Sharon’s review ~ Strangers in Paradise by Barbara Dunlop

Posted May 27, 2022 by Sharon in Mainstream, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments

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Sharon’s review ~ Strangers in Paradise by Barbara DunlopStrangers in Paradise by Barbara Dunlop
Published by Penguin on May 24, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / General, Fiction / Small Town & Rural
Pages: 320
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3.5 Stars

A woman bush pilot in Alaska finds love where she least expects it in this new novel from New York Times bestselling author Barbara Dunlop.

Hailey Barosse always knew what her wealthy family expected of her: marry an affluent Georgia man, run a charitable organization, and provide her parents with two or three grandchildren. But Hailey rebelled. Instead, she moved far away from that suffocating life, and for six years she’s built her independence by flying bush planes in the tiny town of Paradise, Alaska. Then a suave, handsome businessman arrives, shaking up her world and reminding her of her controlling family. Parker Hall wants to invest in her boss’s airline, but Hailey doesn’t trust him at all. He might be confident and charming, but she knows all about self-centered cutthroat industrialists—and Parker is one of them.

Parker Hall prides himself on being a self-made entrepreneur. He earned his fortune by working day and night, expanding his gold mine and investing in new businesses that support his growing dream. His next opportunity is in Paradise, but his plans are quickly derailed by a fierce, beautiful pilot who both fights and fascinates him. The closer he gets to the feisty Hailey, the more she pushes him away. But Parker’s not giving up, not on Paradise and not on Hailey.  He’s come a long way in life by being laser-focused on his passions, and this time is no different…

Strangers in Paradise contained a whole lot more angst than the first two books and focused less on the romance, but I still enjoyed it. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Books

I have loved the Paradise, Alaska series by Barbara Dunlop and while I enjoyed and wouldn’t have missed Strangers In Paradise for anything, it was my least favorite of the series. Part of my problem with this book is the couple spent more time at odds with each other than together in this story and I had a very hard time with the heroine’s immediate dislike and distrust of the hero from their first meeting.  I don’t mind characters having baggage, it can be what makes them interesting or at least gives the reader insight into why they do the things they do, but Hailey transferred her problems with her family on to Parker from the start and continued to waffle on her feelings about him throughout this book.

While I found the filming of the movie in the Paradise area fascinating, I also felt it overpowered the romance aspect of this book giving us very little “real” time with Parker and Hailey. That said, I loved the bonding of the women in this story as there are so few in the area and the way the ones who live there were so welcoming to those that were visiting and new. I loved seeing the way the town came together after a tragedy, it said so much about the town and the people who live there. I grew to enjoy seeing Hailey and Parker together, but just when I would think they’d figured it out, boom they’d be at odds again. It was lather, rinse, repeat and it got old and I felt like the relationship was just spinning wheels in the mud Paradise is so famous for.

While I was disappointed in the romance aspect of this book, I loved being back in Paradise. I enjoyed seeing the progression of the relationships from the couples of the previous two books. I loved watching the friendships form and grow. Strangers in Paradise contained a whole lot more angst than the first two books and focused less on the romance, but I still enjoyed it.

3.5 Stars

About Barbara Dunlop

Barbara Dunlop is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over sixty romance and romantic comedy novels, including the new Paradise, Alaska Romance series for Berkley and the recent Gambling Men series with Harlequin Desire. Published in multiple languages across a worldwide market, Barbara’s books have received numerous awards, with a number of her stories optioned for film and television.

Posted May 27, 2022 by Sharon in Mainstream, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments