Strangers by Barbara Elsborg

Story: 7
Presentation: 9
Total: 16
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
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Blurb: Kate Snow’s had enough of bad boys until a one-way swim in the ocean puts her on a collision course with a man she can’t resist. Charlie Storm has turned being a bad boy into an art form. Already a famous pop star, mega-success in the movie business beckons until his inner demons send him spiraling out of control and right out to sea. The last thing he expects to do before he dies is crash into a suicidal woman.

When the worlds of these two strangers collide, their lives take an upward twist. In surviving the waves, they find they can’t stand to be apart, in or out of bed. Kate seizes a chance for happiness, seeing in Charlie a man she can finally trust to love her. Charlie can’t let go of Kate because she’s the only woman able to see the man he wants to be.

But the price of fame is high and when the world wants to drive them apart, life only seems safe in Kate’s bed.

Review: Have you ever read a book that you couldn't put down......but not for the normal reasons? I have to say that the h/h are not your typical characters. He is an alcoholic, drug using sex addict. She has relationship issue. When these two bump into each other during their suicide attempts fate throws them a bone.

This story takes you on a journey of his drying out and her learning to trust. Not your typical "box" romance for sure. The characters come with a LOT of baggage and issues that they need to overcome before you get to the Happy ending. The story itself was well written and the characters stayed true to form. Ms Elsborg has done a great job creating two very flawed main characters and still delivering a satisfying story. With hot sex this is a well rounded title.

*I do feel compelled to mention a scene between the hero and an underage girl. Though NO SEX was depicted it did happen off page.*

This is not the first title by this author that I have read. Though I am not sure I would read this one again, Ms Elsborg has proven that she is not afraid to craft a well written tale and test the boundaries. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for more from Ms Elsborg in the future.

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