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Hello Stranger

(The Ravenels #4)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  18,384 ratings  ·  2,097 reviews
A woman who defies her time

Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For on
ebook, 400 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Avon
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R2 D2 It's Ransom and Garrett for Book 4
Pheobe (Gabriel's widowed elder sister and West for Book 5
Cassandra and Sevirin for Book 6 (The last of the series)

It's Ransom and Garrett for Book 4
Pheobe (Gabriel's widowed elder sister and West for Book 5
Cassandra and Sevirin for Book 6 (The last of the series)

Confirmed by Lisa Kleypas in this interview (check for spaces)
http://www.cosmopolitan. com/entertainment/ books/a9261460/lisa-kleypas-interview/(less)
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i hope so too.
Severin does not get along too well with Winterbourne or Devon, and has a reputation to be manipulative, so I do see him being …more
i hope so too.
Severin does not get along too well with Winterbourne or Devon, and has a reputation to be manipulative, so I do see him being Cassandea's love interest. It will give much meat to the story line.(less)

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Penny Reid
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency
I'll read anything Lisa Kleypas writes. I love her books. ...more
3.5 stars


This was pretty cute.
Then again, anything from Kleypas usually is, so that's no great surprise, is it? I was surprised that I liked this one quite a bit better than Devil in Spring, though. Then again, I was looking forward to that one, and Hello Stranger...not so much. There wasn't much about Garrett in the past books that got me excited to read her story. It's not as though I disliked her character, but she seemed somewhat dull - not at all like the shiny Pandora! Which was odd consi
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hr, 2-stars, read-2018
Spoilers ahead

Hello Stranger is, in my opinion, the weakest instalment yet in the Ravenel series; which, after finishing it last night and taking a step back to mull over, seems to be an oxymoron in the context of the series.

- No obnoxious behaviour like Kathleen and Devon showed.
- No character transplant of Rhys Winterbourne and Helen’s angelic delicacy that sent me to sleep.
- No ADHD Pandora and Gabriel whose most shocking kink is bondage light.

To make myself understandable (and actually unde

Title: Hello Stranger
Series: The Ravenels #4
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Release date: February 27, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

Lisa Kleypas writes in a way that reminds me why I fell in love with reading romance. There was a simplicity to the story, while her way of expressing it was anything but. There were so many times I just stopped and stared at the eloquence of her beautifully descriptive writing, because it was just too good to not savor. I've read almost all of her b
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
This woman owned the sum of him, his tenderness and violence, everything good or bad.

*dreamy sigh*

I am not typically a reader that enjoys the instant connection and road to love that was shared between Garrett and Ransom, but boy did it ever work for me here. I can't even tell you why. I think it was a combination of several things, starting from wonderfully crafted and multilayered characters and ending with an engaging story and swoony romance. Whatever
Avid Booker
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Want a Devoted Love
This was a four point five star read! I really enjoyed this for the most part. I got a little bored with the Spy parts but those parts were worth it to suffer through to come with the conclusion.

I'll start off with the problems of this book. We didn't know when Ransom's attraction for Garret started. It don't think it was insta love. But there's was no clear starting point for how things developed. And lastly, the difference in the audiobook and the actual book. I was reading along and there wer
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it

Garret is a the first female doctor in London who talks endlessly about how independent and strong she is. Then, she meets Ethan and it's over. She throws herself at this guy so shamelessly that feminists everywhere gave a giant embarrassed groan. She literally begged this guy to kiss her. And, I'm using the word literally correctly in that sentence. That's how bad it was!

Aw, maybe that's what happened. Did you try running it under hot water?

I really didn't like Garret all that much except when
Sonya Heaney
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My original "review" is at the bottom.

Originally posted HERE .

Hello Stranger, the fourth instalment in Lisa Kleypas’ Ravenels series, is a highly anticipated read for many. Garrett, England’s first female doctor, and Ethan, mysterious and with curious ties to the Ravenel family, have been background characters in the past two books.

This is a book that builds and builds. The two characters have met a few times before the story begins, but there’s not a lot of background you’ll be missing out o
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I was afraid to start this book… many of my friends didn’t liked it and I didn’t like very much the previous books, so you can understand my fear…

But, since the first pages I was happy to have started it!

Many object to Garrett’s being to forceful with her “tough” and “I’m able to do everything” attitude. I don’t. I liked it!

I liked that she’s a very capable both in her medical profession and her private life. I would have loved to know more about her life in France!

The same can be said about Eth
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
(2.5 stars) Well, darn. I think it's official. I'm divorcing Lisa Kleypas. She's almost batting 0 for me in her latest Ravenel series, none of which are better than 3-star books, IMO. Even this one, which I had high hopes for, turned out to be a dud, with its slight romance of two underdeveloped characters mixed with a whole lot of historical information dumping. The H/h relationship doesn't develop. It just is. They decide early on they want each other and mostly ineffectually fight the sexual ...more
Geri Reads
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
“She was sunlight and steel, spun into a substance he’d never encountered before.”

One of the things I love Lisa Kleypas' books is how vividly written her characters are especially her heroines. In Hello, Stranger, we see Garrett Gibson, the first female physician in England and Ethan Ransom, former detective of the Scotland Yard and current spy fall in love. It was glorious.

I liked their banter and how their relationship progressed. Garrett was intrigued by Ransom but was also suspicious ab
*** 3.5 Stars!!!***

As I have said before in my other reviews for this series, I am enjoying the stories and characters very much! In this 4th installment, I will admit that there were parts that I became bored with. The story on the whole though, was enjoyable to me. So far, this one is my least favorite one; but only because I found there to be a lot of medical jargon, and stuff on politics. It all goes with the story, and therefore was important to be included. I just found my mind wandering a
How do you know when a book (or in this case, a series) is a keeper?

*When you've finished the book and you have no desire to read anything else.

* When you find yourself thinking about it and reliving all the best parts.

*When you're dying to start reading the series all over again but then your brain tells you 'No, you have plenty of books to read on the TBR pile--just leave it be.'

*When you realize that you havent't read any historicals in the past year except ones written by Lisa Kleypas, and y
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
4.5 rounded up to 5 stars

I know a lot of people don't like this book, but I think this is the best book in the Ravenel series so far. As far as I know, Kleypas has never written a book like this one. I think she took a risk writing Hello Stranger because 1) the hero and heroine are unconventional characters and 2) this is not the typical ballroom romance we've come to expect from Kleypas. In fact, I think that the tone of this book is a little similar to her Bow Street Runner books. Ultimately,
Addie H
I am re-reading all my 5 star rated romance novels. There are 62 on my shelf (and counting). This is book 41.

(Tropes: Work Relationship, Spinster/Wallflower, Opposites Attract, Unstarched (heroine))

This is how my 41st re-read held up.


I love this book – still 5 stars.

Here’s my original review with some amendments after the second read


It’s not often I finish a book, that upon completion I IMMEDIATELY want to read it again. In my opinion the best of the series so far. Where do I even start?? T
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing

"Do you want to know why I gave you violets? They're beautiful and small, but tough enough to grow in the cracks of city pavement."

I loved it. And I loved even more that our Dr. Garrett Gibson was based on a real person (read the Author's Note at the end). Great series, one book is as good as the next. I may as well just give them all 5 stars. I haven't even started book 5, and I'm already in love with West. God help me, I'm such a sap. I hope he get's someone special. He is a
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lisa Kleypas Fans, Historical, Romance
4.5 Upheaval and Follow Through Stars
* * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-UPDATE: The 2019 Fresh Fiction Awards- Winner Historical Romance
2018 Best Romance Semifinal Round Nominee
I have been so fortunate to have read many of these Semifinalists. If this review helps in deciding your voting choice, then I have done my job. Happy Reading

I have been a fortunate reader. When I started my reading of this series almost all of the books were published. I was able to know for sure I would
Ms. Smartarse
Garret Gibson is a strong independent woman who can stand her ground. As the only female doctor in 1870s England, she's seen her fair share of blood and gore. Aaaand... she has studied self defense with the best fencing master London has to offer.

So really, she'd thank Ethan Ransom to not stick his handsome nose in her business. Granted, his remark about her civilized fighting style does have some merit... but other than that: how dare he?!

pamper me

Overall, Hello Stranger was a good investment. It prove
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I loved this book! I have been a huge fan of Lisa Kleypas for a long time but for some reason I haven't read a lot of her work during the past few years. I can see now that this has been a big mistake on my part and that I should have made time for the Ravenels series because this was oh so good. I loved it on the first page, the last page, and all the pages in between.

The characters in this book were amazing. Dr. Garrett Gibson was
Stacey is Sassy

Book world confession time…again.

Before I start this review I have a confession...

I use my hubby’s snoring as an excuse to read more…

You may laugh, but that burden has been weighing on me for quite a while now and I've been feeling guilty. I tell hubby that his snoring woke me, he then feels guilty so goes out of his way to make things easier for me and gives me more reading time.

It’s a never-ending cycle. He feels guilty…I feel guilty…BUT WHY THE HELL WOULD I STOP?

I love my hubby! I love getti
Kat Valentine
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome romance!!! Hello Stranger is the 4th book in the ravenel series and it's Garrett and Ethan's book. Garrett is a woman phycian and Ethan is a spymaster,how can two such different people fall in love? Between the passion,suspense and intrigue in back streets and alleys these two such different people will find a passion and love that can last a lifetime! Lisa Kleypas is a awesome storyteller and one of the best romance writers,I love her characters and this series is one of my very favorit ...more
Sammy Loves Books
Surprise!! There is another Ravenel, and he's a total badass!!

“You wanted to find out how much I could make you feel. You wanted to know what it was like to lose yourself in passion, and find yourself safe in my arms afterward. Now Iʹm here, and Iʹm going to love you with everything I have in me.”


“The first moment I saw you, I knew you were my share of the world. Iʹve always loved you. If I could choose my fate, Iʹd never be parted from you. Acushla ... pulse of my heart, breath of my soul
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4.5 Stars***

"You wanted to find out how much I could make you feel. You wanted to know what it was like to lose yourself in passion, and find yourself safe in my arms afterward. Now I'm here, and I'm going to love you with everything I have in me."

Oh you're looking for swoon, are you? Allow me to introduce you to Ethan Ransom. A little dangerous and badass, and all kinds of swoony romance hero.

"The first moment I saw you, I knew you were my share of the world. I've always
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
“I was taught that satisfying a woman propery should take at least as long as making dough for bread.”

Garrett writhed helplessly. “How long is that?”

“You don’t know?” he asked, amused.

“No, I can’t cook.”

I read the Publishers Weekly’s review of this book a few weeks ago, which pretty much slams it as a silly, non-plausible book and laughs it off. It made me have a scrunchy face and then I entered this book with trepidation. But I ended up really liking this one – so take that, PW! Now let me say,
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one. Didn't know there was an Irish connection prior to starting it so was pleasantly surprised when I came across it. You know me. If "the Irish" is not done right, I can be a bit of a bitch about it. One or two things were not quite right ... missing "síne fada" on the odd word but, overall, well done. Or as they would say in Ireland, "an mhaith"! See, I can be nice about "the Irish" in books ... sometimes.

Nowadays having an Irish brogue is the surest way to have a door slamm
Princess under cover
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

A lot is wonderful about it - strong h, wonderful H. Great chemistry. HOTT love scenes. I like that LK gives us a lot of great love scenes for a historical romance book. In some ways they're hotter than Elizabeth Hoyt, another one of my fav historical romance writers. There's so much underlying emotion and connection, though the writing isn't terribly explicit. I feel like her new series is hotter than her previous work in this respect.


Very unique story between an agent and a doctor,
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Another very welcome addition to the Ravenels series. I have enjoyed each book in its own way. This one is quite different from the others, and is a lovely read.

It's no spoiler that the H, Ethan, is an illegitimate member of the Ravenel family, because it's stated on the book's blurb. I was a bit annoyed by this actually. I know Ethan's parentage was hinted at in the previous book, but I don't like spoilers being given away on blurbs. Oh well.

I liked the character of Ethan. After an
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a disappointment. Maybe my expectations were to high??

I needed more of a romantic/emotional connection between Ethan and Garrett, not just the sexual pull/attractions.

Way too much medical details.

Something was missing and not sure what.

Slow start.

Needed a little more for the ending.

Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

The only thing keeping me from rating it lower is the appearance of West Ravenel towards the end. I'm very happy to see he gets his own book next! But this book was disappointing otherwise - the characters/romance/plot are all a bit bland. Sad coming from an author who has written my favorite historical romance series (The Hatthaways).
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
When you meet the right man, the list of things you would never do suddenly becomes much shorter.
SO GOOD! Lisa Kleypas' sense of romance is exactly mine. This book was such a joy to read . . . well listen to. And I did it twice because this happened:

1st read: Aug 2018
Audio 5+ STARS
0-60% 10 STARS :D
60-100% 3 STARS :(

There was definitely some serious mood reading going on, lol.

2nd read: Nov 2018
Audio 5+ STARS
0-60% 5 STARS
60-100% 4.5 STARS

I have NOTHING but wonderful thi
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LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.

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The Ravenels (7 books)
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  • Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels, #2)
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