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Forever Elude Me

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I always followed the rules.
Until I went to Istanbul.
Until I met Tarek.
Perhaps I wasn't myself when I met him. Away from home, people often lose their self-restraint, like misplaced luggage, and do things they would ordinarily condemn in others.
Or perhaps ... this is the person I truly am. Bold. Shameless. Wicked.
Having been so cautious all my life, surely I can be forgiven this one mistake?

114 pages, Paperback

First published October 28, 2013

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Ava Zavora

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In my childhood, I rode water buffaloes and waded in swamps. Nowadays, I travel and write romantic stories about adventurous women.

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Profile Image for Carey Mckenna Jones.
24 reviews22 followers
October 26, 2013
Ava Zavora has a way with words that screams "highlight!" This is a quick read that took an afternoon but I am still thinking of some scenes and passages hours later. I could tell it was going to be different when it started out with a beautiful poem I've never heard of but set the mood for the heroine's chance meeting with a stranger on a ferry.

"What I should do and what I want to do are two opposing forces. I have no idea which way I am going to end up."

I had the same reaction to Tarek that Mina did. I just wanted to slap him sometimes for being such a frustrating d**k but then in the next moment he's got me sighing and swooning with lust. He is the epitome of TEMPTATION that challenges the good girl Mina thinks she is.

"I don’t need to know your history. I don’t want to know about your past," he says as he looks at me. "I want to pretend that you exist today just for me, that no one else knows you the way I know you at this moment."

"You were always meant for me. And I, for you. All along from the beginning, we were moving towards each other even though we didn't know it."

This is a sexy, sophisticated romance that is packed with a lot of emotion. Intelligent dialog. A bittersweet ending.

Thank you to Ava Zavora for giving me a copy to review!
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31 reviews4 followers
October 26, 2013
"You haunt me, Mina. Even before I knew you, I felt your absence."
In Forever Elude Me Mina is a 30 year old bookeeper who is usually shy and virtuous. But something is missing from her life. She thinks that taking a trip to Istanbul is just the thing to bring adventure into her routine existence. Enter Tarek. He's arrogant and superior although very charming. Mina is so intrigued and attracted to Tarek that she's crushed when she finds out he's married.
From there, Mina wrestles with her conscience. Will she do the right thing and walk away or give in to the powerful force propelling her into doing something so wrong? Guess which way she goes...
I like the way Mina's "moral crisis" is presented. It doesn't make excuses for having an affair with a married man or throw stones at it either. While the sexual chemistry between Mina and Tarek quickly intensifies, I like the scenes where their rapport builds. You get why she's so attracted to him in every way, mentally and physically and could realistically do something so out of her character.
Fabulous writing, complex characters, steamy scenes, Forever Elude Me is another winner from one of my newest favorite authors!
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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20 reviews1 follower
October 30, 2013
When the author asked me to review Forever Elude Me, I jumped on it because I loved her first book Rosethorn and I have a soft spot for Turkish guys since I dated one for eight months. My ex was the sweetest guy who I have many wonderful memories of so I was intrigued to read about a Turkish love interest.

Tarek is actually not sweet at all but still very hot. In fact he is the type of sexy that is full of himself. Selfish, arrogant, too smart for his own good but soooo irresistible. I can understand exactly why Mina is so torn.

She's never had a fling. She's never done anything immoral. But she meets Tarek at a point in her life where she's lonely and wants adventure, a perfect storm for wickedness. The author writes Mina's seduction in a very believable way. In fact I was begging her to give in!

I don't condone tangling with married men but in this case I was thoroughly riveted reading about it and yes, I wanted Mina to let the bad girl play.

And now I really want to go to Istanbul.
8 reviews
November 17, 2013
Forever Elude Me tells the adventures of Mina, a bookkeeper who seems to be at a standstill in life. One day, Mina spontaneously decides to take a trip to Istanbul, Turkey, where she meets the intriguing Tarek. Tarek, who approaches her on her trip, falls into the Mina's heart and gives her a tour of the city. Mina feels a true connection with this man, but this fantasy comes to an end with a hidden secret being revealed. Overall, this story shows how life lessons can make one person stronger and wiser. I truly enjoyed reading a story with a main female character who steps out of her comfort zone to experience something new and wonderful, even though the she felt it was not morally right.
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September 10, 2016
Another stunning story from Ava Zavora. I can't believe this stuff is free and not more popular. I have to ration her books because her writing is something to savor. I loved Rosethorn and I bought Dear Adam, too. Forever Elude Me is a novella about 100 pages long. I could have read more, but it was gorgeous and bittersweet in its brevity. Ms. Zavora brings passion and beauty and vibrancy to her characters and settings, which quickly captivates me and leaves me enchanted.

Now, yes, there is cheating in this story, but that rarely bothers me. Yeah, it's a crummy thing to do, but when it happens, people can learn a lot from the experience, as is the case in this story.

I also really like that she uses Filipinas on her covers. Although Mina, the main character in Forever Elude Me, was never described as being Asian, it's refreshing to get to imagine characters who remind me of my friends growing up.
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