Lessons on St BartsTitle:  Lessons on St. Barts
Series:  St. Barts
Author:  Emme Cross
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 2015
Publisher:
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Sunny’s happiness with Sven is threatened by a murderous stalker.

Sunny O’Hara thought everything was going smoothly with her sexy movie-star boyfriend Sven. He initiates in her all the ways of love and seems to have stopped sleeping around. But everything is threatened by a vicious stalker who wants her out the picture.

Will Sunny survive, and if she does, can her relationship with Sven last?

This is the second book in the St. Barts Romance series by Emme Cross. Set on the island of St. Barts, eight square miles of gourmet restaurants, designer shops, yachts . . . and sultry secrets.

Read on for my thoughts on Lessons on St. Barts.  No true spoilers, promise.

I don’t often make a big deal about reading order in a series.  For the most part, any series can be picked up anywhere and backtracked to the beginning if the reader cares to.  Yet – for the St. Bart series, it really does make a difference because this series is a continuation of one couple’s love story and the changes that each person brings to the lives of the other.  In my opinion, reading this series in order starting with Love on St. Barts will make the difference between a good reading experience and an amazing one.  Events, emotions, situations happen in the first novel that, in a way, will set up what you’ll read in the second.  So, I honestly believe that for this series the reading order does matter.  Will you enjoy this one without reading the first, yes.  But it will make more sense, be more complete and be a better reading experience if you do start at the beginning.

Now, on to Lessons on St. Barts.

We will pick up Sunny and Sven’s story almost from the moment of the ending of the first novel.  This story is in many ways a much darker, more intense part of this couple’s love story.  Sunny will be attacked and that horrendous action will change everything… it will change Sunny.  And because of their agreement to not have contact while Sven is on his next movie location, this attack and it’s aftermath will affect both of them in different ways.  Sven will go through hell because he has no idea of Sunny’s injuries because no one was able to contact him.  And when people don’t know the facts, they make unwise decisions based on what they think is happening.

That’s all I’m going to say about the plot.  This story is intense, sad, scary and the emotions are all over the place.  You need to experience what is happening to Sunny and Sven firsthand.  Otherwise, the story is completely spoiled for you, in my opinion.

Motives will become clearer, additional characters will have a larger role and there is one person who you will despise with a passion.  I highly recommend Lessons on St. Bart.  It is such an enjoyable story that is complete without cliffhangers.  The next story in Sunny and Sven’s lives is set up but not in a way that leaves this one dangling without resolution.  This couple will grab you by the heartstrings and never let you go.

*I received an e-ARC of Lessons on St. Barts from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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