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StrangersBarbara ElsborgKate Snow's had enough of bad boys until a one-way swim in the ocean puts her on a collision course with a man she can't resist. Charlie Storm has turned being a bad boy into an art form. Already a famous pop star, mega-success in the movie business beckons until his inner demons send him spiraling out of control and right out to sea. The last thing ...more
ebook, 309 pages
Published November 2nd 2009 by Ellora's Cave (first published November 1st 2009)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

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A wonderful story where an attempted suicide brings two people together and gives them a reason to live <3

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What the book is about

Now, I won't tell you much about the story itself, because you really need to go into this blind :D
I did it, and it was so great not knowing what to expect :D
The most important facts you need to know is that the MCs meet while trying to drown themselves in the sea. They help each other out, survive, and form a strong bond of trust, where one helps the other find a re
Jun 27, 2015 Mysza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**** 4,5 stars ****
"I love you because I can be honest with you. I trust you. I love you because you’ve made me see I’m more than I thought. I love you because you’ve made me real. "
I didn't expect this book to be so emotional. The story is about famous former singer, now actor Charlie and Kate, a waitress. They meet in rather unusual circumstances and form this extraordinary bond. He is spoiled and destroyed by the life of celebrity he has led. She had a horrible childhood and generally no

I love HIPPO & MERMAID! i can read this book again and again and ill never get bored. One of my fave.

The story begin when two broken souls crash with each other in the middle of the sea on attempt to end their lives. Ending up saving each other from their fear of seaweeds & sharks. They both shared their secrets, fears & bed, but Charlie's popularity as a star drives them both apart. Reading this book is a roller coaster of emotion. Even if they both commit mistakes you wil
“I want you so much I’m scared,”
“I’m scared I want you so much,”


Now this is definitely worth the read...I laughed, I cried, felt the anger, the jealousy ouch it hurts and all then I smile in megawatt haha...then fall in love all over again:)

yeah my heart plummeted on the climax of their argument between Charlie and Kate... guess what, I let myself sink in to this book all day and sulk in the couch hahaha..AMAZING!!!
Great plot, Characters you'll

A-MAZ-ING!!! I loved this book!!

It was not at all what I thought it was going to be, it was soooo much better. This is one of those books that grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go. These characters consume your every waking moment. From the odd first encounter, until the hand wringing, heart wrenching ending. There were times that I had to remind myself to breathe. The author takes a very serious situation, suicide, and actually puts a little humorous spin on it. I can't imagine tha
Apr 01, 2012 Dija rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Patient, forgiving people.
Recommended to Dija by: Smut Monday Club
I've read many books with suicidal characters, but usually only one of the protagonists is depressed while the other one helps the former heal. Strangers is the first book I've read where both the main characters are suicidal and it proves that two self-destructive individuals can rarely, if ever, have a healthy and healing relationship.

Charlie's a mega-star with a drug, alcohol, and sex addiction whereas Kate's a waitress with low self-esteem, little to no self-respect (at least where Charlie'
Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*

4 Stars!

I really enjoyed this book.

When I began reading, I admit that at first I wasn’t really interested as I thought it was a bit over the top of a coincidence but as I carried on reading I completely understood it.

Two broken people who want to end their lives because they are so unhappy, Kate and Charlie meet by strange coincidence… both trying to kill themselves by drowning at sea but maybe it was a sign… he thought Kate was a mermaid - I found that so cute!


Kate has no idea that Charl
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4.5 's

So, we have a book that starts off with two people trying to commit suicide by drowning, that is, until they literally crash into each other...well, that doesn't like much of a romance novel does it? But...wait, just pull your big girl panties up and hang on because this book is one wild rollercoaster ride of emotions that will leave you wanting more! And make sure you have the day free because you will get pulled under the spell of Hippo & Mermaid .


If you are like me and an emotional
Apr 28, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
You all must think I'm crazy because I rate so many book's 5 stars, what can I say but I guess I just pick the right book's for me.

This book was WOW! and OMG! I don't think I've ever read a book with H&h that had such tortured pasts. This story just took my breath away it was that good. It was also an erotic book with many of steamy love scenes. Fantastic and Amazing does not even begin to explain just how good this book was for me.

I highly recommend to this book to anyone who likes their bo
Michelle [Helen Geek]
10/03/2012 Full Review posted on:

Overall Rating = 4.5 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb = 3/5 = 4
Writer’s Voice = 5
Character Development = 5
Story Appreciation = 5
Worth the Chili = 3 ($7.69 Amazon, $8.39 Amazon ebook)

Original Rating/Review 09/2011
5 BIG Stars.

“Strangers” is a wonderful story about two dysfunctional people taking a chance on love. They took the complete randomness of their meeting as a sign. They soon fell head first in a relationship neither was
Mar 28, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Smut Monday Club
Wow. That was an intense read!

Kate and Charlie meet in the saddest of ways. Both make an attempt of suicide by drowning in the sea, and by chance they collide with each other. Their plans are derailed by errant seaweed, a bloodied nose, and humor found in the oddest of moments. Sound depressing? You would be wrong! This story was all kinds of HOT, with a lot of witty banter, and yes, drama. Some intense drama, which thankfully was not too tortuously long.

Even though they were from two completel
Stacia (the 2010 club)

1 star for the first 30% of the book. 2.5 stars for the remaining story. 4 stars for the sexual creativity. 5 stars for the banter. Subtract one point for a few several ridiculous cliches. Don't even think about asking me to do the math on this one.

I finally finished the book! Had I known it was going to derail into a drama train, I might have worked my way through Strangers a bit sooner. If you know me even a little bit by now, you'll know of my love/hate dilemma with books which are high in dr
Mar 27, 2012 Arlene rated it really liked it
Recommended to Arlene by: Smut Monday Club
Strangers is my first book by Barbara Elsborg and definitely not my last. What a sweet and seductive romance between two unlikely characters that meet in the most desperate of situations.

Kate Snow and Charlie Storm were an explosive pair. I loved their moments together, their witty banter and the deep love that developed between these two that really had me at the edge of my seat. I just knew this relationship stood on the precipice of destruction considering their past and present struggles tha
May 01, 2013 Jamie rated it it was amazing
I loved it.... This book really put my heart through some crazy roller coaster emotions and was so much more than I expected. This story had some serious deep moments. Both Charlie and Kate were pretty messed and the book started out with both of them wanting and trying to end their lives at the same place at the same time. What could have been and ending for both of them turned into the beginning of something beautiful. They were hilarious and they were sexy hot. They were also both so sad and ...more
Awilk -never sleeps-
I am speechless

Barbara Elsborg always stuns me with how talented she is. She took the opposite attract storyline and completely re-worked it. She dealt with the serious issue of suicide, and made a heartwarming story. What it means to be a celebrity, all the downfalls and pitfalls, and made them real to the reader.

Her characters worm their way in to your heart, and her writing keeps you turning pages until you get to the end.

I am not talented enough to put into words how much I enjoyed this, but
2/1/14 Enjoyed this book in audio as well.

Thank you Kathleen Young for finding this book. I loved it! It was a heartbreaker though and the second book in a row that I have read (Out of the Dark, also a 5 star for me) that the characters were so broken and there was tragedy after tragedy, but they conquered their misfortunes by the end. There was also a lot of horribly mean people in this story. It made me thankful I have a good life with many loving, genuine people around me. One big difference
Mar 30, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Smut Monday Club
3.5 Stars

Two strangers find each other in a sea of loneliness and pain. Can Charlie and Kate find love and healing with each other? Or will they only cause more heartache?

Charlie and Kate had me at “Hello”! Strangers by Barbara Elsborg holds one of the best teaser introductions I have ever come across in fiction. These characters had me from page one! Charlie and Kate possess such a fun chemistry and banter with each other. The humor just propels this story along through every bump and struggle.
Duchess Nicole
3.5 Stars
This is hard to rate, and hard to describe. At the beginning, it seemed pretty juvenile. The characters act like insecure teenagers full of hormones and drugs. I actually put this one down for a couple of weeks because I lost interest after I realized where the plot was headed. However, I'm really gland that I picked it back up and finished it.

This is a couple that has major issues, both prior to meeting and after finding one another. They both have some crazy childhood drama to overcom
Pam Godwin
Jul 15, 2012 Pam Godwin rated it it was amazing
I'm a whore for British parlance and the banter in this one was a treat. Beyond that, the writing was crisp, the story engaging. The characters lugged a cortege of oversized baggage behind them. While this added a soul-sucking gravity to their identities, they didn't seem as shattered as they should've been over it. Even as they washed out to sea, there was a silly light-heartedness to it. I guess I expected more dark and brooding, less humorous tone. Didn't stop me from turning pages though. In ...more
2 to 2 1/2 starts

Looks like this is one of those times where everyone loves a book but me. Which is fine. It happens.I'm not fan of manufactured, over-the-top drama, and, unfortunately, to me, that is all this story felt like.
Sep 13, 2014 Eliza rated it really liked it
Even after reading the synopsis im suprised about how much I enjoyed this book. I loved the dynamic and dialogue between Charlie & Kate. This book had me laughing out loud to being in tears. One of my most enjoyable reads.
J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*
Kate Snow:

“Better not to have anything. Not even love. If you got attached to something, it only got taken away. Child or adult. Toys or people. No difference”

Charlie Storm:

“I love you because I can be honest with you. I trust you. I love you because you've made me see I'm more than I thought.”

Kate and Charlie are broken--badly. Kate from her past and Charlie from his present. Kate has never in her life felt wanted by anyone and Charlie has spent his life being wanted by everyone. Kate is a wai
Feb 17, 2016 Myla rated it it was amazing
AWESOME!!! The story is just amazing
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JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko
I loved this story. It is very spicy however it has a beautiful love story. I found myself almost crying through several parts. Beautifully written and recommended to those who enjoy erotica.
Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
Jul 16, 2014 Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳ by: Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
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3 stars

I don't know how to rate this book.
I really liked it but the drama killed 2 stars for me.

I loved the circumstances of their meeting.

So you're not a hippo," she said.
"What?" Charlie looked back at her face.
"I've spent the last couple of hours with your head and shoulders. I wondered what the rest of you was like. Fat, thin, tail, flippers?"
"I thought you were a sexy mermaid and you thought I was fat hippo?"

The humor was great, I loved Kate and Charlie's banter. I loved how Kate kept h
May 03, 2012 Lesley rated it it was amazing
I stayed up until 3am reading Strangers by Barbara Elsborg, I honestly couldn’t put it down. I laughed, giggled, cried (3 times) my heart raced and I melted into a puddle of goo all in the space of a couple of hours. Strangers is a keeper for sure.

Kate and Charlie won my heart, their roller coaster ride was seriously out of control and had everything flung in it but I loved it.

Kate’s been humiliated and dumped at the alter and Charlie is a bad boy pop star turned actor who drinks, smokes and bed
Aug 27, 2012 Christy rated it really liked it
"You're the beat of my hear, the air in my lungs. You make me feel safe. I don't want to live without you. I want to spend my life making you happy. I want us to grow old together and when we die, I want us to die in each other's arms, because I can't live in a world without you by my side."

When I first stared this book, I wasn't a huge fan of the beginning... seemed a little out unrealistic to me. But once I got into the book, I couldn't put it down. The two main characters had a ton of issues
3.75 stars

I'm not usually into adult romances and much more not into erotica. But I keep on seeing this book on my feed a lot of times before and lately, like it was trying to really get my attention to read it. So when I checked the blurb I suddenly felt curious. And when I saw that the characters were two suicidal person who met during the time they were trying to kill themselves then falling in love - which I thought was kinda sweet and hilarious at the same time - I decided I'll give this a
Lori ~Lover of Books~
4.5 Sea loving Stars

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I loved this book! It was sad, depressing, but yet endearing and sweet. I will be reading more from Barbara Elsborg for sure!

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Strangers was such a heart wrenching and beautiful story about learning to love and trust someone else.

“Better not to have anything. Not even love. If you got attached to something, it only got taken away. Child or adult. Toys or people. No difference”

Charlie Storm and Kate Snow are strangers that meet one terrible day in the sea. They save one anot
~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
ETA 7/8/12 - One of the few 5 star reads for me in 2012.

I'll be honest, this one snuck up on me and knocked me out. Kate and Charlie meet in the ocean and this is the story of their second chance, their choice for a different path to follow, redemption and forgiveness.

They each have their own issues with abandonment and trust to work through. Charlie is a rock star turned movie star and Kate is an artist in her own way with her very (view spoiler)
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Barbara Elsborg lives in West Yorkshire in the north of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Vulcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide.

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“Kate, I need to use the toilet,” he called through the door.

“You’ve just had hours in the sea. Couldn’t you have gone then?”

“Mum told me to get out of the water first.”

“What, even the ocean?”

“It’s wrong to pollute.” He tried to sound serious. ”
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