Sylvia Day’s erotic romance, The Stranger I Married (2007), has an intriguing plot and steamy, explicit sex scenes, but the book falls short of really pulling in the reader.
Isabel, Lady Pelham, and Gerard Faulkner, Marquess of Grayson enter a marriage of convenience that allows each to continue satisfying their personal desires within the safety of a loveless marriage of friendship. However, that changes when the woman Gerard loves dies giving birth to his illegitimate child. After disappearing for four years Gerard returns to resume his life in London. Isabel finds that the carefree boy she married has turned into an entirely different man. Gerard is now determined to win the body and the love of his wife. Yet Isabel’s heart is not easily won as she carries her own burdens from the past.
Although the plot of this Regency romance is intriguing, Gerard’s sudden determination to win his wife’s heart is not quite believable. Even if it were, the characters seem shallow and lack the depth that makes one really care about them. Also, the explicit terms used during the scenes of passion detract from the story and jolt the reader out of the world that Day has created back into modern times.
There are so many well-written romances with steamy sex scenes available that this one would count as a decidedly “put-down-able” book.