Sometimes, going back to the beginning is the only answer.

Paradise Key Resort holds the best and the worst of Sofía Vargas’s adolescent memories of love and heartbreak. Now, she hopes to wipe the slate clean and boost her career from resort manager to owner by winning a quirky town contest. But when an old flame throws his hat into the ring, Sofía realizes that protecting her heart will be the biggest challenge.

Nathan Patrick Hamilton III has played the part of the good son all his life with one exception—indulging in a secret on again-off again relationship with Sofia in high school and college, knowing that family duty would eventually tear them apart.

Years later, Nathan feels like he finally has a chance to win back the girl of his dreams and right the way he wronged her. But Sofía doesn’t trust or forgive easily and it’s going to take more than kooky town hall meetings, an emergency trip back to Key West, stolen kisses and a re-creation of their first date, for him to even be in the running. Is the ultimate prize the resort or winning back Sofía’s heart?

Titles in the Paradise Key series include:  Summer Love Take Two by Shirley Jump –  Love At The Beach Shop by Kyra Jacobs – Resort to Love by Priscilla Oliveras – Small Town Love by Susan Meier

Title:  Resort to Love
Series:  Paradise Key #3
Author:  Priscilla Oliveras
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  May 15, 2018
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

We got a hint of Sofia’s plans for the abandoned resort in the earlier stories, and now her plan is coming to life with a few complications.  One of those complications is in the form of the man she’d loved since her teens but could never truly have at her side forever.  Nate was here, right back where they began and surprisingly, he’s also bidding on the resort that Sofia has her dreams set on.  Why would his hotel family want this place back when they’d sold it off in the first place?  Well, she’d just have to tighten up her own plans to be sure that she was the one that walked away with the property… and her heart still intact.

In many ways Nate and Sofia’s romance is heartbreaking for what was and for what wasn’t allowed to become.  Rich, controlling fathers are usually at the heart of a couple’s troubles and Nate’s father is easily a villain in this piece to loathe.  But that’s a secret that Sofia has kept from Nate all these years, how his father treated her… and that desire to not cause Nate any further heartache made Sofia stand a little taller in my feelings for her.  She didn’t need to stoop to the old man’s tactics to prove she was the better person.  Watching this couple work their way back to each other for real this time around was an enjoyable journey filled with sadness, chuckles, a touch of steam and the feeling that they truly were right for each other.  I enjoyed Resort to Love very much.  It’s a really good story that answers question for the series and lays out the need for more in the last book.

As I’m enjoying the Paradise Key series I’m noticing something that is touchingly done, and I’m assuming it’s by intent of the authors… but maybe I’m simply reading it into the series.  With each story, the character of Lily who was tragically killed by a driver texting and running a stop light is becoming more of her own character within this series.  Not just a person loved and missed by her friends, but her essence is there in the stories – and I’m enjoying and appreciative of that feeling.  Whether I’m right or wrong… for me, that feeling is making her more real, more a part of these stories just like she was a part of her friends’ lives as well.  I don’t know how better to describe it other than I feel kind of cheated that we won’t get Lily’s story because she was taken from us too soon.  A touch of real life feelings there.

If you love a parted lovers being reunited again, second chance romance then Resort to Love is a story you should be reading right now.  I was easily swept up in Nate and Sofia’s story and enjoyed every minute spent in their world.  I would definitely recommend this story, this series to any Contemporary Romance reader who loves a good romance, engaging secondary characters and a love to believe in.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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