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The Stranger I Married by Sylvia Day
Kensington Brava
Erotic Historical Romance
ISBN: 0-7582-1474-X
Reviewed by Georgia
 

When Gerard, the Marquess of Grayson, first suggested marriage to Lady Isabel Pelham, she laughed.  Yet the charming rogue convinces her that they’re perfect for each other.  They’re good looking, they’re young and most important, they both have lovers.  They can enjoy each other’s company without the sexual issues other marriages have.  The agreement works well for them until a devastating event makes Grayson take stock of himself and his selfishness.  He leaves Isabel with no warning, searching for answers.

Years later, Grayson suddenly returns to London. When he sees Isabel again, he realizes he wants more from her and their marriage than what they had previously.  The years spent working himself to exhaustion have taken their toll on his mind and body, changing Grayson into a mature, somber, and sexy man.  A man who realizes the jewel he has in his wife.  Now, if he can just convince her of that.

In her first marriage, Isabel’s husband followed the pattern of many other men of the ton, chasing women and forsaking his wife. In the process it scarred Isabel deeply.  She never wanted to remarry but felt safe with the young, carefree Grayson. Yet now that he has changed, how will she handle her new husband?

Sylvia Day once again delivers a fabulous story with The Stranger I Married.  The characters are fantastic, and with their strengths and flaws, Grayson and Isabel are so realistic.  Even the secondary characters are well developed.  I promise you’ll love to hate the dowager marchioness.  If you don’t fall in love with the dashing, carefree Grayson, watch out for the more mature man who returns after years searching for himself!  He recognizes his faults and is honest and sexy…what more could a girl ask for?  As for Isabel, she is the woman we all dream of being: smart, sexy, and comfortable in her own skin.  That’s not to say she doesn’t have her own insecurities which she and Grayson must face and overcome before they can find happiness.  I really liked that the physical attraction was not immediately apparent to them but was only recognized later in their marriage.  Yet once they do recognize it, boy do they act upon it! 

Any fan of Ms. Day knows that she weaves a sensual web between characters that traps the reader.  You’ll be stuck to the pages of The Stranger I Married until the very end, falling in love with this realistic couple and rooting for their happy ending. 

 

 

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