Strangers

  • by Barbara Elsborg
  • Narrated by Tillie Hooper
  • 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

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Customer Reviews

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Not funny.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing


Has Strangers turned you off from other books in this genre?

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.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed. How could this be a beloved book??? The little bit of happiness at the end was too suspect and not funny at all.


Any additional comments?

Beware this book if you've had any kind of trauma in your life.

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- Tauna

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!
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- Jordy ♡♡♡♡

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-17-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios