Not really a fan of the reality tv trend and having previously enjoyed Ben Elton's books I was delighted with this original and entertaining novel.
Sometimes larger than life I really liked the stereotype mix of evil billionaire, Barbie, Journalist, Judge, ageing soul singer, footballer and young and upcoming Rockstar. Whilst at times some of the characters felt a little too two dimensional this fitted well into the storyline and may well have been intentional. The super eight who are introduced in the first chapter whilst necessary to the plot didn't feature much in the story which was primarily centred on the three couple cast.
On the whole a well written work of fiction with plenty of plot twists and surprises. This book like reality tv itself provokes the candidates or cast (as they are here referred to) to enhance the entertainment value, and this is understandably where many of the best scenes and plot surprises take place.
This title made a perfect and captivating holiday read and was difficult to put down. I loved this over the top title with it's sexy thought provoking "what if" and revenge nature with a hint of romance. To my surprise at the end of the book my favourite character for entertainment value was Billy-Jo with Nate rated the lowest who seemed a bit soft to me for an ex pro-footballer, I would personally have preferred him a bit more macho.
(Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an advance copy in exchange for an honest review)
- Format: Kindle Edition
- Publisher: Bookouture (31 July 2015)