Sunday, June 1, 2014

Wicked Games by Jill Myles, Jessica Clare (Games #1)



{Review} Wicked Games by Jill Myles, Jessica Clare
Title: Wicked Games
Author: Jill Myles, Jessica Clare
Published: March 25th, 2011 by Jill Myles
Pages: 231

{Summary}
Abby Lewis never pictured herself on the survival game show, Endurance Island. She's just not the survival type. But when her boss offers her a spot on the show and the opportunity of a lifetime, she packs her bags and heads to the tropics to be a contestant. Once in the game, though, it's clear that Abby's in over her head.
No one's more competitive than sexy, delicious and arrogant Dean Woodall. Sure, he's clever, strong, good at challenges, and has a body that makes her mouth water. He also hates Abby just as much as she hates him. That's fine with her; she'll just ignore the jerk.

But the rules of Endurance Island are working against them. Abby and Dean are teamed up & alone on the beach. It's either work together, or go home. Stuck with no one's company but their own, they learn they might just make a good team after all. And Abby learns that with just a little bit of kindling, the flames of hate can quickly turn to flames of passion.

This book features enemies, lovers, enemies who become lovers, and lots and lots of tropical heat.


{Review}

I will admit that I did not know what I was getting myself into when I started this book.  It was a free eBook off of Amazon (it is still free) and the synopsis sounded interesting, but I did not realize that this was an adult romance book.  The cover that is featured on Amazon (the cover above) for this book makes it seem like a cute contemporary read, but the Goodreads cover is a better representation of the book (its a lot more steamy).  Don’t get me wrong, this book is not bad, it was just not what I was expecting when I picked it up and I have never read anything like this before.  So with that being said, I did really enjoy this book.  I liked all the characters and the plot.

I really liked Abby because she was not a damsel in distress, which could easily have happened in this survivor-like game.  She held her own and said what was on her mind, I loved it!  I also liked Dean, but at times he came off as a douche, but by the end of the book, I really liked his character.  All the supporting characters that were also in the game really added to the development of the plot.  There was not one character that I disliked and I felt that Abby and Dean were able to evolve throughout the book.

I really like the plot of this book since I am a huge reality TV junkie.  I have watched a couple of seasons of Survivor, which is obviously what this book’s TV show was based off of, and some of the challenges were even ones that I had seen on Survivor.  I liked that the majority of the book was not solely focused on the romance aspect of Abby and Dean, but the competition of the show.  I liked seeing how Abby and Dean struggled as partners at first, so there was defiantly no insta-love, and eventually became romantically involved.   

This book is for mature audiences seeing how it has several descriptive sex scenes which start happening at about the 50% mark.  I was very shocked when I realized where this book was headed, but I was invested in the characters and plot, so I could not stop reading.  I will admit that the sex scenes were well-done and steamy.  I did not like that after Abby and Dean had been intimate, the author constantly used the word possessive when describing interactions between the two sexually.  I don’t know if that is supposed to be sexy or what, but I really got sick of hearing that world constantly throughout the second half of the book.

I felt that the plot was very well paced, and it was a fast read since the book was so short.  I liked that the book had some twists, but was mostly predictable.  I loved the end of this book and I am planning of picking up the next one in the Games series.  I like how this book will continue on with different reality TV show plots (Big Brother, Dancing with the Stars and The Amazing Race), but have different characters.  I would recommend this for more mature readers that like contemporary and romance books.  


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Interested in the next book in the Games series? Check out the second installment on Amazon here, which is based off the reality show The Amazing Race.

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