When she sees the word goodbye written in the sand Kate Snow takes it as an ironic sign directed at her on the day she has decided to walk into the ocean, ending her life. But it's really a sign that she's about to make a one-in-a-million connection with a man who picked the same stretch of water for the same purpose. Both plagued by demons - he by the price of fame, she by relationships of lies and abuse - they find each other in their lowest moment and love pulls them out of the depths. Tilly Hooper plunges into this emotional tidal wave, giving the characters real voices of damaged souls, but not wallowing in sorrow. As the passion and romance take over, the audiobook heats up and Hooper's delivery takes the sensuous tone of pleasure and desire.
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.
©2009 Barbara Elsborg (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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No. Strangers had great sex, but the abuse factor REALLY should have been revealed beforehand. What was reported by other reviewers as funny was sweet, but not hilarious at all. Then the woman who had been abused all her life, was abused again by the "hero." Aaaaand of course she forgave him every time he hurt her. Not funny. Not a good love story. And now that I think about it, the rape scene was NOT great sex, either. Neither was the statutory rape that was swept under the rug. This woman needs medication and a therapist, not another abuser. Who cares if he's rich and famous and handsome?
Anyone who has had abuse in their life- skip this one.
Disappointed. How could this be a beloved book??? The little bit of happiness at the end was too suspect and not funny at all.
Beware this book if you've had any kind of trauma in your life.
"Barbara Elsborg takes erotica to another level!"
I can honestly say this book surpassed all my expectation! Strangers is my first book by Barbara Elsborg and will definitely not be my last. This book has all my favorite redeeming qualities... a creative plot, intriguing characters that you can't help but fall in love with, smart quirky laugh out loud dialog, the most sensual delicious erotica, deep gut wrenching drama, a complete mix of pure PERFECTION! This sweet seductive romance between two unlikely characters that meet in the most desperate of situations. You will be captivated from the very first page. Prepare yourself for a definite emotional rollercoaster ride! It's not every day that the book's romantic couple meets because they've chosen the same place for a suicide attempt. I will admit that their first interaction was a bit unconventional but it only makes this story even more unique. They end up reconsidering their plans of suicide after their attempts are interrupted by evil seaweed, mermaid talk, a bloody nose, and possible shark attack. From that very day, both Charlie & Kate start to create a bond and trust one another. They both struggle to heal from their broken dark pasts, start developing a relationship, learn to love & be loved. Even though Kate, a waitress, part-time phone sex operator, sexy lingerie maker and Charlie, a self destructive former singer turned actor live in completely different worlds, we soon discover they have a lot more in common with each other.
Their vulnerabilities were so pure and honest. When starting to learn more about their pasts I was so heartbroken and deeply sad for them. Eventually, I become mortified & completely disgusted over what Kate had to endure through out her life. It was refreshing to see characters that didn't allow their pasts to dictate their futures. The author has an interesting way of using humor to smooth over more delicate subject matter. The humor just propels this story along through every bump and struggle. I absolutely adored Kate and Charlie's snarky but affectionate exchanges. Mermaid & Hippo's story was all kinds of HOT, with a lot of witty banter, and yes, drama. Some intense drama, which fortunately isn't too tortuously drawn out.There are delicious amounts of SMEXY scenes that are not for the faint hearted:)
Barbara Elsborg is very talented writer. This book was SUPERB & the narrator (Tilly Hooper) was FANTASTIC! I really hope Audible releases more books by this author. I without a doubt recommend this compelling love story!
"Humor Amongst the Tragedies"
I enjoyed listening to the accents and the humor of the characters even while dealing with unpleasant topics such as suicide.
Kate was my favorite character because she's witty even in the face of disappointment and loss.
Hard to choose just one - I loved the opening to the book and the way it book-ended with the epilogue.
I enjoyed listening to this narration of Strangers. I love Barbara Elsborg's humor and I really hope that more of her books are made into audiobooks (such as Something About Polly, An Ordinary Girl, Kiss A Falling Star, etc.).
"Really really good!"
First, I liked the length which didn't drag so that was good so you get your money's worth. Second, even though the subject matters were serious and nothing to joke about, the writer had a way of adding a little humor which drew you in, pulled heartstrings and made the characters so lovable. Charlie is a celebrity that is continually making poor choices ruining his reputation in the industry and Kate grew up in foster care with abusive relationships. They met by both attempting to swim out to sea to commit suicide but bumped into each other out in the water and from there the relationship started. They brought out the best in each other and they began to heal. It's an odd mixture of deep and humor. Charlie is pitiful and adorable and Kate is sweet and kind and somehow it works. I thought it was totally worth the credit.
"Does enjoying this book make me a bad person?"
Probably so. But after listening to enough hard-hitting history and current events material to depress a hyena, a person needs a bit of a romp. This was just the ticket. It's a normal formulaic romance, with a good amount of steamy sex, if that is to your taste. What makes it work is Hooper's lovely British delivery, which makes the naughty bits just that much naughtier. The downer is her attempt to imitate a man with a deep voice--always a big mistake. As much as you'd expect from the genre for plot twists and character development; just a guilty pleasure to listen to for some good escapist entertainment!
"Satisfying, interesting romance"
I was worried about the overused character of famous musician /actor, but this isn't a celebration of excessive wealth, rather a good story with interesting characters and challenges with sex, romance and a happy ending.
"Heart pulling Emotional and Very Addictive listen"
I truly enjoyed this book, Soooo very much, I could not stop listening. From the first few lines, this book draws you inside its story-line like a tidal wave and you stand no chance of escaping it.
It is in essence a love story, of course, but it also deals with issues such as suicide. It does it so beautifully, with humor and wit, without being too morbid and overpowering the love story itself. We meet the two main characters, Kate and Charlie, while they are both trying to commit suicide. Completely different events in their lives have made them so helpless and hopeless to resort to such drastic acts against themselves, but instead of “drowning” with them, we find ourselves laughing with them, laughing at their interaction with each other and hoping that two hopeless souls can equate to a hopeful ending.
This amazingly compelling story that elates you rather than depress you. It also gave one an insight of how a person might feel just before losing all hope and what can bring them to that desperate act. I understood all there feelings and that's why i connected with this book so much.
Tilly Hooper;s narration was spot on for all the characters. She is a true talent. I don't know what book to follow up from this one. I feel a little lost after listening to this emotional story. I'll have to go hunting on Audible for my next adventure. :)
"Best written and narrated romance I've read lately"
Refreshing "hot" sensual romance without the usual - excruciatingly weak and stupid or supposedly tough, independent stupid female described as intelligent then written to say and/or do ridiculously stupid things. I'm female and it annoys me that so many romance books written by women portray their heroines as such vapid creatures.
The characters in Strangers were intelligent and believable. The author created two awesome people both of whom are broken in different ways. The dialogue is very sharp and witty in parts and breathtakingly bittersweet in parts.
The dialogue between Charlie and Kate during their chance meeting in the sea is my favorite part.
Unfortunately, the moment that struck hardest emotionally and thus most memorable is when Kate uses the key card provided her by Charlie's agent.
No, none of which I'm aware. I think Ms. Hooter did a great job with narrating the different characters both male and female. I could easily discern each character. I think she's a great narrator.
When Charlie FINALLY realized the truth
She brought the emotion that made you really feel what the character felt
yes...you will both laugh and cry The word Wanker is used alot
Well worth the credit. You wont be disappointed
Wow, I really enjoyed this book. Best love story I've read in a long time. It hit all of my emotions. Both characters were awesome and it was well read. I was sad when it was over. It had all the angst and misunderstandings that all books of this type do but not over done. Love scenes were perfect as well. defiantly worth the credit.
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