Review: Island Pleasures by KT Grant

Posted January 23, 2013 by Jen in 3.5 stars, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Rating B Tags: , , , ,

Island Pleasures
Author: KT Grant 
Release Date: Jan. 25, 2013
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
1 Night Stand Series
Genre: Erotic Romance, Contemporary, Novella
Format(s): e-book
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About the book:
Carly Kimball, columnist for the popular magazine, Chit-Chat Weekly is going undercover to reveal the truth behind Madame Evangeline and 1Night Stand. She’ll infiltrate the Grand Turk Castillo hotel and resort to find the proof she needs for her article. 
But Carly is in for the biggest shock of her life when she comes face to face with a man from her past, Quinn Alfasi, who she shared one passionate night with back in college.
Quinn never thought he’d see Carly again, and now six years later she’s come back into his life with the purpose to take down his employer. He’ll do whatever he has to in order to expose her as a liar and a fraud. But then his friend Woody shows an interest in Carly and has a plans to seduce her whether Quinn likes it or not. Quinn won’t allow Carly to fall for Woody even if he has to team up with his Lothario best friend to claim Carly as his own. 
Carly is in danger of not only giving up on her mission, but also falling for the adorable Woody. But then there’s Quinn, the one man she has always loved and has never forgotten…
What Im talking about:
Carly Kimball is trying to get ahead at her tabloid newspaper, so she attempts to find some dirt on the 1 Night Stand match-making service. Believing it’s a front for an escort service run by the Castillo brothers, Carly attempts to infiltrate one of their hotels by pretending to be her twin sister, Cassidy. However, Carly isn’t fooling anyone, especially Woody and Quinn, two friends of the sisters from college.

Island Pleasures is a delightful romp in an exotic locale. I enjoyed the descriptive details of the luxurious hotel, island setting, and delicious men. 

Carly was a mixed bag for me. She certainly isn’t cut out for the undercover work. She is only fooling herself, believing that Woody and Quinn are buying her story. She comes across a bit green… especially when she uses her own credit card to secure her stay at the resort! It bothered me at times that she came across so naive; I wanted her to be strong and successful, not down on herself.

Quinn is a confident man, but unsure when it comes to the woman who broke his heart. Determined not to let her fall prey to his best buddy, Quinn’s aggressiveness is bolstered, and he pushes Carly into revealing the truth. I liked Quinn a lot. I enjoyed how Quinn confronted Carly, taking and claiming her. Their mutual passion is steamy. However, their communication skills were lacking, which made for a (purposely) frustrating read at times.

Woody is lots of fun and he wants to share a good time with Carly, especially since Quinn doesn’t seem to be making any moves. However, I didn’t care for they way that Woody picked up Carly, knowing exactly how Quinn felt. I also was annoyed that Carly just went off with Woody without talking to Quinn first, seeing as they have a history. With that said, the results are pretty steamy. I was a bit unsure about the menage because it wasn’t something that Carly mentioned she was open to and/or desired before she was put into the situation of having to accept or walk away.

With that aside, I did enjoy how it the story ended. I liked who Carly ended up with, and without spoiling the the story, I will say that the emotional journey of Carly and her guy was well played. Neither person was willing to “give up” for the other, and each had to find his/her own way. The path/s they took made their relationship more believable and touching. Now… if only our poor guy left out can find a match!

My Rating:

Liked it – recommend (B)

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