By Barbara Elsborg. 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 spiralling 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.

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Really good. Buuttt… I was able to put it down and go to sleep without dreaming about them. Though this certainly all changed with the last quarter. I totally became one with the book at that point. I could feel everything and it was a whirlwind of a hot mess!

Hurtful, even. You see where this is going right? They bump into each other at the darkest moments of their lives, freezing, exhausted, sort of drowning, scared, yet still feeling so hopeless. Bloody hell, what were the chances of them picking the same spot to disappear? All that water abd they ended up in the same place? Kate wondered what she was doing, struggling to stay afloat when the whole point of today had been to sink.

Maybe she was already dead and being punished for killing herself, doomed to a perpetual struggle in a wild sea with a gorgeous but aggravatibf man. They become so close, so quickly, so intensely. Dark confessions, breakdowns, silly moments and full-on belly laughs, very intimate connections, and some serious bonding.

But as they realize that they have so much to look forward to, now that they have each other, they also realize they need to face reality again. And because they have each other, once they let the world back into their lives, things are so much better.

And then again… so much worse. The jealous spats, the paparazzi, the insecurities. And some strange friends. Overall, while I enjoyed the main couple, and believed their concerns for one another, the other characters, just felt unreal.

The conversations, the arguments, a bit… stilted. There was just too much miscellaneous crazy stuff, too many things to deal with in short spurts. No real depth to much of it, except for the depth between the two main characters. At least there was that! The rest of it felt almost as if everyone was the enemy, from the past all the way to the present.

Did nobody truly care about either of these two?!! And I mean really sad and scary stuff that pretty much ruined both of their lives in weird ways. Their past was bad enough. Made them self-destructive. Turned them almost immediately into a co-dependent couple. But now, their present was almost just as absurd! Pretty much forcing each other to face things that… I dunno.

I mean come on. A little therapy before you just throw each other to the sharks like that, right? Luckily though, the author allows us to indulge fully in the romance part of the main two characters and that we mostly get only their story. THEY were reeeeeealllly into each other. Steamy stuff, but also heartwarming and sigh-inducing.

That is until Charlie had a deeply dark moment and turned into an absolute loathsome creature. A few times actually. The book just hit a seriously ugly dark side. I miss Brian… A safe bad-boy…. He has a pretty dark ugly moment himself… BUT he has given me the urge to cry a few times.

So no. I never fell for Charlie, as I would have liked to. His heart is huge, and he was almost so crush-worthy, but when his dark side took over… just ick!

And in this one, they just keep coming. Like I said, a lot of it… over-the-top outlandish, but the overall effect and reactions were sure exciting to stress over! Especially towards the end. Started reading Strangers two days ago and I agree with your review.

It is like a roller coaster….. I like it then I dont then I like it again. Maryse I read such good things about this book and your review kinda made me not want to get it…. Actually do you still feel the same about the book? I would have loved to hear your opinion about Kate, the heroine. She has her strong moments for most of the book, but her biggest weakness is Charlie.

Also, is it just me or does Charlie and Kate seem older than their years? I have no idea…. But as they listen and console each other, they second guess their decision and swim back.

Stop talking, keep swimming. So yes, this book is as good as it sounds. How could he change so suddenly? From a bird with a broken wing to the boy doing the breaking. Notify of. Inline Feedbacks. Sarah Brown. Hey Maryse, Started reading Strangers two days ago and I agree with your review. On point! I have no idea… Love the crude, no nonsense English authors. They have no censorship! Welcome, book friends! My posts include affiliate links meaning I may earn commissions from Amazon for qualifying purchases.

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I read this book in one sitting, I couldn't put it down, I shouldn't have started it at 10pm! This book literally had me choked up, tears running down my face, gasping, the whole ten yards. When it I love the characters, neither is of them is perfect and I Love that. Plenty of hot steamy sex to go along with a deep emotional journey for both of the main characters. Barbara Elsborg. 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.





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