Despite the cheesy title, this wasn’t a bad book. When Ella Varner’s flaky little sister dumps off a surprise new born baby and splits, she is forced head-first into motherhood. The first task on her agenda is to locate both her sister and the bio-father. First on the possible baby-daddy list is Jack Travis, an incredibly hot Houston billionaire. (I know. It’s never the dude working nights and the Kwik Stop.) After Jack is quickly eliminated from the list of suspects (he never even slept with the sister), he offers to help use his connections and resources to help Ella.
Yes, I think everyone can predict that they end up together, but there are many other interesting things about this book that make it a good summer read. First, Ella has a boyfriend at the beginning by the name of Dane. The story of their relationship and how that played out was different. There was also the subplot of Ella struggling with caring for her nephew and how her maternal feeling begin to grow, even though she knows she will not be able to keep him in the end. Ella’s creepy mother and the story of the girls’ upbringing also added a nice dimension. Lastly, I liked the way Jack and his family were handled. These were not the materialistic, power hungry types that people with money are often portrayed as. Their success came from brains and hard work. The love they had for each other was just what Ella needed.
Overall, I give Smooth Talking Stranger…
Plot – 3 bookmarks (The skeleton has been done a million times, but the subplots save it.)
Character Development – 2 bookmarks
Love Story – 3 bookmarks
Sex Scenes – 2 bookmarks
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Joe Manganiello (Jack), Reese Witherspoon (Ella), Eric Stoltz (Dane)