Okay kids, hold on to your hats because this one is going to be brutal. I tried to be fair with the other reviews, but I feel I need to prove that I can be tough, even on people I love, so readers know they can trust I’m giving an honest opinion. And Jaci is one of my best friends, so who better to prove it on than her? Surviving Demon Island releases Tuesday from Bantam Dell.
What’s America’s top female action star doing on a tropical island shrouded in secrecy? To Gina Bliss, competing in a survival-type reality show is a nice change from fending off on-screen villains. Until she meets real-life action hero Derek Marks. A survival specialist in a tight black T and sexy stubble, he’s arousing every bad-boy fantasy she’s ever had . . . and testing her survival skills to the max.
Martial arts, jungle warfare—Derek’s done it all. But his latest mission is more dangerous than a stick of dynamite. Try telling that to the sexy, adrenaline-pumped actress who’s got his libido racing off the charts. As the heat rises between them and real-life violence erupts, suddenly Derek and Gina are on the run . . . and when they uncover a secret so explosive it could blow the lid off their so-called reality show, these two unlikely heroes are about to discover what surviving’s really about. . .
Oh come on, surely that opening paragraph didn’t fool anyone? (except maybe Jaci who was probably having flashbacks to something she said to me earlier in the week and for whom payback is a bitch). I couldn’t possibly be any closer to this book except if I’d written it myself. I’ve seen this book go through revisions and rewrites. There isn’t any way I could be objective about it and I’m not going to lie and say I could. Not to say I never see flaws in Jaci’s writing (I am her editor at Samhain, after all), but I’m so proud of her for this book that what I see in it is everything that’s good and fun and amazing about it.
So here’s what I know about Surviving Demon Island that I can say objectively–the concept and story are unique. You’re not going to find anything else like it on the shelves. If you’re a paranormal romance fan but in search of something new and exciting, this is an excellent choice. I hope you’ll buy it on Tuesday and then come back and let me know how you liked it (or not, as the case may be).
Jaci has a video trailer for this book which gives me chills. I’m embedding it here, at the bottom of the post, for your viewing pleasure.
And to Jaci, sorry to skip the viciously tough review and disappoint you. :neenerghost: :kissie: