Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Surviving Demon Island by Jaci Burton

She's all curves and combat boots.

He's six feet of lean, dangerous male.

Join them in a game of survival.

That's as real - and hot - as it gets.

What's America's top female action star doing on a tropical island shrouded in secrecy? To Gina Bliss, competing in a survival-type reality show is a nice change from fending off on-screen villains. Until she meets real-life action hero Derek Marks. A survival specialist in a tight black T and sexy stubble, he's arousing every bad-boy fantasy she's ever had...and testing her survival skills to the max.

Martial arts, jungle warfare - Derek's done it all. But his latest mission is more dangerous than a stick of dynamite. Try telling that to the sexy, adrenaline-pumped actress who's got his libido racing off the charts. As the heat rises between them and real-life violence erupts, suddenly Derek and Gina are on the run...and when they uncover a secret so explosive it could blow the lid of their so-called reality show, these two unlikely heroes are about to discover what surviving's really about....
I admit that my review of this book will probably be biased as I'm a very big fan of Jaci's Books and before I even read the book I knew I would like it. Now to some that may lead you to believe that whether or not the book was good that I would like it and in some cases you might be right.
So when I sat down to read this book I knew my expectations would be high. I mean I have all her other books and they are good, trust me, so for me this one should be as well. As usual Jaci did not disappoint, you know a book is good when you read it in one sitting. I just couldn't put it down, I'm pretty sure my husband and family were just a tad annoyed with me that day. They were more than sick of hearing me tell them to hold on while I got to a good stoping point so I could help them or in one instance that day to stop long enough to cook dinner.
Surviving Demon Island is one of those books where you just had to see what was gonna happen. It's full of action, intrigue and mean, nasty demons. This book is the beginning of a series for her with Bantam Dell and I found myself absorbed into the world of Demon Hunting from the very first page. As I read through the ever twisting plot I found myself subconciously trying to figure out who would be in the next books. The world she created was vivid and real, I could almost picture the setting and people in my minds eye. Jaci is truly carving out a niche for herself in the romance genre with this series.
Now I know not everyone loves a hunky alpha hero, but I sure do and she didn't disappoint this reader with her character Derek Marks, he is every bit the bossy and dominant leader you would expect him to be. He is confident, tough and most impotantly he has the skills to back it up. To read as this truly Alpha fight and fail as he falls for Gina was well worth the cost of the book. I don't want to ruin this book for anyone by giving to much away, but hot damn what he does for love is heart stopping. I found myself on the edge of my seat more times then I could count.
What I did find incredible about this story was the heroine Gina, she is a refreshing change and proof that a strong man needs an equally strong woman. Throughout the story she forced to show that she is not what everyone expected. Granted she is a movie star, but she is no cream puff. She matches wits as well as brawn with the hero and proves herself to be just as capable. While doing all of this we still find a woman below the surface, one who is vulnerable and has fears as well as insecurities. She is a well rounded and likable charater. One I found myself growing attached, if she were real I would want to be her friend.
This book is engaging, entertaining and like all Jaci books, full of romance and some very steamy scenes. All in all great read. I can't wait for the next installment of the series.
To learn more about Jaci and her books you can visit her at her Website or get a look at the life and mind of a romance author at her Blog.


  1. I have not seen a bad review of this book. Everyone seems to love it. A couple weeks ago, I would have said, great - but demons? No thanks. But I did read Jacob, and loved it. So I may just have to give this a try. Spreading my wings and all. Great review, Jenn!

  2. I know what you mean if some one would have said to me two years ago I would be reading all the paranormal romance that I am now I would have told them they were so wrong.

    Now I just can't seem to get enough of it.

    I think if you read it you will like, and BTW thanks to the reviews here of Jacob I had to go out and get it. I'll have to post my thoughts after I read it.

  3. Thank you SO much for this Jenn! You made me teary eyed reading your review. Not just because it was so great (though that part was wonderful and I thank you for it) but because you truly understood what I was trying to portray with the characters--their strengths and their weaknesses, and their struggles and triumphs. It means so much to me when someone 'gets' it. I'm so glad you had a great time reading the book. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this.

    And Lori, I hope you do give SDI a try, and really hope you enjoy it.

    Thanks again Jenn!


  4. Lori! I'm so impressed how you're expanding your reading horizons!

  5. HI Jaci,

    I'm so glad you liked the review and I am humbled by the fact that you came over and posted.

    I can't wait for your next Demon book as well as for the release of Wild, Wicked & Wanton.

    The more Jaci Burton books the happier I will be.

    Hi Sarah,

    I'm glad that Lori is spreading her wings as well. I know I have picked up books based on the other ladies opinions. It is so nice to come here and post as well as read all the reviews that allow me to discover new authors I may never have known about otherwise.

    Now all we need is ther next Promises release and the next Others book so we can write reviews for them as well. Oooh and I can't forget Zach's Obsession, I want that one too.

  6. *snort*

    I still have to get through a whole stack of Karen Rose books first *g* I can't pass up my first love, romantic suspense. And this one is so good, I feel an actual blog post coming on...


Have you read it? What do you think?

Related Posts with Thumbnails