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  1. 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!!!

  2. Kat's Review of Hollywood Sinners by Victoria Fox

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    My Rating: 3/5

    I hold my hands up, I love trashy books! So when I read the sleeve of this book it seemed to be right up my street. It certainly isn't lacking in substance with a whopping 608 pages. The media side is quick to hype this author as a Jackie Collins type read, but seeing as Jackie Collins has such a long and successful career, as well as a huge following; it's quite a statement to make.

    I dived straight into the book and immediately fell into the story. Victoria Fox gives a chapter for a character making it easy to follow. We meet all of the glamorous characters and get a feel for the situations they are in. Within the first few chapters I already knew who I did and didn't like and the characters are (as expected) typically celeb-like with their various wealth and status.

    The main story focuses on Lana Falcon who was although a great lead character, the only one that took me longer to get to know. However, as the story progresses and each of the character's secrets are revealed it becomes more apparent why everybody is in the situation that they are. I liked the fact that Lana's past as told as a separate story, where the author changed the font to make it clear which parts were in the past and which were present day. I also liked the main male lead of Robert St Louis and thought that if a man like that existed in real life, women would have a serious problem keeping their hands off him!

    The one character and storyline that failed to make the book better was that including Alberto (I won't say too much for fear of spoilers), but this for me ruined a large proportion of the book. Other than this particular character, the story I think was just what any `Bonkbuster' fan would want. Plenty of sex, drugs and adultery along with a splash of celebrities and set it all down in the glitzy ton of Vegas.

    The book was probably a little too long and it felt like a few parts were padded out a bit too much, but aside from that it went at a good pace and was a very easy read. There will be no great surprises and the ending was pretty predictable, however this book is exactly what it says, a Bonkbuster! It's easy to read, full of trash but enjoyable all the same.

    I will definitely look forward to her next book and hope that no characters such as Alberto turn up. Yes this book was okay, but to put her in the same league as Jackie Collins is a little too far from the truth at the moment. It is definitely the same style, but has certainly not reached the great heights that Jackie Collins is currently at.