Author: Megan Hart
Date Published: January 1, 2009
Genre(s): Erotic Romance (Contemporary)
I pay strangers to sleep with me. I have my reasons….
But they’re not the ones you’d expect.
For starters, I’m a funeral director taking over my dad’s business. Not exactly the kind of person you’d expect to fork over cash for the lust and urgency only live skin-to-skin contact can create. Looking at me, you wouldn’t have a clue I carry this little secret so close it creases up like the folds of a fan. Tight. Personal. Ready to unravel in the heat of the moment.
Unsurprisingly, my line of work brings me face-to-face with loss. So I decided long ago that paying for sex would be one of the best (and arousing) ways to save myself from the one thing that would eventually cut far too deep.
But Sam was a mistake. Literally. I signed on to “pick up” a stranger at a bar, but took Sam home instead. And now that I’ve felt his heat, his sweat and everything else, can I really go back to impersonal?
Let’s just hope he never finds out about my other life.…
Stranger left me feeling a bit confused as to how I feel about it. I’m a big Megan Hart fan, and I know going into her books not to expect happy fluff and happily ever afters all the time. But…I felt like Stranger fell a little short of her previous books emotionally. I wasn’t too attached to the characters and I felt like the story was lacking compared to what I know she’s capable of. It wasn’t terrible by any means, it was good and entertaining, and it’s kind of hard to pinpoint exactly what it was I didn’t like.
Well, I guess if I had to pick what I didn’t like it was pretty much a lack of conflict. Sure, Grace has this strange affliction with renting dates instead of finding them the good old fashioned way. But, I didn’t find that as scandalous and controversial as some of the previous topics Hart has covered. Along the same lines of the conflict issue, I felt like her relationship with Sam was a little too easy at times. She would push him away, but not too hard, so there wasn’t much of a conflict between the two for the most part.
The good things are that the steam factor is high, as always, and I absolutely loved that we got another glimpse of Jack from Dirty. When will he get his own book? I feel like he deserves his own book. I also liked Sam and I liked Grace, I just didn’t find them all that troubled and interesting, like we usually get with Hart novels.
Overall though, I liked the book. If you’re a Megan Hart fan, you’ll definitely enjoy this one. If you’re thinking about getting started reading Megan Hart though, I wouldn’t recommend this one because it doesn’t showcase what she’s fully capable of. I would probably recommend Dirty or Broken first. Deeper is also fantastic, although quite a tear jerker (at least for me). But anyways, a good book, but not as good as her previous novels, in my opinion.
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