Kate and Charlie meet in the middle of trying to commit suicide. Of all the oceans and beaches, what are the odds. But once they started a strange conversation while struggling to stay afloat, dying didn’t seem like such a good idea. As they struggle to shore, and to live, a bond is formed. Stronger than either could ever anticipate. While the reasons both had for ending it all seemed solid at the time, each found the others’ story horrifying. They certainly aren’t the only ones who’ve had a tough time.

Being a bad boy who capitalizes on his stardom, Charlie is thrilled Kate doesn’t immediately recognize him. As he pursues her, he is assured it is him she’s responding to, not his stardom. Kate’s attraction to Charlie is a little slower in developing due to her lack of trust in herself. But when she decides to go for it she goes in with guns blazing. Very steamy.

With the odds and Charlie’s manager against them, they try to make a relationship work amid the paparazzi and manipulations of others. Sharing parts of themselves usually held reserved makes them feel closer to one another than they’ve ever felt with another human being. As the feelings turn to love, there are also insecurities that allow jealousy and betrayal to get a foothold. Can they withstand all that the world seems determined to throw at them?

This is one of the best books I’ve read in quite a while. Both Charlie and Kate were horribly damaged, had frightful things happen to them, and yet they went on. Not gracefully and not with happiness or joy. Those feelings came when they found one another. The writer artfully added non-savory aspects such as violence, infidelity, drug use, phone sex, and other shocking things to make a truly wonderful story. This wasn’t ribbons and roses; sometimes I thought they were too damaged to be with anyone, let alone one another and at times was difficult to read. But read it I did, and would recommend it to anyone.

Book Blurb for Strangers

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.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2010 5.00