Kat's Review of Pleasure Island by Anna-Lou Weatherley

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Synopsis: Secrets. Scandal. Betrayal. In Paradise, pleasure comes at a dangerously high price…

Three couples each receive an exclusive invitation to the fantasy holiday destination of a lifetime…

The host: Martin McKenzie, global billionaire and media mogul. Charismatic, powerful and always gets what he wants.

The location: A breathtakingly beautiful undiscovered island, nestled in the Aegean Sea. Private, secluded and not quite as it seems.

The details: Seven days of pure hedonism, five-star luxury tailored to every desire, also includes… secrets, lies, and infidelity.

As the guests begin to enjoy everything the luxury island has to offer, cracks begin to surface between the three couples. But that is not all. Someone is watching them. When they discover the truth – it will be explosive in more ways than they can ever imagine.

Kat’s Rating: 4/5

Kat’s Review:  I have to admit I struggled with this book for quite a few chapters. However, my friend told me to persevere and I am glad that I did. This book most definitely falls into the hedonistic ‘Bonk Buster’ type genre which I quite like every now and then.  In the beginning we meet 3 dysfunctional couples who have all been given the pleasure of being invited on an all-expense paid holiday to ‘Pleasure Island’. The only thing that is unusual is that the man behind the invitation, Martin McKenzie, has not made it clear why he picked them. The beginning was sluggish and I found myself not warming to any characters and wondered why. However, I soon realised the first few chapters give you a real feel for each couple and the characters involved.

Rupert and Angelika are the first couple, who at first glance seem like a typical ‘un-happily’ married couple. Nate is an ex-footballer and he has the stereotypical ‘Barbie-Doll’ wife Billy-Jo. The third couple are made up of the legendary yet long forgotten starlet Mia Manhattan, and her young Rock Star lover Joshua James. The characters all took a while to get themselves integrated in the story but once they did the book took a turn for the better.

The storyline is a little dark as the basis behind it just creeped me out, but that aside it makes for a very intriguing read. This is like the trashiest TV, the worst kind of celebrities and w hole load of smut all rolled into one. It may not be everybody’s cup of tea but it certainly made for compulsive reading once I got into the story. It reminded me of Tasmina Perry’s early books and anybody who is a fan of this type of genre will no doubt love this book by Anna-Lou Weatherly. I certainly enjoyed this book and think I read it in a day and a half, and I will certainly look forward to more from this author (although I hope the basis for the story is a little less warped).

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