Wicked Games

Jill Myles
Wicked Games
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Jill Myles
Release Date
March 2011
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

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, it's clear that Abby's in over her head. The game itself is full of competitive, aggressive people, and no one's more aggressive 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 Abby; 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 else's company but their own, they learn they do make a good team after all.
And 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…

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Apr 18, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
229 people found the following review helpful
Jill Myles rocks! WICKED GAMES is a fun, sexy book with all the drama, intrigue and machinations that you see in a certain reality show.

Abby was coerced by her boss into being a media plant in the game show Endurance Island, where she was to compete with 23 other contestants for the grand prize. In case she didn't win, she'd still have a book deal for insider's info and persective on the game. It sounded like a good bargain. Anyway, did she have any choice? Not really. Not if she wanted to keep her job. So, off she went, only to partner up with Dean Woodall, the guy who is arrogant and obviously a jerk. I don't blame her for feeling that way, because Dean did "push off" on her to get a head start on swimming to the island. When she started having feelings for Dean, feelings that he seemed to return, can she believe that they are real?

Abby starts off as funny in the first chapter, which you can see from her internal monologue. However, I discovered that she also has a vulnerable streak and she's entirely too trusting. However, she's also smart and has a brain for strategy, and she makes a good team with Dean.

Dean is, oh my, the kind of man you wish you had the good fortune to meet. I fell totally in love with him from the glimpses I got of him in his interview. He's just so caring of Abby, and so simple in his need to be with her. He evolved from feeling nothing for Abby to being irritated to being intrigued to feeling as though nothing matters but Abby and being with her. He just about melts me. And the way he took care of her when she was sick... so sweet. One yummy quote from the interview: You know, on day one, I wanted to be here with any woman but Abby. Now, I can't see anyone but her.

The plot was tightly paced and proceeds along at just the right pace. Ms Myles' writing is humorous and addictive, and I found myself finishing WICKED GAMES in one sitting! I just breezed through it, as I couldn't help but want to know what's going to happen to Abby and Dean. They have really endeared themselves to me. There are moments of humor and outright laugh-out-loud moments, especially during Abby's and Dean's first team challenge. I just couldn't stop laughing. As far as partnership goes, they were a train wreck. At least, that first time.

The dialogue was great and there were some spine-tingling moments, like when Dean said, "You're mine, I'm not about to hand you off to someone else." (This is in reference to another contestant who offered to carry Abby when she sprained her ankle.) Their intimate scenes were intense and hot, especially the shower scene. *fans self*

All the chapters start with a portion of Dean's interview, which I feel is a good touch. Since the book was written in the first person point of view (Abby's), this technique gives us a glimpse into Dean's thoughts and feelings so that we aren't totally dependent on Abby's version of what Dean might be thinking or feeling. I feel it also serves to increase the tension, especially when it's in contrast to what's happening with Abby in that chapter or what she's feeling. (You'll understand what I mean when you read it.)

Great characters, excellent dialogue, tight plotting and laugh-till-you-can't-stop humor, WICKED GAMES is a fun, sexy contemporary you'll enjoy.
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