Kat's Review of Temptation Island by Victoria Fox

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My Rating: 3/5

I have read Victoria Fox first book Sinners which I enjoyed although I felt it didn't made a lasting enough impression on me. When I this book I loved the front cover and it immediately reminded me of the sort of covers that we see from authors such as Tasmina Perry and Louise Bagshawe. Something else I noticed was the fact that this book seemed a lot heftier than the last with a whopping 600 pages!

We are introduced to each of the 3 women Lori, Aurora and Stevie by chapter. The chapter tells you which character we are reading about making it easy to distinguish between people early on. However we also get flicked between the past year and the present day. This is only dome intermittently until near the end when things come to a close. Very early on it was easy to get straight into the characters and their lives as they each seem to have taken completely different paths. Aurora is the daughter of the famous singers Tom and Sherilyn Nash and as such is your typical spoiled Hollywood brat. Lori is a young girl who has lost her mother and is desperately trying to work to help her penniless father while her step family seem to be doing nothing other than to make her life hell. And finally, we meet Stevie who is a girl who has moved to New York and wants get as far away from her previous life as possible and start afresh.

The characters were all very well written and easy enough to read but the one big factor for me was the fact that I didn't actually like any of them! For some reason none of the girls had the `likeable' factor and for one reason or another I never warmed to them at all throughout the entire book. Each character has a lot going on and from the outset it is pretty clear that everybody is holding a secret of some sort and it all seems to surround the secretive Island of Cacatra. In addition to this we see quite a few main male characters in the book but once again I disliked all of them (which for me is quite unusual).

One thing that was nagging at the back of my mind is that I have already read a couple of books with this same format. Your `bonkbuster' kind of book; featuring three of four main leading female characters, which are all somehow interlinked. This is the sort of thing that Tasmina Perry does and to be honest, this seemed to be an attempt to recreate this type of format but failed to work in my eyes. I think maybe I am being a little critical in one sense, but can truly say that this storyline featuring a private island is not one that's original which is maybe why I didn't like it so much.

This book is certainly not one for the shy and retiring type as this is certainly a no holds barred type of book. It features heavily on the sex antics and depravities that affect the girls in different ways. The book picks up a bit of pace towards the last quarter and there are certainly a few twists and turns, but none that I didn't see coming. Overall, I get the impression that Victoria Fox has all the key ingredients to potentially write an absolutely explosive new book, but for some reason in this one and her last, there is something missing. I can't quite put my finger on what but I will certainly look forward to her next one in the hope that she has put the final ingredient in the blender!!!

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