Review of “The Stranger” by Kyra Davis


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Synopsis:

Kasie Fitzgerald knows who she’s supposed to be. She’s a rising-star-workaholic at a global consulting firm. She’s the fiancée of a well-connected man who’s won the approval of her parents. People know that she’s reliable, serious, proper, cautious, pragmatic, and yes, a little predictable. She’s who Dave and her family want her to be.

But as her thirtieth birthday looms, buried feelings begin to resurrect. Her friend takes her to Vegas for one last wild and crazy night. In a dress much shorter and sexier than anything she has ever dared to wear before, she hits the blackjack tables. And meets him. Under the tailored clothes it’s clear that this is a man who is intense, powerful, and maybe even a little dangerous. With a touch of trepidation she accepts his invitation to get a drink, and before long, she’s in his hotel room.

She never gets his full name. Perhaps his anonymity is one of the reasons she’s able to give herself over to him and to the moment so completely. Perhaps it’s why she’s just had the most exquisite and passionate sex of her life. Shaken by her own behavior, Kasie tries to chalk it up to one crazy night. But when the mysterious gentleman she’s just had a fling with shows up in her office—as the CEO of a firm her company does a billion dollars of business with a year, demanding that she handle his account, and so much more—things will never be the same again. And there’s no telling where this will go…

Review:

Now I, personally, am not a huge fan of reading books that contain cheating. I usually avoid them like the plague, but I actually really enjoyed this one lol wait, don’t throw rocks! Hear me out…

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Kasie is a young woman who has always done everything the safe way. Everyone considers her to be reliable and lives life according to the way that she believes she should act as opposed to how she really wants to be. Her life is dictated by rules and structure and it has been that way her entire 30 years of life. She’s engaged to Dave who is pretty dull and extremely predictable. I found nothing at all interesting or memorable about him other than the fact that he behaved like a total douchebag and he doesn’t even try to explore new avenues with Kasie when she makes an effort.

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Before you get mad at me!! lol I know perfectly well that those are not good reasons to cheat on someone, (well, actually there is never a good reason to cheat on someone) but let me continue with my review. It was clear from the get-go that Kasie was not happy with her current lifestyle. Yeah, she had a long 6 year relationship with someone who had a good, reputable career and he could give her everything she wanted when it came to stability, finances and social status, but they didn’t have the key elements that every relationship needs to thrive on. They didn’t have passion, romance or even a deep emotional connection. Considering the fact that they are planning their wedding, that is a HUGE red flag!

Anyway, Kasie and her best friend decide to take a weekend trip to Vegas for her birthday. Her friend insists that she is making a mistake by marrying Dave, but that, at the very least, she should have one day where she lets go of all of her inhibitions, tosses caution to the wind and enjoys herself to the fullest. She encourages her to go out and have a one night stand with someone who is the exact opposite of Dave. Someone who will show her excitement even for a short while before she is eventually married and completely devoted to Dave. Kasie is very apprehensive, because she has never cheated before, but finally relents after much convincing. After all, now that she is reaching the big 3-0, she feels that she has lived an uneventful life and has never taken any risks. It’ll be just this once with a complete stranger before she travels back home. She goes out and instantly is attracted to an older man who exudes sensuality. They eventually head back to his room and, simply put, he rocks her world.

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After her birthday weekend is over, she travels back home only to encounter the shock of a lifetime to find that her one-night stand, the irresistible Robert Dade, is standing right in her office building. He is an extremely successful CEO who has managed to make her employer’s company loads of money! He requests that she be the one to handle his account and she has no other choice because if she declines then one of three things will likely happen: 1) Her secret infidelity will be exposed 2) She will cost her company millions of dollars or 3) She will probably get fired. So she reluctantly agrees with the intention that everything from that day forward will be kept strictly professional, but as time goes on neither of them can deny that there is a fire burning between them and it’s bound to set them both aflame. He is everything that she has craved for: passionate, spontaneous, charismatic and who may be the exact person that she needs to truly find herself.

Like I mentioned earlier, I am not a fan of cheating in any way, shape or form, but the cheating in this book didn’t really bother me. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that her and her fiancé are total opposites in every way that matters. I didn’t feel any sparks between them and I wondered on various occasions why they were even together. Their whole relationship seemed wrong from the start. It seemed forced. She is, quite obviously, someone who is fighting her inner desires to be this wild and free spirit in order to fit into the linear, predictable mold that Dave wants her to be.

Final Verdict:

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I read it years ago when each segment was separated by novellas, but now you can get them all together in one book! This isn’t a long book, but the author managed to include quite an emotional punch within these few chapters. I sympathized with the characters over how conflicted, confused and guilty they felt. Again, don’t get it twisted lol I don’t condone cheating, but it just felt like their meeting was a work of fate in helping them to truly find themselves.

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars!

Buy Link:

Amazon (The whole series for only .99 cents!)

Add to TBR:

Goodreads

Favorite Quotes:

“When you’re old, do you really want to look back at your life and realize that you were never young?”

“Sometimes we have to step out of our comfort zones. We have to break the rules.
And we have to discover the sensuality of fear. We need to face it, challenge it, dance with it”

“I stare at the woman in the mirror, her hair loose around her shoulders, commanding, sensual.
“I want to know you,” I say to her.”

“I’m getting married.”
“To a man you don’t love.”
“He’s the man I want.”
“What a seductive little liar you are.”

”Dave sees the aspiration of what I want to be while Mr. Dade sees the woman I’ve been running from.”

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