The Pleasures of Winter – Evie Hunter

“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.  Having little interest in Hollywood, Abbie is stunned that she 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 movie-star 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 moment of terror leads to a devastating encounter with Winter’s shadow side, Abbie’s detachment is shattered.

On returning to normal life, Abbie cannot forget what happened between them, or 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…”

Firstly I’d like to thank Penguin Ireland for sending me this paperback to read and give an honest review. I don’t often read books from this genre but the blurb really intrigued me – I loved the idea of being stranded in the jungle with a sexy Hollywood star and couldn’t wait to see what would happen.

It has been said that this book will appeal to fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and I do agree but I honestly think that this is much better, the main reason being that I actually liked the characters in this book and I found the whole storyline in general far more interesting and exciting!

The action started straight away with Abbie finding herself in a bad situation in Honduras and it was during this time that she met Jack Winter.  There was something so likeable about Abbie and Jack, especially when they were together because the sparks really flew between them.  Abbie was a feisty woman and I admit to being concerned that once the dom/sub part kicked in this side of her would disappear but thankfully it didn’t, she remained strong right through the book.  Jack was sexy and powerful, I loved his reaction to Abbie particularly when she defied him because it was clear he wasn’t used to that kind of behaviour from women.

One of the best things about this book was that it switched from Abbie to Jack’s perspective throughout the whole book, this was an important factor for me because often these kind of books don’t give enough (if any) insight into what the male is thinking.

I loved their time in the jungle, it was just what I had hoped it would be and when they returned to civilization it got better and better.  There were so many twists to keep me interested – steamy online chats, old secrets and hurtful misunderstandings kept me turning page after page.

The erotic scenes were well written and not once did I feel as though that side of it had overwhelmed the rest of the story.

This book well and truly had me hooked and I look forward to more from the sexy Jack Winter and feisty Abbie Marshall in A Touch of Winter, this short story is already on my To Read List and is available to buy from Amazon.

The Pleasures of Winter can be purchased in eBook or paperback form from The Book DepositoryAmazon UK or Amazon US.

Evie Hunter is in fact two people – Caroline McCall and Eileen Gormley.  Caroline and Eileen met at a writing workshop in UCD and on discovering that they shared a passion for erotic fiction, they became the best of friends.  In early 2012 they got a chance to co-write a series of erotic novellas for an American publisher.  When they completed the second one without killing each other, they decided to take on The Pleasures of Winter, which was written partly through Dropbox and partly in a “haunted house” across the kitchen table.  You can find out more here.

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