AUTHOR: Jill Myles
RATING: 3 STARS
PUBLISHED: March 2011 - Jill Myles
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"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."
I enjoyed this unique adult romance novel, but it’s not something I’d read again.
Wicked Games by Jill Myles is set up a lot like Survivor, the reality TV show. The 14 contestants, 7 males and 7 females, compete in groups of two. Every few days one couple is voted off. Toward the end of the game the couples split up and everyone competes individually. The last person standing wins 2 million dollars.
I thought the plot and conflict in Wicked Games was original and extremely interesting. Also, the timeline/pace of the novel was perfect. Myles went into detail on the entertaining parts and skipped over the boring parts. I really liked that because it kept me engaged throughout the entire novel. It’s a fun, quick read. It only took me a couple hours to read the entire novel; it flew by.
My one complaint: Dean’s character growth.
Because we didn’t have access to his inner thoughts, his character’s growth wasn’t really explained. Yes, his character grows throughout the novel, but you aren’t really told why. Yes, you could say that love changed it all, but I would have liked a better, more in depth explanation. We get a little bit from his private interviews and quotes from those interviews, but I would have liked to understand and know him better.
I gave Wicked Games by Jill Myles 3 STARS. The best way to sum up my feelings about this novel is enjoyable but not exceptional!