BACK TO ST. BARTS, st barts 3, BABY ON ST. BARTS , St. Barts Book 4, EMME CROSS
I loved the first two books, which I’d read when they were together as one and have been waiting for these follow up novels.
Once again Sunny just pulls me in, she seems to touch everyone with a bit of “Sunny magic” as she passes them. She’s one of those people who seem so good they’re either hiding something awful, or just presenting a facade and are very mean inside. Sunny isn’t though – she a rarity, someone who sees good in everything and everyone, and I adored her. She’s come to LA now to be with Sven, but despite his intentions and promises he’s really going about his life as normal and its Sunny that has to make all the adaptions to her life. She tries hard to support him, gets dressed up to be by his side even though she hates it, stands by while actresses and fans paw at him and treat her as disposable, and just gets on with organising his life and the redecorating of the home he shared with Clyde. Yes that’s right – Sven clearly hasn’t realised how awful it will be for Sunny living in the home of the man who tried to kill her….and that sums him up – He’s not intentionally cruel, just totally thoughtless, and as we saw before he can be very selfish, self obsessed as so many actors seem to be, and in many ways he still needs to grow up and learn to look at others needs, not just his own.
Though I loved him in the first book(s) we could see even then that streak of selfishness and lack of maturity, his readiness to blame everyone but himself, but I thought he’d finally grown up once he fell in love with Sunny and realised what she was to him. She doesn’t doubt his love, but its clear to her things aren’t going as she’d hoped even though she’s doing her best. There’s a scene where she’s working with chef Stuart White one evening and Sven is out at a function alone, where he does something that shocked me to the core and yet he doesn’t seem to think anything of it :- o . Then he has the gall to try to justify what he did, and get angry with Sunny for her reaction. They muddle along, with things going great at some points and not so good at others, and I really wanted to shake him. Then there’s something happens that blows everything apart, and it’s potentially make or break time.
Its a story full of drama and heartbreak and yes, I was so angry at Sven, and yet of course if he hadn’t been like this it would be a very dull book!! Its always a conundrum, we berate characters for their actions and yet the stories would be bland and boring without them ;- ) Sunny is a real star here, and I so hoped they could find their way back, their love was so clear to see, but Love doesn’t conquer all despite the ballads that say it does. It needs some hands guiding it and lots of help.
Stars:five stars, it was great to see just how hard the changes were for them both and how easy it is to let things slip out of control.
BABY ON ST. BARTS , (St. Barts Romance Books Series Book 4), EMME CROSS
I loved the first two books, which I’d read when they were together as one, and have been waiting for these follow up novels. I loved book three but this final one ( there are more to follow but this one has a proper ending) just didn’t feel quite as good to me.
I think what I missed was Sunny and Sven together. Even when there were problems it was the magic between them that made these books so special, and here though we get them both Sunny is back on St Barts, and Sven is busy filming.
Life goes forward for Sunny, first with a tragic event that causes such issues between them, and leads to Sven and his mother Judith becoming estranged. Its his reaction that Judith hates, and she tells him its time he grew up and stopped being selfish. I guess for an actor its a dog eat dog world and they need a certain amount of self obsession to push themselves forward all the while, but Sven has let that bleed through to his relationship with Sunny. Fortunately though his latest film sees him becoming fast friends with his co-star, an elderly, gay actor. He shows Sven just what his future could be like if he let himself lose his family, if he didn’t fight back for Sunny. Sven knows he’ll cock up a phone call, and after his last visit which went so badly and led to the upset with Judith, he decides on Henry’s advice and with his help to write to Sunny. This turns in to a weekly event, with him telling Sunny just how he feels. Meanwhile she’s keeping a secret from him, cautioned by his previous reactions, and waiting til she feels the time is right and he has no other pressures on his time. Then yet more drama happens, life threatening events this time and its a time of reassessments and change for everyone.
I loved being back on St Barts, Emme writes about it so well I feel the sunshine, I could know the characters, and feel part of the community. Poor Sunny, gone through so much loss in her life and yet she’s still always happy, always making the best, even when people and events let her down. I loved all the characters including the new ones we meet. They provide some extras to the story and a way for the direction perhaps of future books? What I missed was having Sunny and Sven together, for the greatest part of the story they’re apart, and for me that just didn’t work even though it was needed for the story. The drama though, the action and the events were really heart-stopping and realistic. I can’t really see any way it could have worked otherwise even though i needed them to be together, and in a way its harsh given that for me to drop it to four stars, but I just didn’t enjoy it so much as the previous ones. sorry Emme, hope you understand :- ).
Stars:Four, a good read and a perfect ending but I missed the duo together
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