Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Review: Gwendolyn Field's "Escape from Paradise."

Review: Gwendolyn Field's "Escape from Paradise." 

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When college sophomore Angela Birch sneaks from Texas to Mexico for Spring Break, she believes the worst that can happen is her parents finding out.


The worst is falling for the ruse of handsome, alluring Fernando. One spontaneous choice whisks Angela across the world to the pseudo paradise of Spain’s Mediterranean Riviera where she has another choice to make: live cooperatively as one of billionaire Marco Ruiz’s slaves, or die.

Colin Douglas’s future was seized and choked when deliberate tragedy struck his Scottish family at the age of sixteen. He spent his remaining youthful years infiltrating the U.K.’s crime world, seeking power, control, and revenge, all leading to a position as an undercover agent. With nothing to lose, Colin accepts the seemingly impossible job of rescuing America’s famous missing girl, Angela Birch. Colin knows that to enter a snake lair, one must become a snake. It turns out to be a mission which will put his desire for control to the ultimate test, and make him wish for things he never knew he wanted.

Review: Kirsty

Did you love the Dark Duet series? If so there is no way that you won't love this. 
Whilst the two series are very different they also have a fair few similarities. Like Captive, Escape from Paradise centres around the world of slavery. Angela is just an ordinary teen girl who chose to go away on holiday to Cancun with her girlfriends. Of course this is where it all went wrong. 

"I had a choice to make. Failing this test would mean death. Passing would 
mean sexual slavery. Both options were inconceivable."

Bent, molded and shaped in to the perfect slave, Angela is a shadow of her former self. Obeying her master is what she lives for. Punishments are a regular occurrence for 'naughty' behaviour. BUT despite all of this; her master, her slave quarters, her general well being are all respected in the most caring way. I found it hard not to fall for her master (I didn't, thank god) but there was definitely the potential there. 

"You must come to terms, pretty girl, with the knowledge that your life will never 
be the same. You will never return home. You belong to me now, and I will treat 
you well. But if I can not trust you, I will have to dispose of you."

And then in comes her knight in shining armour, in the form of Colin, the sexy Scot. His mission in life is to put a stop to human slavery. Personal issues in his life have made him this way and he won't stop at anything to free the slaves he has been hired to do so. 

We meet Colin early on but it took a moment or two for me to really catch on to what his purpose in the book was going to be and how I was going to feel towards him. When I did finally catch on, I fell for him. Hard. 
"Angela Birch is the strongest woman I know. And yes. 
She intimidates the fuck out of me."

The book is gruesome and dark but I didn't find it too much for me. I don't know if I'm becoming immune to these 'sorts' of reads or what but nothing seems to have the shock factor these days, this included. 

For a debut novel this author has done an incredible job. Choosing such a dark topic as your baby can't have been easy but the writing was flawless, I was engaged and always dying to see where the story would go next. I *think* I read that there would be another book in the series, about one of the secondary characters and I can't wait.

I rated "Escape from Paradise" 5 Hearts

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