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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 39.
- Review Date: 2006-11-13
- Reviewer: Staff
Veteran author Burton returns in fine form with this paranormal romance-adventure featuring tough, tenacious action movie star Gina Bliss. Needing a break from the Hollywood scene, Gina jumps at the chance to join a Survivor-like reality television show where the object of the game is to "kill" fictitious demons on an island using martial arts, outdoor adventure skills and high-tech laser weapons. The handpicked cast assembles on "Demon Island" and undergoes rigorous workouts at the behest of sexy, stubbled trainer Derek Marks, whom Gina spars with—verbally and physically—from the get-go. After filming the first episode, a violent attack claims two group members, and the cast's newbies learn that this isn't a game at all: they're the new recruits in a real-life battle between underworld demons (Sons of Darkness) and human good guys (the Realm of Light). Burton has an uncanny aptitude for intertwining the human and the paranormal so seamlessly that sudden demon attacks and labyrinthine underworlds are perfectly believable. Realistic dialogue, spicy bedroom scenes and a spitfire heroine make this one to pick up and savor. (Jan.)
A bloody steak
A subset of romance has taken a strong turn toward the paranormal, creating a genre that goes far beyond romantic suspense to what I'd call romantic horror. Surviving Demon Island by Jaci Burton is a rip-roaring action novel that also falls hard on the horror side of the line. The highly romantic tale of Gina Bliss, an action-adventure movie star who does all her own stunts, and real-life action hero Derek Marks, starts out like a nice, juicy novel about a reality show, but hints of things to come emerge all too soon when the pretend demons they're on the island to "fight" turn out to be the real thing. Surviving Demon Island is a blood-rare steak, lusty and delicious and not for the squeamish. A very sexy, very romantic novel that will also scare you to pieces, trust me.
Barbara Samuel is the author of Lady Luck's Map of Vegas.