Tuesday, January 8, 2013

From the shelf: The Pleasures of Winter

Title: The Pleasures of Winter
Author: Evie Hunter
Genre: New Contemporary, Adult fiction
Date read: January 07-08, 2013
Dawn Rates:  (2/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

When reporter Abbie Marshall needs to escape Honduras, a private jet carrying a Hollywood A-lister is her only way out. She has a ride home with Irish actor Jack Winter - notorious womanizer and all round bad boy. Abbie is shaken to the core by Winter's blazing beauty and provocative mind.

After the plane's nose-dive into the remote rainforest forces them to fight for survival, Abbie catches tantalizing glimpses of the complicated man behind the image. And the more she sees of him, the more he touches some primal part of her that she is determined to suppress. But after a devastating encounter with Winter's shadow side, Abbie's detachment is shattered.

On returning to normal life, Abbie cannot forget what happened, nor ignore the shocking rumours about the star's private life. Her struggle to make sense of her torment leads straight back to Winter, who is just as obsessed by her. But if they are to have a relationship, Abbie knows she must embrace his hidden desires ... and accept her own.

No longer caring about anything but their intoxicating love affair, Abbie is drawn deeper into the dark heart of Winter - and the secret that threatens to destroy everything ...
 My Review: (also in goodreads)

So this would be my first book of 2013. I was partly curious about the book and was drawn with the spunky, intelligent and independent heroine. In fact, the first part looked like an action movie especially the time in the jungle where the characters had to do everything to survive. I saw at the summary that this book hinted of a BDSM-y theme and I wondered how it would be introduced with the fuss on the survival in the jungle bit. Then there came the cave scene plus the fact that they are now returning to their old lives. There are a lot of coincidences and everything was going round in a small community where one is unaware that they are all connected, though I sort of found out while reading. I hated the fact that the sister is manipulative and that the heroine though she seems intelligent and capable of independence is somewhat dimwitted and capable of submission, see the contrast? At first I started to pity Abbie. All of it seems like a weird joke, here she was pouring her heart and soul to a stranger who knew who she was. That was a sick joke. Overall, this particular book of the same genre had the same ingredients. Boy had dark past and dom tendencies, girl has a strong conviction but then submits add the bestfriend, the family issues, the separation and a little bit of dark side and we are good to go. I don't know if this is the first book of a series but the ending was quite abrupt and that some issues weren't addressed.

There were some funny moments though:
  • Paloma calling Jack about a particular potential submissive.
  • I LOL-ed at the first conversation of Wild Orchid and Disciplinarian online especially the 'let's call him Kevin' part and that Jack was definitely fishing for information on how Abbie felt about him
  • and Abbie switching Jack and Kevin's names while chatting with D is hilarious
Till the next read...

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