
I am taking away the 5th star because we did not get to see her pregnant at the end. What a bummer :(
Oct 20, 2010 Kaetrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paper-book
I was blog hopping the other day and came across a review of this book which reminded me that I had meant to read it. Sadly, I can't now find that particular blog (grr) which is disappointing, because I enjoyed the review and wanted to check it out again... oh well, maybe I'll stumble across it again one day and actually Bookmark it this time!

I remember being intrigued by the premise of this story when it first came out but, not having read anything by this author before, I didn't want to plonk
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