Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Review of No Stranger to Love (The Tavonesi Series) by Pamela Aares

No Stranger to Love

With NO STRANGER TO LOVE, USA Today Bestselling Author Pamela Aares delivers another page-turning contemporary romance in the Tavonesi Series featuring love, suspense and adventure!

Juliet Cabot is no stranger to trouble, but she never imagined that her work defending endangered sea turtles on a beautiful Greek island would turn deadly. Threats to her life force her to call for help from the man who's haunted her dreams for years—wine country landowner and international polo star Parker Tavonesi.

Parker owes Juliet big time for getting him out of a fix in the past. Handsome, resourceful and fearless, she trusts him with her life but she vowed she would never trust him with her heart. When danger enshrouds them and warm island nights cause their bottled-up passions to flare, Juliet's every fantasy could become reality . . . unless the dark secrets of a sultry paradise prove fatal, not just for the struggling sea turtles but for Parker and Juliet as well.

**My thoughts**
I remember reading the early part of this series as it was coming out and was madly in love with every page. I inadvertently missed the next few that came out, so I was ecstatic when the opportunity to read and review this latest installment came my way. You don't have to read this series in order to be able to appreciate each installment. A bottle of wine, a warm spring day, and a comfy seat on the front porch, and I settled in with my read.

As per usual with this series, I was completely immersed in their world and madly in love with the characters. Parker is gorgeous, athletic, and intelligent. Plus he owns a vineyard, which is another amazing perk. Juliet has a big heart and is absolutely brilliant. What I love the most about her is that she is so smart, but doesn't act like a know-it-all. The two of them have incredible chemistry and banter. They challenge each other. They just don't open up and communicate very well about their thoughts and feelings.

Their roller coaster ride makes you want to smack them both upside the head many times as their pride gets in their way. But isn't that how these relationships seem to go? I can understand some of their apprehension, as they have known each other for so long. It's just that they've become different people since then and need to let go of those former impressions. Give in to your hearts, people! And be honest with each other, because you are missing out on something wonderful.

Of course, if they did that, there wouldn't be enough of that romantic conflict to tell a good story, right?

Speaking of conflict, this book would not be complete without a little bit of suspense to keep things interesting. There's just enough suspense enveloping Juliet and the island as she tries to push forward with her sea turtle project. I love this blend of suspenseful romance, because it adds a different dimension to the story. Add in the beautiful setting of Greece and you have a winner. Pamela Aares has a gift for putting these together without overdoing either angle. It is smartly written and makes me crave going back through the series.

I received a complimentary of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Read one of my favorite excerpts here.

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