Sometimes, you have to get lost to find yourself…
When her rock star boyfriend breaks things off out of the blue, Alyssa applies to hit reality TV show Deserted and to her shock she gets through. Abandoned on a remote island with a bunch of strangers and none of the luxuries she’s become accustomed to, it’s not long before an undeniable attraction to the mysterious Joshua starts complicating things even further.
Joshua’s different to everyone she’s ever known – a traveller, a man with no plan, a world away from the celebrity life she’s left behind. As a series of challenges test their wits and weaknesses, things start heating up in paradise, but in a game designed to break people down, it soon becomes clear that Joshua is hiding a painful secret – one he won’t risk anyone finding out.
Struggling to know where she belongs, Alyssa will have to choose – a life she once loved that wants her back, or a brand new reality that heartbreakingly may just have its limits.
˃˃˃ “Becky does it again, delivering a searingly hot, emotionally intense and brilliantly written book. I loved it.” – Sarah Alderson (author of Hunting Lila, Fated, The Sound)
***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***
Step inside a different world and get an inside look of what it’s really like to take part of a reality show. Think of Survivor—heading to a remote island to complete for 1 million dollars by taking part in some crazy challenges. You’d escape the life you live—have a chance to run from things you’d like to leave behind.
That’s what Alyssa does. After the breakup with her famous boyfriend, she applies for the hit TV show, ‘Deserted,’ and to her shock is chosen as one of the contestants. She leaves her job, her best friend, and all the drama of seeing her name all over the tabloids, to take on the challenge of surviving in the wild. A little drastic—yes, but she likes the idea of a new start.
Joshua is an adventurist. He is known for looking a challenge in the eye and seizing it by the balls. Applying to “Deserted’ is a no-brainer for him. With no real home, no cell phone, no regular job, he travels on expeditions and leads an adventurous, yet lonely life.
Alyssa and Joshua meet, and sparks fly. Their attraction and undeniable connection to each other can’t be pushed aside. They try to fight it, but can’t seem to succeed.
“We shouldn’t,” she says again, gripping my hand.
“I know,” I say…
I hoist her up around my waist. We shouldn’t, it’s all wrong, but I need her. I need Alyssa more than I can stand.
And so it goes on. They can’t deny it. Can’t stay away from each other. Their scenes together were hot! The sneaking away to spend hours worshiping each other’s bodies—really, really smoking! You can feel their desires in your bones.
Alyssa is trying to heal her heart from her failed relationship with Sebastian. Joshua has a past and troubles he won’t reveal, but neither of them can seem to stay away from the other. They both contribute their own strengths on the show and often times work together to survive. But in reality, they are competing against each other.
I really liked Joshua and Alyssa’s chemistry and their characters, but not as much as loved Chloe and Noah from Before He Was Famous. There was just a little something missing, but I did enjoy the story.
I loved getting a look at what it is really like behind the scenes of a reality TV show. Lots of scenes are misconstrued and twisted to create drama and necessary angst to keep viewers tuned in. We see how the contestants change and how going without certain luxuries make them learn and grow. They begin to value what’s important, what’s real and who is a necessity in their lives. I loved the secondary characters as well and was excited to learn that Stephanie is getting her own book!
I did like Before He Was Gone, definitely not as much as Before He Was Famous, but it was a fun read just the same. Becky Wicks is a wonderful writer and definitely had a different concept, one that had me laughing in some parts and emotional in others. It was fun, fresh and different and I’m really looking forward to the 3rd book in the series!
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About Becky Wicks
Becky Wicks lives in Bali and scribbles books, and she’s mostly powered by coffee. Her first book in the Starstruck Series, Before He Was Famous recently reached #1 in Amazon’s Coming of Age and New Adult & College categories, and her three travel books, published by HarperCollins are online to make feet nice and itchy. Mostly though, she loves to write love stories. She blogs most days at beckywicks.com and always welcomes distractions on Twitter @bex_wicks. Especially if you have photos of cats.
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