**REVIEW** Wanted in Paradise by Kate Ashenden

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Wanted in Paradise

Kate Ashenden

Romantic Suspense novel

 

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Blurb:

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Wanted in Paradise is a steamy romantic suspense novel filled with the…
…drama of forbidden love
…tension of alpha male rivalry 
…glamour of wealthy men
…type of action and adventure that holds your interest!

Shocked by family tragedy, Jasmine Hartwell returns home with a need to do something meaningful with her life.

Romeo Moretti, the only man Jasmine has ever loved, but could never have, is now an international singing sensation. However, he is disillusioned with his fame and decides to use his high profile for a good purpose by hosting a benefit concert in the Maldives, which will be broadcast across the world.

It has been five years since Jasmine and Romeo have seen each other, but a heartbreaking twist of fate leads to a reunion between them.

Romeo whisks Jasmine away to the Maldives, to help with the concert’s publicity, but their path to success is fraught with challenges and danger, as they battle to resist their burning desire for one another.

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My Review:

 

This book was an on the whim grab. Was bored, browsing Amazon for a new read. I’m truly glad I did! It was time well spent reading. I got a great read and added an new author to my list of authors to read.

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So, the start of the book was a bit confusing at first. We have Jasmine writing a letter to her cousin Reyna, talking about dating Diego and her friend (her Diego’s brother) Romeo. It confused me for a minute because the blurb implied that it was Jasmine’s and Romeo’s story. However, the first chapter reveals things and the confusion was quickly forgotten.

Jasmine has been through a horrible experience when visiting her cousin in the Philippines. Her love for Romeo is known in the very beginning when she thinks he’s in the room with her while she’s recovering.  However, this moment changed Jasmine. The way she viewed the world. The way she viewed her life. Struggling with PTSD, she tried to find her place in the world. Then she sees a news report about her ex boyfriend and her love interest’s brother. She reached out to the man, both out of concern and wanting to offer comfort, but also wanting to see him again.

When she laid eyes on him for the first time after all years apart, she was almost stunned by the waves of euphoria and love that surged through her.

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When Romeo offered her a job to help him with his benefit concert he was trying to get word out about, and the chance to heal, that’s when things really change for her. She’s back on an island and a beach. Jasmine had convinced herself it would help her heal. Though, in the back of her mind, she wanted the time with Romeo to see if there could be anything between them.

This is where the real story begins. The minute they board the plane to the Maledives. There was friction between Rupert, Romeo’s publicist, and the staff helping with the concert. Romeo was captivating to watch work but then when they were alone together things got weird. Not in a bad way as in the writing, but as in Jasmine was wanting more and Romeo was avoiding it.

This book had me holding my breath several times as things started to go array with the concert site and someone trying to use Jasmine for their benefits. Then there was Rupert who was just plain nasty. I didn’t like him from the start. Clive, project manager, was funny. A drunken disaster sometimes but funny.

There was a point that I had to set my tablet aside and walk away because the emotions were so intense. The ability to connect to these characters was easily done with the author’s writing. I was able to visualize their surroundings (and longed to visit myself).

If you’re looking for a read that holds you by the heart and gut, takes you through the wringer to the point you yell at them to “Just realize it already!” to an HEA then this book is for you. I loved every moment of this book and will be looking out for more books by this author.


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