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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pleasure Island by Angela Aaron

TITLE: Pleasure Island

AUTHOR: Angela Aaron

Noble Romance Publishing

MAIN GENRE: Contemporary  


LENGTH: 68 pages


OTHER: M/F * Voyeurism   

ROSE RATING: 4.5 Roses 


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.

Who doesn’t want a free vacation? Never mind the fact that it’s on a remote island where the main theme is sex. And I mean lots of it. Wild, uninhibited, toe-curling, screaming, monkey sex with a gorgeous man whose sole purpose is to look good and please you in any and every way imaginable.

Problem is; Cassie had given up being free and uninhibited a long time ago. One broken heart was enough, thank you very much. She’d grown accustomed to her ho hum life, and didn’t want to change. At least, she didn’t think so, anyhow. Her friend, Sophie, thought otherwise. Beneath that prim and proper exterior was a woman wanting and needed to be set free again. And Sophie knew just to place to make it happen.

After promising his dying brother he’d continue the business, despite his own reservations about the place, Ryan has given the pleasure resort everything he has to give, and it has flourished. But along the way, he’s neglected his own needs, both physical and emotional. Despite all the free sex going on around him, Ryan has created a list of no-no’s, and fraternizing with the guests is number one. Unfortunately, his list seems to go out the window the moment Cassie steps off the plane.

Pleasure Island is a whole new take on the old Fantasy Island television show where Mr. Roarke—decked out in a pristine white suit—would meet his guests and his sidekick, Tattoo, yelled, “De plane, De plane!” While the idea of living out one’s fantasies remained intact, I’m afraid that’s where all similarities ended. Think of the Hedonism resorts in the Caribbean and you’ll be more on track. These guests—mainly women from what I gathered—weren’t likely to bring along a partner. Nope, along with fresh linens, room service, and a relaxing spa treatment, this resort also provides a hunky escort who is ready to provide any type of pampering you need.

Take a trip to club at night and you’re likely to find several guests taking full advantage of their chaperone’s “abilities”. Not for the easily embarrassed or sexually proper, public displays of coitus at Pleasure Island are the norm. Yet, beneath all the sweat-soaked skin, raging hormones, and hot male bodies, the potential for love to bloom within this Caribbean paradise does exist, at least for Cassie and Ryan. The sexually-charged air has little to do with the immediate attraction between these two. No, their magnetism comes from deep within. But can they figure out what’s really in their heart before Cassie’s vacation comes to and end? Or will this merely be an unforgettable week for the both of them?

There were a few editing errors, but nothing that really took away from the story. Point-of-view, grammar, and punctuation were handled well. My only suggestion would be for the author to be cautious with her use of “was”. There were several instances where changing from telling to showing would have made this story so much better. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed it and am glad I read it. Ms. Aaron has penned a wonderfully sexy romance that will likely raise your temperature a bit, and I would certainly recommend this to a friend.

Grab a glass of lemonade and a cool towel! You’re gonna need it to get through Angela Aaron’s Pleasure Island. There’s not just one gorgeous male in this story, there’s a whole resort full! It’s a vacation of every woman’s dream. Just don’t lose your heart to the beauty and magic of the Caribbean. You’ll never want to leave Pleasure Island, or its sexy owner.


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