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Intimate Strangers (Lisa Millar #1) by Lasairiona McMaster


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Is there such a thing as too perfect?

Lisa Millar wasn’t supposed to fall in love with a guy on the Internet. But she did.

Other than living over five thousand miles away in America, AJ Williams is seemingly her perfect match. Strikingly handsome, musically talented, plays hockey and has a typical college-guy life.

In a moment of carpe diem, Lisa flies from Ireland to Alabama to surprise her internet-beau and finds herself face to face with an inconceivable reality that she couldn’t possibly have prepared for.

How well can you truly know someone you meet online?

Will true love win out, or will AJ’s secret life be too much for Lisa to bear? 


She was in Newry, Northern Ireland, and he was six hours behind her in Huntsville, Alabama. They were both in college, four thousand miles apart and working on finishing up their degrees. She had a job, he had hockey – which essentially took up every free moment he had. When he wasn’t playing hockey, he was gigging in coffee houses and bars with his guitar.

I chose this book because of the long-distance Internet romance theme and was interested in how the author made it work. Though it started slow and I was not happy with AJ’s secret, the story took a surprise turn when Lisa showed her love and strength after a frightening accident.

I don’t want to go into detail and give away the secret and the plot, but I was pleasantly surprised by watching Lisa and AJ mature and become responsible adults. In addition, their friends and family are an added bonus of diverse and fun characters who round out a good storyline.

Overall, I enjoyed this emotionally-packed romance which angered me, amused me, distressed me, and delighted me. Also, I was happy to hear this is book 1 in a series, and am looking forward to reading more about Lisa and AJ.

Thank you to Ms. McMaster for giving me the opportunity to review this book without expectation of a positive review.


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Lasairiona McMaster grew up dreaming of an exciting life abroad, and, after graduating from Queens University, Belfast, that is exactly what she did – with her then-boyfriend, now husband of almost ten years. Having recently repatriated to Northern Ireland after a decade abroad spanned over two countries (seven and a half years in America and eighteen months in India), she now finds herself ‘home’, with itchy feet and dreams of her next expatriation. With a penchant for both travelling, and writing, she started a blog during her first relocation to Houston, Texas and, since repatriating to Northern Ireland, has decided to do as everyone has been telling her to do for years, and finally pen a book (or two) and get published while she tries to adjust to the people and place she left ten years ago, where nothing looks the same as it did when she left.

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