When Cassie Douglas unknowingly arrives at a sultry tropical island resort where the sole business is to provide the perfect pleasure fantasy, Cassie finds it difficult to overcome her inhibitions and join in the fun. Ryan MacKenna isn’t about to let the feisty red-head disrupt his life or his business. He lives firmly by his set of self-imposed rules which keep business and pleasure very separate. But from the first moment he meets Ms. Douglas, he is in danger of breaking every rule.
Review: Unlike many of the other reviewers at Romancing the Book, I actually like novellas when they are well rounded. Granted, the plots are going to be a bit more simplistic and characters aren’t going to be as developed as a longer novel, but a good author with a unique story can overcome those obstacles and deliver an amazing tale.
Pleasure Island isn’t a bad story, in fact it’s rather spicy and has some promise. It’s just that it isn’t all that unique. As I read, I kept remembering back to an old Jodi Lynn Copeland book I reviewed a couple years ago about a “tortured” woman who was sent, against her will, to a remote resort for therapy. Which pretty much describes Pleasure Island, where Cassie is still recovering from a bad break up and is finding it hard to trust and let go. Her best friend sends her on a vacation in hopes that she’ll find her old self.
In this novella, I think the character development was the strong point. Cassie and Ryan are developed well enough that I cared what happened to them in the end. Of course, I would have loved to delve even further into their respective pasts to see what made them who they are now, but we got enough of a glimpse to satisfy me.
The weakest point, for me, is how the book is wrapped up. It just seemed too convenient and predictable. I mean, it’s a romance, so obviously there’s going to be some sort of Happily Ever After. But getting to that point was just too tidy. I would have liked to see a couple additional pages with a bit more detail in how they got to their HEA (do you know how hard it is to write this without spoilers?). I just know that I was left wanting just a little more.
If you’re looking for a spicy, fast read, go ahead and try this one.