Loving a total stranger can be very hard work sometimes.
How do you love someone who exists entirely in the shadows?
How do you love a man who describes himself as dead?
How do you get that ghost to love you back?
Ex-SAS soldier Ben Rider falls in love with his enigmatic married boss Sir Nikolas Mikkelsen, but Nikolas is living a lie. A lie so profound that when the shadows are lifted, Ben realises he’s in love with a very dangerous stranger. Ben has to choose between Nikolas and safety, but sometimes danger comes in a very seductive package.
How was it? This book is a bit of a whirlwind as is but more so if like me you pick it up without checking out the blurb. I went in “blind” and thought I was in for a revenge story when I started it before that assumption kind of went up in smoke fast.
So I read on keeping my expectations in check because this book started in the middle of the story. It took me a little while to play catch up and understand what was going on since we’re thrown right in the thick of it. As a bit confusing as that might have been I kept reading because the way the Ben Rider and Sir. Nikolas Mikkelsen are presented piqued my interest enough to want to know more. Both of the main characters are quite mysterious even if one doesn’t appear to be. They also have a…complicated past that is touched on, in the midst of the several storylines. Through those events – that are a bit episodic – we learn a lot about Ben and Sir. Nikolas, and as we do the pair become more interesting. It also informs some aspects of their relationship.
The problem with Love is a Stranger is that it can sound like a mess, if you’re trying to talk about without spoiling anything. As I mentioned the beginning can be confusing or off putting – I’m sure some people give it up – but the pace and the writing is good. This first book sets up the series well but is very much one part of a bigger whole.