Title: Strangers In The Night
Author: Inés Saint
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Published: July 9, 2012
All-American playboy Jake Kelly is Chicago’s conservative mayoral candidate. Heir to a dubiously obtained real estate fortune, he’s had a hard time convincing people a generous, caring heart lies beneath his cold exterior. Recent polls have him lagging behind his more family oriented Democratic opponent and his main problem seems to be Chicago’s large Hispanic constituency.
Keila Diaz is a warm, sassy, left-leaning violinist of Hispanic descent. She’s struggling to make a career out of her passion for playing the violin in the city she loves.
Keila needs more work and Jake needs a consultant. When a friend brings them together to come up with a music program for the city’s public school system as part of Jake’s plans for education reform, sparks ignite and combust. Jake ignores he’d already met Keila once before and Keila follows his lead.
When photos of the two of them dancing close at a festival mysteriously show up in local media, things get complicated. Voters love the idea of Jake and Keila together. If Jake ever owns up to the feelings he’s been so adept at tossing aside, will Keila be able to trust he wants her for the right reasons?
Strangers in the Night is one of those contemporary romances that remind you of the sweet Cinderella fairy-tale you grew up to believe, ‘one day that could be me!’
The sensual heat between them from the moment the two strangers were thrown together at the dance festival in Chicago was smouldering and continued right through the book (thank god, because I LOVE heat between a hero and heroine).
Jake has a playboy persona who just wants to be loved for the man he is (who can’t resist that) and Keila is from a Hispanic family filled with pride and broken hearts, leading her to believe the best way to live life is without love (noooo, I scream). And yet once again they are thrown together and heat isn’t the only thing that simmers between them if only they could admit it.
I laughed and fell for Keila’s Latino family of crazed women and could absolutely picture them all sitting in the lounge room eating flan. By the secondary characters it wouldn’t surprise me if we see a series from this novel. The words- “She has the soul of a musician” had me really thinking and I now believe I have one too, thank you, Inés.
All in all, if you’re after a sweet yet sensual read, Strangers In The Night is for you. I gave it a four star rating because I know if you dreamed of the Cinderella story, you will enjoy this too.
Reviewed by: Kerri Williams