The Stranger I Married by Sylvia Day
Rated 4 out of 5 White Roses.
Content Rated with the Red Rose.
Never let it be said that Gerard Faulkner, Marquess of Grayson, did not go after what he wanted in life. He knew he wanted Lady Isabel Pelham as his wife. So he married her. And even though it took some maturing on his part, he realizes he wants a real marriage with Isabel. Now, all he has to do is find a way to convince her that she wants that, too.
Isabel walked into this marriage with Gray with an understanding. They both want to enjoy their paramours without having to worry matchmakers, marriages or their significant others. So marrying each other would give them an out when one of their lovers got… well… too attached. They could both do as they wish and no one gets hurt.
That is, until Grayson disappeared for 4 years without a word and when he came back, he came back as a totally different man. This new man wants his wife. This new man wants his marriage. This new Grayson changed all the rules. This new Grayson makes Isabel feel things and that makes her husband terrifying.
The Stranger I Married was my first introduction to the writings of Ms. Day and now I find myself a fan. I normally don’t say this but I find the need to.
This book is HOT.
girl, no wait, scratch that, every WOMAN, wants to feel the way Grayson makes Isabel feel. Who doesn’t want a bad boy turned good? What I especially loved about them was in how they came to be aware of how much they loved each other. The moment of realization in this read was so eloquent it was stirring. Even the accompanying romance of the secondary characters of Isabel’s brother and Abby added to the story’s allure.
The only reason The Stranger I Married is not rated 5 White Roses is because it took Grayson four years in which he left his wife alone only to return home and say he now wants her. Four years and she just welcomes him back. Yes, many people take a long time on the path to enlightenment but it just didn’t sit well with me in this story.
The rest of the story is great. Their love and chemistry, fantastic. It’s just that one detail that keeps it from being perfect. But ladies, don’t get me wrong. Pretty close to perfect is not just pretty darn good, it’s… well, pretty close to perfect.
Hugs & Kisses,
The Lustrous Courtesan