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Comparative Strangers

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  597 ratings  ·  65 reviews
It was outrageous. He couldn't be serious!

One day Amanda was happily engaged to Nigel, a flamboyant British car rally driver, the next she was the reluctant fiancee of his stern, laconic older brother, Malory Templeton.

As if she hadn't been through enough. Hadn't finding Nigel in the arms of another woman been more than she deserved? The hard glitter in Malory's eyes told
Mass Market Paperback, Harlequin Presents #1119, 187 pages
Published November 1988 by Harlequin (first published February 1988)
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Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Look, forget the fact this is a Harlequin, but instead, focus on the skillful writing, the eloquence, the fact Ms. Craven displayed such craftsmanship which transcends this particular genre. Add to that a male MC who is atypical of HP heroes and what we have is a superb, slow-burn yet blistering hot romance.

I love the story, the atmosphere, the MCs, but above all, the dialogue. A love evinced by the dog-eared state of the paperback which is currently being held in place by scotch tape and glue
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Twenty-year-old Amanda Conroy is about to jump off a bridge after she sees her fiancé Nigel cheating on her (Nigel was in bed having sex with another woman). But as she's about to jump she is suddenly pulled back. Hero Malory Templeton (32) rescues her. (Malory has had a feeling that Nigel, his younger half-brother, has been having an affair with Malory's "girlfriend" Clare.) Malory drives Amanda home (she's staying at her mother's house at the moment). While he's there Nigel shows up to explain ...more
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hqn
Wow!!!!! Awesomely cool and to think this got lost on my TBR file for months...I can't believe I forgot about it,

I debated between 4 vs 5 stars, and went with 5, because this book delivers so differently from any other HP I have read.

First, it starts off with the heroine actually trying to commit suicide

Second, the hero is beta, but sexy as hell.

Third, there are no evil OW's..except maybe one thrown in at the end, but she really wasn't evil or an OW

Finally, it has all the requisite tension and
Well, well, nice guys do finish first.

This marriage-of-convenience romance is all about the hero for me. Malory is a 30-something scientist and the head of a pharmaceutical company. One would be correct in concluding that he's quite astute, because he is. He could even see how our 20-year-old heroine, Amanda, had virginal eyes. Yes, Malory is another romantic hero who can detect a virgin a mile away. LOL

In addition to being intelligent, Malory is also a gentleman but that doesn't mean he's sex
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This was excellent. I really liked the hero. Who would have thought SC could write a beta hero? I had to knock off a star because the heroine was incredibly dense -first about the OM and then how mean she was to the hero. A few bitchy remarks I can understand, but she could see how her attitude was bothering him and she couldn't seem to hold back. The OM and OW were both deliciously horrible as was the heroine's mother. I was all set to feel for the heroine, but it was the hero who really sold t ...more
5 stars

Amanda is engaged to Nigel who is Malory's step brother . One day when she caughts Nigel cheating on her , she wants to end her life and thats when Malory saves her .

Malory is the perfect guy . OMG I love him so very much . He is my book husband *cries* He is sucha beautiful human being . *cries again*

First time Amanda visits his house , He announces their engagement , the second time their marriage . I loved how he took matters in his hands , He is isss everything a girl wants . Aah M
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars.

This book is so awesome!

I love you, Malory! I think you're one of the coolest romance book heroes ever. Forget book boyfriend, you'll be my book husband!

And I like Amanda. I could feel her growth through out the book. She blundered, but she took responsibility of her action.

The chemistry was so thick, I could feel it like a heat wave across the pages. And even though there's no Malory's point of view, his feelings for Amanda were shown to the readers through Amanda's virginal eyes (an
Amanda discovers her sexy fiancé in bed with another woman! In response, she decides to throw herself off a bridge. Fortunately for her, Malory comes to the rescue.

Malory is the sexy fiancé’s older brother. Half-brother, as everyone else keeps insisting. He’s plain and boring. He does science stuff and is very rich. Amanda doesn’t think much of him. She quite disparagingly calls him sexless.

However, rather awesomely, it’s very apparent from very early in the book that Malory has been desperately
2.75-3 stars

Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Definitely a hit! I've read quite a few books with similar plot, Girl is engaged to younger brothers... finds him in bed with someone else or younger brother gets married to someone else... girl marries the older brother... But somehow this plot seemed fresh in-comparison to the others. I believe the reason was that in other stories the younger brother disappears after the first or second chapter whereas in this book he had a big role throughout the story.

I loved the angsty romance feel
DNF on page 48. I have had my fill of doormatty, stupid heroines recently. I could not continue with this.
Fly FreeBird
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amanda and Malory deserve happiness!! God how much I hated that cheating asshole Nigel!! 🤮😡god the drama he caused!! But still loved reading this book 😍
re-read, just realized. Didn't like the first part due to the very stupid h. I have no idea if it is because the book is dated or what, but I find her behaviour beyond annoying. Why doesn't she just tell her mother, who seems to care for her, her ex is a no good scoundrel. She also acted real selfish being rude to the H when she is the one who got them into the situation to begin with. Besides acting as a trophy wife, all she does is to wander around the house with no other purpose in life. I ca ...more
Jacqueline J
The hero in this one is quiet and nerdy. The heroine hooks up with him after her original fiance cheats on her. He is the half brother of the hero. You find out eventually that the hero has loved her for a long time and took his chance when he saw it. Nice story.
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was lovely. SOOO different from the regular. Ms. Craven hit all the points you'd expect with a story-line like this; I've certainly read a book very similar to this one, down to the enmity between brothers that would cause the H having to witness the love of his life fall in love with his unworthy brother. But this story was delivered, as Leona (who recommended it to me, and I'll be eternally grateful) said, differently. I happened to fall in love myself with our hero, who the heroine start ...more
Chitra *CJ*
"Comparative Strangers" is a story about "virginal eyes".
Just kidding, it's the story of Malory and Amanda.
When Amanda catches her fiancé Nigel with his half brother Malorys girlfriend, she runs away to take drastic measures- but Malory saves her.
Soon Nigel's stalking leads her to marrying Malory, and that forms the story.
One of the few books where the heroine constantly berates the hero. From thinking and calling him unattractive, to pining for Nigel and ridiculing Malory post coitus.. even to
Rating 3.5 stars
This book gets major points for being different and because the hero was beta. The heroine's fiancee turns out to be a douche and the hero is his older brother. I loved how her lie about them being together turns into a reality and she gradually falls for him. The hero was awesome!
Well, as I often say -- conversation is the key. Unless heroes like being tortured for some hideous reasons. (view spoiler)
I wonder where do you get such terrible relatives? Both hero's brother and heroine's mother make me wonder. Especially mother. She haven't stopped even after the wedding. Why
I was looking for something a bit more engaging, and instead, this story was quite clinical. That is, Amanda was completely naive, with no understanding of her own body's wants and needs (having been sheltered, and her mother discouraging sex until marriage), and Malory himself kept her completely at arms' length (emotionally and physically) for a good chunk of the book.

I think that my problem with the book was: given that we're given events from her point of view, it would've been nice to be p
April Brookshire
Aug 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: harlequin
The hero was very unHarlequin-like

He kept his cool even when he was frustrated with the heroine

Which is why I think she ended up falling for him

It was almost like he was playing hard to get
Chantal ❤️
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Now that is what I call a good romance book. Wow it was great and so obvious that he was in love with her. That step brother is one mean sob. I wanted to hit him. The hero was a kind and considerate soul. I would have fallen for him. What a great find!
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think I'm almost still blushing post reading this book. It's this sweet, indulgent, secret high of having just gotten off this ride. And there were no explicit fluid-fest scenes either, but just a really gorgeous man who I'd be crushing on for days.

It's incredible how Malory was such a perfect gentleman, old-school and classy and equally appalling how Sara Craven paired him up with an ungrateful, insipid heroine. Totally not deserving of Malory and more suited to his juvenile brother.

Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kay by: Leona
Shelves: other
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This book was like a balm to my soul, but it end just too soon. I just wanted more of a reunion bliss but it’s ok. I didn’t realize how i missed old school white romance books till i read this. It’s been ages. Of course, I remembered how i disliked weak heroines when i was very young, however when you are old it’s strengths, i inclined to despise them. Heroine tried to suicide when she busted her fiancée with other girl. It was a real eye rolling situation. She was so weak she couldn’t even stan ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This is an odd duck of a Harlequin - the heroine is actively suicidal in the first chapter, and the first sex scene isn't a success. It's one of the "better brother steps in" tropes, which I enjoyed in this case. I liked the hero quite a bit, but the heroine is frustratingly dense. Being a virgin shouldn't equate to being an idiot....

I do have a lot of fondness for some of the older Harlequins (most of them written before my time) which contain more plot than senseless bickering. This one hits t
A truly delightful read. I loved the H. He’s not the typical alpha male hero. He’s kind, sweet, macho but not in an overt way. The h was young and insecure. He realized this and handled her with care, allowing her the time and space to grow.

The H’s brother is a total bastard. Charming on the outside but selfish, petty and vile on the inside. His goal in life was to make his brother miserable. But his stupidity eventually allowed his brother, the H, to end up with his HEA.

A wonderfully written
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought it was pretty damn great. I just fell in love with the characters instantly and the story the author made from them was amazing. Except certain parts to me felt like they were undone. I hate in Sara Craven's that the villain doesn't get punished. ...more
Pink Angel
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a really enjoyable read and I loved it very much.
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Anne Bushell was born on October 1938 in South Devon, England, just before World War II and grew up in a house crammed with books. She was always a voracious reader, some of her all-time favorites books are: "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, "Middlemarch" by George Eliot, "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë, "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell and "The Code of the Woosters" by P. G. Wodehous ...more

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