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Sylvia Day
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The Stranger I Married

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  11,577 Ratings  ·  680 Reviews
THEY WERE TOGETHER FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONSGray was beautiful four years ago, when he asked Isabel to marry him. Now there are no words to describe him. He is no longer young and reckless, not by any stretch of the imagination, but a tormented man, driven by secrets, silent about what he's done since he disappeared.

She knew how to handle the boy he was, but this man...thi
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published 2007)
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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
For the Machalo Group Smut Challenge:
12. Pick a random one.

Since I've been on a HR kick lately, I decided my random smut choice would be in this genre. And, it was very very smutty.

Strangely, the hot smutty scenes were between a husband and wife. Yay, fidelity!

Marriage is so sexy!

These two married for varying reasons, but were only friends. They both had other lovers and were happy with it. But, when his mistress dies in childbirth - having his child, he takes off for four years. When he returns
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 13, 2014 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 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*
May 09, 2012 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
Aestas Book Blog
Sep 19, 2012 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
♡Karlyn P♡
May 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 11, 2013 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
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
Jessica Morales-Lafaille
This book takes place in the 1800s. We meet Gray who's in love with a married woman. Isabel who doesn't believe in a man being faithful to his wife after a failed marriage. Gray proposes to Isabel that they get married just as a front. His lover dies so Gray leaves Isabel alone for 4 years. When he comes back he realizes he has a second chance now with Isabel.
Nov 03, 2009 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
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book.
I think it's my favourite Sylvia Day book.
Jun 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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.
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

**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
Jul 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elizabeth (Liz)
So good! You cannot go wrong with any Sylvia Day title!
Michelle [Helen Geek]
The blurb just sounded so good and I just found Sylvia Day -- yeah!!
Oct 19, 2010 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
Hard to rate these things. This book was in some respects better written than a couple of books that I gave four stars to, but the story was less interesting and more repetitive.

Or it is just possible that I've finally burned out on these types of novels. It happens.

Before I do the vague spoilery review...Sylvia Day is clearly a Joss Whedon fan. She literally names a character "Lord Whedon" - I giggled. Then rolled my eyes. I'm guessing she wrote Buffy fanfic. And I most likely read it - her wri
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bu kadının tarihi aşk romanlarını seviyorum, çok güzel yazıyor... Buradaki çiftimizde de kadın karakter erkekten birkaç yaş büyüktü ve birkaç yıl ayrı kaldılar.. Başkalarına aşık olan, aynı zamanda farklı farklı insanlarla beraber olan çift, anlaşmalı bir şekilde evlenmeye karar veriyorlar... Ancak bu özgür bir şekilde hayatlarına devam etmelerine engel olmuyor.. Yalnız Gray'in yaşadığı büyük acı sonrasında dört yıl boyunca ayrı kalmaları bazı şeylerin değişmesine enden oluyor ve Gray o dört yıl ...more
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.
Jul 01, 2011 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.
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Sylvia Day (aka S. J. Day and Livia Dare) is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, and #1 international bestselling author of over 20 award-winning novels sold in more than 40 countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in 28 countries, with tens of millions of copies of her books in print. Visit her at, and on Twitter @SylDay.
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