Wicked Games by Jill Myles
March 5, 2011
Reviewed by Mandi
The game show Endurance Island (think Survivor) needs a boost in its second season ratings, and when a female contestant drops out before the competition starts, the executive producer calls upon Abby.
Abby works for MediaWeek magazine, and her boss asks her to drop everything and join this crazy show so she can give an insider’s take on what it is like to participate on Endurance Island. If she does this, they will offer her a book deal in return for Abby’s secrecy and some exclusive articles for the magazine. Unable to pass up this opportunity, Abby soon finds herself on a plane to a tropical island.
After being unceremoniously dropped into the ocean and trampled on by the other contestants desperate to win a prize, Abby realizes this might not be so much fun. She gets paired up with Dean, a very attractive, athletic man. They pretty much hate each other from the start, but they must learn to work together to find food, water, and win competitions so they don’t get voted off the island and they have a chance to win two million dollars.
I really enjoyed Wicked Games. Told in the point of view of Abby, there are some very amusing moments when Abby is first dropped off at the island. Abby isn’t as pretty or as athletic as many of the other women, so she isn’t picked until last – and the uber sexy Dean is stuck with her. She is physically a bit more awkward than the other contestants but she has a good mind, something Dean learns quick. But at first they don’t get along and their first challenge together becomes very humorous.
Abby comes across as smart, and even though it wasn’t her idea to do the show, she does dive into it with the intent to win. As her and Dean spend more time together, they both start to feel an attraction. But both of them are nervous to make a first move. Plus being covered in sand, bug bites, and no shower for days doesn’t always lead to the most romantic of times. Of course they do share a blanket in a very small shelter….
Jill Myles books always have a sense of humor and some silly moments. After Abby wins a certain prize, she refuses to leave anything behind:
….my bra stuffed with pancakes and a makeshift napkin-padded baggy of cold sausage and cheeses down the front of my bikini bottom. It was kind of disgusting if you sat and thought about it, but when you were starving, you did what you had to do – and that included sneaking food back to the island in your panties.
The romance becomes hot and we get lots of island sexin’ times. I enjoyed the conflict at the end and thought it fit in really well with the book. If you like the show Survivor, you will really enjoy the setting in this one. More of a novella length, and definitely worth a read.