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The Summer Reading Challenge : “Forbidden Pleasures” by Jo Rees


As the first book I’ve read for Transworld’s Summer Of Reading this was everything I expected. Whilst on the surface it is a tale of the darker side of the glitzy world of casinos, this book is far more about the lives of the two lead characters than about parties, gambling and decadent living.

I felt that the contrast of Savvy who goes from having it all to have nothing, with Lois who is fighting to get her life back worked well. Both characters were a little more rounded than characters I’ve read in similar books though the format did feel pretty familiar. If the twist towards the end was intended to be unexpected then it didn’t work for me, I’d worked it out and was glad that the characters finally had.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read, it would be perfect fare for the beach or poolside.