Action, Danger, Passion. . . Good Thing She's a Doctor
Okay, I have to say, Hello Stranger might be my new favorite book in the series so far!
Rather than focus on a lord or lady as most of these historical romances tend to do, the 4th in the Ravenels series centers around Dr. Garrett Gibson, a female physician in a time where women were banned from the practice. She was introduced in a previous book and I immediately liked her straightforward attitude. She knows she's good at her job and she owns it! And Hello Stranger only reinforces that personality. Garrett isn't the type of woman to let things happen to her. She makes things happen and goes for what she wants, which worked both in her professional and romantic life in the case of this book.
(On a side note, I also loved that she's based on a real person (check the author's note for me info!) and just the entire female doctor concept for a protagonist makes this book stand out for me.)
Her counterpart, Ethan Ransom, was the perfect blend of broody and mysterious without frustrating me. I liked that, instead of going full alpha protector on Garrett, he showed her how to better defend herself so she was capable on her own. Additionally, he's just a character you want to have a happy life after everything he went through and is still dealing with. My only major complaint about Ransom was his constant "we can't see each other again" argument that never stuck for more than a scene or two before he turned around and did the opposite. It grew old real fast.
The story itself is filled with action and danger to both Garrett and Random. It had the tension I wanted in Devil in Spring but rather than throwing it all at the end, Kleypas spread it through the story to keep things moving. Combined with the chemistry of the couple, it made for a quick-paced and exciting read.
Lisa Kleypas is quickly becoming a must-read author when it comes to historical romances and I definitely recommend checking out Hello Stranger and the entire Ravenels series!